The Art of Gifting

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It’s just about time for the true panic of holiday shopping to set in. If you haven’t finished checking everyone off your list, or if you’ve been invited last minute to a holiday party and need a gift for the host, we’ve got you covered.

In a world of instantly delivered Amazon presents and high-tech gifts, give your friends and family something different—give the gift of an experience.

We’ve put together a list of some Bay Area organizations that offer the gift of art and, you got it, experience. Plus, all these options are available online, so you can still have the convenience of online shopping while giving something much more meaningful.

American Conservatory Theater

A.C.T. offers gift certificates that can be redeemed for a myriad of items and services including tickets to performances, season packages, A.C.T. merchandise, costume rentals, and even acting classes. Talk about a versatile gift!

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Berkeley Rep offers gift certificates that can be used to purchase performance tickets or used for class registration fees. Give the gift of theatre and theatre-making!

California Shakespeare Theater

The Cal Shakes 2020 season doesn’t start until May, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for springtime. Give the gift of an outdoor theatre subscription to someone who loves the classics—the perfect cure for those winter blues.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

TheatreWorks is offering specially priced subscription packages for the holidays. You can save 50% off single ticket prices and purchase either three shows for $120 or four shows for $160.  

San Francisco Ballet

SF Ballet also offers gift certificates which can be used on ticket purchases. SF Ballet’s full 2020 season begins in January. Make sure the dance enthusiast on your list is ready!

San Francisco Opera

SF Opera’s gift shop offers branded keepsakes, as well as an entire collection of Wagner’s Ring cycle merchandise for the most die-hard fan. Or, if you’re not quite sure what they want, SF Opera also offers gift certificates that can be used for performance tickets and subscriptions for mainstage shows.

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony offers the ability to customize a gift certificate with design options and box for your personal message. They can be redeemed for concerts at Davies Symphony Hall.


Not only does SFJAZZ offer customizable gift certificates, but they also have a well-stocked online shop with CDs and DVDs, apparel, posters, totes and much more.