Downtown Businesses Offer Unique Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything
If you're still having trouble finding the right gift for a friend, co-worker, or spouse, take a look at some of the unique gifts State College businesses have to offer.
Uncle Eli's at 129 E Beaver Ave. offers various décor items, some more manly, some more feminine.
For masculine décor, the shop sells steam punk resin pistols. The non-firing guns are for display and have an industrial, vintage look.
On the brighter side, the shop sells solar-powered rainbow makers that hang in a window. When the sun hits the solar panel, it spins attached crystals creating a rainbow image on a room's walls.
"I have one at my house. I sent one to my mom for Christmas. It's really neat," said general manager Brittany Roob-Haislmaier.
Health & Relaxation
A gift that will help you connect to a romantic partner can be found at A Step Beyond Massage Therapy at 329 E. Calder Way, which offers a unique service - couples massage classes.
"I cater each class to teach the partners how to best work on the areas the other person needs the most," said owner Moriah Gause. "I have had all different types of couples - romantic partners, friends, mother-daughters ... They are truly unique and a great way to give a gift that really keeps on giving."
Every class is catered to each individual's needs.
If you are struggling to find tangible gifts, perhaps a gift of meditation and relaxation is an option. Right now, at Lila Yoga, 103 E. Beaver Ave., when you give a package as a gift you receive at least one free session for yourself.
"One of the most incredible gifts anybody could give because it would be supporting their health, their happiness," said studio owner Erica Kaufman. "It's an easy gift to give and an amazing gift to receive."
From grandma to business clients, chocolate with a personalized image might hit the spot.
Sweet Tooth Bakery at 120 Miller Ave. can take a personal photo, either color or black and white, and place an edible version on a piece of chocolate. The shop also has licensing for Penn State logos.
"It's a great gift for Grandma, who already has everything. It's also popular with businesses. They place their business card image in chocolate for clients as a thank you," said owner Cheri Christian. "People are just in awe because they can't believe you can eat it."
A gift that will leave a lasting impression is a "tribute book" at Schlow Centre Region Library at 211 S. Allen St.
For a minimum of $20, a book will be placed in the library collection in someone's name. All tribute books also have an entry in the catalog record of the honoree's name. Print books will include a bookplate in the front cover.
"This is a great idea for educators, readers, and the person who has everything," said Cathi Alloway with Schlow Library. "We provide a nice card for people to take to the gift recipient. People are also buying the mugs to put the tribute gift card into."
Making a donations in the name of a loved one to a local non-profit, such as The State Theatre, is another option.
Donations to the theatre can be made online here.
Donations can also be made by mailing a check made out to "The State Theatre, Inc." and sent to, The State Theatre, 130 West College Ave., State College, PA 16801. Pledge forms can be signed in any amount and mailed to the same address.
The theatre also sells gift certificates for shows and events.
The Nittany Quill at 111 S. Fraser St. offers custom calligraphy services. Unique at the shop are sets of notecards that are hand designed and lettered by owner Joy Rodgers-Mernin.
"I sell a lot of them for hostess gifts, teacher presents...personalization is really popular," said Rodgers-Mernin.
Intricate, realistic looking tree ornaments of various musical instruments offered by Music Mart at 227 E Beaver Ave. could be a nice touch for a music aficionado.
"They're very realistic and very detailed," said owner Tom Gallagher.
The shop also sells cookie cutters in the shape of instruments.