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Holiday Shopping Around Penn's Campus

December 6, 2011, Volume 58, No. 14

Birds of Mark Catesby 2012 Calendar

Take home artwork from the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library for the holidays. Thirteen of Catesby’s birds from the third edition of The Natural History (1771) are reproduced for this 2012 thirteen-month wall calendar. Each bird is identified with the name given to it by Catesby, followed by both the current common and Latin names. The calendar was produced in conjunction with the Penn Libraries exhibition Variety of the Feather’d Kind: The Birds of Mark Catesby on the first floor. Digital photography for both the calendar and exhibition provided by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image. The calendar is designed by Andrea Gottschalk, exhibition designer & coordinator in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. It’s available online, www.pennlibrarystore.com/ for $13.99.




Electronic Gifts

Computer Connection’s Holiday Sale

The Computer Connection has launched its updated website at www.upenn.edu/computerstore where shoppers will find a link to the holiday events page that details many of the special offers for individual purchasers:

•          Buy any iPad 2 and receive a $50 CCX Gift Card, through December 7;

•          Starting December 8, buy any iPad 2 and receive a free iPad SmartCover, through December 31;

•          Buy any computer and receive a free HP DJ 3050A printer, through December 31;

•          Save $25 on any Monster Beats headphones, through December 31

Plus, stop by the Computer Connection on December 8 and 9, in conjunction with the Penn Bookstore’s annual Salebration days, for giveways, raffles, refreshments and holiday cheer.

The Wishbook  can be downloaded from their new website, and features a special selection of computers and tablets, from Acer, Alienware, Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba. Many other unique and interesting gift ideas can be found inside the Wishbook, too.

Game-Themed Gifts

Want to find the perfect Penn gift that goes along with the Year of Games? Several holiday themed games are in stock at the Penn Bookstore, such as holiday puzzles shaped like gingerbread people, Charlie Brown Christmas Checkers and Tic Tac Toe, and Yahtzee or Jenga Holiday Edition ($12.95-$19.95).

The Bookstore also carries a wide variety of books written by Penn affiliated authors. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players ($16) by Stefan Fatsis, C’85, makes the perfect gift for Scrabble enthusiasts. You might even want to pair it with the exclusive platinum edition of Scrabble ($49.95).

From pennants ($4.98-$24.98) to lanyards ($3.98) to flags ($27.98), the Bookstore has game day Penn items for any sports fan. They also carry a Penn Quakers Deck of Cards ($9.98) for the avid card player.

Be sure to check out the Penn Bookstore December 8 and 9 for their Salebration, where you can save 20% off many items, as well as join in on many other holiday festivities such as having your photo taken in a holiday setting.

Holiday, Floral and Penn Gifts

The Penn Bookstore offers plenty of gifts that can help convey the joy of the season while incorporating Penn pride. To deck the halls, there is a wide array of tree ornaments, ranging in colors and styles ($5.98-$17.98). There are some gifts that would suit any Penn-lover, such as the note card box set, of which each card bears a Penn illustration ($16.98). For chocolate lovers, there is the Penn Quakers Chocolate gift box or bag ($9.98-$14.98). There are even a number of more glamorous items, such as the Penn Palestra Pendant and Toggle Bracelet, both of which feature the red wood from the foul lanes and sideline of the famous basketball arena ($95-$125). Additional items can be found in the Treasure of Penn Gift Catalog at www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pennbookstore/giftcatalog2011/
If you’re looking for a beautiful, tried-and-true gift, Roses Florist offers an abundance of floral arrangements designed for the holidays. You can opt for the classic red poinsettia ($49.99), or try something different, such as the “Let it Snow” bouquet ($54.99), or the Deal of the Day, which gets you the biggest, one-of-a-kind arrangement for your money ($45.99-$85.99). Other options include baskets, such as the “Candy Cane Christmas” basket ($64.99), and centerpieces, such as the “Christmas Wishes Centerpiece” ($79.99). To order, visit them at 36th & Chestnut or online at  www.uofprosesflorist.com or call (215) 387-3440.

