Day 9 of Great Holiday Gift Ideas

There are only 7 days left until Christmas! Skip the traffic, congested parking lots and huge crowds at the mall this year. Day 9 of Great Holiday Gift Ideas features gifts that will last all year long and help support great local organizations.

This holiday season, give year-long memberships!

AthenaeumAthenaeum Music & Arts Library is San Diego’s only membership library. The membership includes first to know of the Athenaeum’s events, check out materials and exclusive discounts on studio art classes, concerts and special events. An individual membership is $40, family membership is $50 and memberships are valid for one year after enrollment.

MCASDLa Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) memberships offers access to both locations in downtown San Diego and La Jolla. Benefits include unlimited admission to both locations, discounts at the Museum X Store and Museum Cafe, discounts on tickets to MCASD events and free admission to many film screenings and lectures. Prices are $45 for single and $75 for dual/family. Premier memberships are available and for more info contact 858-454-3541 ext. 162 or

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the perfect gift for families with kids. Members receive unlimited admission for a year, guest passes, coupons, discounts and invitations to members-only events. Individual membership is $55, Dual is $70 and Family (2 adults & 2 Children ages 3-17) is $89. More info is available at

Cuddle up next to the furry animals at the San Diego Zoo. Single and Dual membership benefits include unlimited admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for one full year, discounts, free tram rides and more. Prices are $98 for single, $119 for dual, $47 for Koala Child (kids 3-11) and $51 for Koala Junior (kids 12-17). To purchase memberships or for more info, visit

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