Holiday Shopping Around Campus
Almanac staff and students took the annual trek
around the block, up the street and down the walk to see what was waiting
to be bought and wrapped for the holidays. So much was found, that is is
the first of two installments, with the remainder to be brought by reindeer
for next week's issue. This section contains several time-sensitive events
like the Bookstore's Sale-A-Bration, the Museum's Surprise Discount Days,
the A-3 Assembly Holiday Bazaar, Amazulu at I-House next weekend and the
nearby Bazaar Shop's Sale days, with PENNCard.
The Museum Shop
at the University Museum offers a large selection of quality, unique gift
items from around the world. Hand-blown glass paperweights of various sizes
from Josh Simpson's "Planets" series are one-of-a-kind ($30 to
$1000), and an accompanying stand adds emphasis ($16). Necklaces of hand-made,
multi-colored glass beads from Italy ($37 to $58) will accentuate any wardrobe.
Bracelets of the same style are also available ($18).
For the gentlemen, a selection of internationally-themed
neckware ($32) and ties featuring a unique hieroglyphic design ($46) will
surely have a worldly appeal.
A number of CD's containing music of Chinese, Celtic,
African, and Latin origin ($15- $17) can be previewed before purchase and
are guaranteed to be enjoyed by any music lover.
Also available are stone paperweights featuring
significant symbols from around the world ($19-$39), including the popular
A 5" replica of the head and shoulders of
King Tut's Sarcoffagus on a marble stand will thrill any fan of ancient
Egypt ($129), and a full-size aluminum and steel skeleton chair will interest
any admirer of the off-beat ($450).
Personalized Egyptian cartouch pendants display
a loved one's name in the ancient language of hieroglyphics, and are available
in silver ($60), gold ($215 - $325), and a combination of the two ($95).
A large selection of pendants and pins modeled
after artifacts of the ancient world can be found, and will become an interesting
piece for any jewelry lover's collection. Any of the amazing variety of
books available (ranging in topic from Korean-style cooking to the lives
of Ancient Sumerians) will surely help quench your gift recipient's thirst
for knowledge as well.
A replica of the Dead Sea Scrolls ($28) makes for
an excellent conversation piece, and one of a large variety of University
Museum coffee mugs ($6.75) will further prove that one can never have enough
The Pyramid Shop
at the University Museum is home to a large number of colorful and unique
items that are sure to please any gift recipient. A large number of craft
kits, games, books, and toys with a global theme will be suitable action
figure alternatives for any child, and replicas of ancient Egyptian scarabs
($1.40 - $1.87) make wonderful stocking stuffers. Other possible stocking
stuffers include world culture sticker and activity books ($1) and Mayan
Oracle pendants ($4.67) that consist of significant Mayan symbols and explanations
A sizeable hand-crafted clay sculpture of a Peruvian
storyteller surrounded by eager listeners ($50) will make an interesting
centerpiece on any coffee table, and a sturdy replica of a Native American
totem ($12.95-$50) is sure to do the same. Unique 1000-piece puzzles featuring
fantastic artwork of Noah's Ark, the lost city of Atlantis, and the Great
Pyramid at Giza ($15 each) will challenge any puzzle afficionado while their
children wrestle with a 165-piece variety of the same ($10).
Children are also sure to love the toy and book
adventures ($17.95) featuring the Great Pyramid and life in the Arctic.
Incense fragrances (25 cents) will please any lover
of interesting scents, and a unique pyramid holder ($5.95) will add a bit
of ancient Egyptian style to incense burning.
For those who want to shop around the world without
leaving their seat, it is now possible to shop for gifts from the Museum's
homepage where color photos depict some of the options.
In addition, both the Museum Shop and the
Pyramid Shop are currently having a special sale of sorts. Any holder
of a University I.D. is entitled
to a "surprise discount" of between 10 and 100 percent on any
single visit to either of these shops from December 9 through 14. Interested
shoppers can receive a blue scratch-off card at the museum shops; the discount
becomes revealed upon purchase. Don't bother trying to peek--we've tried,
it can't be done.
Penn Press Books
Penn Press offers an assortment of titles for this
holiday season: Aeschylus, I and Euripides, 2 from the Penn
Greek Drama Series, the first comprehensive series of Classical Greek drama
in translation for nearly 50 years; ABC of Architecture, sold-out
of its second printing; The Cat in Ancient Egypt, for cat lovers
and history buffs alike; Captain Watson's Travels in America, the Sketchbooks
and Diary of Joshua Rowley Watson, 1772-1818; Ms. Mentor's Impeccable
Advice for Women in Academia, practical and irreverent advice in a Q
and A format. These titles from the Press are on view at the Funderburg
Information Center, 3401 Walnut St. for those who want to see the life-size
versions. Meanwhile, for those who want to purchase these or other books
from the Press, head to the Penn Boookstore or the Penn Book Center.
