In the spirit of the season, we’ve created a small shopping guide comprised of student ventures from our VIP-Xcelerate program and clients from the Wharton Small Business Development Center. From beauty to baking, these are sure to make great gifts this holiday season!


Harnessing the power of India’s ancient beauty rituals, aavrani has reimagined luxury skincare by curating best-in-class ingredients, formulating all-natural, highly effective solutions, and returning to a deeper, more authentic meaning of beauty.

The aavrani ritual is a complete skincare routine comprised of four powerful steps that work together to achieve your most radiant glow: dual-purpose cleanser + mask, toner, moisturizer, and eye treatment.  This is your time to embrace your power both inside and out.

Company Bio: Founded by Justin Silver, WG’19, and Rooshy Roy, WG’19


Chippin cricket protein snacks were developed to delight your pup and are crafted in small batches.  Dogs naturally love the taste of crickets, and crickets are high in protein, Omega 3 and B12. Two Chippin flavor options include Apple, Cricket & Flaxseed and Peanut Butter, Cricket & Pumpkin.  Snacks are made with all natural ingredients and no artificial flavors or preservatives.  Give the gift of Chippin for a happy pup & happy planet!

Company Bio: Founded by Laura Colagrande, WG’18, and Haley Russell, WG’18


The InstaHub is an affordable occupancy and vacancy sensor that can be installed instantly. Start reducing your energy bill and lowering your carbon footprint within seconds – no new wiring required.

InstaHub removes that huge upfront cost and simplifies the automation process with a smart “snap-on” solution.

Company Bio: Founded by Michael Wong, W’19, Matthew Hanna, EAS’18, and Dayo Adewole, EAS’15, GEN’15, GR’21


Mansa Tea is a vintage single-origin tea company that offers aged tea, tea tastings, and tea education for modern tea drinkers. Even in the cultural diversity of NYC, tea is more commercialized with blends, tisanes, and bubble tea as the norm. Mansa Tea aims to elevate the tea culture in NYC and beyond so that high-end teas, such as aged pu’er and white tea, become part of a fine dining experience, just like aged wine and single-origin coffee.

We offer free shipping and gift wrapping on all purchases for the holidays! Come join the tea brewing demo and tea tasting, and #elevatetea with us! Our NYC holiday pop-up schedule is posted here.

Company Bio: Founded by Ashley Lim, WG’18


Baby Jives is the brainchild of Jahje Ives and she came up with the business after being unable to find a baby mobile she liked enough to hang in her newborn’s crib. Jahje tries to infuse wonder into each of her mobiles, accenting her popular mini cloud mobiles with twinkles and incorporating the moon on her “Milestone Numbers” gift set.

Jahje’s studio is located outside of Philadelphia and she and her team handcraft her items with support from fair trade partners in India and the United States. Make sure to check out her best-selling luxe personalized mini star cloud and don’t forget to use the code “Wharton” for 15% off any purchase made in December.

A Wharton SBDC client



Delvage is a spin on the traditional yard sale concept. Instead of putting customers through the work of having to sell unwanted items, Delvage will photograph, market and ship on your behalf.

Through the use of their website, items are marketed to millions of potential customers and clients receive payment based on a consignment fee structure. Some featured brand names on their site include Lladro, Lenox, Longaberger and Waterford, and items range from collectibles to shoes and accessories. Throughout the month of December, you can use the promo code “gift” to save 15% on all of your purchases!

A Wharton SBDC client


Ella Vanilla is a unique cake decorating supply shop in Chestnut Hill that offers hands-on classes for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. They also are your one-stop shop for supplies such as edible decorations, sprinkles and fondant.

The company has been in business since 2015 and was created by Noelle DeSantis who is passionate about the intersection between fine art and cake decorating. She graduated from the French Pastry School in Chicago in 2010 and she uses her expertise to teach decorating classes at her shop.

A Wharton SBDC client



Puzzle So Hard is bringing the pastime of puzzling into the present with updated images and modern design. Puzzle So Hard wants to help you slow down, relax and just put the pieces together. We let you refocus attention away from screens and chatter, and on to your friends, your family, and yourself. We make cool puzzles. It’s how we connect.

This Philadelphia-based company was created in 2018 by civil rights attorney Jen Hope to provide beautiful and challenging jigsaw puzzles for adults. The company licenses artwork of artists around the world, in various disciplines, and transforms the works into complicated puzzles that challenge even the best game players. The puzzles can be stored with book-like bindings that fit easily into a bookshelf or can be framed for display as stunning works of art.

A Wharton SBDC client

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