2019 Entrepreneur Alumni Holiday Gift Guide

Shannon Beeman
November 26, 2019

Support U-M Entrepreneurs – Buy Blue!

The holiday season is upon us and unique gifts for friends and family are hard to find. Between big box stores and large online vendors, quality and craftsmanship can be difficult to come by when searching for that perfect present. Let our alumni entrepreneurs from the University of Michigan alleviate this burden with an assortment of gifts sure to please anyone.

by Jordana Zell Lurie Institute University of Michigan Ross

Wear

By Jordana

A fashion brand of footwear, apparel, and accessories worn by celebrities including P!nk and Nick Cannon. Each piece is a canvas, customized with hand-drawn artwork and designs. Founded by Jordana Schrager, BA ‘16.

DudeRobe

As seen on Shark Tank, DudeRobe is a cooler, more fashion-forward bathrobe re-designed & re-engineered for guys today. More absorbent than regular robes…and styled much more like a hoodie, DudeRobe truly is the only robe a dude should ever wear. Founded by Howie Busch, BA ‘86. 

DWNTWN Run Co. 

A revolutionary new running bra with three sweat-proof pockets to stash phone, cards, keys, airpods, and gels while running. Founded by Kristen Shenk, BFA ‘08.  

Holly Keith Lingerie 

Luxury lingerie designed for larger bust sized women, fitting women through a new innovative sizing system. Founded by Holly Meyers, MBA ‘19. 

SAHI Cosmetics

Good for you luxury cosmetics for your undertone. Every product contains skin nourishing ingredients and it’s all cruelty-free and paraben-free! Students and alumni save 25% with code goblue. Founded by Shelly Sahi, MBA ‘17. 

SKICKS Sneakers 

SKICKS™ reaches the “Sole of a True Fan”. Taking over tailgates, pep rallies, and bleachers across America, SKICKS™ officially licensed canvas high top and low top style sneakers designed in college colors and logos is a must have for every college fans wardrobe. Founded by Jordana Schrager, BA ‘16. 

State and Liberty Clothing Co

Athletic fit, athletic fabric dress clothes for men. By providing more room in the upper body with a tailored waist, State and Liberty dress shirts cater to men with an athletic build. Founded by Steven Fisher, BS ‘13.

Underground Printing and The Bo Store boast all of your University of Michigan gift giving needs this holiday season. Shop unique apparel for your favorite Wolverine. Co-founded by Rishi Narayan MSE ‘05.

DetroitDough Zell Lurie Institute University of Michigan Ross

Eat

Detroit Dough

Edible Cookie Dough – Safe. Delicious. Ready to eat. Multiple flavors available at select entertainment venues and for catering opportunities: chocolate chip, no chocolate chip, brownie, sugar and peanut butter. Founded by Victoria Washington, BS ‘12. 

Duda’s Dills

Fresh off the farm tasting pickles that will delight your whole family. Founded by Rob Duda, EMBA ’15.

GoNanas

A unique line of mini, vegan, and gluten-free banana bread loaves baked in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Co-founded by Anne Slabotsky, BSI ‘19. 

Iorio Gelato

Authentic Italian gelato in hundreds of flavors, ranging from traditional Italian pistachio, stracciatella, and hazelnut, to unique flavor combinations like Mango Raspberry Cashew, vegan Avocado Sorbetto, and Pumpkin Spice Latte (obviously!). Co-founded by Mary Lemmer and Nick Lemmer, BBA ‘10. 

Milk + Honey

A custom cake bakery based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Milk + Honey crafts delicious sweet and savory baked goods made 100% from scratch with quality ingredients. Founded by Rachel Liu Martindale, BSE ‘15. 

Savorista

Caffeine conscious coffee! Savorista offers fantastic tasting decaf and low caf coffees for coffee lovers who are intentional about their caffeine. Founded by Kait Brown, MBA ‘14.

SMPL

Adaptogenic snack bites infused with functional ingredients such as collagen and charcoal inside grab-and-go resealable packaging. Founded by Ellis Fried, BA ‘17. 

Play

Mensch on a Bench

The Jewish Alternative to the Elf on a Shelf. As seen on Shark Tank, this plush toy comes with a storybook that tells the story of Moshe the Mensch and his heroic adventure inside of the temple when Judah and the Maccabees won the war against the Greeks. Founded by Neal Hoffman, BBA ‘99.

Pickup Sports

Sports starter kits to introduce kids age 3-6 to different sports right at home. Kits include quality age-appropriate equipment, a fun curriculum developed by industry experts, and surprises to make them fans. Founded by Lakshmi Jayanthi, MBA ‘09. 

Produce Puns

Fun food pun gifts for the holiday season! Shop the Produce Puns greeting card collection. Ships in 2-3 business days to 48 states. Founded by Mary Lemmer, BBA ‘10.

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Inspire

Foublie

Nutrition coaching platform for families. Foublie combines decades of experience from the country’s leading pediatric nutrition experts to put together classes and resources that fit your life. Founded by Melissa Antal, BA ‘07.

MovementX

A mobile movement health company dedicated to helping you meet your movement goals. MovementX provides one-on-one consultations and services to ensure that you are moving your best, so you can live your best. Founded by Josh D’Angelo, BS ‘10.  

Move Together

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to increase access to quality rehabilitation medicine around the corner and around the world. All donations go towards establishing new clinics in underserved areas and optimizing the clinics already in existence to ensure local individuals have access to sustainable, quality care. Founded by Josh D’Angelo, BS ‘10. 

Navigating the Rise
Navigating the Rise podcast will help you navigate Asian and Western cultures to your benefit. That could mean taking the learnings from different cultures to achieve different objectives in life. Founded by George Wu, MBA ‘16. 

Whether you need a last minute gift or a treat to take to a holiday meal, our alumni entrepreneurs have you covered. The team at the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies wishes you a wonderful holiday season. Buy Blue!