Just a few of the Penn Press titles
If you are the type to wait for the last minute
to do your holiday shopping, then here are a few places that may help you
in your quest.
annual Holiday Crafts Market Place will be held on Saturday & Sunday,
December 13-14, noon-8 p.m. at International House. Arts and crafts by African-American
artists and entrepreneurs will include hand-crafted jewelry, cultural clothing,
African artifacts, jewelry-making classes, massage therapy, books and many
other Afrocentric gift items. Cultural & commerce workshops will be
held and special guest speaker, Dr. Asa Hillard will appear on Saturday.
(All workshops are free with Admission) Admission $1, Children Free (12
The Bazaar Shop
at International House is a great place to visit if you're looking for that
special item. They feature gifts from around the world: vests from Guatemala,
flowerpots from Portugal, and glassware from Egypt and Mexico. The Bazaar
Shop even has a wide range of stocking stuffers. Stop in from December 15-21
and receive a 15% discount when you present your PENNCard.
Eckerd on the
3700 block of Walnut Street is a cozy place with some holiday-oriented items.
Their selection of gifts is limited to small trinkets and ornaments; but
they do have a wider selection of gift wrap and greeting cards. For bargains,
check their weekly circular for sale items.
Going a block and a half more, you will find CVS.
Offering everything from a photo shop to tree ornaments, the last minute
shopper may find every essential last minute item all in one place. CVS
has an entire aisle devoted to the holiday season. They have a wide variety
of lights, candy, and even toys for the kids. Did you forget someone on
your card list? Fret not. CVS has a wide selection of boxed and individual
cards in stock. Look in their circular for weekly specials and sales.
If you need to ship something across the city or
to points beyond, stop in Mailboxes, Etc. Located near Eckerd, they
can help you pack, seal, and send your holiday gift to that special someone.
Don't worry if you don't have packaging material because they have that
too. Oh, MBE--that's their nickname--is also the place to go if you want
to drop off your UPS or FedEx package.
Are you looking for holiday gifts? Look no further
than Spruce Street. You can find a gift for practically everyone on your
Steve and Barry's,
on the 3700 block of Spruce Street, offers a great selection of everything
with Penn on it. Their ongoing "buy one get one free" deal offers
you tremendous savings on T-shirts ($12.98, $17.98 long sleeved) for kids
and adults, printed sweatshirts ($39.98), embroidered sweatshirts ($51.98),
and adjustable hats ($15.98). If you are interested in buying one printed
sweatshirt and receiving a "free" embroidered sweatshirt, it will
cost you $45.98. Steve and Barry's has Penn mugs starting from $3.98 and
a Ben Franklin tree ornament for $9.98. These items, however, are not buy
one get one free.
A few yards down from Steve and Barry's is the
Grand Shoe Store. There you will find an assortment of women's and men's
shoes. Designers include Bass, Dr. Martens, Nine West, and Dexter. Prices
begin at around $36.95, but do vary. If you need to have shoes repaired
or just need items for shoe care, the Grand Shoe Store has you covered.
Closer to the Quad is Dolbey's. Though they
specialize in medical-related products, you'll find some interesting gifts
there. Take, for instance, the Anatomy Coloring Book for $16. Adults and
children alike will find this book helpful in learning about the human body.
For the kids who like to play doctor, Dolbey's features the McCoy Econotone
Stethoscope for $23.95. Do you think your doctor speaks in a strange language?
Armed with a copy of Stedman's Medical Dictionary ($44.95), the Physician's
Desk Reference ($71.95), or the Nurse's Hand Book version of
the Physician's Desk Reference ($32.95), you can decipher exactly
what your doctor actually said. Of course, the best gift that Dolbey's offers
is a gift certificate.
