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University of Akron: A One-Stop Shop for Gifting

UA senior Mona Abdeldaim discovers the unique and thoughtful gifts that can be found on campus during the holiday season.

By Mona Abdeldaim

As a graduating senior at the University of Akron, my journey through the campus has been filled with academic pursuits and memorable experiences. 

Little did I know that as the holiday season approached, I would find so many different gifting options right here on campus. 

From UA apparel and press books to merchandise and unforgettable theatrical experiences, the University of Akron has curated a selection of gifts for both students and parents, ensuring that this holiday season is one to remember.

Made@Myers Holiday Shop and Emily Davis Gallery Store

For those seeking unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, the Made@Myers Holiday Shop is the place to be. Held on Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1, in the Myers School of Art in Folk Hall, the shop features handmade gifts by students, faculty, and staff.


Reasons to shop at Made@Myers include supporting local artists, finding unique gifts, getting holiday shopping done early, and enjoying a festive atmosphere. Admission to the Made@Myers Holiday Shop is free, making it a must-visit destination to support local talent.

If you are reading this after the Holiday Shop has passed, the Emily Davis Gallery has a gift shop filled with the work for Myers students, faculty and communty artists. 

The gallery shop features ceramics, jewelry, prints and orginal works of art for purchase. It is located in Folk Hall at 150 E. Exchange St. Akron is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

(top) Buchtel watches over UA. (bottom) Works from student artists like Sarah Mason (l) and Ashley Heatherington (r) will be for sale at Made@Myers. Photos by Julie Cajigas

UA Bookstore | Spirit Shop

The University of Akron Bookstore and UA Spirit Shop have emerged as go-to destinations for those seeking gifts that embody Zips pride. The bookstore not only caters to academic needs with textbooks and course materials but also offers general merchandise, including clothing and dorm room essentials.


Abby Prekop, a bookstore manager with an impressive 25 years of experience in the industry, shared insights into the holiday offerings. For students, the bookstore presents various options, including popular items such as holiday ornaments, sweatshirts, and T-shirts. Even logoed office supplies are available for those wanting to infuse school spirit into their workspace.


Surprising parents becomes a joy with mom and dad merchandise, ranging from bumper decals to license plate frames and wooden desk accessories. The UA Spirit Shop complements this by offering Akron Zip gear, including apparel, gifts, and souvenirs such as mugs, keychains, and car decals.


Abby suggested checking the bookstore's website or the Spirit Shop's tab run by Fanatics for the most popular items. Moreover, with the option for store pickup when ordering online, students can make their holiday shopping a breeze.


For business hours and pricing details, a visit to the University of Akron Bookstore's website at www.shopakronzips.comis recommended.


UA Press

The University of Akron Press (UA Press) shines as a literary gem, offering a diverse range of books catering to niche interests and general readers. Ideal for both students seeking academic reads and parents looking for meaningful gifts, UA Press presents a collection of top picks.


For students, titles such as "The Beginning Was the End" and "Dear Outsiders" delve into Ohio's music culture and complexities of identity. Parents can enjoy a nostalgic journey through Akron's history with "Hail We Akron" or explore the rich football culture in Ohio with "Ohio State Football."


In addition to books, UA Press offers Akron-centric merchandise, including stylish tote bags priced at $10. The holiday sale from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8 offers a 30% discount on all items.


Brittany LaPointe from UA Press expressed excitement about their recent book, 'The Beginning Was the End,' and encouraged readers to explore their catalog during the holiday sale. For more information, visit their website at


Gift an Experience: Theatre and Performance at UA

This holiday season, the University of Akron encourages a retreat from traditional gift-giving by offering tickets to unforgettable experiences. 

Music lovers can sway to the tunes of “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” on Dec. 12, while ballet enthusiasts can immerse themselves in "Sparkly Bows and Mistletoe" on Dec. 10. For a blend of contemporary circus, artistry, and Broadway-style musical, "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" on Dec. 6 promises a magical evening.


Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, and by gifting these experiences, you are not just presenting a present; you are creating opportunities for shared laughter, joy, and connection. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website at

In addition to professional and touring performances at EJ Thomas, The University of Akron also has a vibrant dance, theatre and music program. To learn more about performances on campus, visit the UA Event Calendar.

This holiday season, the University of Akron transforms into a place filled with endless gift possibilities. Whether it's a heartfelt book, Akron-centric merchandise, or tickets to a performance, our campus ensures a memorable and joyous celebration. Happy holidays and go Zips!

Photos of Bookstore, UA Press stand at Northside Market and UA Dance program by Julie Cajigas.

Located on the campus of The University of Akron, Hower House Museum offers a variety of experience gifts including dinners, tours and a membership. To learn more about the Victorian Mansion, visit Shananne Lewis' story contained within this Zips Guide.

To reach content author Mona Abdeldaim,  email her here.