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White cat sitting inside a cardboard box shaped as a house

Cat in the Box

The Mega Milk Carton and the Monster Cheese Wedge are among the eye-catching playhouse designs Dawn LaFontaine ’86 makes for discriminating kitties. Her whimsical creations, fashioned from recycled cardboard and soy-based inks, have been featured in Parade magazine and The Boston Globe. From $24.99. (Use BRANDEIS15 for 15% off.)

Red lipstick in front of a lipstick smear

Palladio Beauty Group

Botanical- and vitamin-infused cosmetics that are good for the skin, this makeup line launched by Philip Solomon ’89 is one of the leading clean-beauty brands in the U.S. All products are cruelty- and paraben-free, and are formulated from ingredients that include aloe leaf extract, ginseng, ginkgo biloba and jojoba oil. From $8 for blush, lipstick or eyeliner. (Use BRANDEIS15 for 15% off.)

More Gift Ideas

Browse the holiday gift catalogue from the Brandeis University Press to find titles you might like to give as a gift, or read for yourself. Take advantage of a special 20% discount through December 15, 2020.

Jeffrey Tarter ’65 penned this guide for new grads who are just getting their careers off the ground. It features expert advice, first-job narratives, check lists and a wealth of first-job insights and survival tips for early career success. Brandeis community members can download a free copy of the e-book by visiting The First Hundred Days website.

Inspired by drummers but made for everyone, Drummer’s Hands CBD Balm is a nourishing, hydrating balm from owner/founder Kristin Albrecht ’02. The balm is made of CBD hemp oil combined with organic herbs, shea butter, and beeswax — all organic ingredients sourced from small farms and ethically wild-harvested. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the ACLU and Color Of Change. $60 for 2 oz. (Use code DEISSHIP for free shipping.)

Written and directed by Arnon Z. Shorr ’05, this 10-minute short film features a Jewish stowaway on a 16th century pirate ship who fled the Inquisition and wants to become a pirate to fight the Spanish. The captain must decide whether to make him a pirate... or make him walk the plank. "The Pirate Captain Toledano" is the first film set in the little-known world of Jewish piracy in the Caribbean. $9.99.

By purchasing a pack of notecards, you can make a lasting impact on the lives of others. Each card features original artwork from students at the Samata School in Bhaktapur, Nepal, which educates more than 1,000 pupils from the poorest of neighborhoods. All proceeds go directly to Project Unite Humanity, founded by Cyndi Schulman ’83, P’10, P’13, which is building a library at the Samata School. $20 for 10.

These greeting cards from creator/owner/designer Jennifer Adler ’96 are for the smart and sassy people in your life. With modern, simply-drawn characters saying uncommonly funny and brilliantly honest things, they offer a different perspective on life, holidays and occasions. Send someone a card. They'll think you care. $4 per card, $16 per box of 8 of the same card, $36 per box of 12 different cards.

Give the gift of a Brandeis education by making a gift to the Brandeis Fund in honor or in memory of a friend or family member. We'll send a tribute card to your loved one with a personal message from you. When making your gift, simply select "Make this an honorary or memorial gift." Your gift directly supports our students and faculty in providing academic resources and scholarship aid.