Startup Stocking Stuffer Guide: Unique Gifts From The Coolest Startups
I just really like alliteration, so please know that I recognize not everyone celebrates with stockings or Christmas, feel free to adapt the title in your own mind to fit your holiday of choice :).
Sphero: BB-8 App-Enabled Droid (Star Wars)
Awaken your gift giving force powers with BB-8, newest star of Star Wars from Sphero, a team out of Techstars’ program with Disney. http://www.sphero.com/starwars
ClassPass: Pass The Happy With a Month of Fitness Classes of All Kinds
ClassPass gives you access to thousands of fitness classes in your city, all for one low monthly rate. During the holidays, they are making it easy to give the gift of fitness — https://classpass.com/gifts/purchase
HidrateSpark from HidrateMe
From Startup Weekend to Kickstarter to Techstars to Shark Tank, this is the best smart water bottle in the game. Give the gift of hydration this season. http://www.hidratespark.com/
Candy Jar: Your Online Candy Store
Need candy? Go with a startup and easily order it straight to your house! http://www.candyjar.com/
Continuum Fashion: 3D Printed Style
Get your friends or family the most advanced fashion items on the planet, from 3D printed bikini tops to high-heels straight out of the future. Shop — http://www.continuumfashion.com/
Lovepop: Magical Pop Up Greeting Cards!
Blow someone’s mind this year with the coolest cards you can find. Who knew the greeting card game was going to be disrupted? Also check them out on Shark Tank next week! http://www.lovepopcards.com/
Garmentory: Indie boutiques and emerging designers straight to you
Get rare finds for the fashion conscious, everything at Garmentory is from a small boutique or independent designer so you can bet you’ll find something no one else has in their online shop — http://www.garmentory.com/
Fortified Bicycle and Hammerhead: Two for the bicyclist
Choose one of Fortified Bicycle’s ‘city-proof’ gear designed specifically for the everyday commuter. Anyone who has had something stolen off their bike needs a Fortified Bicycle product! http://fortifiedbike.com/
From another Techstars team, Hammerhead: “No more getting lost while riding. Hammerhead is a smart tool that effortlessly guides cyclists through the safest and most enjoyable bike routes with intuitive light patterns. Get the information that you need through the corner of your eye and keep your eyes safely on the road.” — http://hammerhead.io/
Edify: One for the kids
Edify makes educational games for kids, check out their apps and download today — http://www.edify.co/
MakersKit: One for the Makers
MakersKit is where you’ll find DIY ideas and supplies for just about anything. A kit from them is the perfect gift for the creative and hands-on types you know — makerskit.com
Litographs: Custom apparel and designs from books
From the Great Gatsby to Pulp Fiction, Litographs has a design that is sure to fit someone you know just perfectly, shop their store and get someone you know a gift card — http://www.litographs.com/products/gift-certificate
FitBark: One for the dogs
Pet’s stocking looking a little empty? Everyone else in the family have a fitness tracker? Why not Sparky? Start using FitBark to help your pet be healthier in the next year, the first fitness tracker and app just for your pet.
JewelBots: One for the Tweens
Technology-enabled jewelry for tween and teen girls, they’re a means of communicating with friends by lighting up when a BFF is near or buzzing to send messages to a pal across the school. http://www.jewelbots.com/
Beardbrand: One for the Bearded
Help the beards in your life get and stay on point with the high-quality products from Breadbrand — http://www.beardbrand.com/
Owlet: One for the Babies
Basically, the most advanced monitoring you can get in your house for babies, sleep at ease (or help some new parents sleep at ease) with Owlet, the most adorable smart sock on the planet — http://www.owletcare.com/
About this list:
I know there are probably some awesome ones missing, help me out and shoot them to email@example.com or tweet me @mcuevasm.
I chose not to include some products that are not yet available or are still in the crowdfunding stage, I intend this to help you find things for the holidays, this year.
This particular list is made up of either Techstars or Startup Weekend teams only, see disclaimer.
I am seeking some really light validation of sorts, I’d love to see if given the option, people will choose a startup product, ideally in place of a similar product from a bigger company.
Disclaimer: I work at Techstars.