Gift Ideas From Alumni Entrepreneurs
Starting to think about "that special gift" this holiday season? Check out these ideas from the Columbia entrepreneurship community. We will be adding other ideas this fall semester so check it often for new suggestions and special discount deals!
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Art and Decor | Beauty Products and Services | Books | Education and Networking | Fashion and Accessories | Food and Snacks | Health and Fitness | Toys and Games | Columbia Community Business Program | Other
Art and Decor
1500 Gallery (Andrew S. Klug ’09)
For the art lover, 1500 Gallery offers Brazilian fine art photography starting at $1,000.
CanvasHQ (Storm Nolan ’08)
CanvasHQ can turn your photos or images into canvas works of art.
Cape Weaver (Lara Junaid ’08)
Cape Weaver is the premier label specializing in fine quality African handicrafts. The company offers products made by expert artisans; each item reflects exceptional craftsmanship and 20 percent of the company’s annual profits is go to making a difference in Africa.
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Beauty Products and Services
Blow, The New York Styling Salon (Julie Flackstad ’99)
Looking fabulous requires maintenance. Purchase Blow’s gift cards either online or in person. A great gift for your mom, wife, sister, aunt, hostess, or favorite client.
Eye Spa (Dawn Sanders ’04)
An eyebrow threading and day spa destination, Eye Spa offers gift certificates to massage the stress away.
JUARA Skincare (Tami Chuang '06) JUARA Skincare is inspired by beauty secrets from Bali, combining rituals of ancient Indonesian royalty and modern science.
RedFlower (Yael Alkalay ’97)
Redflower offers over a hundred wonderfully scented products including lotions, organic perfumers, soaps, essential oils, and more.
Skyn Iceland (Sarah Kugelman ’89)
Skyn Iceland offers a skincare line that treats the effects of stress on the skin.
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Hong Kong ABCs (Diana David ’97)
Hong Kong ABCs include twenty-six illustrations and rhymes of Hong Kong delights on the pages of this funky, chunky board book. Designed to appeal to babies learning ABCs as well as early learners and children interested in Hong Kong culture, this is the only Hong Kong ABC board book currently available. The work done on the book has been donated, with all profits from sales of the book going to Room-to-Read. A beautiful gift for children learning about cultures around the world or for anyone planning a trip or move to Hong Kong in the year ahead. Order online via the distributor links at
Merger (a Novel by Sanjay Sanghoee ’00)
For the thriller seeker, here’s a novel from a former investment banker who goes behind the scenes of multibillion dollar mergers to reveal a dark world of greed, corruption, and murder.
Pockit Rockit (Ari Abramowitz ’00)
For the music lover, Pockit Rockit uses artists you already do know to help you discover some of the most intriguing and relevant artists you don’t know — yet.
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Education and Networking
Golden Networking (Edgar Perez ’02)
Golden Networking is an exclusive networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Check out some recent DVD video packages: “Is the Chinese Dragon Poised for Global Dominance or Economic Implosion?”, “Extraordinary Opportunities Investors Cannot Afford to Pass”, and “Practical Implementation of High-Frequency Trading Strategies”.
Triple Bottom Line, LLC (Thomas Woodfin ’12)
Information Technology, Android, IPhone, iPad, Tablet application development. Free Simple App valued at $500
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Fashion and Accessories
Casauri (Emily McHugh ’99)
Casauri is an online provider of designer laptop bags, cases, sleeves, travel totes, and more.
Kaia Peterka (Kaia Peterka ’03)
A collection for independent spirits who crave fashion without fuss. Chic, dramatic and simple, designs are luxurious and livable at the same time. Inspired by art and geometry, Kaia balances form and function for a modern vision of distinctive, streamlined beauty. All products are handmade in New York City. Receive 20% all purchases at www.KaiaPeterka.com until December 22nd, 2011 with VIP code: cbsvip Please note, the VIP code is case sensitve. Happy Shopping!
Lauren Merkin (Lauren Merkin ’01)
This collection of clutches and bags will make the women on your list feel effortlessly stylish.
Ligne de Soie (Melissa Pelz ’06)
Ligne de Soie offers the most luxurious silk loungewear collection to help your special someone relax.
Physique57 (Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi ‘00)
Physique 57™ is a vigorous and dynamic exercise method designed to rapidly transform your body. Check out the excercise videos and workout apparel.
ShoeCrush.com (Lesley Elliott ’08)
ShoeCrush.com is an e-tailing site created by “shoe-holic “ Lesley Elliott and is designed specifically to enhance the shopping experience of the avid shoe & bag connoisseur. We offer great designer finds at a wide variety of price points - designers include everyone from Rebecca Minkoff to Badgley Mischka to Steve Madden. Use discount code "C1B1S" at checkout for 10% your next purchase!
SoleMates (Becca Brown ’07 and Monica Murphy ’07)
A great stocking stuffer, Solemates’ high heel protectors reduce the pressure on this area and prevent the heels from sinking into the grass or falling into cracks.
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Food and Snacks
Hill Country (Marc Glosserman ’06)
Hill Country is a Texas-style barbecue restaurant in New York City. Its authentic salsas and marinades would be a welcome gift for the foodie on your list. Check out their HC tee-shirts, music, gift cards, books, and more.
Mywinedirect.com (Exclusive CBS Offer) is giving the CBS community a discount ($15 off purchases over $70). Use discount code: Columbia15. Thank you Oleg Kaganovich '00 for forwarding on!
Peeled Snacks (Noha Waibsnaider ’02)
Peeled Snacks offers large, easy-to-eat pieces of fruit and nuts providing a natural source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Order sleek gift boxes or tins.
