10 Unique Gift Ideas From Startups Worth Having on Your Radar


This article was originally written in Business Insider by Mara Leighton.

Startups are often seen as incubators or think tanks making better, smarter, or cooler products faster than traditional companies can. And thanks to the lean businesses models made possible by the internet, those products don't have to cost more than the status quo they're replacing.

Their uniqueness, cool origin stories, and — on average — more sustainable and ethical business practices also make them particularly good gifts. Below are 10 up-and-coming startups we love to shop at, plus a cheat sheet for what to buy from each of them.




What to buy:
Women's Wool Loungers, $95
Men's Wool Loungers, $95

This is the footwear company responsible for the merino wool sneakers and loungers often called the "most comfortable shoes in the world". They're great for everyday use or for traveling, and you'll find them in high concentrations in hubs like Silicon Valley and New York City.




What to buy:

Away Carry-On, $225

Away makes stylish, functional suitcases that solve the old and new problems associated with traveling — including 360° spinner wheels and built-in USB chargers for charging any dead devices on the go. Don't worry, the battery packs eject so you can take them through security and on the airplane. They're also only seven pounds. 




What to buy:
Gift Card, from $25

Daily Harvest is a healthy eating startup designed to solve pretty much all of your roadblocks to eating well. They create delicious, pre-portioned meals that are designed by a chef and a nutritionist, cost under $10, and are frozen in a way that preserves all their helpful nutrients at peak freshness. Nothing will take them more than 30 seconds to prepare.




What to buy:
Classic Gold Backpack, $235

ISM is a San Francisco startup that specializes in clever features for commuters. Its Classic Backpack is a unisex bag that's durable enough for the demands of every day, but luxurious enough for professional or formal environments. Helpful tricks include an external zippered laptop compartment and charger port. You can find a full review by Business Insider here.

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What to buy:
The Leesa Pillow, $75

Leesa is a direct-to-consumer mattress brand, and their pillows are an easy gift that is extremely comfortable. After years of development and hundreds of prototypes, the Leesa pillow is cool, supportive, and responsive. Leesa is also a B-Corp which voluntarily adheres to strict social and environmental standards — and has donated more than 30,000 mattresses to charity.




What to buy:
The Corsa, $348

M. Gemi is a startup that makes handcrafted leather shoes in small, family-owned Italian workshops and sells them directly to customers online. They were first catapulted into internet fame thanks to their women's driver shoes ($228 - $298).




What to buy:
Essential Sweater, available in v-neck or crew, $75

Naadam is a cashmere startup that manages to blend low prices, luxury-level quality, and ethical practices well. The company's $75 Essential Cashmere Sweater is the real standout — and it was one of the best surprises of 2018 for me. The cashmere is thick, heavenly soft, and worth much more than its $75 price tag.




What to buy:
Retinol Cream, $47.50

No B.S. is a new plant-based, cruelty-free skincare line that we've included in our favorite all-time skincare brands. All No B.S. products are made from potent, plant-based ingredients, scientifically-proven heavy hitters, and no fillers like parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or phthalates. Their cult-favorite is the Retinol Cream, though their basics are good, too.




What to buy:
Bathrobe, $98

Snowe makes thoughtfully designed home essentials from the highest quality materials in the world and sells them at attainable, direct-to-consumer prices. Their luxurious unisex bathrobe has been named the best and most absorbent terry robe on the market (by a landslide), and I happen to be one of its fervent believers.




What to buy:
Gift Card, from $25

If you're looking for unique, clever, and affordable accessories for the home that not everyone will have, head to Society6. The products are made by hundreds of thousands of artists from around the globe who upload their original works to be used for everything from cool art prints to your morning coffee mug. Take a look at the full selection here, which is surprisingly affordable.



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