Last-Minute Gift Ideas from the Free Library Foundation

By Kate C. RSS Wed, December 20, 2023

Can you believe the holidays are here already? We can't! Although it can be the most wonderful time of the year in many ways, this time of year can also bring stress as you ponder your ever-growing to-do list. Eeep! If you've got a few final gifts to grab and are fresh out of ideas, let the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation help!

Our 2023 commemorative bookplate makes a memorable holiday gift and is also a way for you to support the library while honoring someone special to you. With a gift of $50 or more to the Foundation, your honoree's name will be placed on a permanent bookplate inside a book in the Free Library’s collection. This year, we are excited to feature Isabel Roxas’ illustration, which is a part of the Free Library's Children’s Literature Research Collection. This colorful and inspiring card is the perfect way for you to let friends and family know about the gift made in their name to the Free Library. In the meantime, you know you're supporting library programs and resources, and impacting thousands of people across the Philadelphia region.

Give the gift of membership and provide a friend or loved one a full year of curiosity! The Foundation has a membership level for everyone, and each one comes with exclusive benefits and special perks. Explore what the Pepper, Raven, and Knee-Hi Societies have to offer at today!

If your loved one enjoys a good time, gift them tickets to the fifth annual Raven Society Poe Party! The Foundation will be celebrating Edgar Allan Poe's 215th birthday in style on January 19, with snacks, libations, games, and more! Raven Society members receive access to special ticket prices, so you've got another reason to join.

Oh, and here's a bonus idea! If your friend or family member doesn’t yet have a Free Library card, give the gift that keeps on giving by helping them sign up this holiday season. From physical books, e-books, and audiobooks to online databases and more unique items for lending like cake pans, birding backpacks, and musical instruments, you'll be filling their 2024 with possibilities!

If we've got you in the festive mood, browse our events calendar for holiday programs through the rest of the year. And while you're at it, take a peek at some of the holiday cheer in our catalog; we've got an array of special holiday-themed books, movies, crafts, and more.

The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation sends its best wishes for a wonderful and joyous holiday season to you and yours!

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