2015 VIP Holiday Gift Guide

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

This holiday season, support student entrepreneurs by buying gifts from their startups! Members of our Venture Initiation Program have delightful gifts that your loved ones would be thrilled to unwrap:

Barring Eyewear Stunning sunglasses made from premium woods or high-grade matted acetate make a terrific fashion statement, and you’ll be pleased at the low price for these luxury frames. A portion of the price funds cancer research as well, making Barring just the latest Wharton-founded glasses company with a social mission.

Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear
Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear

Coshare This one’s a startup to buy from: Coshare transforms vacant storefronts into pop-up stores featuring local artists and entrepreneurs. Check out the current pop-up at 1505 Walnut Street here in Philly, and shop happy.

1505 Walnut Coshare Popup
1505 Walnut Coshare Popup

Hangify Looking for the best holiday party to hang at? Hangify has got you covered: get this iPhone app to discover the best events on campus and around Philly.


Heartyy Launching soon in San Francisco, Heartyy has delicious plans to provide convenient, fresh meals, orderable by app. Sign up now for a free meal! One more way to beat the holiday stress.

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Laguna Beach Towel Company Doesn’t your perfect person deserve the perfect towel? The founder is a former cabana boy at one of Laguna’s posh hotels, so he knows from great towels, and Laguna Beach towels are resort quality.

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Lashbee Gorgeous lashes that last: that’s what Lashbee promises, with semi-permanent lash extensions. Perfect for making your eyes shine at the next holiday party, and catching the eye of that certain someone (you know, the one you’ve got your eye on).

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LocalAventura If your holiday gift to yourself is a fabulous trip to Latin America, then you need LocalAventura. They’ll get you off the beaten path, with unique experiences designed just for you. See Latin America through the eyes of a local, and have the vacation of a lifetime.


NOMsense Bakery This winter, NOMsense is offering two seasonal cookies sure to charm even a Grinch. The brilliantly festive red velvet NOMwiches combine red velvet cookies with chocolate ganache filling, a sugar drizzle, and crushed Oreo topping, while Mexican hot chocolate-inspired NOMwiches combine two rich chocolate cookies stuffed with cinnamon chocolate ganache, and finished with semi-sweet chocolate drizzle and a cinnamon sugar graham cracker crumble. Both are sure to make your holiday sweet.

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Silver Lining These bespoke jackets don’t just look great on the outside—they’re lined with works of art. The lining of your winter coat can be either custom–a child’s drawing, a scanned letter, a photograph—or designed by an artist, to create works of wearable art. Plus a percentage of the profits benefits arts education programs for children. That’ll make you feel warm inside as well as out.Silver lining 540