If you're looking for a quality, unique book for
the eager-to-read gift recipient, look no further than the House of Our
Own bookstore. A quaint, down-to-Earth shop, House of Our Own features
a large selection of new and used books that are topically organized into
such sections as European Fiction, Latin American Fiction, and Native American
Fiction, as well as non-fiction sections with similar themes. You'll find
a section that contains books exclusively about the city of Philadelphia,
as well as one containing books written by Penn faculty. One can find many
selections of popular literature, ranging from James Joyce's Ulysses
(trade paperback, $17) to David Foster Wallace's popular and comical Infinite
Jest (trade paperback, $14.95). House of Our Own features a ten percent
discount on all hardcovers, as well as a number of used books that are priced
at approximately one-half their original prices. Also especially well-stocked
are contempory non-fiction books and novels that are reviewed in national
3700 Block of Walnut
Know any book worms? Stop by the Penn Book Center.
The Penn Book Center has an extraordinary collection of works of non-fiction
and fiction for the book lover on your shopping list this season. They specialize
in many subjects such as history, race, politics, war, religion, love and
biographies. This season's hot sellers include: Conspiracy by Donald
Pipes, Badland by Jonathan Raban, and Che Guevara by Jon Lee
Anderson. They also feature the latest books by Penn faculty authors. If
you can't find just the right book for that scholarly reader in your life,
the Penn Book Center is the place for you.
For the health nut and tea connoisseur, the perfect
gift can be found at The Seed. They feature a wide range of health
foods including nuts and cookies as well as herbal shampoo and soap. The
Seed features a most exstensive variety of teas, perfect for you and yours
this holiday season.
One gift that never fails to please is jewelry,
and you need not go far to find that perfect gift for that special someone
this year. University Jewelers has a 60-year tradition of providing
this university with all its jewelry needs. They sell all kinds of jewelry,
but perhaps the most unique aspect of University Jewelers is their large
assortment of items which carry the Penn insignia. These include watches,
rings, pendants, pens, mugs, cufflinks and card cases, all in stock and
all of which can be engraved right on the premises. They can even engrave
their beautiful clocks, yet another option for gift giving. They also offer
gift certificates and perhaps you would like to surprise a loved one by
repairing or restoring an old family heirloom for that sentimental touch.
With free gift wrapping and everyday discounts, what more could you ask
for in a jeweler?
'Tis the season for music and you can find all
the latest jazz, blues, and classical releases at Classical Choice.
Gift giving is a snap here if you know that your loved ones value the classics.
With gift certificates and internet access by e-mail and on the web, they are more than convenient.
For the holidays, their sale on box sets of CDs will get you a big thank
you and appreciation for years to come. If that's not enough, well how about
buying a membership for a gift? With names like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis,
and John Coltrane in stock, you are bound to make someone very happy after
a stop to Classical Choice.
Shopping for kids? Shopping for grownups who would
like to be kids? Stop at Out of Time Comics. They have all types
of comic books with a good representation of Marvel, DC Comics, Vertigo
and Magna publishers, among others. They also have an array of t-shirts
featuring such popular super heroes as Spiderman, Superman and Spawn for
only $15 ($16 for XXL), as well as the new trend for today's youth,
role playing card games such as Magic: The Gathering and the Legend
of the Five Rings. Other gift-giving options include subscriptions and
gift certificates, and for the really young at heart there are the season's
latest action figures.
Struggling to find that perfect gift? Well struggle
no longer, because music is the one thing almost everyone needs and enjoys
and you can find almost every type of music at Vibes. With largest
selection of pop/rock CDs on campus, you are sure to please. But perhaps
you're just not sure what CDs will please the most, never fear, gift certificates
are here! There's also a variety of different types of CD holders as well
as posters, video cassettes, t-shirts and headphones. Stocking stuffers
include various rock decals and incense. Such convenience and variety coupled
with one to two dollar savings makes Vibes a great option for shopping this
The Flower Emporium
is making this holiday season easier for its customers with such gifts as
fruit, gourmet, and silk baskets that can be customized for men, women or
children. They feature special holiday floral arrangements and they even
have a special holiday hotline at (215) 386-3845. They even have an assortment
of adorable stuffed animals that would make wonderful gifts for this season.
Hamilton Village Shops
One finds myriad electronics and electronic accessories
at Radio Shack, ranging from radio controlled toy vehicles to stereo
equipment and microphones. Accessory controllers for your favorite video
game systems are available ($10 - $20), as well as are Sprint pre-paid phone
cards ($10, $20, $50) for giving the gift of contact to a loved one.
The Natural Shoe Store
is home to a wide variety of footwear for young and old. Timberland men's
($85-$108) and women's ($88-$90) waterproof leather boots will keep anyone's
feet warm and dry this winter, and Thinsulate men's leather boots ($65)
will help to do the same. Also available are Timberland moccasin-style leather
boots ($59), a welcome alternative for the winter shoe shopper with an eye
for the unique.
