Yale SOM Holiday Gift Guide 2020
This holiday season, shop at the many fantastic ventures by the SOM community and friends across Yale. Browse the food & beverage companies, clothes, beauty products, and more, and make a donation to one of the wonderful non-profit organizations!
Food & Beverage Ventures
Fire Ox Food
Co-founded by Zoe Geller ‘17 and Jason Yang (YC ‘09), Fire Ox Foods’ delicious, plant-packed frozen meals make vegetables more accessible and are ready in minutes. Check out the Mushroom oat risotto, Chipotle Red Bean Pozole, Massaman Coconut Curry, Provençal Ratatouille, Braised Ethiopian Greens; head to the website to find in a store near you!
Maryiza Honey from Forested Foods
Founded by Ariana Day Yuen ‘19, Forested Foods works to combat deforestation, conserve biodiversity, and increase incomes for forest farmers invested in regenerative agroforestry. Their first brand is Maryiza Honey, a line of single-origin honeys sourced directly from an indigensou tree flora from the Afromontane region of Southwest Ethiopia. Maryiza was recently featured in Giving Broadly, a guide that highlights delicious products made by women entrepreneurs. Browse their site and place your order online!
Triple Bottom Brewing
Triple Bottom Brewing, founded by Tess Hart (MBA/MEM ‘17) and Bill Popwell ‘16, teamed up with other local artisan food-sellers in the Philadelphia area to create the Joy Box, a customizable, deliverable care package filled with the “essential non-essentials” for you and your loved ones. Read more about Joy Box here!
SOM alumni Max Dworin ‘20 and Noah Gray ‘20 teamed up to found Onda, a spirits brand for a new generation of drinkers. Their first product is a line of canned sparkling tequila beverages, made with blanco tequila and real, legit fruit. The brand is inspired by the surf style of the ‘90s and can of Onda is 5% ABV, 100 calories, zero sugar, zero carbs and naturally gluten free. Head to drinkonda.com to place your order online or to find in a store near you. Read more here!
Walden Hill Co.
Founded by Jen Milikowsky MBA/MEM ‘15, Walden Hill supplies you with local, sustainable, and delicious pork. Acorn-finished pork tastes amazing and utilizes an abundant natural resource. The pork is available for purchase directly, or you can search at a local grocer near you. If you’re looking for a whole hog, pork chops for your family dinner or a ham for a holiday, Walden Hill has something for you!
Co-founded by Denis Ring, ‘84, OCHO Candy creates delicious, organic candy bars. You can order their many flavors, including peppermint, PB&J, and caramel, or search where you can pick up in a store near you!
Haven Hot Chicken
Co-founded by Etkin Tekin YC ‘12, Hot Haven Chicken is perfect if you’re local to New Haven and want a break from cooking during the holiday season. Stop by for a delicious sandwich, both chicken vegetarian options available, or enjoy one of the many sides, like “fuego fries” or collard greens!
Founded by Sumit Kadakia MBA/MEM ’16 and Claire Schlemme MEM ’11, Renewal Mill converts the waste left over from food-production processes to create an upcycled pantry. Shop their dark chocolate brownie mix, gluten free baking powder, and more!
Clothing, Beauty Products, and More!
Merry Go Rounds
Founded by Melissa Mazzeo ‘20, Merry Go Rounds is a children’s resale marketplace that makes shopping for kids more circular, sustainable, and fun. They sell curated, high-quality new and used kids' clothing, toys, books, and gifts through an online store, custom boxes, a virtual personal shopping service, and a brick-and-mortar shop in Easton, MA. Their mission is to improve the experience of shopping secondhand, change people’s perception of resale, and reduce the environmental impact of children's goods. Read more here!
Tuckerman & Co
Amanda Rinderle ‘15 and Jonas Clark ‘15 are the founders of Tuckerman Co. Tuckerman was created to craft high quality, high integrity shirts. Their timeless pieces are made with the finest materials, and as a Certified B Corporation they have met rigorous standards for social and environmental performance.
