For alumni and Yale affiliates: Gift ideas for the holiday season

Whether you are an alum or a Yale affiliate, here are some suggestions for Yale-themed gifts from the university’s Marketing and Trademark Licensing Department.

For bibliophiles

Covers of "Devotion" and "Against the Grain"

Yale University Press offers an array of new books in art, history, science, religion, psychology, literature, and beyond. New and notable titles include Patti Smith’s “Devotion,” part of the “Why I Write” series based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures; Yale professor James C. Scott’s “Against the Grain”; Stephen Mitchell’s “Beowulf”; Brian Fagan’s “Fishing”; and Yale professor Christian Wiman’s “Joy.”

Alumni and affiliates can receive 20% off on all orders now through Jan. 15, using the discount code AYAGIFT17. Visit for more information or to browse the Press’ entire selection of titles.

Bowls/pens made from Yale trees

Wooden bowl by Scott Strobel

One-of-a-kind wooden bowls and collector pens handcrafted by Yale professor Scott Strobel from trees that once grew on Yale’s campus —including a Cross Campus elm, a Divinity School maple, a Law School beech, and a York Street maple — let Yalies preserve a piece of their favorite part of campus in their home. Some of the proceeds help defray the cost of planting replacement trees that will shade future generations of Yale students. For more information, visit the Yale Bowls website.

Insignia gifts

Blue gloves with Y embrodered on them

Those looking for insignia merchandise and alumni-specific items will find that the Yale Bookstore offers a wide array of apparel and non-apparel gifts. See related story.

In addition, you can find links to companies that are licensed to make Yale products at

Still looking?

Those who are looking for a Yale-related gift and having trouble finding it, can contact Yale’s Trademark Licensing department at 203-432-2313, and they will do their best to help you in your search.

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