9 Gifts that Bring Duke Spirit to Your Holidays

Delight your special Duke fans with some 2021 seasonal gifts

A book, blanket, shirt, ornament and bear.
Among the fun Duke-themed gifts available this year are, clockwise from top left, a new book about Coach K, a warm blanket, a Duke Lemur Center shirt, a Duke Health ornament and a plush bear. Submitted photos.

With the rush of holiday shopping and preparation in full gear, did you know that there are places on campus where you can pick up a gift for some of the people on your list? 

The Nasher Museum of Art, Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Duke Lemur Center all have gift ideas, and Duke University Stores offers a wide selection of options at its on-campus locations and through the Duke eStore.

Through December 20, Duke staff, faculty and students get 25 percent off the price of certain clothing and gifts at the University Store, Duke Medical Center Bookstore and Duke Team Store.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, see these fun Duke-themed gift ideas.

A Holiday TraditionDuke University Stores' new holiday ornaments celebrate the beauty of campus and the heroic people who work here. Images courtesy of Duke University Stores.

Each year, Duke University Stores commissions a set of hand-painted glass ornaments capturing scenes from campus, or life at Duke. This year’s additions to the collection feature a painting of West Campus covered in a thick blanket of snow and an especially meaningful ornament depicting a message of support for Duke’s healthcare workers painted on a lawn in front of Duke University Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrate a Basketball IconCelebrate the career of coach Mike Krzyzewski with this book from The Duke Chronicle. Image courtesy of Duke University Stores.

After four decades, five national titles and more than 1,200 wins, Duke Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire at the end of this season. Re-live some of his epic moments and gain perspective on his legacy with “Coach K: The King of Cameron,” a new book by the staff of The Duke Chronicle.

Featuring vintage stories, full-color photos and reflections from celebrated author John Feinstein, former Blue Devils star Jay Bilas and more, the 135-page book is a must for Duke hoops fans.

Warm WishesThese Duke blankets can help you beat the winter chill. Images courtesy of Duke university Stores.

Stay cozy during the winter chill with this luxurious blanket that features a plush feel and Duke flair. Measuring 60-by-50 inches, it’s a perfect size to share.

Savor the Beauty of NatureEnjoy the beauty of nature with this notebook from Duke Gardens. Images courtesy of Duke Gardens.

Enjoy beautiful views of the flora and fauna that call the Sarah P. Duke Gardens home with this 6-by-9-inch spiral-bound notebook featuring 24 colorful full-page photos. Use the book for journaling, drawing, writing or taking notes and never be too far from a reminder of what you can experience at one of Duke’s most beautiful places.

The notebook is available at Duke Gardens’ Terrace Shop.

Time to PlayYoung Blue Devils will enjoy these Duke toys. Images courtesy of Duke University Stores.

For the young ones on your list, Duke University Stores has some items that can keep them happy. You can pick from several plush animals, including this adorable bear. And with Duke having a rich basketball culture, this gift set featuring a soft ball and hoop will delight any young Cameron Crazie.

But with Duke being the home of the 2021 ACC baseball and softball champions, how about this bat and ball set?

For Furry FriendsThe four-legged Duke fans in your life will have fun with these chew toys. Images courtesy of Duke University Stores.

Don’t forget about the four-legged loved ones on your list. These two Duke Blue Devil chew toys should keep them out of trouble.

A Sneak PeekGet ready for an upcoming exhibition from the Nasher Museum of Art with this book on artist Roy Lichtenstein. Image courtesy of the Nasher Museum of Art.

Roy Lichtenstein’s mix of familiar imagery and subversive humor made him a leading figure in the pop art movement in the latter half of the 20th century. But before that, he embraced an abstract style that still managed to feature his trademark wit.

It’s that period of Lichtenstein’s work chronicled in “Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-60,” a new catalog produced by the Nasher Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art. The catalog celebrates an exhibition of Lichtenstein’s early abstract work, which will visit Duke in summer 2022.W ith this book, you can get an early look at the rarely-seen works coming here soon.

Lemur LoveShow your support of the Duke Lemur Center with these colorful shirts. Images courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center.

The Duke Lemur Center has some new apparel options this year, including these colorful shirts featuring ring-tailed lemurs.

And as always, you can help protect the center’s critically-endangered residents by purchasing the Adopt-a-Lemur holiday package which features a plush lemur, a tote bag, a face mask and plenty of updates on some of the center’s lemurs.

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