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CityPASS Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you’re shopping for the guy or gal in your life this holiday season, we’ve got an online gift guide to help you survive the gift-buying craziness this year.

Gentlemen, you could get your wife an ironing board for Christmas this year… or, if you’re fond of your marriage, perhaps something slightly more thoughtful and still perfectly practical. It’s what peacemakers call a ‘win-win’ situation. Are you game?

Ladies, you’re not off the hook either. Make your man happy. Spread holiday cheer the only way you know how: with class and style. Show your man some love with unique gifts that will put a big smile on his face.

Below is a list of ideas to help make holiday shopping a little easier on everyone this season. It’s not like we have anything else to worry about during the holidays!

Unique, stylish & sophisticated

Red Lacquer Bowls at MoMA Store

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City takes its pivotal role in the evolution of modern design seriously, so it’s no wonder MoMA Store has some seriously cool stuff.

For the traveler in your life: Discover modern, mobile solutions for the on-the-go lifestyle such as the Core Highway Bag, Dual Time Watch, Zip Around Wallet – or my favorite, the “Sorry We’re Closed” Eye Mask.

For the Martha Stewart in your life: A Two-Handled Cheese Knife, Metallic Lacquer Bowls, Agate Coasters. She’ll be the hottest Martha on the block with these wares. If you want the full flavor of MoMA gifts, check out their website.

If you’re into watching a video gift guide, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta released a new YouTube video with some artful inspiration from inside their store, The High Shop. You’ll be sure to find Picasso to Warhol books as well as modern rubber wallets, bright watches and handbags, modern birdfeeders and a Jackson Pollack art kit, to name a few.

Modern Birdfeeder at The High Shop

Explore, stargaze & wonder

The Adler Planetarium in Chicago has everything a lover of all things outer space could want. From the Adler Store, find a light-weight telescope, a home planetarium kit, meteorite earrings for the lady and a LEGO space shuttle for the junior space fan.

For aviation addicts, The Museum of Flight Store in Seattle carries collectible plane models, beautiful aviation prints, a collection of air and space books and much more.

Museum of Science in Boston offers $10, $25 and $50 denominations which can be purchased in the Museum Store or by calling (617) 589-0320. The recipient can use the gift as they wish, whether it be for tickets to the museum, an item in the Museum Store or food at the Museum Café.

Tasty, fun & fashionable

If southern flare is your thing, The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has a holiday gift guide as big as their state! Houston’s local designers, authors and retailers are offering gifts that will have everyone asking "Where did you get that?" Jewelry, accessories, men’s clothing, books and edible gifts can all be found in Houston’s holiday roundup. Or how about a classic pecan pie from Goode Company or triple-cream brie from Houston Dairymaids? Maybe buy the mouth-watering cookbooks “The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston” and “Greens Beans and Guacamole.”

Meteorite earrings at the Adler Store

For the kids in your life, The Children’s Museum of Houston’s store Fiddle Sticks Toys is your one-stop shop for educational games, science toys, and much more from brands such as Alex, Cobble Hill, Melissa & Doug, Gund…. Do any of those names ring a bell? The gift shop also sells Gift Cards online.

Wild and wooly

The unique gift experience of adopting an animal may appeal to your softer side. Who doesn’t want to adopt a hippopotamus for Christmas? Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-An-Animal holiday gift packages includes two options, the “Waddles the penguin"" package and the “Zookkeeper” DVD package. For more information, click here.

At Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, give the gift of an extraordinary experience.Get close to a beluga and try a few training techniques, or play trainer for a day and go behind the scenes to experience what it’s like to work with marine mammals.

At the Philadelphia Zoo, give the gift of ADOPTion this holiday season! ADOPTions support the zoo’s annual grocery bill of over $500,000 with items specially purchased for the animals’ diets, like apples, carrots, crickets, hay, monkey chow and mealworms. ADOPT parents receive a photograph of their animal, certificate of parentage, fact sheet and an invitation to ADOPT Day.

Plush children's laptop at Fiddle Sticks Toys (what kid doesn't love anything with buttons to push?)

CityPASS: Save money, skip lines

Last, but certainly not least, you can’t go wrong with the best stocking stuffer of them all: a CityPASS. Who wouldn’t want to visit one of CityPASS’s 11 destinations for a vacation or even a stay-cation? The whole family will love you for it.

And check out our winter special if you haven't heard about it yet - enjoy extended validity in 5 cities when you start using your CityPASS on or after Dec. 15, 2011.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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