Holiday Cards from UPennPrint.com
Choose from four design options that can be personalized with your school/center/department’s specific holiday message. Visit www.UPennPrint.com, and order Penn Holiday Cards, or call Perfect Printing at (856) 787-1877 for customer service help.

Free Animated Holiday eCards
Send Red & Blue holiday greetings the Green way. Visit www.upenn.edu/ecard to see the snow fall on College Green, watch Frosty dance, or shake a snow globe! You can also select from winter scenes or season’s greetings, courtesy of Penn’s Division of Business Services.

International Gifts
Even if you can’t travel the world this holiday season, you can take a world tour while you take care of your holiday shopping. At the Penn Museum shops, you can find gifts representing numerous regions and cultures, past and present.

The jewelry lovers on your list can channel their inner Egyptian with Sacred Cat earrings ($19.99) or an Egyptian Royal Collar ($149.99).

This is also a great place to visit if you want to diversify your decor. You can find Zulu telephone-wire tree ornaments ($10.99), and for an interesting addition to any room, Himalayan Salt Lamps are half off with an additional purchase ($15). Any writer will appreciate a silk journal, handcrafted in Southern China and available in a variety of patterns ($14.99).

For the tea addict on your list, why not try the Ajiri Kenyan Black Tea ($14.99). Besides enjoying the high quality of the tea, you can support a fair trade company that provides income for Kenyan families and educational assistance for orphans of West Kenya.

The Pyramid Shop is also a great stop for picking up gifts for children, as it offers an array of fun and educational items that should enthrall and entertain the young (and young at heart). Instead of another checkers set, you can travel back in time and play the Game of Ur ($44.99), Mancala ($15.99), Senet ($39.99) or King’s Table ($34.99). There are also numerous books and stuffed animals. The proceeds from both stores go to support the Penn Museum.

Music CDs by Penn Groups

The coed jazz and pop a cappella group Counterparts has released its latest album After Hours. The CD features songs from the past and present including Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding and Sway by the Pussycat Dolls. The album is available by mail for $15. To order, see www.dolphin.upenn.edu/cparts/recordings.html

In honor of its 10th Anniversary, the Jewish a cappella group Penn Shabbatones released Shabbaholics. The group specializes in popular American, Israeli and Jewish music. The CD is available for download on iTunes and from their website for $15. See www.pennshabbatones.com

Interested in Hindi a cappella? Then check out the new CD, Panoramic by Penn Masala. The album fuses Hindi music by mashing together songs and mixing musical styles. The album includes two original tracks, Kaash and Is Pal Mein. Available for $15, the CD can be purchased on their website, www.pennmasala.com

The Chinese a cappella group PennYo mixes Asian songs with popular American pop. Their latest album, Extra Spicy, is available for purchase through their website, ranging from $8.99 to $12.97. See www.pennyo.org/





Recreational Gifts

Whether they are a player or a spectator, the Penn Athletics online store, www.PennAthletics.com/shop/, has something for everyone on your gift list. Support the Quakers with t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats from every Penn team from football to swimming to golf.  For the history buff, order the Special Collector’s Edition DVD of “The Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball” for $24.99. See www.palestradocumentary.com

For the runner on your gift list, Philadelphia Runner carries more than just shoes. Keep them hydrated with a fuel belt for $41.95 and visible with Amphipod LED flash safety lights ($12.95). Stuff a stocking with small items from the inexpensive, like a Timex pedometer ($19.95) to the extravagant, such as a Garmin GPS-enabled sport watch ($200-$300). 

For those into extreme sports, Eastern Mountain Sports offers a huge selection of climbing and camping equipment. For the more casual athlete, the store carries everything from Frisbees (try the PHD pocket disk at $12.76) to Prism box kites ($26) to Guatemalan footbags ($5.95-$16.95). For wintertime fun, pick up a Zipfy freestyle mini luge ($31.96), colorful disk sleds or the Snow Tracball snowball maker (both $12.95).

Trophy Bikes carries bicycles and accessories.  Warm them up with Smartwool Spring gloves ($69) or PhD socks ($21.95) and keep them safe with a bike lock ($89), a Planet Bike Superflash light ($29), or a shiny new Crane bell ($15).

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