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Downtown Holiday Shopping: Gift Certificates and Memberships

By David Markland
Published: Monday, December 20, 2010, at 09:58AM
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Several Santas enjoy a drink at the Downtown Standard during this month's Santacon. Probably a post-shopping celebration.

The fourth entry in our weekend holiday shopping series, ripped from the pages of our weekly print edition, brings you several gifts you can take care of over the phone or online.

Gift certificates are often considered the present of last resort, the domain of procrastinating shoppers, or for when someone doesn't want to put thought into a gift. This is unfortunate, because our selection of Downtown focused gift certificates are as unique and possibly even more fulfilling than anything you'll find under a tree.

Los Angeles Conservancy Membership: A membership to an organization dedicated to saving L.A.'s rich architectural heritage includes a subscription to their print newsletter, advance notice and discounts on special Consernancy tours and events including the popular Last Remaining Seats, and a membership card proving official city nerd credibility. $40 individual / L.A. Conservancy / (213) 623-2489

Esotouric Tour Company: For the twisted souls on your list, a gift certificate for a tour about L.A.'s grim history may boost their holiday spirit. Starting at $58 (with discounts on 4 or more), your loved one will be able to choose from tours on the Black Dahlia, Raymond Chandler, or Charles Bukowski, among others. $58+ / Esotouric / (323) 223-2767

Grammy Museum Membership: The basic "emerging artist" individual membership grants you free admission to the museum all year, a commemorative art piece, and preferred ticketing and invites to hosted programs, events and performances. Recent events have included intimate performances and q&a's with Jerry Lee Lewis, Yoko Ono, and The Doors' Ray Manzarek. $50 / Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic / 213-765-6800

Los Angeled Athletic Club: Membership to one of L.A. most exclusive clubs includes use of a 25-yard swimming pool, full gym, organized sports such as basketball, and, of course, squash, along with access to spa and hotel facilities. Initiation and three months of dues start at $557 for a recipient aged 18-30; $986 for a recipient aged 35 or more. Gift packages can be customized on need and budget. $250+ / L.A. Athletic Club / 431 West Seventh Street / (213) 630-5200

Los Angeles Gun Club: For the person who just needs to vent, a gift certificate to the L.A. Gun Club may be the solution to their Holiday stress. Gift certificates are available at any price, but with gun rentals from $5 to $10, and boxes of ammo from $11 to $15, set up your loved one with $40 or more of Charlton Heston worthy fun. 1375 E 6th St / L.A. Gun Club / (213) 612-0931

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