Tu Cocina (Rafael Rodas ’05)
Looking for the perfect pot to prepare a paella, a plaintain press, or tortilla grill? Inspired by longstanding Latin culinary traditions, Tu Cocina has the tools you need to make authentic Latin meals your friends and family will love.
Frankly Wines (Christy Frank ’00)
Frankly Wines, located in Tribeca, has an online shop featuring various holiday gift packs including holiday samplers, cheeky “I Hate Chardonnay” 3-Packs, and various other suggestions. Alumni can use the code “MUSAR10” at checkout for a 10 percent discount.
Cruncha ma*me (Raymond Chung ’05)
Cruncha ma*me is a revolutionary new snack that allows you to enjoy all of the great taste and heart healthy nutrition of whole veggies in a convenient pouch that contains the equivalent of a full serving of vegetables. To order these attractively packaged snacks, contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Health and Fitness
Switch2Health (Goutham Bhadri ’09)
Switch2Health makes staying fit fun with colorful watches featuring an activity tracker that generates a Reward Code for every 60 minutes of accumulated activity.
Ride Skurf USA (John Shoaf ’10)
Skurf Caster Skates are the newest hot item in the sporting goods and toy category. Skurf is great for both youth (ages 10-18) and adults (18+) and is surprisingly simple to ride. $25 Gift Code for all CBS alumni and friends, use promo code: "SKURFCBS"
To Be Continued (Matthew Wang ’05)
The Walking Dead Board Game based on the best selling comic book series. To Be Continued LLC designed the board game and Z-Man Games published it. Also, The Twilight Board Games would make a great gift.
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Gift Ideas from Columbia Community Business Program Participants
DubPies (Sean Mandel ’07)
DubPies is a specialty bakery that brings the authentic New Zealand-Australian experience — the culturally iconic meat pie — to New York City.
Make my Cake (Aliyyah Baylor)
Make My Cake draws thousands of worldwide visitors seeking the ultimate “red velvet cake” and various other heavenly desserts to Harlem.
Ristorante Settepani (Leah Abraham)
Ristorante Settepani, located at 196 Lenox Avenue, offers gift cards for your family and friends to enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine in Harlem.
Sweet Loren’s (Loren Brill)
For the baker, Sweet Loren’s offers a variety of dough flavors for deliciously chewy cookies and brownies.
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Contempo Closet (David Einhorn ’06)
Contempo Closet, a furniture company based in New Jersey, specializes in customizable wardrobe closets for quick and efficient storage solutions. Design consultants and craftsmen work with customers to create freestanding wardrobe closets from modular units that best meet the customer's storage needs. Be prepared for the upcoming holiday season and store in style and with ease!
Contempo Wall (David Einhorn ’06)
Contempo Wall, a furniture company based in New Jersey, specializes in customizable entertainment centers and wall units to TV stands and credenzas with much in between. Design consultants and craftsmen work with customers to create the perfect piece for any space from modular units that best meet the customer's display and storage needs. Make sure you living space is as stylish as that new flat screen TV you have with a new Wall Unit Entertainment Center
EcoPlum (Gia Machlin ’91)
EcoPlum is the online destination for eco friendly products and green living advice that makes it fun, easy and rewarding to go green. EcoPlum carefully selects stylish, unique green products including eco friendly clothing, green accessories, fair trade jewelry, and safe cosmetics and skincare. All vendors are rigorously screened for environmental practices. Shoppers earn EcoChipz rewards points, good for EcoPlum coupons or donations to environmental causes with every purchase. A trusted source for information on how to be green, EcoPlum has a wide array of original content and an engaged social media community. EcoPlum aims to foster environmental stewardship by informing and empowering consumers to make responsible choices. EcoPlum, Where it Pays to Buy Green. 15% discount on your first purchase with coupon code CBS15. Please sign up for our newsletter to activate: http://ow.ly/7bwSv
Entourage Yearbooks (Elias K. Jo ’05)
Entourage Yearbooks offers a great gift for the family: design, publish, and receive a beautiful “yearbook-style” photo book for your family memories.
EPI Branded Solutions (Stephen Kaufman ’90)
EPI Branded Solutions is a distributor of promotional products — from logo-ed tote bags, pens, and umbrellas to embroidered and silk screened clothing.
Let’s do a Reality Check! (Irina Avtsin ’07)
Reality check: Decision and situation inspection and assessment When you buy a house you probably would not close the deal without first having an inspection and an assessment done by an expert. It just makes sense – doing a reality check, before jumping in. Would not it make sense to do the same with other major decisions and resolutions in your life? Doing a reality check gives YOU more control over your decisions. Why doing a reality check is for you? Have you ever regretted an important decision you’ve made, because it was not based on reality? What do you do when you need to make a decision where stakes are high financially, emotionally or both? Would not it have saved you a lot of aggravation and money, if only you could see what is realy going on? What kind of decisions/situations require an assessment? If you are looking to ... • have more genuine relationships • feel at home in a new environment • build a successful career • make sound and creative business decisions • chose the right time for going back to school • go through mid life transition with ease • and more... Hiring an expert to help you do a reality check is a must! Disount code: CBSGIFT 1 session ( 1 hour) Reg: $275 Discount: $100 You pay $175 Monthly package (weekly sessions) Reg: $950 Discount: $300 You pay $650 3 month package Reg: $2,500 Discount: $1000 You pay: $1500 Must register before 1/31/2012.
Nautilus Reels (Kristen Mustad ’99)
Manufacturer of the world's most technologically advanced fly fishing reels. From Trout to Marlin. Tested on Animals!(TM) With any Nautilus Reel purchased at one of our Fly shops you will receive a free custom shop package (up to $100) to customize your fly reel to your liking. Must be able to prove CBS affiliation.
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