Introducing the 2018 VFA Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for shopping, gifting, and supporting, and we’ve wrapped all three of those into one with this year’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Scroll down for the best, most unique gifts for everyone on your list. You won’t just be gifting a smile and surprise—you’ll also be supporting the efforts of young entrepreneurs because every company on this list was founded by a VFA Fellow.

Check out the guide in full below. Happy shopping!

For Tops That Bop

For Tops That Bop

New year, newer looks. From rad bandanas to tops that bop, DIOP is heritage inspired streetwear. It’ll go with your new socks, we promise. Use the promo code DIOPBOP for 15% off!

Founded by Mapate Diop ’16 & Evan Fried ’16

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For the Shorter Guys

For the Shorter Guys

Ash & Erie’s goal is to help shorter men look and feel their best, and they’re building the first major brand for men 5’8″ and below. They launched in 2015 with their Everyday Shirt, and they now offer dress shirts, jeans, flannels, and more. If you or your favorite shorter man are interested in their clothes, use the code VFAHOLIDAY at checkout for 15% your holiday order!

Founded by Eric Huang ’13 & Steven Mazur ’13

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For Great Bags That Go

For Great Bags That Go

Brevitē inspires a greater quality of life through exploration and the pursuit of passion. You don’t have rigid boundaries between work, passion projects, and downtime—it’s all just your life. Their line of everyday camera and commuter backpacks are the perfect companion for your life on the go.

Co-founded by Dylan Kim ’16

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For the Digital Natives

For the Digital Natives

We know you know a digital native or two. That means they’re probably experiencing some pretty bad screen-induced eye strain and headaches by the end of the day. Felix Gray invented glasses that filter Blue Light and eliminate glare to reduce symptoms of Digital Eye Strain. Plus, they make just about everyone look cooler. The first 200 people to use code 2018VFA10  will get 10% off their order until New Year’s Day.

Co-founded by David Roger ’13

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For the Cutest Baby Photos

For the Cutest Baby Photos

Lookalu is a smartphone gadget that helps you easily take the cutest baby photos. It’s the perfect baby shower (and/or holiday) gift! Use promo code VFA for 15% off your entire order at checkout.

Founded by Michael Mayer ’12

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For Crafting & Relaxing

For Crafting & Relaxing

Gami is a monthly origami subscription for beginners. They make it easy and fun for adults to learn origami and incorporate it into their everyday lives as a creative and meditative outlet. It’s perfect for the crafter, artist, or meditator in your life, or just anyone looking for a fun new hobby! Use code VFAFAM at checkout for 10% off.

Founded by Olivia Nicolaus ’16

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For the Gluten-Free Gourmand

For the Gluten-Free Gourmand

Banza is the first ever pasta made from chickpeas. It’s got twice the protein, four times the fiber, and 40% fewer carbs than regular pasta (plus, it’s gluten free)—and it still tastes great. We’re obviously biased (the VFA team lives on Banza’s mac & cheese), but TIME Magazine and The New York Times agree. Give the health-conscious pasta fiend in your life a reason to reach for seconds. Take 20% off one case with discount code SHOWMETHEBANZA.

Co-founded by Brian Rudolph ’12

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For a Boost of Energy

For a Boost of Energy

Winner of Best New Product at the World Tea Expo, Zest premium energy teas offer the same energizing kick of coffee without the negative side effects. Despite our teas having comparable caffeine levels to coffee—about three times the levels of traditional teas—the amino acids in Zest help create a steady and prolonged alertness, instead of the jitters and crash associated with other caffeinated products. Get 25% off your first subscription order with code VFA25.

Founded by James Fayal ’12

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For Those Looking to Laugh

For Those Looking to Laugh

Actually Good lets you support talented up-and-coming comedians and watch their exclusive, high-quality videos without ads. We provide comedians with fair pay and a production budget to experiment with new, hilarious ideas, and you get to watch comedy videos that are actually good. You have the option at check out to give it to someone as a gift. Alternatively, if you want to buy it for yourself, you can use the code VFAM for 25% off your first three months.

Founded by Ariana Ross ’17 

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For the Woman Into Wellness

For the Woman Into Wellness

GEM is the first real food vitamin built by women, for women. Made from 13 whole plant ingredients, GEM is the only chewable multivitamin you need, delivering more than 15 key vitamins, minerals and herbs in one delicious bite. GEM chose real, whole foods instead of a pill or gummy because it provides natural benefits that lead to better absorption and effective metabolization of nutrients without the nausea and indigestion. Use code VFADEMODAY for $15 off your first subscription order of GEM!

Founded by Sara Cullen ’12

 

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For the Restaurant Goers

We didn’t want to leave out two Fellow Founded Companies that are brick and mortar restaurants. We know you can’t enjoy a great meal online, but if you find yourself with an appetite in San Antonio or Pittsburgh, feel free to swing by and bring your appetites!

What It All Boils Down To

What It All Boils Down To

San Antonio, TX

Pinch Boil House started from pop-up crawfish boils in San Antonio to support the idea of creating a fun environment for families & communities to enjoy food deeply rooted in our Asian culture. Today, nothing’s changed, and as they continue telling their story and providing people with an unforgettable Southeast Asian-inspired experience. Ultimately, what it all “boils down” to are these three things:

  • Culture — All of their food, experiences & stories are inspired from their rich Asian culture.
  • Community — They believe that communities are meant to be empowered, well-fed and never underserved!
  • Really Good Food — They like to eat well. You will too.

Co-founded by Sean Wen ’14

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Chili With a Purpose

Chili With a Purpose

Pittsburgh, PA

Revival Chili uses an open hiring model to create job opportunities for underserved individuals. By providing steady employment and a minimum, livable wage, we will build a base from which our employees can succeed. After showing competence in all areas of the job, we will take it a step further with entrepreneurial training. Teaching entrepreneurship basics will increase their socioeconomic status by encouraging them to become financially independent and community role models.

Founded by Jordan Robarge ’15

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