Skip the Mall and Find Great Holiday Gifts on Campus

By on December 5, 2013

As the semester winds down and students finish up their classes and final exams, a sinking feeling might hit the Miner Nation: it’s almost The University of Texas at El Paso’s 100th birthday, and we haven’t gotten anything yet!Whether you want to deck your family’s halls in orange and blue to show off your University pride as you ring in the New Year, or if you’re looking to find a small gift for the meaningful people in your life, there is something for everyone to celebrate UTEP’s Centennial.



Centennial gear is available this holiday season and throughout the Centennial Celebration in 2014. Photo by J.R. Hernandez / UTEP News Service

Centennial gear is available this holiday season and throughout the Centennial Celebration in 2014. Photo by J.R. Hernandez / UTEP News Service

It’s easier to dash off a quick email or Facebook post than to sit down and write a letter, so consider sending someone you care about the gift of a postcard mailed every few months. There are several postcard designs available for purchase at the Centennial Museum, each featuring distinctive images from around the UTEP campus.

There’s a post office in Union Building East, so you can jot down a few sentences, buy a stamp and mail off a special memory or message between classes.

Speaking of memories and messages, as part of the Centennial Celebration, UTEP invites students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends to participate in the Centennial stories project and share their experiences, memories and dreams, all of which will be preserved in the University Library. Many stories will be shared online, in exhibits and in published materials during the Centennial Celebration.



In a world full of keys, you can’t go wrong with a keychain or lanyard. Each keychain proudly displays the Centennial logo and is available at the University Bookstore in orange or blue. The lanyards are available at the Centennial Museum.



Even after all the winter festivities have died down, there will still be plenty of opportunities to indulge in the Centenario Bean Dip, Salsa or Chile con Queso (available at the museum gift shop) as football season heads toward Super Bowl Sunday.



For those in the Miner Nation who are of age, the Alumni Association is offering specially crafted Centennial wines through their website.



It’s easy to please coffee or tea lovers with an elegant blue mug displaying the Centennial logo from the bookstore. Specially designed coasters are on sale at the museum and feature Bhutanese-inspired mandalas, reminding us of the University’s unique relationship with the Kingdom of Bhutan.



If your New Year’s resolution includes becoming more organized and going green, then the Centennial calendars and reusable Paydirt Pete bags are a perfect way to start and can be found in the museum gift shop.



If you or someone in your family is lacking the right color for Orange Friday, the Centennial Museum has a Paydirt Pete T-shirt shrink-wrapped in the distinctive pickaxe shape, a lovely orange silk tie with tiepin and a silk scarf featuring the distinctive architecture of the UTEP campus.

An orange polo with the Centennial logo from the bookstore keeps your casual Friday classy. Top it off with a Centennial lapel pin to show how you and your family have picked UTEP.



For items available at the Centennial Museum, you can make purchases at the gift shop during regular business hours of 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tueday through Saturday. The museum is closed during University holidays.

For items offered at the University Bookstore, you can shop during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. You can also order online and have your items shipped to the store for pickup for free or pay a flat rate to have your order shipped to your home address.

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Rachel Anna Neff, Ph.D., is a writer with the Office of University Communications.