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Give the Gift of Happy Valley This Holiday Season
Iconic Penn State Gear and Goods Can Be Shipped to Anyone on Your Gift List
Gifting your Penn Stater friends and family with awesome local items is a surefire way to make them feel super happy and at home. Especially if they can’t be in Happy Valley this holiday season; just bring Happy Valley to them!
Best of all, there are plenty of gifts that you don’t even need to leave your couch to buy. Here’s our guide to the best Happy Valley gifts you can order from anywhere and send anywhere. (Plus, a rundown of the best local gifts to buy the traditional way.)
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! Gigi’s Southern Table, Otto’s, and Mad Mex 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, Inferno, Mario’s, Hi Way Pizza, The Saloon, Bar Bleu, and The Hopshop. A gift card from Hotel State College Company is good at The Corner Room, the Allen Street Grill, Bill Pickle’s Tap Room, and Zeno’s. These cards are guaranteed hits.
Sport Penn State Gear Anywhere
Sure, you can always buy college team gear from some of the big box stores. But every Penn Stater knows that authentic, local Penn State garb is the best. 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.
Treat Them to Dessert
Happy Valley has plenty to satisfy a holiday sweet tooth. And as much as the person on your list would love to stop in to their favorite Happy Valley place for their favorite treat, it’s just as easy to bring it right to them. Believe it or not, Berkey Creamery ships its products to all 48 continental states—yes, even ice cream! Go for one of the classics like Peachy Paterno or Keeny Beany Chocolate, or a seasonal flavor like Egg Nog. (And be sure to order some Grilled Stickies to go with it, since The Creamery sells those too!)
For delectable chocolate gifts, you can order from Gardner’s Candies—everyone’s local favorite based in Tyrone—or Chocolates by Leopold—a gourmet chocolate outlet in Boalsburg that’s getting rave reviews.
Share the Best Local Wines
Buying for a wine lover? Mario's has won Wine Spectator Awards and Wine Enthusiast Awards for seven years running and has a selection of over 550 wines available to ship as gifts – many of which you can't find anywhere else in the area. Order a bottle, case or gift basket with other Mario's goodies like their flagship vodka sauce. You can order at dantesinc.myshopify.com.
You can also delight the wine lovers on your list with fun seasonal items from our local wineries. Seven Mountains Wine Cellars is again offering its popular “12 Days of Christmas” wine cases beginning in mid-November. The case includes 12 different bottles of hand-selected wines; either give one a day to a special someone or split the case between people on your list. (And maybe keep some extra for yourself!)
For a smaller option, simply order a wintry flavor like “Happy Valley Spice” from Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery, “Spiced Apple” from Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery or “Polar Vortex” from Seven Mountains. Any of these seasonally spiced blends will warm someone on your gift list right up.
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.
Just go the traditional way
In the end, sometimes you just want to buy your gifts the classic way: in person. If that’s the case, don’t worry—all of our categories still hold true.
- Stop into pretty much any local favorite restaurant or store to grab a gift card that someone will really thank you for.
- Head to College and Beaver Ave. to browse through the many Penn State gear outlets.
- Customize a holiday gift basket of delicious homemade sweets at Dolce Vita Desserts in Lemont.
- Buy some tickets to the Heartland Christmas Wine Trail (pawinetrail.org) so your friends and family can get a taste of not just one, but all of Happy Valley’s wineries.
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