The 10-day countdown to Christmas has begun and Hanukkah starts this weekend! Have you checked off everyone on your gift list? If you need some help figuring out what to get those hard-to-please people, we’ve created a last-minute holiday gift guide with presents you can send immediately. From virtual live-streamed tours to honorary donations that will support the city’s cultural institutions, check out our last-minute gift guide!

1. Untapped New York Insiders Membership

Untapped New York Insiders standing on the employee only catwalk of the NYPL Rose Reading Room, Insiders is a great last-minute holiday gift

Give the curious New Yorker in your life a passport to the city’s secrets with an Untapped New York Insiders membership! Untapped New York Insiders is a members-only club giving you access to virtual tours and talks, access to NYC’s most off-limits places, discounts on tours, and much more. Insiders also have access to a digital archive of 100+ on-demand virtual events. Check out all of our upcoming Insider experiences here and some highlights below!

Lou Reed NYPL Exhibit

Caught Between the Twisted Stars Lou Reed exhibit at NYPL

Distillery Tour & Tasting

A man makes notes in front of large silver barrels are Arcane Distillery in Bushwick

History of the Fulton Fish Market

Book cover of The Fulton Fish Market: A History by Jonathan Rees which features a painting of the historic fish market

Insiders have access to a calendar full of virtual presentations, live-streamed tours, and in-person events with exciting partners around New York City. These events are hosted by historians, authors, artists, curators, and other experts. In past experiences, Insiders have walked on the employee’s only catwalk in the Rose Reading Room at the 42nd Street Branch of the New York Public Library, climbed to the top of the Little Red Lighthouse beneath the George Washington Bridge, seen rare items in the largest collection of vintage posters in the world, and taken part in so many other uniquely New York experiences. Gift now!

2. Buy them a Piece of New York City

Part of the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum

New York real estate is beyond pricey, but we’ve found an alternative option! You can purchase a piece of New York City property from the Queens Museum. Though it will be very tiny. Through the Museum’s Adopt-a-Building program, when you make a donation you receive a deed to your place of choice on the world’s largest architectural scale model. Find your gift recipient’s favorite building, a sentimental spot, or where they used to live. This makes for one of the most unique last-minute gifts you can find!

3. Untapped New York Tour E-Gift Certificate

A wreath on the front of Grand Central Terminal

Give the gift of adventure with an Untapped New York Gift Card. This last-minute holiday gift card will unlock the secrets of landmark New York City sites from Grand Central Terminal to the Brooklyn Bridge. On an expert-led Untapped tour guided by Untapped New York’s licensed New York City tour guides, you will discover relics of the city’s past, from the hidden gems of Rockefeller Center to the remnants of the World’s Fairs in Queens and what’s left of Dutch New Amsterdam in Lower Manhattan. You can see all of our upcoming experiences here and check out some highlights below.

Secrets of the Met Museum Tour

Tour guide Patrick Bringley points to architectural features of the Met in front of a group of tourgoers.

Secrets of Rockefeller Center

A group on Untapped New York's Secrets of Rockefeller Center tour

Underground Brooklyn Subway Tour

Nevins Street lower level

4. Put their Name in an NYPL Book

NYPL lion with a wreath around its neck

You can honor a loved one on your list and help support the New York Public Library by purchasing a book nameplate. When you make a donation of $35 or more (usually $50 or more so act fast!), your gift recipient’s name will be printed along with a personalized message and put inside a book circulating in The New York Public Library. They’ll be part of New York history and your last-minute holiday gift will be very thoughtful!

5. Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide (2nd Edition)

A copy of the book Secret Brooklyn, a perfect last-minute holiday gift

Written by Untapped New York co-founders Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet, Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide features over 125 of the borough’s hidden and bizarre places. This new edition features 20 new secret locations! This guide is written by and for New York City residents. Discover secret museums, go on an urban safari for wild parrots, enter the oldest building in New York City, watch a performance of robots in a church, step inside a grocery store frozen in 1939, and more. You can get an autographed copy directly from Untapped New York or a non-autographed copy on Amazon.

6. Membership to Their Favorite Museum

Brooklyn's City Reliquary Museum
Image Courtesy of the City Reliquary Museum

Show support for a local museum by gifting a membership or making a donation in someone’s honor. Museum memberships often come with fun perks such as free admission, access to special events, and gift shop discounts. Many smaller New York City institutions that Untapped New York has had the pleasure of partnering with for some of our Insider Events such as The City Reliquary in Brooklyn, The Dyckman Farmhouse in Manhattan, and the Morris Jumel Mansion, can especially use support. Check out our list of the coolest museums in New York City for some inspiration!

7. Untapped New York Tote Bag

Untapped New York tote bag

Help them show their pride in New York City’s secrets with this Untapped New York tote bag! This design has an illustrated NYC designed by The Downtown Doodler and our logo, printed on both sides of the bag. It’s made of heavy black canvas and measures 15″W x 15″H x 3″D with 21″ handles. Bundle it with an autographed copy of Secret Brooklyn for a discounted price!

8. Donation to a Local Greenspace

Elizabeth Street Garden
Image Courtesy of the Elizabeth Street Garden

Just like museums, green spaces can always use support. Make sure that your giftee’s favorite local park, garden, or farm sticks around by making a charitable donation in their name. Sites like the Elizabeth Street Garden and the Queens Farm always appreciate donations. You can also help support new green space initiatives like The Brooklyn Greenway by adopting a plant along the bike path!

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