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Gopher Gifts and Bookstore Items

Gopher Gifts

Students appreciate treats for special events, care packages before exams, or surprises for no reason at all. With a phone call or mouse click, you can make your student’s day.

Balloons and bookstore items

To mark special occasions or just to brighten a cloudy day, parents can order a balloon bouquet or send University of Minnesota gear from University Bookstores (follow links to “gifts”).

Care packages

Let your student know you care with care packages from the Gopher Express. Seasonal packages mark exam time, cold season, and holidays, or packages can be customized just for your student. For more information, see the Gopher Express webpage or call 612-624-8603.

Birthday cakes

Parents can call on University Dining Services to deliver a sheet cake (serves a whole residence hall floor), a half-sheet (feeds 48), or a quarter-sheet (24). Call 612-624-7173 during regular business hours; place your order at least three days in advance.

Discounts on Computers and Software

University of Minnesota students are eligible for special educational pricing on computers and software they need for classes. The M Tech Store, located in the University of Minnesota Bookstore at Coffman Memorial Union, has trained staff and service technicians to assist your student with their technology needs, upgrades, and repairs. To learn more visit

Textbooks: Rent. Buy. Save.

University Bookstores offers competitive pricing on all textbooks including savings of 50 percent with the textbook rental option. Encourage your student to shop the Bookstores first for savings, personalized reading list, correct-text guarantee, free in-store pick-ups, student account charges, and easy returns. Fall textbook orders that are placed online by August 17 will save on shipping and handling charges with a free in-store pick-up option.

Students with balloons.