With the lights already glimmering on Main Street, it’s easy to see the holiday season is in full swing. But with only a couple of nights of Hanukkah left, and finals looming ahead, it can be hard to find the time and sanity to buy the perfect presents. Weekend has found great gift ideas from local vendors sure to make anyone happy. These are a few of our favorite things …

Paul Wong
Middle Earth has it all. For girls, bath products. For guys, a t-shirt with Cobra logo from G.I. Joe.

For Her

Facial $65

Encore Studio for Hair, Skin &Nails

With the cold wind nipping at her nose, treat her to a pampering session. Encore Studio For Hair, Skin & Nails offers gift certificates.

Located at: 407 N. Fifth Ave. 663-9344

Cosmopolitan 101 $24.99

Borders Bookstore

She’ll have fun watching the new season of Sex and the City while drinking a sophisticated cocktail. Borders sells this kit, complete with drink mix, CD, glass rimming sugar and 25-card drink guide. Martini and Margarita mixes are also available.

Located at: 612 E. Liberty St. 668-7652

Silver Jewelry Box $12-$18

The Earport

Instead of splurging on a pair of fancy earrings, why not give her something to put the earrings in? The Earport sells small silver boxes that can be engraved with her initials. Engravings can be done at Schlanderer Jewelers next door and cost around $25. If you are interested in engraving, get there soon. It often takes between a week and 10 days.

Located at: 1103 S. University St. 996-5999

The Thymes Bath Products

$14.95 – $27.95

Middle Earth

Give her the gift of luxuriousness with an assortment of bath oils, soaps and lotions. Sold individually or as a set. Choose from scents such as eucalyptus or olive leaf. We recommend the lavender.

Located at: 1209 S. University St. 769-1488

For Him

Posters $10 – $40

Framing $15 – $35

Beyond the Wall

Beyond the Wall sells movie posters and art prints that can be framed and will make his room look liveable.

Located at: 1205 S. University 663-2434

Video Games, New and Used

$1 – $50

The Record Exchange

What guy wouldn’t love this gift? The Record Exchange is the only place on campus to buy new games for Playstation 2, X Box and Gamecube. Or, show a lot of love by giving him a nostalgic game for Nintendo.

Located at: 1203 S. University 997-9211



Four Seasons Perfume

Help him smell good enough to stand under your mistletoe with a bottle of cologne. At Four Seasons Perfume, you can choose from a variety of name-brand scents or have them obtain that hard-to-find cologne that he (or you) loves.

Located at: 615 E. Liberty St. 913-4331

Beer Pong Kit


Urban Outfitters

He’ll be able to perfect his game with this set from Urban Outfitters. It comes with a miniature table, net, 1 ball and paddles.

Located at: 231 State St. 994-5500

For Either


$35 – $60

Eastover Center Massage

& Skin Therapies

The gift of a massage is sure to please anyone, and its something special that students may not normally purchase for themselves. The Eastover Center for Massage & Skin Therapies offers gift certificates for hour-long or half-an-hour massages.

The recipient only has to make an appointment and can select from relaxing to therapeutic massages.

Located at: 1531 Eastover St. 994-0293



Michigan Theater

We can’t decide what’s better about this gift, the discounted movie tickets ($5.50), the validated parking or the beer and wine available only to members. The membership lasts for a year and it also comes with a discount ticket booklet.

Located at: 603 E. Liberty St. 668-8397

Dinner Gift Certificate

Main Street Ventures

Give someone a great meal at one of Ann Arbor’s finest restaurants. Main Street Ventures offers gift certificates that can be used at Gratzi, Palio, The Real Seafood Company, Chop House or at other restaurants in Toledo. Be sure to give enough to cover entrees, drinks and dessert.

Call 888-456-3463 for gift certificates.

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