Holiday Gift Giving

Give a gift of membership this holiday season

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Enjoy a very special Holiday Gift offer from The Morton Arboretum. As an active member, you can treat your friends and family by giving a gift for all seasons: a membership at The Morton Arboretum!

As a benefit of membership, active Morton Arboretum members may buy a NEW or former member* gift membership now and save $10 off normal membership price.

*Former members are memberships that expired prior to 8/31/2021


Your gift recipient will receive great member-only benefits, including free admission and parking 365 days a year, a 15% discount (or more) on educational classes, 10% off at The Arboretum Store, reciprocal admission to more than 300 arboreta and botanical gardens across North America, invitations to special member-only events, and much more.

Every membership supports The Morton Arboretum’s work as The Champion of Trees.

Give the gift of membership today!

Everything you need to know about giving a Morton Arboretum Gift Membership this Holiday Season!


Q. How long is The Morton Arboretum Holiday Gift membership promotion available?

A.  From November 1, 2021 through January 10, 2022.

  • Save $10 off any NEW Morton 1–6 one-year gift membership. Valid from December 1–31, 2021 to January 10, 2022


Q. Do I have to be a member to get this price?

A. Yes, these great savings are a benefit and privilege of being a member of The Morton Arboretum. Not a member? Want to save, too? Learn more about becoming a member.


Q. How do I get the discount?

A. You can use the website, call the Membership Hotline, or you can come to the Member Services Desk in the Visitor Center. Use the code contained in the email offer you received. You will enter the code on the website payment page when you checkout.


Q. How soon does the holiday gift membership begin for my gift recipient?

A.  Holiday gift memberships are active as soon as the gift order is confirmed and payment received. A temporary membership card will be emailed to your gift recipient if you wish or emailed to you as the gift giver. The membership may be used immediately, or you may wish to wait to present the gift at a later time.


Q. When does this holiday gift membership expire?

A. A holiday gift membership purchased between November 1, 2021 and Jan 10, 2022 will expire on January 31, 2023. If you purchase your gift in November, that’s like getting a month of membership free!


Q. Can members renew their own membership at these special rates?

A. No, this promotion is for NEW gift memberships only and intended as a gift for family or friends residing at different addresses than you as the gift giver. Morton Arboretum memberships are household memberships.


Q. What happens if the intended gift recipient is already a part of a current, active household membership?

A. We’re sorry! Current, active household memberships are not eligible. This promotion is intended for NEW gift memberships.*


Q. Can a Temporary Membership card be emailed immediately (as soon as order is confirmed) to EITHER me as the gift giver or to my gift recipient?

A. Yes, if you, as the gift giver, designate that your gift recipient should receive the temporary card(s), they can be notified by email immediately. By default, the cards will be emailed to the gift giver.


Q. What information do I need to provide to expedite the ordering process?

A. As the gift giver, you need to:

  1. Provide your Morton Arboretum membership ID
  2. Identify the gift recipient who should be the Primary Member (this is generally the person who is the primary contact for membership, tickets, and events). All emails will be sent to the primary member in the future.
  3. Identify a secondary member for the membership if applicable.  Also known as the “secondary member.” Must be at least 18 years of age and living at the same address.)


Q. How long does it take to receive a NEW holiday gift membership through the mail?

A. If you place your order before December 5, 2021 we guarantee that your gift will be in the mail to you or your gift recipient before the holiday. However, the U.S. Post office has announced a slower delivery time for even first-class mail this holiday season. The Morton Arboretum cannot be responsible for what happens to the mail once it leaves our facility.


Q. Can I/we – as the gift giver – designate where to send a permanent membership card as soon as it is available?

A. Yes, as the gift giver you must designate who should receive the permanent membership card(s). Cards will arrive at your gift recipient’s address within 3 to 4 weeks. By default, the cards will be mailed to you as the gift giver.


Q. Is a gift membership tax deductible?

A. Yes, you as the gift giver will receive an official Tax Identification letter stating the amount of the gift made to The Morton Arboretum, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.


Q. How long does it take to fully process a NEW holiday gift membership?

A. Processing a gift membership live at the Member Services Desk in our Visitor Center, by phone on our Membership Hotline can take 6 to 8 minutes for the average order. More complex or detailed orders can take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. If you are purchasing more than one gift, because of our sale software, each one must be processed as a separate transaction. We appreciate your patience and understanding!


Q. Where will the receipt for the gift purchase/transaction be sent? Who will receive the tax receipt?

A. The gift giver always receives a separate receipt by email when the transaction is completed. In addition, you as the gift giver will receive a tax letter through the U.S. mail.


Q. What does my gift recipient receive if I choose to have the membership mailed?

A. Your gift recipient will receive a mailed packet with the new member card(s). A letter will be included to inform your recipient that you are the gift giver, (they will never see any information about the payment or the amount of the gift). And, as a new member, your gift recipient will be enrolled in our First-Year Touch Program for first-year members. They will receive tips for making the most of their new membership and information about Arboretum events, activities, and other special member opportunities.


*A NEW gift membership may be for someone who has never been a member at The Morton Arboretum OR it may also be purchased for someone who was a former member IF that membership expired prior to August 31, 2021.