Amor & Rosa
Amor & Rosas is an ethical fashion brand founded by Laura Melendrez ’16. They bring together modern designs with touches of Mexican handmade embroidery, and their high-quality pieces showcase the unique and authentic look of Mexican culture in a modern and trendy way. Shop their face masks, dresses, jackets, and more!
Aureline & Co
Aureline began when co-founder Alley Liang ‘21 was searching for easy-to-use, clean skincare products for herself. She worked with her parents, PhD chemists, to create products consisting of plant based active ingredients, and without harsh chemicals. Shop their soaps online and use the code HOLIDAY for 30% off & free shipping!
Hill House Home
Nell Diamond ‘15, founder and CEO of Hill House Home, launched the Nap Dress™ in 2019, the perfect hybrid garment to wear all day and night, and it became a viral sensation during quarantine. Browse the iconic nap dress or the cozy robes at https://www.hillhousehome.com/!
Lillian Childress, YC ‘17/FES ‘20, founded Grastas Cosmetics because she is passionate about sustainability in the beauty industry. The cosmetics contain clean ingredients; the all-natural, pro-planet products come in 100% biodegradable packaging. For each product you buy, a tree is planted.
Paul Lwin, ‘20 and Frank Shaw ‘20 co-founded JoyMotion Golf, which makes sports technology more affordable and accessible. Their easy-to-use app is a platform for golf players that provides analytic data by just using people’s cell phones to record golf swings and analyze them instantaneously. Immediate feedback allows golfers to make adjustments and correct their swings right away. Download today, and read more about JoyMotion Golf here.
Holderness & Bourne
Alex Holderness ‘11 and John Bourne ‘10 met at the School of Management and bonded over their love of golf. Together they launched Holderness & Bourne, offering premium apparel and accessories inspired by the game of golf. We blend classic style with modern fit and performance. Check out the shirts, sweaters, bags, and other accessories.
Co-founded by Bryan Enriquez, ‘21, Hallow is a Catholic prayer and meditation app that explores the intersection of meditative practices and faith with an abundance of exercises, guided meditations, traditional church prayers. Download today!
Co-founded by Caroline Tanbee Smith YC ’14. and Margaret Lee YC ’14. Donate to Collab, a non-profit that equips Connecticut’s entrepreneurial leaders with resources and skills to build ventures that contribute to the greater community. They have worked with many Yale student ventures, including Qi Foods (Tiffany Leong ‘21), Dream Kit (Marina Marmolejo ’19 M.P.H.) and Havenly Treats (Ben Weiss YC ’20 and Caterina Passoni YC ’18).
The Million Book Project
Donate to The Million Book Project, founded by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Yale Law ‘16. The Million Book Project will bring curated 500-book literary time-capsules to 1,000 prisons and juvenile detention centers to each state in the United States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Founded by Marina Marmolejo ’19 M.P.H. , The Dream Kit was created to resource unstably housed youth in Connecticut with independent living skills so they can reach financial, social, and financial stability. Donate to their Go Fund Me, or sign up to volunteer as a mentor today!
Ben Christensen '20 MEM and Marisa Repka '20 MEM, co-founders of Cambium Carbon, were recently named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list for social impact. Cambium Carbon is building Reforestation Hubs — a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership that aims to restore city forests across the US, and in the process, creating local manufacturing jobs, replanting local forests, and improving public health. Donate to their Kickstarter, or shop their incredibly crafted cutting boards made from sustainable wood.
Donation via Charityvest
Stephen Kump ‘17 is the Co-Founder & CEO of Charityvest, an social venture that uses technology to catalyze generosity. Their mission to increase generosity by making giving simple for every donor and charity. Give to any charity, from one account, with zero fees. 100% of your donation goes to the charities you care about.
Danny Egol ‘20 is the co-founder of Inclusion NextWork, a global network of emerging leaders passionate about innovating how to build relationships, organizations, and communities so that everyone can thrive. Read more about their work in this Q&A with Danny, and donate to their organization!
Donate to Brio, founded by Daisy Rosales ‘20. Brio enables access to quality mental health care in low-resource contexts through design and collaboration with local community organizations. Through its flagship multi-year partnership program, Brio provides a mental health design process, toolkit, consultation, evaluation and leadership support for building community-owned models of care. Read more about Brio here!