Go Ahead, Develop Localitis!

August 28, 2012


Delight your friends and family this year by supporting local and creative gift ideas

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: With the holiday season just around the corner, bring your gift giving closer to the places we all love—our national parks and landmarks—by shopping locally. Two new visitor centers in the Golden Gate National Parks—Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion and Lands End Lookout—showcase exhibits about the locations’ intriguing past and its natural wonders. Both museum stores also highlight interpretive products that bring the past to life. 

By holiday shopping with the Parks Conservancy online and in our stores, you benefit projects and programs that support stewardship of one of the most visited and cherished national parks—80,600 acres of open space north and south of the Golden Gate, including Alcatraz, Crissy Field, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and over 30 other sites renowned for their natural beauty and historic value. You also become part of a community dedicated to preserving and conserving these treasured national parks for the future and all members receive 15 percent off all purchases.

Here are five gift ideas from the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion for:

1. The Car Enthusiast: The majestic Golden Gate Bridge serves as a key artery between the San Francisco peninsula and the rolling hills of Marin County, carrying over 38 million cars a year. This limited edition Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary model car with the official 75th Anniversary logo on its hood is a fun gift for the car aficionados—or armchair racers—on your list. These sporty cars make a distinguished display piece for your home or office, a unique remembrance of this historic occasion, and they are a fantastic, easy rolling, fun toy for adults and children (ages 3 and up and up). Available in International Orange and silver. Price: $24.95; Member price: $21.21.

2. The Budding Writer: This exclusive Golden Gate Bridge cable pen—in international orange cable casing, no less—was created in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the iconic structure. Offer this as a wonderful keepsake that will remind them of one of the most glorious bridges in the world. Price: $28.00; Member price: $23.80.

3. The Bookworm: The Golden Gate Bridge Mix and Match book “How The Golden Gate Bridge Got Its Color” educates kids on how everyone—engineers, the U.S. Army Air Corps, the U.S. Navy, and others—had different ideas on the color of this iconic span. This fun book will allow the youngsters on your list to learn and select their own favorite paint job. Price: $12.95; Member price: $11.01.

4. The Century Cyclist: Pick up the 75th Anniversary biking jersey for the person on your list who is always looking to shave seconds of their race time, or the guy who talks about his “anaerobic” zone, or the weekend cyclist friend looking to show off her San Francisco pride. This breathable jersey is colorful, practical, and official, which will appeal to the fashion-minded cyclists on your list. Price: $75.00; Member price: $63.75.

5. The Travel Addict: Gift this stylish Golden Gate Bridge travel bag to the travel bug on your list. With enough space to pack trip essentials, this recycled plastic bottle bag closes with a folding top and a snap closure to keep things convenient, yet safe. The inside has a secure zipper pocket and the adjustable shoulder strap ensures comfort—important for people who dream of Andean mountains and Zanzibar beaches. Price: $24.95; Member price: $21.21.

For additional gift ideas from the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion, please visit: http://www.goldengatebridgestore.org/store/.

And here are five gift ideas from the Lands End Lookout for:

1. The Pocket Poet: Tucked away on San Francisco’s wild western edge, Lands End is a place to slow down, unwind, dream, and connect with nature. Lands End Reflections contains 80 pages of beautiful quotes and stunning full color photos, sure to nudge the aspiring poet or poetess on your list to hike in nature for true inspiration. Price: $9.95; Member price: $8.46.

2. The Spotless Host: Completed in 1894, Sutro Baths at Lands End offered six saltwater pools with water supplied by ocean tides and one freshwater plunge bath. Cost of admission? Twenty-five cents! These entertaining Lands End Coasters feature unique reproductions of 1940s vintage advertisement posters designed for display in the interiors of San Francisco streetcars and buses. The boxed set of six—3.5” x 3.5”—cork coasters are both fun and practical. Price: $12.95; Member price: $11.01.

3. The Avid Surfer (Not!): Show your love for our foggy and cold local beaches by sporting this stylish Ocean Beach surf shirt. And if you’ve ever spent a summer in San Francisco—you know that staying warm on the chilly beaches is essential and will be enabled with this long sleeve thermal shirt with a 50 50 split of cotton and polyester fabric. Price: $28.95; Member price: $24.91.

4. The Casual Weekender: This Lands End tote bag—featuring two historical images of the Cliff House—is perfect for a trip to the grocery store, the beach, a picnic, carrying magazines to the park, or just for a weekend saunter around the City. The zippered closure keeps your belongings safe while an interior pocket will allow you to easily access your keys and phone. Made of recycled plastic bottles, gift this nifty—yet practical—plastic recycled bottle bag to the environmentally conscious Fashionista on your list. Price: $18.95; Member price: $16.11.

5. The Youthful History Buff: Adolph Sutro saw San Francisco for the first time in 1850 when he sailed through the Golden Gate on the steamer California. When he returned to the City in 1879 as a wealthy man, he used much of that wealth to enrich the lives of San Francisco’s working class by developing the Lands End area. Explore the rich history of Lands End with this interactive torch book—the attached torch illuminates dramatic images of the Lands End area as it used to be accompanies by photos and text that bring it all to life. Sure to enchant historians of all ages on your list. Price: $12.95; Member price: $11.01.

For additional gift ideas from the Lands End Lookout, please visit: www.parksconservancy.org/lands end products.

About the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
The 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge is a project of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in collaboration with the National Park Service and The Presidio Trust. The year-long celebration and visitor services improvements are funded by private contributions, with major underwriting provided by Wells Fargo, Genentech, HP, and Kaiser Permanente. For additional information and all public inquiries, please visit www.goldengatebridge75.org.