DFW Startup Gift Guide 2016

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide was spearheaded by Fiona Schlachter and curated based on feedback from the DFW Startup Community Slack. If you haven’t yet joined, now would be a great time! Special thanks to Jeff Carterson for getting the content together, and the rest of the community for pitching in!

The Citizenry: By personally traveling to each country and using only local materials, The Citenzry establishes sustainable relationships with their artisans. From there, they sell directly to you online–there is no middleman. By doing this, they are able to offer handmade goods, crafted with the highest quality materials, at more reasonable prices than traditional luxury boutiques. Shop The Citizenry

The Coco Jack: If you love fresh coconuts, but hate opening them – Coco Jack is for you. Besides being rugged and durable, The Coco Jack is also designed with aesthetics in mind. Every measurement was calculated using the ancient Fibonacci proportions to create a beautiful, balanced, and “harmonious” tool. Coco Jack also comes with a specially designed shock absorbing grip, whose material was originally developed to absorb the vibration from motorized lawn mowers! They will help protect your hand from excess vibrations if you’re opening a lot of coconuts at once. Shop The Coco Jack

Foot Cardigan: As featured on NBC’s Shark Tank, Foot Cardigan wants to make your feet fancy. Why wear boring white socks when there’s a whole world of podalic accessories at your fingertips, er… toetips? For just $9 a month, they’ll send you a new pair of fabulously bizarre socks to absorb the vibration from motorized lawn mowers! They will help protect your hand from excess vibrations if you’re opening a lot of coconuts at once. EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. But there’s a twist: you don’t get to choose which pair you get! Our in-depth sock selection process guarantees an instant conversation-starter will always be conveniently located just below your knees. Shop Foot Cardigan

ilumi: Also featured in ABC’s Shark Tank, ilumi is the world’s smartest light bulb. Featuring Bluetooth control via its iOS or Android app – and it works just like a regular light bulb! Give the gift of light, preset lighting experiences to harness the power of light. Shop ilumi

Mizzen+Main: Mizzen+Main has taken traditional menswear and turned it on its collar. Because who decided that our clothes should have fabric boundaries? And why is it so hard to find something that feels good and looks great? A man on the move shouldn’t require an outfit change at every stop. Whether you’re making moves or busting them, Mizzen+Main was created for every man that refuses to let their menswear hold them back. Shop Mizzen+Main

MuffinElse: MuffinElse is a Texas-based family owned business with a mission – to enable people to indulge in a healthy way – by creating a healthy snack that you can prepare quickly yet without compromising on the quality of the ingredients. MuffinElse paleo muffins are soy free, dairy free and grain free and it takes less than 2 minutes to prepare. Shop MuffinElse

Nosha: The Ultimate Green Drink Nosha is a meal packed with organic veggies, fruits and seeds for exceptional nutrition that your body craves. Nosha is just real, whole foods. You’re getting all the good stuff; no added sugars, artificial sweeteners or flavors. Their veggies and fruits are gently dried after harvesting to preserve their vitamins and minerals. Their seeds are finely cold-milled. After blending, Nosha is protected in a multi-layered pouch to keep it full of life. Shop Nosha

TheWand: A glass of wine at the end of a long day is a cherished ritual for millions.. The concept of The Wand™ by PureWine was born out of love for wine with fewer side effects. Developed by a father and son scientific duo, David and Derek Meadows set out to discover a way for people to drink wine without wine allergy and intolerance symptoms. The Wand™ absorbs the histamines and sulfite preservatives from your glass of wine just before you drink it. This process helps alleviate the unfavorable reactions many wine lovers suffer from, like headaches, congestion and skin rashes. The filtration also rapidly aerates your wine, maximizing its full flavor potential. Shop TheWand

Stupid Good Coffee: If it’s not Stupid Good, it’s just plain stupid. A gift card from this casual coffee shop located in Downtown Dallas – (1910 Pacific Ave, Suite 2060 Dallas, Texas) is a great holiday gift idea. They serve breakfast, stupid good coffee and drinks. Check out Stupid Good Coffee

Unbranded III: Unbranded is an experimental pop-up shop, showcasing the finest work in Dallas’ burgeoning creative community. For the third Unbranded, they’ve be taken over a beautiful storefront at 1517 Main Street in Downtown Dallas. Stop by for great, unique, local gifts.

Unbranded is open in 2016 for 15-17. See We Are Unbranded for more.

Rye 51: Rye 51 is a curated retailer, offering small-batch selections of clothing, accessories, and more for the modern gentleman. They have weekly collections of exclusive menswear on their website or stop by for a complimentary whiskey. That’s right, a shop and a with a whiskey bar inside! Here’s a little local’s secret: Use the promo code “DALLAS” and 30% off and free on-demand delivery! Shop Rye 51

  • Michael Sitarzewski is the Publisher of Launch DFW, co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc., makers of inboundgeo. He is a veteran entrepreneur (and a TechStars Cloud alum) with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski has been a part of the internet startup culture since 1994 and has had two exits along the way. After a seven years in the Boulder, Colorado startup community, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas, in 2013 where he’s focused on growing and increasing the visibility of the burgeoning Dallas startup community. He is the EIR at The DEC, a mentor in the RevTech accelerator, and leads several events in the Dallas area. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.


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