Penn State holiday gifts available online

University Park, Pa. -- Looking for last minute, out-of-the-ordinary gifts this holiday season? The Penn State Alumni Store has some great new options including limited-edition Penn State holiday ornaments and gifts from celebrated contemporary artisans Christopher Radko and Peggy Karr -- plus all of the popular Penn State gift items like watches, apparel, framed artwork, and Nittany Lion statues.

Shop from the comfort of home, online at The Alumni Store. Unique and distinctive gifts for Penn Staters, including six new items from hot designers Peggy Karr and Christopher Radko.

Penn State Ornaments by Christopher Radko Designs

Christopher Radko ornaments are among the fastest growing collectibles in the United States. This holiday season, the Alumni Store will carry four keepsake Penn State ornaments by Radko:

-- The Nittany Lion Shrine: In white with blue tone glitter, this shrine sparkles in any light;

-- We Are Penn State: The Lion Mascot holds a sign with this proud University cheer;

-- Blue Band March: In honor of the Penn State Marching Blue Band, one of the nation's finest college marching bands;

-- Rene's Best Shot: In honor of coach Rene Portland's 25 years of coaching the Penn State Lady Lion basketball team.

Peggy Karr Ornament and Plate

In an era of automation and cookie-cutter art, Peggy Karr's artisans create vibrant dishwasher-and-microwave-safe dishware through a blend of modern and ancient techniques, producing distinctive pieces that are both durable and beautiful. The Alumni Store will carry two Karr pieces this season:

-- Ornament/Suncatcher: A 3 ½-inch circular ornament or suncatcher with Penn State's signature blue-and-white Lion head;

-- Serving Plate: An 11-inch crystal plate also featuring the Penn State Lion head.

The Alumni Store also offers other unique gift ideas for true blue-and-white Penn Staters from apparel to office décor to Nittany Lion and JoePa items. Two especially interesting gift ideas are:

-- Raise the Song: A commemorative Penn State picture book with historic photographs and vignettes.

-- Penn State Alumni Association License Plate: Penn Staters can drive their pride in nine states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and help students at the same time, since all funds raised through the license plate program will be used to create a student scholarship fund. Plates are available at

In early 2006, The Alumni Store -- -- will be rolling out several exciting new items including ties, sports jackets, golf merchandise, jewelry, leather bags/briefcases, children's clothing, and new photos and prints.

Last Updated March 20, 2009