Looking for holiday gifts? Look no further than UC Berkeley. At the very least, check out this guide to the wide variety of Berkeley-tinged gifts available right here on campus, from reusable clothes and electronics at the ReUSE store to gardens to grow at home from the UC Botanical Garden to hand-crafted ceramics from the Berkeley Art Studio.
Berkeley Art Studio
Support local artists and find a gift at the Berkeley Art Studio’s holiday pop-up shop. Gift wares range from handmade ceramic vases and bowls to jewelry, paintings, photos and prints. The shop will be open through Dec. 11 from noon to 7 p.m. during the week and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekend.
The Berkeley Art Studio also offers discounted gift certificates for art classes through the studio, including pottery, printmaking, watercolor, typography and mural painting. Classes are open to the entire community, as well as Berkeley students, faculty and staff.
2495 Bancroft Way, MLK Jr. Building, ASUC Student Union (1st Floor), (510) 642-6161, firstname.lastname@example.org
Divert reusable goods from the landfill this holiday season by finding a gem at the ReUSE Store on campus. Clothes, small household items and electronics are just some of the items available. Staffed by student volunteers, the store sells everything for $3 or less to the campus community. Donations and one-for-one trades are also accepted. Things that don’t sell are recycled. ReUSE is open for extended hours — through Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. — for holiday shoppers and donations. Funds go to maintaining the club and to charity.
Berkeley Art Museum-Pacific Film Archive
Become a member of BAMPFA and reap its many benefits, including free admission to the galleries (and to art museums at more than 30 other universities), lectures and seminars, and special evening events, as well as reduced-rate tickets to film screenings and discounts at the museum’s cafe, store and local restaurants. Enter the promo code GIFTMEM through Dec. 31 at the museum’s ticketing portal to redeem a 20 percent discount on gift memberships.
Members are invited to an after-hours holiday celebration on Dec. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., where they can enjoy refreshments, buy gifts with a double discount at the BAMPFA Store, and then wrap them and make cards in the museum’s art lab. A raffle for four limited-edition Barry McGee vitrified porcelain plates starts at 8 p.m. (winner must be present). Those who want to visit the museum’s current exhibits can arrive before 7 p.m. and explore a range of displays, from Still Lifes and Portraits by Andy Warhol to the Films of Ana Mendieta. RSVP via email at email@example.com.
2155 Center Street, Berkeley, (510) 642-0808, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cal Student Store
Make it a blue-and-gold holiday at the Cal Student Store, where shoppers can snag school-spirited gifts including ornaments, clothing, toys and games and household items like coasters and wine glasses. Cal scarves, beanies, sweats and fleece will help keep you cozy this winter. Running out of time? Grab a student store gift card at the register. A portion of the proceeds supports student programs.
2495 Bancroft Way, MLK Jr. Building, ASUC Student Union, (510) 229-4703
Amazon@ASUC Student Union
It’s nice to know that packages are delivered safe and sound — especially when they’re gifts. Amazon@ASUC Student Union allows shoppers to mail packages to the campus’s secure location. Just click “activate free benefits” to enable shipping to the ASUC.
2495 Bancroft Way, MLK Jr. Building, ASUC Student Union
2495 Bancroft Way, MLK Jr. Building, ASUC Student Union, (510) 642-1141, email@example.com
Give the gift of food this holiday season and donate a gift card to Cal Nourish, a campus initiative to help feed at least 300 Berkeley students who struggle to make ends meet during the winter break. The gift cards will be distributed to students in programs across campus including the Student Parent Center and Undocumented Student Program. UC Berkeley staff are invited to donate gift cards valued from $20 to $50 by Dec. 12 from local markets Andronico’s, Berkeley Bowl, Safeway, Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Visit the Cal Nourish website for gift card drop-off instructions.
Dream Resource Center (DRC)/EOP in Room 119 Cesar Chavez, firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Botanical Garden
Head up the hill to the UC Botanical Garden to stroll the paths and find a gift for the holidays. The Garden Pop-Up Shop, open Dec. 8 to 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature handcrafted gifts by local vendors, from glass-blown ornaments to bird calendars, along with an array of plants from the garden. All proceeds benefit the garden’s conservation and educational efforts.
For gifts with a more personal touch, visit the garden’s botanical craft stations on Dec. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. and make your own festive decorations, from mini wreaths and nature globes to botanical cards and gift tags. Seasonal drinks and treats will be provided. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for the public. Register here or call (510) 664-9841.
Become a member and explore the garden’s 34 acres of diverse landscapes, featuring 10,000 plant species — including a major collection of California native plants — with nine areas of naturalistic plantings representing regions from Italy to South Africa. Gift memberships can be purchased at the garden’s kiosk or garden shop, or by contacting membership coordinator, Sarah Wininger at (510) 664-4509 or email@example.com.
200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, (510) 642-7082, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence Hall of Science
For the science lovers in the family, go a little farther up the hill to the Lawrence Hall of Science and peruse all the fun and educational gifts at the Discovery Toy and Book Store. Pick up a solar mechanics science kit or a book on 365 science activities. There’s also a selection of science-themed mugs, ties and jewelry for adults who don’t want to get their hands dirty. No admission required to shop in the store.
1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley (510) 642-5132, email@example.com
Support the Cal Bears by ordering season tickets to cheer on your favorite sports team. Tickets are available for every team, from football and water polo to women’s basketball and gymnastics. Buy tickets online or over the phone.
(800) 462-3277, live chat available
Archeological Research Facility
Support archeological research this season by purchasing useful items, from a “refit” mug that’s made to look like it’s a refit ceramic vessel to blue and yellow kneeling pads for excavation at a research site or for working in the garden. Contact Tomeko Wyrick about purchasing items.
2251 College Ave., room 205, (510) 642-2212, firstname.lastname@example.org
Body Unbound, the third in a series of books of photography by architecture professor Jean-Paul Bourdier, is scheduled for release this December. Body Unbound, along with Bodyscapes (2007) and Leap Into the Blue (2013), explores natural landscapes joined with the human form.
True South: Henry Hampton and “Eyes on the Prize,” the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement by journalism professor Jon Else is available for pre-order for a Jan. 24 release.
Autobiography of Mark Twain, published by UC Press, courtesy of editors at the Mark Twain Papers and Project at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, is an uncensored tome about the life and times of the legendary American author and humorist. It is available in one or all three volumes.
Gift certificates, which start at $10 with no expiration date, are available for Cal Performances, the largest performing arts presenter in Northern California. Specify an amount or browse the events to choose an amount corresponding to a particular performance. Be sure to get a certificate by Dec. 22 (the performance center will be closed Dec. 23 and will reopen Jan. 3).
101 Zellerbach Hall, #4800, (510) 642-9988, email@example.com
Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
The department’s performances, which span powerful dances that explore social issues to musicals on notable moments in history, aim to “teach performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression and public engagement.” Buy tickets for a specific performance online and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name for whom the tickets should be held.
15 Dwinelle, Berkeley, 510.642.1677, email@example.com