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Holidays: Penn-Style
December 4, 2007, Volume 54, No. 14

Start or finish your holiday shopping right here on campus.
Almanac has put together a sampling of gift ideas available both on campus and
beyond that offer a range of items from everyday essentials to one-of-a-kind treasures.
In keeping with Penn’s commitment to sustainability, environmentally friendly gift ideas
are also included and are denoted with this image leaf.
For your convenience, items are grouped by categories.
For those who would rather shop online, the stores’ websites are listed, if available.

Holiday Shopping Around Campus


The Natural Shoe Store is apt to have a pair of shoes for even the most selective of shoppers. Browse through their extensive selection of boots, sneakers, shoes and slippers and you’ll be sure to find something comfortable and reasonably-priced for men, women and children. The environmentally-conscious shopper should be sure to buy from their many earth-friendly labels, including vegan/non-leather alternatives. Head there soon as their sale will only last until January. leaf

University Jewelers sells jewelry items of all types in 14-karat gold and sterling silver, including distinctive Penn jewelry, with prices starting at $20. They also sell pearls, clocks, watches, picture frames and jewelry-cleaning products. During this holiday season, they will offer free gift-wrapping and extended Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in addition to discounts on select jewelry items.

Take advantage of Modern Eye’s year-round coupons and end-of-year, brand-specific sales. This offbeat full-service optical shop offers professional eye care and has a large selection of fine eyewear and designer sunglasses, including Gucci, Prada, and Oakley. More affordable frames and lens packages start at $69. You can also create your own unique look with a pair of their retro frames. See www.modern-eye.com for more information.

Apparel & More

Escape the winter chill and explore LA-based American Apparel. This fashion-forward shop can brighten up any dreary winter wardrobe with its rainbow-colored array of t-shirts, sweatshirts, turtlenecks and even casual dresses. Its accessories include tights, leggings, knee-socks, belts, and gym bags. And make sure to buy their Dog T for your furry friend! You can also pick out items from their Sustainable Edition, which includes styles in certified organic cotton. Check out www.americanapparel.net for more information or online shopping. leaf

Urban Outfitters is a one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs. Decorate your home without draining your pockets with selected houseware items on sale for $19.99 and dinnerware, two for $15. All women’s outerwear is 25% off, so pick out a special jacket for the woman in your life. And spread the gift of giving. When you buy a Young Survival tote for $15, all proceeds go directly to the Young Survival Coalition, a non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters. Urban Outfitters also features an eclectic assortment of shoes, books, shirts, jeans and electronic appliances. On sale are sweaters for $29, select sneakers for $39 or less and solid tees are two for $24. Prices for most sale apparel items range from $9.99 or less to $29.99. See www.urbanoutfitters.com.

Professional women, glamour queens and laid-back ladies alike can shop at Ann Taylor LOFT for classically tailored clothing. Their selection features dress suits, casual clothing and evening gowns. Accomplish a put-together look with their unique collection of accessories; belts, shoes, scarves, hair bands, hats and clutches. On sale now are 100% cotton tees for $16.99 and sale items are reduced up to 60%, with an extra 30% off of select sale items. Shop online at www.anntaylorloft.com.

With a selection ranging from party dresses and dress shirts to fashionable t-shirts and sweaters, the Gap is the authority on both dressing to impress and dressing down. Their wide-range of jean cuts will also help you to find your new favorite pair of jeans. Their accessories include coats, gloves, caps, clutches, ballet flats and belts. Indulge yourself with the GapBody line, featuring skin care, fragrance and cologne. Buy any products from the Gap’s (Product) Red line and half of all proceeds will be donated to the Global Fund to help children and women suffering from AIDS in Africa. Save 15% off of your purchases when you open up a GapCard account. Go to www.gap.com.  

Bath and Beauty

For the beauty buffs on your gift list, visit Douglas Cosmetics. The shop offers a wide range of bath and beauty products, including cosmetic items, body creams and lotions, and fragrances for women and men. Douglas provides a selection of many brands, including Clinique, MAC, Chanel, Dior, and Ralph Lauren. Douglas boasts “the most luxurious body care,” so stop in to sample fresh-smelling fragrances and creams. Make a purchase and receive a discount card to receive 10% off a subsequent purchase. Also, sign up to become a Douglas VIP and receive daring discounts, super samples, and prime products. In addition, Douglas is offering multiple makeovers and other beauty events. See their website for dates and times, www.douglascosmetics.com.

