Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Zell Lurie Institute
November 17, 2023

The Zell Lurie Institute Presents a Catalog of Innovative Holiday Gifts by U-M Alum Entrepreneurs

Dive into a curated collection of gift ideas for all of the holidays and occasions you may celebrate or add to your own wish list! Explore these featured products and services and receive exclusive discounts at purchase, using promo codes for the University of Michigan network.



1587 Sneakers

Sneakers and apparel – Making the Asian American hustle look good! Thoughtfully designed sneakers with full grain natural leather and premium natural rubber.

Promo code for $45 off a shoe order: goblue45
Product price range: $40-$288

Jerry Won, MBA 2017




Be Human, Lead Human

A book about how to connect people and performance. Available in hardcover, paperback, eBook and audiobook. The book is 20% off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon. Or support local and purchase at Schuler Books in Ann Arbor.

Product price range: $10-30
Discount Code for 20% off apparel: GOBLUE20
valid through December 24, 2023

Jennifer Nash, PhD, MBA 2010, PCC




Better Decisions Faster

Better Decisions Faster
gives you the playbook to step into decisions of all sizes, big and small, where your head (mindset), heart (authenticity), and hands (action) are aligned to make the best decision possible.

Product price range: $23-25

Paul Epstein, MBA 2019




Birdie & Claire

Timeless apparel styles and luxury knit accessories that are perfect for gifting!

Promo code for 10% off: UMICH-GO-BLUE
Product price range: $55-$285

Julie Corwin, MBA 2018







Comme Homme

Premium scalp care products designed to improve skin care for bald men everywhere.

Promo code for 15% off: GOBLUE
Product price range: $20-60

Kene Onuorah, FTMBA 2021




We redesigned the boring old men’s robe into something guys today actually want to wear.  More hoodie than robe, DudeRobe eliminated floppy sleeves, attached the belt permanently so you can’t lose it, added an extra inside pocket and made it more comfy and absorbent. It’s widely considered a dude’s favorite gift…for both robe guys and non-robe guys alike. That’s why Shark Tank reached out to us after just one week after we launched!


Product price range: $55 – $235
Promo Code: GOBLUE30

Howie Busch, BA 1986





FoodFinder connects struggling Americans to food pantries nearby. With info on 55,000 free food programs nationwide, our food pantry locator helped 2 million food insecure Americans and addressed 1 out of every 6 searches for food aid during COVID.

With our extremely efficient outreach, every $10 donated helps us reach and serve 200 food insecure Americans nationwide!

Jack Griffin, BBA 2019




Global Waves Coffee

Global Waves is proud to supply premium fresh-roasted coffee from around the world to support REEF’s marine conservation efforts. Every bag of uniquely sourced premium coffee is roasted on demand and shipped to you the same day, with a portion of all sales supporting REEF.

Promo code for 25% off + free shipping on orders over $50:  GOBLUE
Product prices range:

Jonathan Chizick , MBA 2002





Started by co-founders Morgan Lerner & Annie Slabotsky in the University of Michigan dorms, GoNanas is #notyournanas banana bread. They’re shaking up the baking category with their vegan, gluten free, and nut free banana bread mixes that taste so good you wouldn’t even know they’re better-for-you and allergen friendly.
Get 20% off site-wide!

Product price range: $12-$46
Promo code for 20% off: goblue20

Annie Slabotsky, B.Sc 2019, and Morgan Lerner, B.Sc 2019



The Ivy Sap

With the belief that biotherapeutic fragrances help facilitate conversations about behavioral health, The Ivy Sap curates candle collections that champion your journey towards improved self-esteem and sleep hygiene. Our eco luxe candles are crafted from coconut-crème wax with evocative scents and packaged in sustainable kraft paperboard, hand-poured in the USA.

Promo code: GOBLUE20
Product price range: $36-$50

Victoria Lucas, BS 2020



Kid Car

Kid Car provides safe transport for families with vetted drivers and properly installed car seats. 

