Entrepreneurial Institute

NYU Startup Holiday Gift Guide 2020

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2020 has been a year of unprecedented twists and challenges. Many of our holiday celebrations will look different this year as we strive to stay safe while still feeling close to loved ones. But, one thing you can always count on is that the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute will be here to help you with your holiday shopping!

This huge guide is composed of NYU-founded local and/or small businesses and organizations you can support this holiday season (including non-profits!) while spreading the cheer of gift-giving. We even made sure to include promo codes made especially for the NYU community, too!

Wishing you all joyful, generous, and safe holidays,

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Team
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photo of a large mead bottleAll-Wise Meadery

Locally and sustainably sourced, brewed and bottled in Brooklyn, All-Wise is making the award-winning mead that will be the star of your holiday meal.

chocolate bars wrapped in a bow by Beyond GoodBeyond Good

They're redefining quality and sustainability standards in the chocolate industry! Use code NYU20 for 20% discount on all Gift Sets and Bundles.

Icing dripping over a bundt cake by Billy's BakeryBilly's Bakery

Each day at Billy’s, everything is still made from scratch, from their Icebox Cake to their Red Velvet Cupcakes. Use code 10OFF for 10% off.

beer brittle by Bixby & CoBixby & Co

They have gift sets, stocking stuffers, bon bons and even beer brittle (pictured)! Let Bixby & Co make your holidays even sweeter.

mini olive oil kit from Brightland Olive OilBrightland Olive Oil

Brightland extra virgin olive oils and vinegars are consciously made in California, and contain nothing more than fruit. Use code WELCOME10 for 10% off.

bagel with cream cheese and lox from Brooklyn BagelBrooklyn Bagels

Use code nyubkbagelapp for 15% off their website and nyuspreadthejoy for 15% off through the SPREAD service, to have true Brooklyn Bagels wherever you may be!

shrimp salad from choptChopt

Chopt believes that a salad isn't the start of the meal, it's the whole meal. With salads this delicious, we are inclined to agree!

three sauces from Haven's KitchenHaven's Kitchen

They've done the shopping and chopping so you can do the eating! Their beautiful sauces come in 100% recyclable pouches and will make cooking a breeze.

ice cream pint lids with different flavors from MalaiMalai Ice Cream

Malai, figuratively meaning cream of the crop, draws inspiration from South Asian ingredients and aromatic spices. Their ice cream is eggless and handcrafted.

various different cups with different matcha drinks from matchabarMatchaBar

MatchaBar has released a matcha kit, designed to make the perfect matcha latte at home, every time! Use code MATCHANYU for 20% off sitewide.

Mexicue Smoky chili salt from Mexicue BodegaMexicue

Inspired by the Mexican tradition, with a twist of the American South. And they've now launched Mexicue Bodega to share their favorite spices, sauces, and items!

delicious and bright asian food with omsom sauce packetsOmsom

Cook restaurant-quality dishes in under 30 minutes with their Asian dish starters! Recipes are provided - just bring your own protein & veggies. (Hint: they have vegan recipes, too!)

four different beer flavors by other half brewingOther Half Brewing

Brewed in Brooklyn, the founders of Other Half set out to create beers they wanted to drink from a company they wanted to be a part of. Success!

delicious pumpkin bread with seeds by OvenlyOvenly

Founded and led by women, Ovenly specializes in that magic intersection between savory & sweet. Use code shipmyovenly for 10% off.

reusable recyclable straws and cuttlery by seastrawsSeaStraws

Ok, not technically a food item, but their reusable straw kits (rose gold, anyone?) make a great gift for anyone who drinks anything. Use code NYUHOLIDAY2020 for 20% off.

three different halva flavors by seed and millSeed+Mill

They're making custom gift boxes for all their products: halva, tahini, spice blends, and more! Also, they're female-founded!

jar of wanna date with some of the spread on a bowl and spoon and some apple slicesWanna Date?

Satisfy everyone's sweet tooth with these low calorie, vegan, oil free, paleo, no added sugar, and cholesterol free date spreads. Oh, and they come in 5 flavors!

jar of spirulina with veggies and fruitsWe are the New Farmers

Now selling fresh spirulina in frozen cubes, perfect for smoothies, juices, and bowls! One cube = a full day’s fresh greens. Use code NYUFARMER for 20% off.

Breads and baked goods from Partybus bakeshopPartybus Bakeshop

An artisan Bakery & Cafe serving up small batch, naturally leavened goodies in New York City's Lower East Side.



assorted products included in bespoke post box (watch, pocket knife, wallet, skincare products)Bespoke Post

Featuring cool brands from outdoor to bar, grooming to kitchen! They've also purchased over $26.7M worth of goods from small businesses during COVID-19. Use code NYU20 for 20% off your first box.

backpack by dagne doverDagne Dover

Dagne Dover creates problem-solving bags - for all the badass, problem-solving humans out there. Bags that keep up, stay organized, and look good doing it.

large Jemma bagJemma Bag

Finally, a handbag with modern functionality, that carries you from your grocery runs to your office. Use code NYUJEMMA for $25 off.

three children wearing lark adventurewear pants and shirtsLark Adventurewear

Breathable bamboo essentials for newborns through 8 toddlers that are moisture-wicking, temperature regulating, and UPF 50+. Use code NYU15 for 15% off.

person wearing a pair of jeans from mott&bowMott & Bow

It's not just denim, it's denim science. With a 32-year denim heritage, Mott & Bow is delivering premium grade jeans at a reasonable price.

Man wearing a chunky knit sweater from NaadamNaadam

They go straight to the source, Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, and work directly with herders to bring you high-quality, sustainable and soft knitwear at prices that are fair for the herders — and for you.

a black woman wearing a Pepper braPepper

Finally! Exceptionally fitting bras designed for AA, A, and B cups, with ultra lightweight fabric for all-day comfort. No more awkward bra gaps or crazy padding.

a woman wearing a sukoon athletic hijab while stretchingSukoon

Access to a healthy lifestyle is a universal right. That's why Sukoon designs premium activewear that is absolutely innovative, inclusive and easy to wear.

diamond rings from The Clear CutThe Clear Cut

This challenging year has shown us what's really important. If your person is your person, craft a unique engagement ring with The Clear Cut. Use code NYUBLING for free shipping.

an adult woman and a child wearing SwoverallsThe Great Fantastic

The comfiest thing you never knew you needed, TGF's Swoveralls are cool, functional, and extremely comfortable. Use code COMFYNYU for 20% off.

low-rise they NY sneakersThey NY

They NY creates footwear that focuses on both comfort and aesthetics, and takes inspiration from art, design, and architecture, drawing from over 30 years of family expertise in footwear.

Baby wearing Any Baby onesieAny Baby

Smart playsuits for little humans. Crafted from antimicrobial, odor-resistant peppermint fabric with innovative 3D Air Mesh cushioned knees & elbows. Use code NYU20 for 20% off.

woman wearing patterned shirtLove Kysh

Love Kysh's dedication to fashion, style, and making you look and feel great without breaking the bank may be just what you need this holiday season!

a t shirt that says "manifesting and minding my business"Soulutionary

A portion of the proceeds from the Soulutionary shop is allocated towards funding their soulutionary grants, which provide people of color access to mental health services of their choice!

Woman wearing House of Irawo jumpsuitHouse of Irawo

They create trendy, ready-to wear, and high quality one-of-a-kind pieces at an affordable price, so that every woman can glow with style and elegance.



scrub and cream by AavraniAAVRANI

AAVRANI combines clinically-proven, modern-day routines with ancient, all-natural rituals. Use code NYUGLOW for 20% off + free gift.

healthy superfood latte mix by Food PeriodFood Period

Their line of natural, food-based wellness products can help promote balanced hormones for more regular cycles and less painful periods. Use code NYUHOLIDAY15 for 15% off.

turmeric latte mix by GoldeGolde

Golde makes superfood wellness and skincare kits so you can feel your best, naturally. Their products include face masks, green detox kits, and more!

group of black women on exercise bikes at Harlem CycleHarlem Cycle

Now doing online classes, Harlem Cycle is more than an exercise class. It's community, culture, and convenience. And they have a 7-day free trial!

drawing of 3 people using technology (computers, phones)My WellBeing

My Wellbeing helps you meet the right therapist for you through their fast, easy, and personalized matchmaking process. Gift yourself some self-care this holiday season!

