By Jill Anick, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship
The holiday season is drawing to a close but there’s still time to get the perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones, and Penn and Wharton entrepreneurs are ready to help!
First things first, no one wants to shop with a dead cell phone battery. ChargeItSpot comes to the rescue with secure phone charging stations at several Philadelphia-area retailers, including Honeygrow, Whole Foods, and Ritz Carlton.
On to the gift getting…
Is there someone in your life who loves fashion or could use some help in the style department? Kembrel, ‘The Better Boutique’, showcases unique, independent, local designers alongside highly curated classic brands. For street ware, there’s ARE5, Location Apparel and Kusuri Enterprises, and for the office, there’s shoe designer Altum, and custom suit and accessories maker and style consultants Henry A. Davidsen and J. Hilburn. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers from the jewelry department, Stone and Strand has you covered. For men who love fashion but don’t have time to shop, TrendBent will send a group of customized items each month. Of course, sometimes you just have to have what your favorite celebrity is wearing – for that, look no further than Stylitics’ shoppable closet feature.
There’s also a wide range of options for foodies. Gia Pronto and Metropolitan Bakery are ideal for lunch and coffee and maybe even some snacks to take home. If you’re getting a gift for someone who wants to improve their eating habits but doesn’t have time to cook, Real Food Works can deliver healthy delicious meals right to their doorstep. For the adventurous food lover, try Bandar Foods’ Monkey Sauce – inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine and designed for American palates. And for that special dinner out on the town, Fork in Philadelphia’s Old City is the perfect place.
If the folks you’re buying gifts for are parents, you could give them a subscription to Stork Stack and each month they’ll receive a highly curated selection of items tailored to their child’s age. If mom and baby need some pampering, Bionée is a line of natural skin care products designed to suit their specific needs. If your gift recipient is in Brazil, check out Baby.com.br for anything and everything a family could need delivered right to their doorstep. And to save all those precious memories, Reel Tributes will help the family create their own personal history documentary.
Some gifts provide the added benefit of improving the lives of underserved people around the world. For each pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker provides a pair to someone in need. Hydros Bottle uses a part of the proceeds of each sale to fund sustainable water infrastructure projects. And Kenya Spare a Camera uses proceeds from the sale of its photographs to support the Cura Orphanage in Kenya.
Now if you really want to knock their socks off, you can’t go wrong with something shiny from Tesla Motors!