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2023 WashU Startup Holiday Gift Guide

Kim Wallner
December 4, 2023

It’s that time of year again! Holiday shopping is in full swing, and we’re here to help make your gift buying a little easier with the 2023 WashU Startup Holiday Gift Guide. Put down that generic candle and back away from your Amazon cart because our Gift Guide has something unique for everyone on your list, and you’ll be supporting Washington University entrepreneurs with each purchase! Here’s a peek at some of the great companies you’ll find inside:

  • Guys, we’re making shopping for your wife or girlfriend easy with gorgeous bags from Lux & Nyx and stylish essentials from Pareto or Summersalt!
  • For the runner on your list, check out Janji, a high-performance running apparel company. Their gear is road-tested and loved by the Skandy team.
  • Not sure what to bring to that holiday get-together? Delight any host with a bottle of wine from Division Wine Co., and impress the bourbon lover in your life with Bardstown Bourbon.
  • For the quilter in your life, check out Cotton Cuts, the first and only online provider of fabric for quilters, delivering monthly customized fabric subscription boxes.
  • Entertain kids of all ages with a build-your-own gingerbread house or cookie-decorating kit from Sweetology!

This is just a small sample of the 38 startups featured. There’s truly something for everyone on your list, plus companies that can help with your holiday menus, greeting cards, and more!

This year’s Gift Guide also features the Washington University in St. Louis Student Enterprise Program (StEP) businesses. StEP provides a unique opportunity for students to own a business on campus that serves the WashU community. Student owners can supplement the valuable business and entrepreneurial skills they learn in the classroom while gaining real-world experience as they manage and lead their own businesses. Check out their websites in the Gift Guide, and visit them on the South 40 the next time you’re on campus!

We hope you discover a new favorite small business in this year’s Gift Guide. Thank you for supporting WashU entrepreneurs this holiday season, and happy shopping!

If you are a WashU and Skandalaris alumni, student, staff, or faculty member who started a business and would like to be added to our gift guide, please email us at We are happy to add you to future Gift Guides!