Nourish and Refine candle and oil.Nourish & Refine

They empower you to practice self-care through all-natural and conscious wellness skincare products and candles. Use code NYU10 for 10% off and deluxe sample!

brain food powder packets by PrimaPrima

Pure and potent wellbeing essentials for skin, body and mind, backed by science and built by nature to help combat stress. Use code NYU20 for 20% off.

Remi's custom teeth retainer kitRemi

Affordable, convenient, and comfortable custom night guards and teeth whitening kits. No more teeth grinding! Use code NYU40 for 40% off.

Sustain Natural period products like tampons and padsSustain Natural

They about what you put in and on your body. Their tampons are made of 100% organic cotton, their condoms are vegan and fair-trade, and their skincare products are organic.

two people jumping in exercise clothes taking a Sweat From Home classSweat from Home

Exercising releases endorphins! Sweat from Home's personalized, positive, and passionate coaching will have you walking (jogging?) on clouds. Use code NYU25 for 25% off.

small bottle of tulii oilTulii Skincare

Tulii's all-natural botanical skin serums are rich in organic antioxidants, essential nutrients, and fatty acids! Use code TULII2020 for 25% off.

A jar of Moon Mother Apothecary breakfast powederMoon Mother Apothecary

Moon Mother Apothecary makes and distributes herbal products created by the Moon Mother, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, an AfroKisqueyan herbalist, artist, educator, and community organizer.

package free body productsPackage Free

From zero-waste products to carbon-neutral and plastic-free shipping, Package Free can be your sustainable choice for holiday shopping!

Person learning how to code through an online classVidcode

Vidcode offers courses for tweens and teens (and for the teens at heart!) to learn to code at home through creative projects!

Lizzie and McKenzie's Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid (Book)Global Girls Squad

An EdTech company that provides young girls of color access to content and characters that they can see themselves in. Check out their book!




bed with Brooklinen bedding setBrooklinen

Brooklinen offers luxury bedding, towels, and loungewear at a fair price. Many of us are spending so much time at home these days. Why not make home feel like a spa?

velvet couch on a roof by Sabai DesingSabai

Beautifully designed, affordable furniture made with sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing. Use code COZYNYU for $100 off sofas and sectionals.

Photo of small plants by The SillThe Sill

'Tis the season for house plants! Bring some life into your home with some plant friends. Hint: they have low light plants too! Use code HelloNYU! for 10% off.



African child holding bottles of water from Charity WaterCharity Water

A non-profit bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries, serving over 8 million people worldwide.

Govern for America fellows talking at a tableGovern for America

An organization that supports diverse, passionate young people in pursuing state government.

a crowded high school auditorium with one student standing up with hands raisedThe Diversity Org

An organization that raises awareness for racial and gender inequality through high school assemblies and creative media content.

five women wearing vote run lead t shirtsVote Run Lead

Vote Run Lead trains women to run for office and win. They believe (and we agree!) that more women in government creates a stronger democracy.

Black man reading to childrenBarbershop Books

Support Black boys ages 4-8 to identify as readers by connecting fun books to a male-centered space and by involving Black men in boys' early reading experiences!

photo of the Leslie eLabNYU Entrepreneurial Institute

Help the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute continue to offer coaching and programming like the Female Founders FellowshipSummer Launchpad Accelerator, and more.


Did we miss one of your favorites from a NYU entrepreneur (student, faculty, or alumni)? Let us know at entrepreneur@nyu.edu! Happy holidays from the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Team, we hope you get some joy and love this season!