Duke Holiday Gift Guide Simplifies Shopping

Duke Stores is offering discount to students and employees through Dec. 20

Instead of circling parking lots looking for a spot or getting stuck in checkout lines at a mall, Duke community members can find stress-free shopping on campus.

With locations on East, Central and West campuses, Duke Stores offers a wide variety of unique products for Duke Athletics fans, art aficionados and animal lovers.

“Holiday shopping can become hectic and time consuming, but Duke Stores offers an easy, convenient and time-saving option for students, faculty and staff,” said Jim Wilkerson, director of trademark licensing and stores operations“. “Our variety of gift ideas is for everyone and every generation.”

From Dec. 5 to 20, Duke Stores is offering students and employees 20 percent off clothing and gift items, with some exceptions. The sales are at the University Store, Medical Center Bookstore, Duke Team Store, Terrace Shop, Nasher Museum of Art store, Provisions at Duke Integrative Medicine, Divinity Bookshop, Gothic Bookshop and the East Campus Store. Duke community members must have a valid DukeCard ID to receive the discount.

Whether you're shopping at Duke Stores or on its website, there are plenty of items to choose from. Here are just a few, found online and in-store:

Drawstring backpack, $6.95 and up

Ideal for the athlete on the go or packing for an overnight stay, these 100 percent nylon bags are small and easily slung over a shoulder. Available in store.

Stuffed animals, $10.95 and up

Pick from a variety of animals and sizes. Perfect as stocking stuffers. Cats, zebras and bears sport Duke T-shirts and athletic wear, including a polar bear cheerleader. Available in store.

2017 Duke Calendar, $12

An annual tradition at Duke, the 2017 calendar features images captured by Duke Photography to represent important moments for each month of the year, from a January snowfall to May’s commencement and beyond. The wall calendar is 9.5-by-14 inches and mixes campus scenes with student life. Available online and in store.

Holiday Ornaments, $12.95 and up

Help others bring Duke home with character or hand-painted ornaments. In addition to Santa and Frosty the Snowman, painted ornaments show scenes of tenting in K-Ville, the Crowell Quad clock tower and more. Available online and in store.

Duke clothing, $14.99 and up

Duke Stores keep apparel well stocked throughout the holiday season. Find T-shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts and athletic gear. An inside tip for mindful shoppers: the University Store in the Bryan Center has an extensive range of clearance items that include championship apparel from recent years. Available online and in store.

Duke embossed notecards, $19.95

Add some Duke flair to your stationary with these cards featuring the iconic Duke University Chapel. The tan background color remains the same for each pack of 10, but the front colors include silver, gold and Duke blue. Available online and in store.

Duke themed nutcracker, $36.95 and $59.95

The Muenchen wooden nutcracker comes in two sizes at 11 inches ($36.95) and 18 inches ($59.95). Each is hand painted in Duke blue and features the Iron Duke “D” logo on the front of a hat and the logo on its base. Available online and in store.

Watches, $119.95 and up

Find a fashionable accessory for men and women, including a gold-plated pocket watch. Watch makers include Seiko and Bulova and come with a range of leather and metal bands. Available online and in store.

Southern Accent T-shirt, $21

Fans of the Nasher Museum of Art can show off the South’s unique approach to winter weather and other quintessential southern themes: dogwood blossoms, air conditioning, catfish and cicadas. Four original T-shirt designs by local artist Bill Thelen commemorate “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art.” Available at the Nasher Museum.

Madagascar-made figurines, $15.99

Duke community members have referred to the Duke Lemur Center as the university’s “best kept secret,” but you can spread the word with several unique gifts made in Madagascar, lemurs’ natural habitat. A popular gift is lemurs and chameleons made from raffia, a natural fiber grown on the African island ($15.99). Other gift ideas include plush lemur key chains ($10) and raffia and leather handbags made by Malagasy artisans ($89). Available at the Duke Lemur Center.

Okra Santa ornament, $6.50

Sarah P. Duke Gardens’ volunteer Garden Guild makes a variety of nature-themed holiday gifts, which you can find at the Terrace Shop. Among them are Santa ornaments made from okra grown in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. The Terrace Shop also carries Duke Gardens’ wall calendar ($10), note cards (varied prices) and a 56-page full color souvenir photo book, currently 50 percent off at $8.75. Available at Duke Gardens.