12 Holiday Gift Ideas from Duke for 2023
From lemur ornaments to pickle ball gear, check out a wide array of fun items and experiences
A FUN CHALLENGE
Enjoy signature Duke scenes while taking on a satisfying challenge with 550-piece jigsaw puzzles featuring pictures of Duke's campus. The 18-by-14 inch puzzles depict Cameron Indoor Stadium or a collection of scenes, including Duke University Chapel.
And from framed photos, to bobbleheads and ornaments, find more Duke-themed collectibles through Duke University Stores.
GET IN THE GAME
In recent years, the game of pickleball has grown in popularity, especially on Duke’s campus. You can enjoy the game and show your Duke pride with this pickleball set featuring a pair of paddles and balls.
FOR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
Give your furry companion a soft place to rest with this Duke Basketball pet bed. The 20-by-30 inch plush bed is the perfect spot for your dog or cat to relax and dream about Duke hardwood heroics.
And whether it’s pet clothing, leashes or bowls, there are plenty more gift ideas that will delight pets this holiday season.
Show your Duke pride and stay warm and comfortable all winter long with some Duke flannel clothes and pajamas from Duke University Stores. There are soft flannel shorts for women, as well as flannel pants in pink and neon colors. There are flannel shorts for men, too.
CELEBRATE HOOPS SEASON
Basketball season has arrived, so help the hoops fans in your life celebrate with these fun items. Keep track of the men’s basketball team’s schedule with the 2023-24 official team poster. You can also show off your Duke fandom with a Cameron Crazies T-shirt or replica shorts for adults and kids. And for the youngest fans, check out this Duke basketball infant romper.
DUKE BLUE HOLIDAYS
Add to your Duke ornament collection with this new slate gift tag holiday ornament.
Duke University Stores has a wealth of holiday items available online, including a series of hand-painted glass ornaments showing beloved campus scenes.
SHOWCASE THE CHARACTER OF DUKE
Artist Julia Gash created a series of fun illustrations showing signature Duke places and experiences. These works can be yours to show off on several items such as water bottles, tote bags, posters and much more.
CLASSIC DUKE STYLE
Handcrafted by artisans in Madagascar, these ring-tailed lemur ornaments available through the Duke Lemur Center are made of sustainably farmed natural silk and are fair trade certified. Some of the proceeds from the sale of these ornaments supports conservation, reforestation, childhood education and poverty alleviation in Madagascar.
THE ART OF COOL
The Nasher Museum recently reissued the exhibition catalogue of Barkley Hendricks: Birth of the Cool. The book celebrates the occasion of the artist’s 2008 painting retrospective. The richly illustrated book was edited by curator Trevor Schoonmaker, who wrote the introductory essay, and includes contributions from art historians including Duke’s Richard Powell. The cloth-bound version of the catalogue is distributed by Duke University Press.
THE GIFT OF NATURE
Share the beauty of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens with friends and family on a guided tour. Tours will show visitors seasonal highlights and opportunities to learn about the plants, history and ecology of Duke Gardens.
Gift certificates are available for a walking tour for up to 10 people for $80. Gift certificates for trolley tours for up to five people are available for $60. Gift certificates can be purchased until December 31. The tours, which are available Tuesdays through Fridays, can be arranged for any available openings between March 19, 2024 and August 31, 2024. Head here to learn more, including how to purchase your gift certificates.
And for year-round enjoyment, including discounts to special events, consider giving loved ones a Duke Gardens membership.
MORE GIFT IDEAS FROM DUKE INNOVATORS
For more gift ideas, check out the guide from Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Duke I&E recently put together a list of gift ideas from companies founded by Duke alumni. So whether it's specialty coffee, hair care products, educational toys or fashionable luggage, you can find plenty of cool items which are the result of bright Duke minds.