Dec. 2, 2010

Gift-giving made easy: A guide to some campus options

Inside put together its annual collection of gift items available through campus retailers, units and student organizations. Not quite sure what to get someone? Take a look at our list of gift cards, memberships and open houses for some other options.


ISU Alumni Association

This is an Iowa State tie ($45, $39 for members) that any Dad would love. The woven silk tie is exclusive to the alumni association's online store, with a limited quantity available.

Autographed football

Athletics department

The athletics department's online auctions feature one-of-a-kind items, such as autographed memorabilia and gameday experiences. New items are posted on Mondays.


Brunnier Art Museum Store

Recycled chopstick folding baskets ($12-$27) are available at the Brunnier Art Museum Store in either a natural or tea-stained finish. The innovative design comes in three sizes.

Roasterie gift pack

ISU Dining

A selection of coffee blends are part of a Roasterie gift pack ($14.99), available at Bookends, MU Market, and the Business, Courtyard, Design and Gentle Doctor cafés.

Recipe disk

Food science and human nutrition department

The instructional Spend Smart, Eat Smart DVD ($4) offers 15 alternatives to fast food, made in minutes. Shopping and preparation tips are provided on this video, which is offered through the ISU Extension online store.

Stephens plaque

Iowa State Center

For a unique gift idea, the Iowa State Center is offering patrons a chance to name a seat in Stephens Auditorium. A personalized plaque ($300) will be attached to the back of the seat for the life of the chair, with proceeds placed in the performing arts endowment to help with facility maintenance.

ISU gnome

Reiman Gardens gift shop

The Reiman Gardens gift shop is featuring a 65-pound concrete Cy-clgnome ($175). The 3-foot gnome is decked out in cardinal and gold, accented with a Cyclone bandana and ISU flag -- perfect for any Cyclone fan.

Trademark Licensing photo

ISU Trademark Licensing

ISU Trademark Licensing provides links to a selection of new items being produced by vendors. New this year is a LED-lighted art print ($149) of Jack Trice Stadium.

ISU pasta

University Book Store

With a package of Cyclone pasta salad ($5.99), you can put your school spirit on the holiday dinner table. Logo-shaped pasta, a vinaigrette mix and three recipes are included in the packages sold at the University Book Store.

Open houses

Art Mart, Dec. 2-4, Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union
Featuring blown glass, pottery, beaded and sterling silver jewelry and handmade cards. Most items are $8-$20.

CODAC art sale, Dec. 8-10, Design lobby
Work by students in the integrated studio arts program, including ceramics, photography, printmaking, textiles, metals and painting. Most items are $10-$100.

University Book Store, Dec. 3
The winter open house features merchandise specials, book signing, treats, appearances by Cy and prize giveaways.

Student groups

Gift cards, gift certificates