January 31, 2017

Spend more time together

5 Valentine’s Day gifts from the OMCA Store to help you bond

By Mike Silverman, Associate Director, Retail and Product Development

Valentine’s Day. Another day out of the year when we get to show our loved ones how much they mean to us. This year, make it even more special with a great gift from the OMCA Store that helps you and yours to spend quality time together. Whether you’re hanging out with your date, your mates, or the whole family, here are some great gift ideas to get you started. 
1. Watch a movie together with this functional and fashionable smartphone camera projector. This one combines the old and the new for a gift that will satisfy movie buffs, gadget collectors, and bespoke aficionados alike. It’s portable, so you can turn your tiny screen into the big one whether you’re at home or on the road. Don’t forget the popcorn.
2. Hold hands out on the trails with the San Francisco Bay Map Trail Deck. For the outdoorsy types, this gift will help you get started on the 500 mile walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay. The trail, running through all 9 Bay Area counties, will take you and your loved one from bustling cityscapes to windswept grasses, paved bike lanes and rustic dirt paths. Adventure together on the trail with this deck.
3. Heat it up in the kitchen by cooking a meal from Flavors of Oakland. Bring the culinary heritage of Oakland into your kitchen and enjoy a night making something by hand together. Check out favorite recipes from famous chefs and everyday residents alike, and read stories about the origins of each dish, in this incredible book written and photographed by two Oakland teens.
4. Get them a Membership to their favorite Museum in the Bay Area! An OMCA Membership at any level gives your loved one year-round unlimited access for them and a guest… so you’ll have many more chances to spend quality time together at the Museum. Get together on Friday Night @ OMCA for food trucks and dancing, explore one of the upcoming Member Previews, and get a free gift of 18 Bay Area Detours, audio walking tours around the Bay, while supplies last. Get them this gift that truly keeps giving.
5. Make their face light up with lovely jewelry. That’s right, the classic Valentine’s Day gift never fails, and the OMCA Store is full of unique and stylish pieces. Try a unique California design like the Ivy necklace from Alucik Designs. Designed and created in Palm Desert, the necklace is made from laser etched stainless steel, plated in 24 carat gold. Every design made by the company is a limited edition run of 250 pieces, so your loved one will know that the gift you’re giving is just as unique as they are.

What is your favorite way to spend time with loved ones? Let us know in the comments.