ArtsHacker’s (Really) Last Minute Gift Guide For Arts Managers


By: Drew McManus

In: Catch All

It’s December 23rd and the staff office party is in four hours but you still haven’t picked up a Secret Santa gift. No worries, we’ve got you covered with a list of easy to purchase items you can pick up right from your computer or Smartphone that any arts manager would love to receive and shows a little more effort than a Big Box gift card.

[fivecol_one]subscription[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_four_last]Newspaper/Magazine Subscriptions. These are fantastic options and you have a great deal of variety out there and having a paid subscription to your local newspaper can be a nice thing to get around those advertising nags for free content. If you’re an old school magazine collector, take a look at com or keep it business with a Nonprofit Quarterly subscription.[/fivecol_four_last]

[fivecol_one]app[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_four_last]An App. Make sure you purchase an app via the platform the giftee needs (instructions: iOS or Android). A Newsify Premium 12 month subscription (in-app purchase) will set you back $30 and on the lower end of the price point scale is the $1.99 subscription to the fantastic Storm weather app.[/fivecol_four_last]

[fivecol_one]membership[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_four_last]Memberships: Don’t forget about your own local arts orgs; if they offer a membership at a price point in your range, they are not only thoughtful but help maintain your local arts environment.[/fivecol_four_last]

[fivecol_one]pets[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_four_last]Pet Gift Subscription Boxes. Remember jam of the month clubs? They’re back and much better than you think. Pet oriented options are a no-brianer and start at one month only options for $39 at BarkBox or only $32.95 at MeowBox. Happy pets equal happy owners which, in turn, make happy co-workers.[/fivecol_four_last]

[fivecol_one]fridge[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_four_last]Instacart. By definition, arts managers are overworked and stressed out so why not help reduce the burden by taking something like grocery shopping off their plate. If you have Instacart in your city (locations), you can purchase a gift card for another Instacart user so if your giftee doesn’t have an account, you can make the set up process part of your gift. Tip: present the gift as a way to cover the delivery and tip for one or more trips.[/fivecol_four_last]

[fivecol_one]security[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_four_last]LastPass Premium Account. Who out there doesn’t hate remembering passwords? But using weak passwords is tantamount to walking around wearing a digital “hack me” sign. So make your co-worker’s life easier with a $12 LastPass Premium subscription that will sync the password briar patch across all mobile and desktop devices. Warning: this idea is perhaps best suited for co-workers that dig practical gifts. 🙂[/fivecol_four_last]

ArtsHacker’s (Really) Last Minute Gift Guide For Arts Managers

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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