Books and News

Stay informed this season with Avril 50.  The store contains a wide collection of domestic and international periodicals and journals for many interests: arts, politics, literature, etc.  This newsstand also sells a wide variety of chocolates (most international, some organic), flavored and special roasted coffees, and loose leaf teas for all your brewing desires. leaf

A longtime favorite of Penn professors, the Penn Book Center is an independently owned bookstore with a lot of character. In the non-fiction Ecology and Ecological Science & Environmental Action sections, shoppers will find numerous titles dealing with the topics of global warming and climate change.  The Earth Charter in Action: Toward a Sustainable World is a compilation of contributions from world environmental leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Wangari Maathai, who spoke at Penn last year (hardcover $39). Other titles include The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Step at a Time (paper $12.95), and Environmental Problem Solving: A How-To Guide (paper 19.95). leaf


If you’re a real Quaker fan, you’ll want everything from this athletic season! Try a Penn FanBook, including photos, rosters, schedules, and scores from the football team.  Because it’s your book, you decide what goes in it.  This 8.5” by 11” professionally printed, hard- or soft-cover FanBook can be customized online—with the option of adding personal photos. Domestic shipping is free. Starting at $34.95, this book is sure to please the Penn sports fan in your life. Visit www.pennathletics.com/ext/fanbook/index.dbml to get started!

Located in the Shops at 40th street, the Last Word Bookshop is sure to entertain holiday shoppers with shelves and shelves of gently used and recycled books from all genres.  This store has a friendly vibe, complete with the quintessential bookstore cat roaming the establishment. The Last Word Bookshop is organized enough to locate what you’re looking for, but chances are, you’ll end up leaving with additional finds as well!  This is recycling at its finest. leaf

Nestled between the fraternities and sororities on the 3900 block of Spruce, House of Our Own Bookstore has been serving the Penn community for decades by offering books for courses as well as an array of new and gently used titles.  Upon entering the store, cleverly disguised as a Victorian home, shoppers will notice the intricately designed covers of the rare book collection in the first room.  House of Our Own also boasts a collection of out-of-print books and a few language sections. leaf

Penn Museum Publications is offering a 50% discount on select titles purchased through their website, now through the holiday season. New books include Presence Passing by photographer Andrea Baldeck, and Studies on Istanbul and Beyond edited by Robert G. Ousterhout, professor of the history of art and director of the Center for Ancient Studies. Be sure to plug in “HG7” when you visit the Publications shopping cart for any of the books on sale. Shop online at www.museum.upenn.edu/new/publications/index.shtml.

Electronics and Music

Ritz Camera carries cameras and camcorders for both amateurs and professionals, as well as accessories of all sorts. Choose from a wide assortment of film and digital cameras, memory cards and film, lighting kits, filters, tripods, printers, photo-papers, frames and books. When you’re done taking pictures, Ritz also offers film developing, scanning, and printing, and a range of digital print solutions. Shop online at www.ritzcamera.com.

If you happen to be in need of a new computer, the Computer Connection is the place to go. For Penn faculty, staff, students, and employees of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, it provides exclusive, discounted pricing and warranties in excess of those typically offered by most major computer stores. In addition, the Computer Connection sells external hard-drives, printers, mp3 players and all sorts of software. Take advantage of the Computer Connection’s upcoming holiday sale featuring  new discounts on the entire line of iPods, lower prices on Apple, Dells and Lenovo computers, and a free Canon MP210 printer ($99 value) with any personal computer purchase (limited number available). For more suggestions, visit http://upenn.edu/computerstore/wish where you can download the 20-page 2007 Holiday Wishbook.

On the second floor of the Penn Bookstore, you’ll find a varied selection of music, movies, and television shows. In addition to new releases and popular classics, the Bookstore sells some albums by Penn groups; be sure to look for the Penn Band’s Five Score and Several Years To Go for $18.99 and the Penn Glee Club’s Echoes and Tradition for $18.99. Each of the albums and recordings from past years, can also be found online at, respectively, www.pennband.net and www.penngleeclub.com.

The Marvelous! offers a diverse selection of new and used LPs and CDs. With tens of thousands of records and thousands of compact discs, you are bound to find something interesting for the music lover in your life. If music isn’t your thing, the Marvelous! also stocks hundreds of independent and foreign comic books and graphic novels, along with all the standards one would expect to find in a comic store. leaf

Gifts: Cards, Stationery, Unique

Roses Florist is a veteran shop on Penn’s campus. After more than a quarter-century of operation in University City, it is still the place to shop for floral gifts. Whether you are a romantic or a botanist at heart, Roses Florist has a gift for you. This season the shop offers lovely holiday items like wreaths, gift baskets and poinsettias. Items are also available online at www.uofprosesflorist.com.

To encourage everyone in the Penn community to reduce, reuse and recycle, Penn Dining sells Earthwise reusable bags for $1 each. Available at C3 1920 Commons, Savory on Spruce or Houston Market, the bag entitles the bearer to a five-cent discount on any purchase over $3 when the bag is reused at any Penn Dining location.

Black Cat is the place to pick up unique holiday gifts for friends and family members of all ages. Wooden utensils, hand-painted ceramic dishes and decorations, cat-shaped wall clocks and unique bags are some of the special gifts Black Cat offers. The shop provides a wide selection of hand-made items, crafted by local designers and artists. Many of the store’s products are made of green and recycled materials as well as fair trade. Black Cat offers its customers free gift wrapping this holiday season.

