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Can’t find the right gift for the tech gadget-lover on your list? Well, worry no more — gift-giving ideas have arrived from an unlikely quarter, the National Business Incubation Association.
The NBIA has put together a gift list from the offerings of startups that have recently graduated from the 1,900 business incubators that make up its membership.
What better way to stimulate the economy than to support the companies that add the most jobs — startups.
1. Now that’s green coffee: For the eco-tech executive who has everything, how about a $449 K-Cup single-serving coffee dispenser from KK Manufacturing in Connecticut? The Koffee Karousel tabletop dispenser uses no electricity. Fill it with up to 88 of your favorite organic coffee K-cups and you’re set. How can your startup’s break room survive without one?
2. Snuggly calm: For the anxious exec, there’s the Snug Vest from Canadian startup Squeezease Therapy Inc. The inflatable vest applies adjustable amounts of pressure to your torso to create a feeling of security, Temple Grandin-style. This one’s $100 off if you preorder before Feb. 1, and going for C$295. Perfect for those nail-biting company retreats.
3. Ultimate earbuds: LiveWires‘ $295 custom-fit, in-ear earphones offer the ultimate in noise cancellation — they’re physically blocking outside sounds from reaching you. The busy cubicle-dweller’s new best friend.
4. GPS for your Mac: Want apps to know where you are? Connecticut-based Bad Elf‘s GPS unit is designed to serve up your location info with a sweet little plug-in, for just $130. Hopefully, more friends will connect when they’re nearby and local merchants will send more coupons.
5. Snowboard on your trampoline: For the shredder in your life, the foam-padded Bounceboard will let them keep in shape offseason by practicing their board tricks on the trampoline at your local gym or in your backyard, for under $80. The company’s website shows a lot of users tramping without a safety net, though…not sure that’s recommended. But danger-loving boarders probably won’t care.
6. Avoid radiation. For the health nut on your list, the Canary100 radiation detector makes it easy to screen food and air for the deadly particles. All for just $70 plus shipping.
7. Drive safe. Wondering if you’ve had one too many at those holiday parties? The SipSmart Straw from Canada‘s Ladybug Tek allows you to find out your blood alcohol with a quick breath, for about $5. Can you say stocking stuffer?
Any of these are sure to impress recipients that you’ve done your holiday shopping little farther afield than Amazon or your local mall.
Photo credits: LiveWires earbuds and Canary100 images courtesy of the companies.