The Coca-Cola Company began in 1886, when John Pemberton, a pharmacist at the time, mixed together a carmel-coloured concoction. He brought it next door to Jacob's Pharmacy, added soda water to the mixture and voila, Coca-Cola was born. Since then, the brand has gained worldwide recognition with people consuming the beverage across the globe. If there is a Coke enthusiast in your life, purchase him a Coke-themed gift for his birthday or upcoming holiday.
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Trip to the Coke Museum
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the World of Coca-Cola is a museum dedicated to all things Coke. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Coke museum offers a 90-minute guided tour that covers the history of Coke. At the very end of the tour, you get to taste Coke products from around the world. This includes Coke sold in other countries, such as England, France and Japan. A trip to the Coke museum is an ideal gift for someone who lives in the Atlanta area or is planning a visit there. Additionally, for those visiting Las Vegas, there is a satellite museum located on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip), which houses a smaller amount of memorabilia and also serves as a store.
The World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1807
The World of Coca-Cola Las Vegas
3785 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-4333
Coca-Cola advertising is collected by many Coke buffs around the globe. Like other collectable items, the age, rarity and condition play a part into the value of the item. Examples of Coca-Cola advertising collectibles include restaurant signs and magazine ads to more specialised items such as trays and mirrors. If the recipient has a collection of advertising, think of a piece that she has yet to collect that she might want to add to her growing collection.
Rather than just purchasing a case of Coke from the local store, plan ahead and purchase Coke when you are on your next trip abroad. The design and art on the can will be unique to the country and the time period. Additionally, the flavour of the Coke may differ as the water used to make the beverage differs around the globe. Place the Coke in a container inside your checked luggage so it does not spill in case the can gets pierced or the bottle breaks.
Coca-Cola realises that another way to market its product is to have people wear Coke gear in their everyday lives. Coke produces a host of T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and loungewear. Scour online auction websites and thrift stores for vintage Coca-Cola clothing that is either new or gently worn. Some enthusiasts choose to collect the clothes rather than wear them.
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