To order online visit www.blackcatshop.com. leaf

White Dog Cafe is a restaurant known for its “blend of award-winning cuisine and social activism.” The restaurant also sells items such as plates, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and hats with its signature White Dog logo. White Dog also offers events that “please palates while raising consciousness.” The Cafe is offering some of its cooking recipes to the public in its White Dog the Penn Bookstore. Or, as another great gift idea, take a special someone to the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring an elegant dinner, romantic music with a violin and piano, and dancing later in the evening. For those who aren’t night owls, stop in for the New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner and party ($60 per person plus tax and gratuity for late seating after 8:30 p.m.; a la carte early seating from 6-7:45 p.m.) and recommended for the brunch. See www.whitedog.com. leaf


The Museum Shop is a great place to shop for the non-traditional gift-giver. Purchase one-of-a-kind jewelry items, apparel, books, and stationery, among other special gifts that coincide with featured exhibits. For example, the Human Effigy Pin ($38) is a feature coinciding with the current “River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte” exhibit. The pin is one of many reproductions of select items in the Museum. There are fun gifts for kids, too, in the Pyramid Shop. Purchase items such as an Old Mummy card game ($15.95), Hieroglyphics Decoder Kit ($10), and backpack sets featuring various civilizations.  All purchases benefit the Museum, and Penn Museum members receive a 10% discount on all items, whether online or in the shop. Shop online at www.museum.upenn.edu/new/shop/index.shtml.


Search the official online store for Penn Athletics to buy official Quakers gear. The store features sport-specific apparel like women’s and men’s t-shirts, shorts and outerwear. You can also buy Champion gear as well as gifts and collectibles, from key chains to license plates. Some of their most popular items include the sport-specific t-shirts and the Palestra documentary DVD. This holiday season the site is offering free shipping for orders of $100 or more until December 10. Shop online at www.pennathletics.com.

The Penn Bookstore offers a wide variety of Penn insignia items to keep all members of your family warm. A children’s Penn sweatshirt is just $22.98, and comes in the same style as many adult sweatshirts starting at $44.98.  Knit scarves ($14.98) and hats ($19.98) are also a great way to show your school spirit and fight off the winter weather. Sweatshirt material blankets ($29.98) in gray or navy blue are sensible yet spirited gifts to show someone you care.  For men, ties and bowties at $34.98 and Ralph Lauren Polo shirts with Penn embroidery at $75 are great ways to dress up.

In addition, you can find jackets, mugs and sweatpants at the Penn Spirit Shop. And the Alumni Shop features the Penn Collection, which includes ties, hats, polos, and pens. You can even get Fido a Penn dog collar. Also buy Penn car decals and keychains. Save when you buy from the selection of reduced Penn apparel in the sales section. Shop online at www.upenn.bkstore.com.

The Pride of Penn fine jewelry collection provides a unique and sophisticated way to display your Penn Pride. With the University shield as its foundation, the focal point of each piece is inspired by distinct architectural elements that define the University’s campus, from the Ivy Stone to the windows of College Hall.  The collection is designed and handcrafted in Philadelphia by LAGOS and is available in sterling silver and 18-karat gold.


A Penn Gift Basket is a great way to acknowledge any holiday or special event.  Baskets range from the fun “Red & Blue” basket of everyday items to the luxury “1740” basket of premium Penn paraphernalia.  Create your own custom gift basket and receive a 10% discount. The Bookstore will even deliver to on-campus locations at no extra charge! For information about ordering gift baskets please call (215) 898-7595.

Framable Art–Looking for the perfect gift for a Penn alum?  Let them display their Penn Pride on the walls of their home or office!  Penn Bookstore is now selling beautiful, powerfully stunning photographs that capture University of Pennsylvania’s traditional past and gloried present. These images are being sold in high-quality, hardwood, custom-embossed frames.

Looking for Penn gear to share with family and friends, but can’t get to campus? Check out the Shop@Penn for your traditional items to show your Penn pride. With over 20 logos for each item, the Shop@Penn features Penn insignia for each school. And alumni are not forgotten here—there are special alumni items, as well as reunion merchandise. Special gift items include a Penn tin of mints, a two-tone Penn umbrella, and a class of 1957 baseball cap. Shop from your computer at www.shopatpenn.com.


Shop Green at the
Penn Bookstore

Penn Bookstore sells eco-friendly items ranging from recycled 2 pocket portfolios in assorted pastel colors, recycled notebooks and pens, to GE Energy Efficient Light Bulbs. Every time you see the environmental logo, you know it’s a Penn sustainable product! 

Penn Enviro-Tote ($9.99)–Support the Planet in Style!  The Enviro-Tote is made from 100% recyclable material.


Penn Enviro-Mug ($14.99)–Save Money, Save the Planet!  Buy the enviro-mug and refill at the Penn Bookstore to get 10% off your hot beverage.  

Don’t forget about the Penn Bookstore Annual Holiday Sale, December 13 and 14. Save 20% on a wide selection of holiday gifts throughout the store. Complimentary hot chocolate and desserts will be served from 4-6 p.m. (Cannot be combined with other offers.  Excludes textbooks.  Other guidelines may apply.) leaf


Almanac - December 4, 2007, Volume 54, No. 14