Racking your brains for presents this holiday season? From cute onesies to massive coffee-table tomes to much-coveted memberships, we've got something for all the performing-arts lovers in your life. A specialty item from the ballet or opera can be a sweet reminder of an amazing performance, or a membership can be a vital connection, making return visits all the easier. You can feel good knowing that every purchase from this list supports the outstanding artistic and educational work done by Lincoln Center's constituent organizations. We've winnowed the countless options into scannable categories, but for even more ideas, visit the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center shop, the Film Society of Lincoln Center shop, the Jazz at Lincoln Center shop, the Lincoln Center Theater shop, the New York City Ballet shop, the New York Philharmonic shop, The New York Public Library Shop, the Juilliard Store, or the Metropolitan Opera shop.
For the Littlest Fans…
No tiny wardrobe is complete without this statement Knowledge Is Power Onesie, courtesy of The New York Public Library. If fashion isn't their thing, perhaps the young people in your life would enjoy snuggling up with a New York City Ballet Plush Bear while flipping through the My First Mozart Music Board Book. For a bit of flair, there's also the Juilliard Store's Beethoven Finger Puppet and Lincoln Center Theater's My Fair Lady Flower Hair Tie.
…and the Hardcore Aficionados
Your dance-loving friend or family member will be delighted to go behind the scenes with the stunning, 488-page hardcover photography book Ballet by Henry Leutwyler, or to learn about a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera's history with The Opera House documentary DVD. Speaking of film buffs, you can't go wrong with New York Film Festival Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, a look at the past five decades of movies, or a subscription to Film Comment magazine. For music lovers, it's a great time to get to know our great new conductor with the recent CD Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic: Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, or take a truly deep dive with the 120-CD box set, Deutsche Grammophon 120 Years, available from the Juilliard Store.
Put some swing in your friends' holiday season by giving them Jazz at Lincoln Center's popular CD Big Band Holidays, which they can listen to while decorating with festive ornaments like the Met Opera House with Wreath Ornament, the Juilliard Store's Piano Ornament, or one of the Chamber Music Society's Brandenburg Ornaments. Sending something by mail? Wrap up this Limited Edition Nutcracker, accompanied by a personal message in this Festive Bookshelf Library Advent Card.
…and the Timeless
The 2018 My Fair Lady Cast Recording is guaranteed to stand the test of time, as has the 2000 recording of Sweeney Todd Live at the New York Philharmonic, while The New York Public Library's Mova Rotating Blue Relief Cube Globe literally gives new meaning to the word timeless. For wearable items, options range from the royal Ruby Duchess Tiara to the cheeky Circle of Fifths Watches (Men's and Women's), with more operatic touches available in the form of Aida earrings; the Gustav Klimt "Egypt" Bracelet; and a La Bohème Silk Scarf.
Know an opera fan with about 17 hours to spare? Secure their spot at The Ring Cycle, which returns to The Met Opera next spring. The New York Philharmonic's truly immersive visual and musical event, Fire in my mouth, a world premiere by composer Julia Wolfe that features lights, chamber choir, video, and projection, is also a sure bet, as is Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book. Meanwhile, The Nutcracker Puzzle is the perfect gift for ballerinas when they're not on stage, the My Fair Lady Souvenir Program helps fans relive the memories of the 2018 revival, and lifelong learners will appreciate the opportunity to lose themselves in one of Juilliard's Evening Division Classes.
…and the Binge-worthy
For the binge-listeners in your life, consider this set of 12 CDs of the New York Philharmonic's The Mahler Broadcasts, conducted by Leonard Bernstein; the one and only Maria Callas: The Live Recordings, or La Nilsson DVD box set, the 79-CD and 2-DVD package of Birgit Nilsson's complete Decca, Philips, and DG recordings. More visual types will cherish the special DVD NYC Ballet in Paris as well as the 17-DVD box set Verdi Edition: 12 Great Operas.
