Need a gift that’s SO Bellingham? SPARK has the answer.

It’s OK to admit it. You’ve been searching for weeks for the perfect gift for that special someone who LOVES Bellingham, but you haven’t had much luck and it’s getting down to the wire.

Well, we’ve got your back. There’s not much that says Bellingham more than a gift from the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention (if we do say so ourselves). Here are a few great gifts that some lucky people can enjoy for years to come.

Museum membership. Things are OK, but experiences are even better. You’ve heard the expression “memories last a lifetime”? It’s true. With a museum membership, you’re giving the gift of learning, of fun with the family, of a sense of awe and wonder that can be enjoyed again and again. Membership passes start at $35 for individuals and are just $80 for a family of four. In addition to free admission to the Museum galleries, members also receive discounts in the gift shop and access to special events crafted just for members. For the gift giver, there’s something, too: knowing that you’re supporting a Bellingham treasure and that you’re helping to create lifetime fans of technological innovation and invention. Memberships are excellent gifts for Christmas, obviously, but they’re also genius ideas for birthday presents for mom or dad, rewards for Summer Reading SUPERSTARs, gifts for homeschool families, and even fun recognitions of Nikola Tesla Day on July 10.

Gift items. Did we mention that we have a gift shop at the SPARK Museum? It’s full of one-of-a-kind shirts, mugs and toys (watch the video to see the cool energy circuit and gyro wheel) that fans of radio, electricity and Bellingham will wear and use with pride. Check out our great collection of science kits for the young ones in the family who’ve shown a penchant for learning what make things tick (and rattle and hum and spark).

Books. Have a lover of literature in the family? SPARK Museum co-founder John Jenkins has authored wonderful books for lovers of science, technology and culture:

  • “Where Discovery Sparks Imagination,” crammed full of more than 600 photos — some of them never before seen — of actual electrical apparatus;
  • “The Untold Story of the Telegraph,” which examines the early history of loudspeakers and headphones, including a close look at the many oddball devices that came along the way; and
  • “Loud Talker,” about the early history of loudspeakers and headphones (including a fun look at the myriad quirky devices that were invented along the way).

If you’re interested in any of these, contact SPARK or swing by our location on Bay Street in beautiful downtown Bellingham. We’re open Wednesday through Sunday between 11 and 5.