10 NYC Gifts That Keep On Giving

Why settle for boring socks and scarves this holiday season when you can give the gift of your city for a year?

New York City is packed with performing arts venues for those who want to watch and classes for those who want to do. Or you can help educate a kid or save an animal — it’s all up to you.

Regardless of your tastes, you can find something for your friends, your loved ones and maybe even you to do. With help from NYXT.nyc’s content partners, here’s our list of favorite gift ideas that will keep on giving all year long.

Performing Arts

  • The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed 235 different works around the world since its founding in 1958. A membership can buy you access for two to one of its open rehearsals along with a pass to one of the troupe’s many dance or exercise classes, along with much more depending on the membership level you choose. Of course, tickets are also available for its 2017 series of innovative African-American inspired modern dance performances.
  • Know someone who loves Celtic art and culture? A membership to the Irish Arts Center  can include free admission to peformances and classes, plus more, depending on the level you choose.
  • New York Neo-Futurists is an offbeat form of experimental theater that has the cast and audiences all acting like … well, like themselves. You have to experience it to get it, so pick up the experience with a workshop or performances. And don’t worry if you’re buying for someone who’s been to a performance before — every night’s different.


  • For those whose tastes run more to watching the play than being a part of it, Roundabout Theatre Company, with its repertoire of classics, is always a hit. Subscribers get tickets to three performances and much more.


  • A Magnet Gift Certificate buys access to Manhattan’s Magnet Theater and some of the best improv comedy in the city. Or, if you know someone who is really funny or wants to be, they can use their certificate for an improv class or two. Or three.


  • A NY Pass buys access to the Harlem Cultural Heritage Walking Tour that winds through the area’s diverse neighborhoods every Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year. Or it can be used before Dec. 31 for a special Food Tasting with author and Harlem historian Michael Henry Adams.
  • A gift membership to the Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea’s link to the art and culture of the Himalayas and India, includes unlimited admission for one to the museum, invitations for two to select previews, members-only tours and special events, and more.



  • The DIY helps kids get hands-on experiences doing everything from building robots to seeing how a firehouse works. Kids can share their experiences online with other kids, and it’s free to join. The gift here from you: Sponsor a club in your neighborhood.


  • Finally, if you feel motivated to contribute to your city in a special person’s name, check out NYXT.nyc’s Holiday Donation Ideas for projects and organizations to support in any of Manhattan’s major neighborhoods.

Happy Holidays!













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