Gifts and More Gifts Galore!

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. September 2021

Just where are these “Gifts and more gifts galore?”  

They are in Gifts, Etc. – conveniently located close to Pan Hall, which some of us call the Senior Student Union Center. The lounge area in Pan Hall has a large fireplace, couches, comfortable chairs at tables for visiting, reading, writing, stirring hot coffee or chocolate, and convenient access to our executive offices, Lifestyle Enrichment department, Activity Desk, Timberland bank, etc. Whew!  

In the hallway close to that lounge hangs a sign called Gifts, Etc! During COVID, the shop was closed, but received remodeling and updating. The grand re-opening was September 7, 2021.  

Counters and walls display practical, useful, and gifts for all ages. All are handmade only by our residents, including professional resident artists’ works.

Seasonally, they have large selections for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthday, graduation, and other event gift giving times. Prices vary from a few dollars to as far as the SpaceX’s orbit into outer space! (I exaggerate a tad, but you get my drift!)

Approximately 30 volunteers look forward to working behind the scenes, managing, operating the new cash register, helping residents, substituting, etc.  

Curious? Take a look at some of the kinds of items:  

Bags – Drawstring. Small to large. Various uses.

Basketry – Pine needle & fabric.

Blankets – Baby. Soft cotton fabric or baby crochet yarn.

Books – Autobiography, children, fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, etc.

Cards – Hand painted. Photographs.

Egg ornaments – Uniquely design painted, glued & glazed. Triangle gift box included.

Framed – Paintings. Cloth hand-work.

Honey – LOCAL . . . the more local, the better for you!

Jewelry – Fused glass. Braided. Chained, etc.

Kitchen – Clever aprons. Decorated hand towels. Pot scrubbers. Cotton-knitted wash cloths. Padded pot holders, etc.

Pottery – Unique, beautiful, shapes. Cups. Kiln baked.

Scarves – Out of this world Batik. Yarn. Curly.

Stamps – Actual value price.

Woodshop offerings – Pens, boxes, bowls, etc.

Wool felting — Animals, etc. Too clever to explain!

Reader, if you enlarge the photos with your two fingers, you will see many items and details. I can hear your, “WOW, I had no idea!” Enjoy!  

By the way, consignors keep 80% of sales. The 20% is split between Resident Council and Gifts, Etc. 10% goes into the Resident Council fund that supports many activities. The other 10% goes into the gift shop’s activity fund to cover operating expenses (equipment, software, and office supplies).  

Thank you, Panorama, for this popular, fun space with a galore of items called Gifts, Etc. for our convenience and socializing!

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