STL Startup Gift Guide: 13 Products (and Experiences) for Your 2016 Giving

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Let’s face it. The holiday season is so chock full of good things–traditions, family, get togethers, work events–it’s easy to get caught up in the bustle. And there are presents to buy, too! To help get your gifting going, we’ve captured thirteen gifts St. Louis startups have brought to market. It’s a diverse list, ranging from thrifty to spendy, from fun to fabulous, and everything in between. Buying from this list would support a local business–and, we left partridges alone, so you can feel good all the way around.


For the peddling minimalist: Artifox bike rack
This sleek, on-the-wall rack hangs bikes and preserves feng shui.
Price: $199





For the young–or young at heart: Bloxels by Pixel Press
These building blocks also construct video games, bridging the physical and digital world by leveraging imagination.
Price: Starting at $49.95




Tiny Superheroes

For heroic kids: Tiny Super Heroes capes
This cape cloaks kids with love and support and instills courage and confidence as they play. Extra bonus: The buy-one, give-one model ensures your gift is one that will truly keep on giving.
Price: starting at $35




For the undaunted (or daunted) wanderer:  SafeTrek App
This app keeps walkers safe by monitoring progress and dispatching help if needed. Give the gift of safety.
Price: $2.99/month




STL Sitter

For the parental figure: STL Sitter
This babysitting service gives time and peace of mind for parents who need both. Give the gift of Date Night.
Price: Scheduling fee + hourly rate





For the gastronome: Com Kom
Multi-flavored organic locally brewed kombucha quenches thirst and boasts health benefits.
Available at these stores around town for ~$4.50/bottle.





For the textile aficionado: Cotton Cuts
Fabric bundles and patterns delivered monthly to keep quilting/textile/craft projects running seamlessly
Price: $39.95/month



Riley Organics

For the animal lover/owner: Riley’s Organics
Snacks good enough for any family member but are meant for furry ones
Price: $24.99




Wai Ming

For the fashionista: Wai Ming
Trendy threads worthy of hanging in a curated closet
Price: varied






For the homebody: Smart Bedding
The duvet and sheet set made for people who aren’t sure about a top sheet
Price: starting at $349





For the DIYer: TechShop
A year-long #GiftOfMaking membership grants access to all tools and technology the TechShop offers.
Price: Check out the holiday specials



Greetabl holiday

For the Far-Flung Friend: Greetabl
You don’t have to be close at hand to give a hand-picked gift. With Greetabl, you choose the gift, the packaging, and personalize with photos online, and they do the rest.
Prices: varied
Check out the Greetabl holiday gift guide.




For yourself: Soozie’s Doozies
Don’t forget to treat yourself. Use this St. Louis-made (and made with all natural ingredients) gourmet frozen cookie dough to bake delicious cookies at home. Santa would approve.
Starting at $29.95

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Andrea writes as a full-time copywriter at a local marketing agency and is a freelance writer for small businesses and non-profits. Her love of language, words, and storytelling fuels her, but coffee also deserves some credit. When Andrea isn’t writing and getting caffeinated, you might find her in hot pursuit of an adventure or eating FroYo. Her role models are Nancy Drew and Liz Lemon.