Arts lovers can refuel with pride with this Film Comment Filmmaker’s Mug or Lincoln Center Theater Mug before hydrating with The New York Public Library Stainless Steel Water Bottle, which will fit nicely inside the NYC Ballet Canvas Gradient Logo Tote. For those planning culture outings in advance, The Metropolitan 2019 Wall Calendar will add a bit of stagecraft to each month.
…and the Whimsical
Gifts with Benefits
Still not sure? An annual membership to one of Lincoln Center's eleven organizations takes the guesswork out of finding that perfect gift, and offers benefits all year long. The following gift memberships are available online:
Chamber Music 360 Subscription
Reserved for people ages 21–39, this package includes three Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center concert tickets. The recipient can choose how to use the tickets: either attend three different concerts or bring a couple of friends to one concert—it’s their choice.
Film Society of Lincoln Center Gift Membership
Price: From $75
Benefits include discounted tickets, early access to select series and festivals, and complimentary offers all year round. Special Holiday Offer: Purchase a Film Society of Lincoln Center gift membership this holiday season and SAVE 15% on the Contributor level and above!
Jazz at Lincoln Center Membership
Price: From $75
Benefits include exclusive presale access to Jazz at Lincoln Center season tickets and select events, 50% off day-of tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center–produced shows in The Appel Room and Rose Theater, partner discounts, and reduced-price covers at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Friends of Lincoln Center Gift Membership
Price: From $100
Give a Lincoln Center lover in your life insider access to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts series and festivals, including the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, American Songbook, Great Performers, and Midsummer Night Swing. Benefits include exclusive presale access to all of them, plus Mostly Mozart Festival ticket discounts, complimentary invitations to open rehearsals, and more for a full year.
Lincoln Center Theater Angels Membership
Price: From $250
The ultimate treat for young theater-lovers (ages 21-44)! LCT Angels enjoy all Lincoln Center Theater has to offer, including complimentary tickets to world-class plays, exclusive parties with cast members, access to the best seats in the house, invitations to behind-the-scenes events, and more.
New York City Ballet Membership
Price: From $100
Take a peek behind the curtain with behind-the-scenes status. Benefits correspond to level of giving and exclusive access and opportunities include working rehearsals, invitations to private receptions, complimentary admission to Inside NYCB events, discounts at the gift shop, and more.
Friends of the Philharmonic Gift Membership
Price: From $100
Share your love of music with your family and friends with a gift of membership to the Friends of the Philharmonic. Membership starts at $100 and offers various benefits, including complimentary Open Rehearsal passes, invitations to exclusive receptions and events, discounted tickets, and much more for a full year.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Gift Membership
Price: From $50
Give the gift of membership! Friends of the Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) receive special benefits ranging from members-only exhibition previews to behind-the-scenes tours. Your gift will also support free and open access to the arts—it will help sustain LPA's exhibitions, public programs, and collections.
The Juilliard School
Price: From $75
Members get early access and deals on performance tickets, invitations to special events, and 10% off at the Store every day.
Metropolitan Opera Guild Membership
Price: From $85
Support extraordinary opera and enjoy a full year of exclusive benefits, such as a subscription to Opera News magazine, 10% discount at the Met Opera Shop and online store, periodic discount ticket offers, access to the Belmont Room members-only lounge, invitations to dress rehearsals, and more. Choose the level that works best for you or give your favorite music lover a gift they can enjoy all year long.
Metropolitan Opera Create Your Own Series
Price: From $81
Curate the perfect Metropolitan Opera season with a Create Your Own series. Save 10% compared to the cost of single tickets when you design your own series of five or more operas. Save 5% if you select three or four. Available to purchase online or by calling 212-362-6000 and in person at the Met Box Office.
School of American Ballet Membership
Price: From $100
Your gift supports the young dancers—from all backgrounds—of the nation's premier classical ballet academy. Benefits include VIP access to the official academy of New York City Ballet, founded by George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein in 1934.