Dec. 1, 2011

Gift ideas that support campus units, groups

by Erin Rosacker

You've tackled Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now try Inside's annual gift guide, which features options available through Iowa State's own campus retailers, units and student organizations. Browse our compilation of holiday open houses, gift certificates and memberships -- perfect for grab bags or that hard-to-shop-for person on your list.

Postcard book

Alumni Association

The "Best of ISU" book of postcards ($20, $15 for members) contains 20 exclusive full-color campus images, taken by VISIONS photographer Jim Heemstra.

Personalized ISU basketball jersey

Athletics Department

Join the team with a customized replica Cyclone basketball jersey ($80). Choose the name and number you want placed on the Nike jersey and wear it with pride.

Caribou Coffee gifts

ISU Dining

Caribou Coffee carries gift items at its Hub location, including skins for mobile devices ($5.99) and reusable coffee sleeves that double as fingerless gloves ($10.99).

Pep band jersey throw pillows

Department of Music

(SOLD OUT) The Iowa State pep band got new jerseys and turned the old ones into throw pillows ($40). The pillows are approximately 12-by-13 inches and represent a colorful part of Hilton Magic.

Stephens Auditorium seat plaque

Iowa State Center

Turn a $300 tax deductible gift to the Iowa State Center's Performing Arts Endowment into a personalized seat at Stephens Auditorium.

12 Days of Christmas in Iowa book

Reiman Gardens

Written and illustrated by Iowa native Sue F. Cornelison, The Twelve Days of Christmas in Iowa ($12.95) includes a "five butterflies" verse referencing Reiman Gardens' butterfly house. The book is one of many holiday items in the gardens' gift shop.

Rotating night lamp

Trademark Licensing

One of this year's newly licensed products is a rotating night lamp ($39.99) which showcases Iowa State's new mascot marks. The lamp stands 12 inches tall and five inches across.

Logo watches

University Book Store

These new Iowa State logo sport watches ($46.99) are available in men's and women's styles. They feature date calendar functions, rotating bezel/timer circles, scratch-resistant crystals and leather bands.

Banner bag

University Marketing

The one-of-a-kind Iowa State banner bags ($30, $25 members) are made of recycled promotional banners once displayed on University Boulevard light poles or campus buildings. Proceeds benefit the university's ongoing banner program and the ISU Alumni Association.

Land-Grant Act anthology

University Museums

The Land-Grant Act and the People's College: Iowa State University ($38) is an anthology about the impact of the Morrill Act during Iowa State's formative years. The full-color book is dedicated to president Gregory Geoffroy, and includes essays by several scholars and contributors with campus ties.

Iowa State golf bag

Veenker Memorial Golf Course

Show your school spirit on the golf course with a Sun Mountain Cyclone cart bag ($179). It's just one of many Cyclone items available at the pro shop, which is open year round.

Open houses, sales

Food Science Club auction items

Food Science Club silent auction

Art Mart
Dec. 1-3, Campanile Room, Memorial Union
The annual sale includes work by artists from the Workspace, Gaffer's Guild and University Print Society. Most items are priced from $8 to $20.

CoDAC Fall Art Sale
Dec. 7-9, Design lobby
The biannual sale includes artwork by students in the integrated studio arts program. A portion of the sales help fund club activities, workshops and guest speakers. Prices range from $10 to $100.

Food Science Club silent auction
Dec. 1, Kildee atrium (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Items up for bid include donations from area food vendors, crafts and baked goods made by club members and department staff.

Student Groups

Gift cards, gift certificates