My Top Ten Penn List: Bookstore Gifts for the Holidays 2012 Update

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

While online starting to fill orders on my own holiday “nice” or “naughty” list, I was listening to NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center. The show opened with Maria Carey singing her 1994 hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The song came out the November of my senior year at Penn; I got all nostalgic for those wintery college breaks long ago with my family; knowing that those visits would become less frequent and oh too precious once I graduated and was off on my own.

Now that the 2012 holiday season is in full swing, it’s again time to share memories with loved ones and friends and to shop for presents.  As a poor college student, I could go to Steve and Barry’s and find some incredible Penn items to give as gifts. In our connected world of today, as I posted about last year, we have the Penn Bookstore to assist us in doing the shopping.

Here is my updated list of “Penn Stuff” that make great holiday gifts.

10. Penn College Vineyard Vines Tie for $65.00

While ties tend to be a traditionally male gift, for the men and women with panache, this one, dotted with the Penn shield and Dolphin makes an excellent gift.

9. Penn Pet Bandana for $7.98

Who says that Penn Pride should be limited to people? Make your cat or dog a Proud Penn Pet for the holidays.

8. Penn Metal Water Bottle for $17.98

Last year, I promoted the Penn Hydro Nalgene Bottle to be green and health-conscience. Now you can chose either a metallic blue or metallic red water bottle to hike with Penn Pride.

7. Penn Under Armour Celciis Full Zip Jacket (for men) for $109.98 or Under Armour Women’s Capture Half Zip for $64.98

These Penn performance apparel pieces will be great for the gym-goer or the soon to be gym-goer (New Year’s Eve and its resolutions will be here before we know it.)

6. Penn Quakers Legacy Adjustable Hat for $19.98

It seems that everyone loves a baseball cap! Always good for showing off your Penn pride at football games, basketball games or even family reunions with other Ivy graduates in attendance.

5. Penn All Acrylic Mug with Handle for $11.98

Some commutes are worse than others. However, armed with coffee or tea in your Penn travel mug, you have more reason to focus on Quaker and less one Fighting when stuck in traffic or on the train.

4. Penn Varisty BackSack for $35.98

Wouldn’t this be the perfect accessory, paired with either the Penn Under Armour Celciis Full Zip Jacket or the Under Armour Women’s Capture Half Zip?

3. Penn Adidas Knit Hat With Tassels for $17.98

All I have to say is: “OMG, this is too cute not to have!”

2. Penn Under Armour Impact Colorblock Polo (for men) for $64.98 or Penn Polo Ralph Lauren Women’s Big Pony Polo for $98.00

Though June is six-months away, help your favorite Penn alumnus or alumna to be fashionable for when casual Fridays are back in vogue this summer.

1. Penn Topsox Cozy Sock for $9.98

No matter what your budget, these fun Penn socks are great year round.


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