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gift certificates for incoming Harvard freshmen

I'd like to buy gift certificates to a local coffee shop/pizzeria/ice cream place for two girls who will be freshmen at Harvard. They are both vegetarians, if that's a factor, so not burger places...though I'm open to other cheap eats--places where they could bring a friend for a snack or a cup of coffee.

I am in New York (where they live) and would need to order by phone or e-mail to have the certificates sent to them at home. I tried JP Licks, but they can't do it by mail. Does anyone have other suggestions? I'd like to spend about $25 or $30 each. Thanks!

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  1. Cardullos, Crema, Veggie Planet.

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    Crema Cafe
    27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Veggie Planet
    47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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    1. re: Gabatta

      I'll also recommend Crema, and Veggie Planet is a good suggestion (I don't LOVE their food, but it's funky and is part of a pretty good independent live music venue -- the epicenter of vegetarian culture in Harvard Sq)

      You should also look into Burdick's -- they have a store (one of their 3) in NYC ~ 20th street, I think. My favorite hot chocolate in the world, and a really nice place to go to relax and have some dessert.

      I also like Berryline (a pretty good Pinkberry clone).

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      Burdick's
      Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

      Crema Cafe
      27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      Veggie Planet
      47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    2. Second Crema - great sandwiches, coffee, pastries.

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      Crema Cafe
      27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      1. re: greenzebra

        Third Crema. They also have good vegetarian options. Esp. love their coffee and pastries (made there).

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        Crema Cafe
        27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      2. Would Cambridge 1 (interesting pizzas) let them eat there if they're not 21?
        Or maybe Berryline Frozen Yogurt.
        And some people like Finale for salads and desserts.

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        1. re: Joanie

          I have never been carded to get in to Camb 1 - only if ordering a beverage at the table.
          And that's also a great suggestion.

          You also cannot go wrong with a Peet's gift card. Starbuck's abound too, but Peet's is better.

          1. My wife and I have gotten gift certificates from Pinocchio's Pizza for a cousin who went to Harvard several years ago. http://www.pinocchiospizza.net/
            If you have difficulty getting them over the phone you can also try Upper Crust Pizza, a local chain with an outlet in Harvard Square. You can definitely order gift certificates on line: http://www.theuppercrustpizzeria.com/...