We’re here with some fresh gift ideas that say UC Davis, including the 2022 edition of our Olio Nuovo, or “new oil,” the freshest kind of olive oil; pillows handcrafted from old marching band uniforms; apparel and accessories; and subscriptions to UC Davis Magazine.
Let’s start with the new olive oil — the star of the UC Davis Olive Center’s Olio Nuovo Festival this Saturday (Dec. 10), where you will have your first opportunity to taste and buy the center’s newest product ($22.50 per 250-milliliter bottle). The center’s other olive oils, Gunrock Estate, Wolfskill Reserve Estate and Roasted Garlic, also will be for sale ($18 per 250-mL bottle or $55 for a gift set of three bottles, one of each oil).
When your marching band gets new uniforms, what do you do with the old ones? Make pillows, of course, with the help of the UC Davis Craft Center! The textiles student manager, Olivia Silvera, took on the project, formulating the production process and training Craft Center managers and volunteers in how to assemble the pillows. Later, when the Craft Center team returned to its other duties, the band finished up the project, which is raising funds to support the band. Available from UC Davis Stores (in limited quantity), $45.99.
Be true to your school
UC DAVIS COFFEE
Aggie Blend, the first product from the UC Davis Coffee Center — A mixture of high quality coffees from around the world that is expertly roasted by the students and staff at the Coffee Center. Tasting notes: Dark chocolate, caramel ... this blend will taste great with milk and/or sugar or on its own! Great for cold brew as well. Proceeds from coffee sales support student research on coffee. Available from UC Davis Stores. 10-ounce bag of whole beans, $20.
Our Amazon storefront
Our UC Davis-branded storefront on Amazon features men's, women's and kids' apparel, and a whole section of accessories with the script Aggie logo or “CA” logo, like the three products above: keychain ($10.99), luggage tag ($9.99) and license plate frame ($21.99). You will also find pins, charm bracelets (and charms), necklaces and earrings; golf ball markers and garden/yard flags; mousepads and stickers ...
... and holiday ornaments, including this metal snowflake ($10.99).
Hmmm, how about this?
Faculty, staff and students in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Design collaborated with the Arboretum and Public Garden on this cheerful, creative look into the world of hummingbirds. This gentle poem book is full of fun facts about these brightly colored and mesmerizing birds. With an added section on attracting hummingbirds to your garden, and directions on what to do if you find an injured hummingbird, this book is not just entertainment for your little ones, but a resource for hummingbird lovers of all ages. Available from UC Davis Stores, $5.95. Profits go toward supporting the UC Davis Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program.
UC Davis Magazine has been covering the campus community since 1983. You’ll find stories on notable alumni as well as current students, faculty members and staff. Walk down memory lane and discover future innovations.
Recent issues have explored coffee education on campus, the value of mentorship and UC’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2025. Spring/Summer 2023 will mark the magazine’s 40th anniversary.
Receive the print magazine straight to your mailbox. Subscriptions are $16 for one year (two issues) or $28 for two years. The print magazine is mailed to subscribers in March and September.