The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped every aspect of our lives, including how we spend our money. This holiday season, we’ve created a gift guide featuring wallet-friendly stocking stuffers from WashU student- and alumni-owned businesses. Look no further than these fantastic companies and products for the perfect gift! From food to fashion, we’ve got you covered.


 

Gallery 314

WashU sophomores Justin Reiling (BSBA ‘23) and Drake Shafer (BSBA ‘23) founded Gallery 314 in response to what they perceived as a lack of street-level retail in the STL metropolitan area. A wide variety of locally-made items, many by WashU students, can be found on the shelves of Gallery 314 in celebration of creativity, entrepreneurship, and the STL community.

Handmade Hannukuh greeting card
Happy Hanukkah Greeting Card

Perfect for: your loved one who has an appreciation for old-fashioned paper and ink. Complement any gift this year with a heartfelt, personal card. Your friends and family will appreciate it. We promise. $5

 


Honeymoon Chocolates

Olin Business School student Cam Loyet (MBA ’21) founded Honeymoon Chocolates in 2016, when he and co-founder Haley Loyet decided to officially turn their dorm-room kitchen hobby into a business. In addition to producing delectable bean-to-bar chocolate, the company aims to address the decline of honeybees and decreasing supply of cacao nationwide.

Honeymoon Dark Chocolate Raspberry bar

Honeymoon Chocolates

Perfect for: your environmentally conscious friends with a sweet tooth. These chocolates are sweetened entirely with raw honey. The best part? When you buy them, you’re supporting research to protect honeybees! $10

 


Modbars

WashU student Max Levine (BU ’22) co-founded Modbars with a group of high school friends in 2016. ModBars offers tasty, nutritious snack bars made with premium ingredients that cater to people with dietary restrictions. The company’s mission is to help people develop a healthy and sustainable relationship with food.           A trio of health snack bars on a white background

The Starter Pack

Perfect for: your outdoorsy, hiking-obsessed roommate. Got dietary restrictions? These snack bars come in high-protein, nut-free, and vegan varieties, with gluten-free options soon to come. $20

 


Made By Blu

Made By Blu was born when WashU student Fiona Blumin (BSBA ‘21) took advantage of quarantine to perfect her baking skills. Naturally sweetened and baked with coconut oil, Blumin’s creations are delicious and healthy(ish).

S’Mores Granola

Perfect for: your one friend who always has room for dessert. Perfectly crunchy and filled with toasted marshmallows, this granola proves s’mores aren’t just for campfires! $12

 


Golden Roots Essentials

Inspired by her experiences growing up in Guinea, West Africa, founder and WashU student Fanta Kaba, (MBA ‘21) founded Golden Roots Essentials to promote ideals of self-love and self-care. The company’s products are designed to maintain beautiful skin and promote well-being.

jars of body butter with aloe leaves and netting on a black table

Aloe Euphoria Body Love Butter

Perfect for: anyone and everyone in your life who needs a lil’ extra self-care these days. Curated with all-natural ingredients native to Africa, these products will nourish tired skin and have you glowing in no time.

 


Wabbani

Wabbani collaborates with indigenous communities in South America to create culturally authentic home décor items that transform IKEA furnishings. Co-founder and WashU alum Paul Dinkins (MBA ’18) is adamant about making a meaningful impact on both his customers and the indigenous communities in which Wabbani’s unique products are crafted.

River Clay Knobs 2-pack

Perfect for: your decor-obsessed friend whose boho dreams are dashed because she’s renting. She can upgrade the kitchen cabinets with these handcrafted river-clay knobs, then take them with her when she moves. $16.99

 


Tylmen

From selling ties in his dorm room to operating a legit fashion business, WashU MBA candidate Lloyd Yates (Class of ‘22)  has a passion for empowering people to be their best selves. Since Tylmen’s inception in 2016, the business has expanded from a single product to a full line of finely crafted accessories such as exclusive neckties, cashmere scarves, and, of course, face masks.

Fask mask with a branded black tag

Palmer Woods Face Mask

Perfect for: that well-dressed man in your life who believes the devil is in the details. Bonus: These face masks, made from recycled fabric, double as pocket squares! Stylish and versatile. On sale! $10

 


And finally, if you’re feeling a little splurgier, consider giving the gift of minimalist style:

Entireworld

Fashion brand Entireworld was founded by designer and WashU alum Scott Sternberg (AB ’97) in 2018. His first label, Band of Outsiders, dressed celebrities. With Entireworld, Sternberg decided to direct his talents in a new direction: focusing on sustainable and stylish items to complement anyone’s closet.

Beautiful Black woman in jeans and sweater stands against a white wall

The Tiny Sweater

Perfect for: your stylish aunt, sister, or best friend who wants to feel as good as she looks. Not too light, not too warm, and made from super-soft, superfine felted wool, this tiny sweater has just the right amount of cozy.