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A new executive leather chair with the U of M logo and Goldy on the back.

Holiday gift ideas from the U

From eNews, December 4, 2003

If you're still looking for that unique gift for someone special, try shopping at the Unversity of Minnesota. The following are our suggestions for holiday gifts. For the overseas-bound
Know a student who's planning to study abroad? Give him or her a copy of Maximizing Study Abroad, written by the U's Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, for fun and informative tips on learning language and culture. The book is $12 at the U Bookstore or For ice cream or cheese lover
The U's Dairy Store is offering holiday ice cream flavors including peppermint stick, eggnog, pumpkin, and cinnamon. Pints are $1.50; half gallons are $4. Cheese is also a specialty here and runs from $2.50 to $4 a pound. The products are made by students and faculty from the food science and nutrition department. Gift certificates are available in $5 and $10 increments. The store is open on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and is located on the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul (166 Andrew Boss Meat Science Building). For more information, call 612-624-7776. For the knowledge-starved
Have friends who want to learn how to end world hunger, grow a better garden, and eat healthier with herbs? Then register them for the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences's "Classes Without Quizzes" on Saturday, April 3, on the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul. The cost is $20 ($15 for UMAA members). To reserve a spot, call Mary Buschette at 612-624-1745. For those with a green thumb
The 2004 Minnesota Gardening calendar explodes with color and serves up numerous gardening and landscaping tips. It's published by the U of M Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station and is available for $7 at the U Bookstore or online here. And to make this gift extra special, get it autographed by gardening expert Deb Brown. She'll sign copies and talk shop on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at the bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis. For the Gopher who has it all
What do you get the Gopher who has too many maroon and gold T-shirts, mugs, and golf socks? A University of Minnesota leather executive desk chair, his or her name on a tree, or the chance to release a bird of prey. The chair is made with top-grain cowhide and features an embroidered Goldy Gopher on the headrest, along with leather padded arms, a pneumatic lift, and 360-degree turning capability. To learn more about this chair and services like custom engraving or embroidery at the U Bookstore, call 612-625-6000. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Tree Tribute allows you to hang a personalized message on one of its many trees. For about $1,000, you get the option of selecting the tree or giving someone a private golf-cart tour to choose his or her own tree to hang that message. To learn more, call 952-443-1440 or e-mail Through the U's Raptor Center, you can buy the opportunity to release a rehabilitated eagle, hawk, owl, or falcon to the wild. The cost ranges from $500 for a small falcon or hawk to $1,500 for an eagle. In addition to releasing the bird, your gift includes Patron member benefits for one year, a photo of the bird, and a certificate of recognition. To learn more about this and the center's Adopt-a-Raptor program, call 612-624-6146 or e-mail For all
Buy holiday CDs and ornaments or all-season waterproof jackets in a variety of colors at the Bulldog Shop on the Duluth campus. Also available is a collection of new hats, mittens, and scarves. For more information, see

Postcards featuring four University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, campus scenes by U photographer Tom Foley are available from University Relations. To see the photos and to order a set, go to Each set of 16 is $5. For copies of the 2003-04 Even Mother Nature Loves Maroon and Gold poster and notecards, see

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