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More holiday gift ideas from the U

From eNews, December 1, 2005

If you're still searching for a unique or unusual gift for a friend or loved one, check out these options from the University of Minnesota. You'll find something to appeal to all of the senses, as well as most budgets.

Gentle Leader head collar

In the late 1980s, Robert K. Anderson, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota, co-invented the Gentle Leader head collar for dogs with trainer Ruth Foster. Since then, the head collar has revolutionized the ability of owners to communicate with their pet in a humane, yet effective, way. In 2002, it was on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of History. By 2003, more than 1.3 million Gentle Leaders had been sold in the United States, plus hundreds of thousands more around the world. Gentle Leaders can be purchased from Animal Behavior Services at the University's Veterinary Medical Center. The collars come in a variety of colors and sizes and cost about $18. For more information, call 612-624-0797.

Adopt a raptor

The Raptor Center at the University treats approximately 800 hawks, falcons, eagles, and owls each year--along with an occasional trumpeter swan or other endangered bird. The Raptor Center offers people the opportunity to "adopt" a raptor or release a raptor to the wild as a gift. The cost ranges from $120 to adopt a raptor to $1,500 to release an eagle. To learn more about adopting and releasing a raptor, contact Meredith Godfrey at 612-624-1353 or

Adopt a diorama--a moving experience

Your gift will help the Bell Museum move its priceless dioramas to its hoped-for new location on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. All donations are appreciated, but donors who contribute $60 or more will receive a vintage View-Master and reels of all the museum's dioramas. This special gift offer will be in effect until December 31, 2005. To make a gift, please call 612-626-9603 or donate online at

Theatre at the U

Give the gift of theatre this holiday season as the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance offers gift certificates to its University Theatre Mainstage Season at Rarig Center, as well as the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. Upcoming spring shows at Rarig Center include "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Las Meninas," and "Cabaret," and this summer, take the family to George M. Cohan's "Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway" on board the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. For more information, call 612-625-4001.

U-made cheese

All of the items sold at the Dairy Food Products Salesroom are made fresh on the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul. Among the most popular items are the Nuworld spread, Gouda Cheese, aged cheddar, and ice cream. You can give gift certificates-available in $5 and $10 increments-or gift boxes that come in three different sizes (see below). The store is located in Room 166 of the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science, 1354 Eckles Avenue, and is open on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. The deadline for ordering a holiday gift box is Wednesday, December 21. For more information, contact Jodi Nelson at or 612-624-7776. Large box ($29.95)

1/2 lb. cheddar
1/2 lb. Gouda
1/2 lb. creamy Havarti
1/2 lb. dill Havarti
2 - 11 oz. bottles of sparkling apple juice
1 - 4 oz. box of crackers

Medium box ($24.95)

1/2 lb. cheddar
1/2 lb. Gouda
1/2 lb. creamy Havarti
1/2 lb. dill Havarti

Small box ($19.95)

1/2 lb. Gouda
1/2 lb. dill Havarti

Care packages for students

Send your student a "hug from home" with one of the care packages from Gopher Express. You can choose from packages titled Finals Edition, 4.0 Package, Healthy Snacks, Morning Break, and Get-Well Wish. The packages are priced between $25 and $40, and there's free delivery to any on-campus residence hall. For more information or to order a care package, call Johnna Nynas at 612-624-8603 or visit Gopher Express.

For the globetrotter

Travel supplies Learning Abroad Travel Services offers the best price on a number of travel accessories, such as neck pouches, money belts, electrical adapters, sleepsacks (which are a lightweight alternative to carrying around regular sheets), and microfiber towels--lightweight, quick-drying and easy to pack (also handy to have in your gym bag.) All travel products can be purchased in the Learning Abroad Center office in 230 Heller Hall on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

Holiday offer #1 10 percent discount on any two products
15 percent discount on any three products
(Products will include Lonely Planet books, money belts, and sleepsacks.)

Europe: Hop on, hop off The Learning Abroad Center is one of the premier issuing offices in the Midwest for European rail passes and tickets, including: Eurailpass--economical travel in 17 European countries
Eurostar--connects London and Paris or London and Brussels in just 2.5 hours
Eurail Greece 'n Italy pass--four days in two months; costs between $200 and $299
ScanRail 'n Drive--to Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden (between $203 and $453)

To find out more about rail travel in Europe from an experienced traveler, attend a Rail Europe Info Session. These brief, informal meetings take place every Monday at 2:30 p.m. in 230 Heller Hall. Learn more about rail passes and get advice for planning your own adventure in Europe.

Holiday Offer #2 For a limited time only, buy a railpass (with no agency fee) and receive a 20 percent discount off of a Lonely Planet book (guide, phrase, etc.)

For those who bleed maroon and gold

UMAA membership Join, renew with, or purchase a gift membership to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) to celebrate the holiday season and receive a free thermos (while supplies last). Membership makes the holiday season last the whole year through by giving you access to dozens of exciting rewards including Minnesota magazine. By becoming a member, you will be supporting the ongoing efforts of the UMAA in advocating for educational excellence at the U. Call 1-800-862-5687 today to activate a membership and receive the thermos. Offer good through December 9, 2005.

Marching Band CD The Bookstore carries a CD of the University of Minnesota Marching Band, along with a coffee table book called Hats Off to Thee with the history of the band. Many alumni and staff might find these items interesting and fun to give as gifts.