Bucks County Coffee Co.
is offering a wonderful stocking stuffer for any coffee lover - a coupon
book containing twelve vouchers which entitle the bearer to one 12 oz. cup
of coffee each ($12.50). Also available are T-shirts of contemporary design
is home to an assortment of new and pre-viewed video tapes that represent
a wide range of genres. Any fan of Star Wars would be ecstatic to
receive the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition, consisting of all
three sci-fi classics in either widescreen or normal format ($49.95). Disney
classics are available to satisfy the appetite of your favorite animation
fan ($19.99), and most other recent, popular films can also be purchased
($19-$20). For the Japanese animation fan, an Akira film is available ($30),
along with a range of previously viewed videos of various genres ($4.95
My Favorite Muffin
invites you to purchase from a range of gift baskets that are available
to satisfy any appetite. Items range from the two dozen mini muffins basket
($14.50) to the immense six dozen mini muffins treasure chest ($39.95).
Baskets and chests can also be enhanced with 10 packs of gourmet tea ($4.95),
4 packs of gourmet hot chocolate ($4.95), as well as a number of other delights
($2.50-$4.95). These items are also available to order over the phone at
Why not give the gift of personal fitness to a
friend or loved one? University City Nautilus Gift certificates are
available in any amount, entitling the bearer to one month ($69), three
months ($169), six months ($275), or one year ($479) on the road to good
Bike Line is
still setting the pace for fitness with a wide variety of bicycles and accessories.
Want to keep your favorite cyclist safe on the road? High quality Bell bike
helmets should help you to that end ($24.99). If you're interested in keeping
a bicycle in one place on campus, an assortment of Kryptonite locks ($10-$80)
will help to keep thieves away. If you'd like to keep your cycle in use
during the cold winter months but aren't particularly interested in the
cold, try a Blackburn RX-6 magnetic Trakstandit'll turn your ordinarily
fully-mobile two-wheeler into a comfortable, stationary exercise bike ($209.99).
If you want to convert an adult bike into a tandem so that your favorite
young rider can tag along, look into purchasing the Alley Cat Instant Tandem
($159.99). Of course, actual bikes of all sizes, shapes, and colors are
Look no further than The Camera Shop for
the satisfaction of all your imaging and photography needs. Traditional
cameras are available, ranging from the Kodak FunSaver Daylight disposable
camera ($6.99) to the highly advanced Nikon N90S ($999.99). For those interested
in the `next wave' of technology, digital cameras that connect to your computer
might be the way to go. A wide assortment of these cameras and accessories
are also available ($189.99- $4999.99). If you'd like to chat with loved
ones over the Internet and be able to see whom you're speaking with, a pair
of Connectix Quick Cam VC computer video cameras ($99.99 ea.) might be of
interest to you. A pair of binoculars ($29.99 - $199.99) will bring you
closer to birds, widlife, the stage, or the stars. In addition, a number
of video cameras ($450-$900) and picture frames ($1.99 and up) can be purchased.
Gift Shop Shopping
During this holiday season, let's not forget the
places where gifts can be found in abundance, the gift shop. There are three
good gift shops south of Spruce St. in the Penn Tower Hotel, Children's
Hospital, and HUP. These shops have more gift ideas than you probably thought.
They have great stocking stuffers, knick knacks and ornaments and for the
kids they have all kinds of games including hand held video games. Probably
the best attractions are the stuffed animals, which will be sure to brighten
any gift giving celebration.
is holding its 22nd Annual Sale-a-Bration from December 10 through 12. Don't
miss this opportunity to receive 20% off purchases store-wide! (With the
exception of NY Times bestsellers, textbooks, special orders, out-of-print
searches, Josten ring orders, phone cards, My Favorite Muffin and Clinque).
For the art or travel lover, many interesting books priced between $40 and
$75 may be the perfect addition to your friend's library, whether their
interest lies in the artwork of Andy Warhol or the architecture of Cuba.
For the chef in your life, the Bookstore offers a variety of ethnic and
holiday culinary treats, and for the history buff there are biographies
on the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as works on cartography, reasonably
priced between $20 and $30. Memoirs are popular this season, as are the
psychology books dealing with the topics of dreams and spiritually healing.
All are priced between $15 and $30. Children will beg you to read them "just
one more" of the stories that are found in the Bookstore. From the
Brothers Grimm fairytales to Disney's Little Mermaid, books for the young
are priced between $12.95 and $24.95.
