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Holiday Shopping, Hopkins Style
From the Gift Shop to the Flower Cart, from china to chocolate, it's all right here

Anna Hobelmann in scrubs, $30 at Matthews, just like Dad’s (Greg Hobelmann, chief resident, Anesthesiology).

If you’re one of those I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Already-December shoppers, panic not. This year, avoid the mall crawl and that expensive express shipping—nearly everything you need to please friends, relations and business associates can be found right here at Hopkins.

The Gift Shop. From clothing, mugs and handsome cotton throws that bear the Hopkins logo, to tea sets and ornaments that invoke the holiday spirit, the Women’s Board Gift Shop’s two locations (Wolfe Street lobby and JHOC lower concourse) are rife with gifts for home and wardrobe.

Men will look sharp in one of the shop’s bounty of patterned silk ties—from trendy polka dots ($15) to the staid stripes-and-Hopkins-dome pattern ($25). Or, deck those halls with a festive red and white china plate ($20) or a pair of candlesticks masquerading as snowmen ($14).

The popular, handcrafted marble replicas of the famed Christ statue—less than 3 feet tall, complete with the inscription-bearing base—are still available. Each statue is hand-cast to order; Christmas delivery is not guaranteed ($240; call 410-955-2539 to order). The shop also carries cast metal tree ornaments molded with the Christ statue’s likeness and a “Merry Christmas” greeting for $9.

A replica of the Christ statue, $240 at the Gift Shop.

As always, Godiva chocolates come in signature gold boxes of several sizes, the smallest of which ($5) make great stocking stuffers. Another treat for the taste buds—new this year—is spiced apple winter wassail, a warm cider drink mix ($5). Add a gallon of apple juice and heat on the stove. “It’s very cozy; you’ll want to drink it in front of a fire,” says gift shop assistant Irene Voxakis.

Remember to check out the shop’s annual 20-percent-off holiday sale on nearly everything, with sale prices lasting until Dec. 23.

Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center. Is there a doctor, nurse or other medical maven in your life? Eyeballs, kidneys, brains and more—all in the form of anatomical models and designed for the doctor’s desk—can be found at Matthews. So too can the Osler Medical Handbook ($44), the must-have pocket manual for physicians and residents, covering the latest clinical guidelines for most diseases and disorders.

Festive china plate, $20 at the Gift Shop.

Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses ($74) or Nursing, the Finest Art: An Illustrated History ($71) are top choices for those following in Florence Nightingale’s footsteps.

For the alum, the ol’ alma mater will live on with one of Martin Barry’s popular watercolor prints, both framed and unframed, depicting the East Baltimore campus. If your long-ago student is really missing Charm City, hit the trifecta—prints of Hopkins Hospital, the Inner Harbor and Gilman Hall, all matted and framed together ($50).

Laymen and professionals alike will relish a book penned by such Hopkins luminaries as Ben Carson and Patrick Walsh, or the coffee-table hardcover Medicine and Art ($67), a reflection on the physician’s changing role in society, told through more than 50 pieces of art from ancient Greece to modern times.

And for the kids: jade green scrubs ($30), just like the ones the big guys wear, but in sizes fit for children up to age 5. Pint-size practitioners will tear through the pages of My Doctor’s Bag ($8) and Baby’s Book of the Body ($10), or play for hours with My First Skeleton ($20), a 16-inch plastic model and learning tool.

Nutcracker, minus one foot, $5 at the Carry On Shop.

The Carry On Shop. Across the 1830 Building lobby from Matthews is an entirely different showcase of gifts: a dizzying array of art, stereos, games, clothing and accessories—some new, some gently used—all at eye-opening prices. Shoppers never know what they’ll find when the shop throws open its doors after Thanksgiving with items saved just for the holidays. Spotted recently: an antique china cabinet ($150), a marble chess board ($30), an endearing, orphaned Nutcracker, missing one foot ($5).

The Women’s Board Coffee Bars. Stop by the newest location, JavaJava, in the Wolfe Street lobby and pick up the coffee-lover’s favorite: a travel mug ($6) that keeps on giving with refills for only 89 cents. During the month of December, holiday shoppers can also purchase electronic gift cards, good at any of the Women’s Board coffee bar locations.

Hopkins Publications. Centuries of Caring: The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Story ($30) authored by Neil Grauer, of the Office of Corporate Communications, rolled off the presses just in time for July’s 20th anniversary celebration of the Hopkins-Bayview affiliation. The 150-page volume chronicles Bayview’s history and most important medical achievements.

Centuries of Caring, a Bayview history, $30 at Matthews or Bayview’s Kiwanis Gift Shop.

Or, give the gift of good health with a subscription to Health After 50, the respected monthly newsletter ($28). Hopkins’ series of 13 White Papers on different health topics, such as how to prevent a heart attack, The Johns Hopkins Consumer Guide to Drugs ($32), or the new Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library ($20 each) are good choices for patients, family and friends. (Special, Web-only prices:

Cooley Center. Let a friend swing or salsa into the New Year with lessons in ballroom dancing (four classes, $40). Those looking to pack more of a punch might consider eight sessions of Tai-Wing Chun self defense ($49, members; $69 non-members), or a workout with a personal trainer ($45).

Seated Massage. Make your co-workers glow with appreciation—give them a gift certificate for a 15-minute seated massage, now available from Occupational Health ($10). Your colleagues will love the convenience of cashing it in at Phipps 351. (410-502-1851, JHU staff only.)

Rudolph Miracle Tie, $50 at any Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. All Miracle Tie Collection proceeds benefit the Children's Center. Designs are based on the artwork of patients, like Nicole Abinajm, 9, whose pictures inspired this tie.

Image Recovery Center. If your pal needs even more pampering, gift certificates are on hand (so to speak) for manicures and a full range of salon services at the Image Recovery Center, tucked away on the first floor of Weinberg. Also available are customized beauty gift baskets. Although the center was founded to help people undergoing cancer treatment look and feel their best, it extends a 10 percent discount on all services and gifts to employees. (Info: 410-502-5623.)

Catering Services. Throwing a holiday party and can’t fathom making all the food yourself? There’s a top-notch catering service right under your nose—the very organization that whips up hundreds of hot meals for patients, visitors and staff every day. During the holidays, Catering Services offers up a variety of gourmet packages for parties, vendors and more, says director Leo Dorsey. From cool bruschetta and tarragon chicken salad to piping-hot crab dip and bacon-wrapped scallops, followed by a tempting array of chocolate rum balls and other festive treats, the spread will be remembered long after the last drop of eggnog. Top it off with a fully decorated gingerbread house ($45) or Yule log ($50). (To book: 410-955-6589 or

Snowmen candlesticks, $14, at the Gift Shop.

The Flower Cart. If none of the above fit the pickiest person on your list, illuminate their dark winter’s night with a bright bunch of blooms. The Flower Cart offers a variety of holiday arrangements, including centerpieces of all sizes. Gift baskets are another popular item, starting at $40 for a mountain of naughty treats and $50 for fruit or gourmet baskets. (Call 410-955-6822 to order.)

Now, sit back, wrap your hands around a mug of warm apple cider, and enjoy the holiday season—shopping crisis averted.

—Lindsay Roylance



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