Penn State finds for everyone on your gift list
The holidays are just around the corner, but we've got you covered. Give them the gift of Penn State with these local finds. It's even more apropos for fans and alumni who can't get back to campus this fall. You can send Happy Valley to them.
Here are some of our top picks!
Gift cards galore
We all know that sometimes, the most foolproof way to please someone with a gift is to let them choose it themselves. Gift cards are the tried and true way to do that, and you can order them from some of Happy Valley’s favorite local joints right online! The Field Burger & Tap and Otto's are a few local favorites that sell gift cards on their websites.
Better yet, you can purchase “universal” gift cards online for two of State College’s restaurant families. A Dante’s gift card can be used at any of these Dante’s locations: The Deli, Liberty Craft House, Hi Way Pizza, The Saloon, Bar Bleu, and The Hopshop. Plus, many local places offer bonuses on their gift cards this time of year, so you can upsize your gift.
Sport Penn State gear
Sure, you can find Penn State team gear from the big box places, but every Penn Stater knows the local places where the good, authentic stuff comes from. Luckily, some of the best Penn State stores in State College have online catalogues and ship anywhere. Check out the sites for stores like Student Book Store, Family Clothesline, the Penn State Bookstore, and Lion’s Pride to get Penn State clothing, accessories, home goods, souvenirs, and more. You can even find adorable holiday-themed Penn State gifts on these sites, like ornaments, Christmas sweaters, and holiday decor.
Order the ice cream
Berkey Creamery ice cream ships to all 48 states in the continental United States, which means that you can make someone pretty happy this holiday season. Build a cooler with classics like Peachy Paterno or Keeny Beany Chocolate or newbies like White Out and add in some of their seasonal egg nog or Grilled Stickies, and they'll ship it out for you! Get started at creamery.psu.edu.
Add a once-in-a-lifetime experience — in the sky!
Give the gift of an experience of viewing Happy Valley from the sky! Ridge Soaring Gliderport is a world‑ famous glider airport located about 10 miles west of State College, between Julian and Unionville. They offer flight training and glider rides, so visitors can soar above the beautiful landscape of the region and admire the once‑ in‑ a‑lifetime view. For more information or to schedule a glider ride, contact Ridge Soaring Gliderport at 814‑355‑2483 or visit eglider.org.
Share your favorite local wine
Delight the wine lovers on your list with local wines. Wineries like Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, Mount Nittany Winery, Hungry Run Wine Cellars, and Happy Valley Winery will all ship directly to your gift recipient. Try seasonal picks like Seven Mountain's popular cranberry wine, or Hungry Run's Green Apple Reisling.
Buy some tickets to the Heartland Christmas Wine Trail so your friends and family can get a taste of not just one, but all of Happy Valley’s wineries. At the first winery, guests receive a grapevine wreath, complimentary wine glass, and an ornament to put on the wreath. At each consecutive winery, they will receive another ornament for their wreath, along with the full tasting experience of each winery. Tickets are only $15! See PAWineTrail.com for more information.
Shop for unique finds while you're here
If you are already back in town this fall, take the opportunity to find the perfect gift! Riley's on Main in Boalsburg is an urban shop in a suburban setting. This boutique furniture store has one-of-a-kind gifts like candles, jewelry, home décor, and so much more. Facebook fans unanimously agree that it's a beautiful store with impeccable taste! Stop in when you're in town — the coffee's hot and the wine is cold. Ten Thousand Villages on South Atherton offers fairly traded home décor, art, holiday decorations, and jewelry from around the world.