The Bookstore doesn't sell just books. The University
of Pennsylvania Insignia Collection offers a clothing line for him, her
and children. Among athletic wear, ties, hats, and baby clothes ranging
in price (depending on size) from $20 to $100, the Bookstore also offers
mugs, stationary, picture frames and other fine to fun memorabilia priced
from $5 to $120.
The Clinique counter located in the Bookstore offers
three holiday packages for him/her.
"Holiday Treats" (for her) is an assorted
makeup collection that includes Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser; Daily Eye Benefits;
Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent; Aloe Body Balm; Blended Face Powder-Transparency
3; Long Handle Brush; and Travel Bag. This $25 collection comes wrapped
in a purple box.
"Holiday Colours" (for her) is an assorted
makeup collection that includes Different Lipstick-Guava Stain; Lip-Shaping
Pencil-Port; Eye Shadow Quad, Ivory Bisque, Moonglow, Pink Chocolates (Highlight
Shade), Crushed Velvet; Skin-Calming Moisture Mask; Full Potential Mascara-Black;
Blusher Brush; and Travel Bag. This $23.50 collection comes wrapped in a
"3-Step Orange Twist Skin Types I/II"
(for him) is an assorted skin care collection that includes Facial Soap
Mild with Dish; Clarifying Lotion; Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion;
and Travel Bag. This $29.50 collection comes wrapped in an orange box.
In addition, Clinique offers a perfume, CliniqueHappy,
priced at $35 for 1.7 oz and $47.50 for 3.4 oz., and a cologne, Chemistry,
priced at $30 for 3.4oz.
The Computer Connection offers
gifts for the computer lover of every age. Software games include Star Trek:
Starfleet Academy (Mac/Win95) where players take the helm of a Federation
or enemy starship ($58) and Creatures (Mac/Win95/Win 3.1) which generates
"virtual pets," cute, fuzzy Norns to care for and teach ($36).
For those keeping in time with technology, Color QuickCam 2 is the easiest
way to get video into your Mac or PC ($229 plus a $50 manufacturer's rebate).
For the youngster, Dinosaur disks are five dinos imprinted on high-quality
floppy diskettes ($7.95 for a box of ten--Mac or PC). Accessories include
mousepads of a variety of themes bound to please, from fine art to Smiley
Faces to "Riven." ($5.95-$9.95). A Coca-Cola CD tray is perfect
for those who love nostalgia. The tray resembles an old-time Coke shipping
crate and holds twenty CDs ($9.95).
Houston Hall Mall
Go to Houston Hall any day (the corrected Holiday
Hours are on page 6) but don't miss Friday, December 12, when the A-3 Assembly
has its annual Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bodek Lounge.
Shopping there not only puts unusual jewelry, woven goods and other crafts
under the tree, but supports the budget of the A-3 Assembly.
Downstairs where the shopping is daily, this is
the Card Shop's last ho-ho-ho. Houston Hall closes next May for renovation
as part of the Perelman Quad project, and when it reopens there won't be
shops in the basement. Vendors may or may not find new locations but the
University-operated Card Shop doesn't have the option. Thus Tom, Loretta,
Theresa and all their smiling helpers are wishing customers a last happy
holiday. (More selfishly speaking, sales are already starting, because no
holiday goods go into storage after this holiday season).
What's hot this year in the tiny shop with the
heart as big as all outdoors? Pooh--the bear, that is--and his playmates
come stuffed for cuddling, on the printed page for chuckling out loud, and
in tiny paperweights that let it snow in a golden drift. Candy's still dandy--chocs
in boxes (Whitman's is now 20% off) or individually wrapped like a red,
red rose ($2.25). Gifts are fancy painted tins, ornaments, flavored teas,
and more stuffed toys from Teddy bears to duck-billed platypi (up to $20).
A special trinket is the "friendship ball," a hollow silver-plated
ornament that can be filled with something special ($10). There are miniature
trees ($5); wraps and cards for Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza--and this
is the place for party plates and napkins.
Westward is Rose's, displaying poinsettias,
evergreens, and flowering cacti, and filling orders galore for flowers here
To the east, three shopping spots: At the Campus
Connection--now Jackie's Campus Connection--the scarves, bags and
jewelry have more flair than ever before, especially for those who favor
black and white with just a dash of an earth-tone). Campus T-Shirts has
a sale on, with kid stuff starting at $5, other bargains sweats, tees and
hats for all sizes. CDs to Go is just that: a place to browse before
collapsing one last holiday time in the Food Court.
Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, December
9, 1997, Volume 44, Number 15