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Thinking of the perfect gift to give to the person who has everything? Consider a membership to a cultural institution (memberships have their privileges after all) or a gift from one of their shops. These gifts will delight your family and friends and serve as a sorely needed financial boost to the institution you choose to support.

The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, has three gift shops - one on the main floor with a variety of gifts, another on the fifth floor with ancient-themed gifts relating to its new exhibit, "Eternal Egypt" and another on the fourth floor with truly funky, unusual items related to its "Vital Forms" exhibit.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music giftshop, Shakespeare & Co. BAMshop, 30 Lafayette Ave., is on the second floor and has gifts ranging from T-shirts to CDs to books.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden gift shop, located across from the lily pond (1000 Washington Ave.), has an array of bulb kits ($7.95-$14.95) and windowsill herb kits at reasonable prices ($3.50-$9.99) which are easy on the wallet and easy for novice gardeners. Going straight for the heart? Why not get the colored glass hummingbird feeders ($33.95-$44.95) - a pretty addition to any yard.

Calendars are another gift that everyone needs. Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC), which produces the Celebrate Brooklyn performing arts series and operates the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn Heights is offering its 2002 calendar, titled "A Place Called Brooklyn: Literary and Photographic Interpreta­tions" ($14.95). To order, call (718) 855-7882, ext. 10, or visit their Web site, The Brooklyn Museum of Art ("Winslow Homer," $13.95) and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden ("Trees," $11.95) are also offering 2002 calendars.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ new soul-stirring CD "Voices of Harmony" ($18), a collection of 18 songs recorded at St. Paul’s Church in Cobble Hill, is available via the Web site or by calling (718) 243-9447.

A membership to the Wildlife Conservation Society ($45) will get your recipient free admission for a year to the New York Aquarium [West Eighth Street at Surf Avenue, (718) 265-FISH] and the Prospect Park Zoo and others. For more information, go to

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave.) offers memberships beginning at $50 (Family Friend) which includes unlimited free admission for two adults and all children in a family as well as other benefits. To order, call (718) 735-1798.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s membership program begins at $40 for an individual (or $35 for seniors and artists) and $60 for a family which includes a variety of benefits ranging from discounts in the Museum gift shop to invitations to preview receptions. To order a membership, call (718) 638-5000. These discounted membership rates are good until Dec. 31, 2001.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers memberships tailored for those who love to visit the Garden (Individual, $35) and for those who want to work on their own garden (Subscriber, $35) - a good gift for those who live out of state, as the benefits include subscriptions to the Garden’s publications and reciprocal privileges at botanic gardens across the country. To order, call (718) 623-7210.

Brooklyn Academy of Music offers two memberships - one for BAM events in general (beginning at $75) offering a range of insider privileges, such as members-only discounts and invitations to working rehearsals, or a membership to the BAM Cinema Club (beginning at $60). BAM is now offering bonuses for gift memberships purchased prior to Jan. 4, 2002. For details go to or call the membership office at (718) 636-4194.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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