Promo code: GOBLUE1817 for 10% off Holiday Travel
Product price range: $100-$400

Topher McGibbon, MBA 2006



Mensch on a Bench

Mensch on a Bench is the incredible Jewish holiday tradition that was seen on Shark Tank and founded by Michigan alum Neal Hoffman.  The Mensch has been making magical memories for over a decade and this year introduced it’s Judah Maccabee Super-Duper Jew-per Hero doll!

Promo code for 10% off
: goblue
Product price range: $25-$35

Neal Hoffman, BBA 1999





Oakside Cocktail Co.

Oakside Cocktail Co. is America’s first luxury bottled cocktails brand. Made in small batches, Oakside uses artisanal ingredients from distilleries around the United States to create world-class cocktails. Even better, our cocktails can be consumed anywhere — just open the bottle and pour. Good for up to 12 months after opening — and no need to refrigerate unless you’re serving chilled — keep your bottle on the bar for the quick Negroni after work, or Old Fashioned night cap.
Each bottle has 8-12 cocktails.

Promo code for 10% off: Member10
Product price range: $50

Scott Roffman, BA 2010





Obshay is a new collection of sculpture weights. These weights are designed to be stored on display on your desk or bookshelf and picked up for micro workouts throughout the day. Available in 4 and 7 lb and Black or White Marble colors. Made with silky-smooth silicone and hand-finished for a luxurious feel. Ships in a gift box – no wrapping paper needed.

Promo code for 20% off: GoBlue
Product price range:
$75 and up

Shane Reilly, MBA 2002



Pop Daddy Snacks

Pop Daddy Snacks offer 10 unique popcorn flavors along with 8 Bold and Unique Seasoned Pretzel Flavors. You can find them in over 4,000 retail locations in the US and over 2,000 locations throughout Canada.


Promo code for 25% (+ free shipping over $50):
Product price range: $3-$6

Mark Saraka, BBA 1989



Renegade Plastics

The Renegade Tarp redefines the tarp landscape. Forget tearing grommets or frayed holes allowing water seepage, this tarp is designed to last. We utilize a patent-pending polypropylene fabric technology that’s stronger, lighter, and more durable, while also friendly to the environment. The Renegade Tarp is free of PFAS, BPA, PVC, and fully recyclable down to the packaging!

Product price range: $24-$80

Tony Ehrbar, MBA 2010




Revolin Sports

Revolin Sports offers high-performance pickleball equipment that is better for the environment. Our innovative paddles are Patent Pending and Made in Michigan!


Product price range: $3-$220
Promo Code for 20% off: UMich20

Hugh Davis, IOE BSE 2019, MS 2020





High-quality kitchenware and specialty market. Cookware, olive oil, and more. All products are produced and made in Italy.

Product price range: $30-$1,000
Promo Code: No code needed. Up to 40% off sitewide!

Andrew Kamhi, BBA 2015




Thrifted University

Thrifted University offers unique and sustainable collegiate gear ranging from tailgate pieces to vintage classics for universities across the country.

We buy and sell merchandise, so if you have gear you no longer wear be sure to fill out our ‘Sell’ form!

Product price range:
Promo Code for 10% off: ZELL10

Abby Miars, BA 2023




Vlasic Labs

Relax, restore, and relief, CBD bath bombs.

(Please note that these products are hemp-derived non-ingestible products. They are federally legal pursuant to the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, and properly licensed by the State of Michigan. Additional documentation is available upon request.)

Product price range: $20
Promo Code for 40% off: GOBLUE

Adam Rosenberg, BBA 2019





Zebo is the easiest way to go zero-waste. We offer plastic-free oral care, body care, hair care, and household cleaning products, as a quarterly customizable subscription box and several one-time bundled boxes. All products are plastic-free, toxin-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and sourced from beloved zero-waste brands.

Product price range: $25-$100
Promo Code for 20% off: THANKYOU20

Ming Cheng, BBA and BS 2015