74 unique gift ideas from startups that are worth having on your radar
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Startups are often seen as incubators or think tanks making better, smarter, or cooler products faster than traditional companies can. And thanks to the lean businesses models made possible by the internet, those products don't have to cost more than the status quo they're replacing.
Their uniqueness, cool origin stories, and — on average — more sustainable and ethical business practices also make them particularly good gifts. Below are 74 up-and-coming startups we love to shop at, plus a cheat sheet for what to buy from each of them.
Below, you'll find 74 of the best gifts you can buy from startups this year.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.Atlas Coffee Club
What to buy:Three-Month Subscription, $60
Atlas Coffee Club is a monthly coffee subscription that curates freshly-roasted, micro-lot coffees from around the world and sends them to your door. Since the coffees span the globe, each shipment is meant to connect recipients with the culture that produced it. Shipments include a corresponding postcard (plus flavor notes and brewing tips), and the coffee bag designs are inspired by local landscapes and textiles.
What to buy:Women's Wool Loungers, $95Men's Wool Loungers, $95
This is the footwear company responsible for the merino wool sneakers and loungers often called the "most comfortable shoes in the world" — a statement we agreed with after trying them. They're great for everyday use or for traveling, and you'll find them in high concentrations in hubs like Silicon Valley and New York City.
Allbirds are also a great gift for environmentally-conscious shoppers. The company is well-known for practicing "better business" and engineering its shoes from sustainable wool, eucalyptus leaves, or foam made from sugar cane.
What to buy:Tribar Ear Jacket, $180
Instead of making concessions on quality, pricing, and ethical practices, AUrate makes beautiful jewelry that combines all three. They use durable luxury materials, original designs, transparent pricing, and sustainable production that women can feel good about supporting. In partnership with Mastery Charter, the startup has also given thousands of books to NYC students and schools.
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