2013 IDEA Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here! If you’re strapped for cash and running out of time to find the perfect gift, have no fear, we’re here to help! Our ventures are creating gifts for you and yours this holiday season.

We all have the one friend who’s nose deep in a new underground band or composing their next masterpiece. Featured on Uncrate, U-Turn Audio designed The Orbit, a turntable with modern class. Dig out your favorite vinyl record or buy a new one and relax as the sounds tune you through the snowy weather. If your giftee is more hands-on, splurge on a brand new, custom-made guitar from Moniker Guitars. Moniker has been creating works of art since 2011, and has since raised over $60,000 on Kickstarter. Take a look at their gallery to see these masterpieces.

For the environmentally friendly, socially-conscious and worldly loved ones on your list, spend as much as you’d like on products made across the globe with a cause in mind. Reweave and Njabini are social brands that create high quality clothing, accessories, and home goods for anyone on your list. You’re helping keep the women of Kenya happy and healthy by purchasing Njabini products and helping spread the love all over the world by shopping with Reweave.

While the holidays are usually the time of year for indulging, there are many ways to do so and stay healthy! The Handle Bar is raising the bar everyday in their brand new spin studio. Tired of the same old gym routine? Or maybe you want to try something new with someone special? The Handle Bar has a time that works for anyone and classes that will make you sweat. It’s the perfect gift for a new start on a healthy note.

Your favorite part of the holidays could be the food, friends, or family, but when it comes down to it, we all know it’s really all about the party. Have a friend who’s a party animal living it up with a not so living-large budget? Tablelist has you covered. Book a table and call it a night. Tablelist allows you to book unreserved tables at clubs for a fraction of the usual price and you can make this one a group gift with their easy check splitting.

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget the kids! If you’ve got a cousin, sibling, friend with children, or even your own to chase after, enjoy STEM-based learning experiments that we all did when we were younger, neatly created and packaged from Genius Box. Hands on learning experiments are targeted to children of all ages to foster learning. Once a month, they’ll receive a box with a new experiment inside that even the older folks can enjoy. They’re in beta right now, but sign up and order yours for 2014!

A very Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone here at IDEA! We’re excited for 2014 and all the exciting things to come. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with us. Have a service or product that you think should have been on this list? Sign up to as a venture and get started today!

Nina Stepanov is the Marketing Officer for IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator