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Launch DFW’s 2017 DFW Startup Holiday Guide

If you’re an avid Launch DFW reader, you know that we’re passionate about creating and supporting our local community. So in keeping with the holiday spirit, we’re bringing back a special annual tradition… our official DFW Startup Holiday Gift Guide! We’re sharing some unique, local finds guaranteed to impress your friends, families & clients while also supporting the DFW startup scene.


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For the HGTV lover, TreeHouse specializes in beautiful, healthy, and sustainable home upgrades that are sure to peak the interest of homeowners looking to spruce up their current living spaces. TreeHouse offers a variety of services including design, utility, and outdoor upgrades. With state-of-the-art technology, a sleek design approach, and a mission to create the healthiest lifestyle for its customers, TreeHouse is on its way to providing everyday people a smart, eco-friendly home. Locations in Dallas and Plano. Shop Tree House


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For the Starbucks naysayer – Nerdvana is a Frisco-based coffee house who isn’t afraid to tell people that they nerd out over coffee. Quality is the top priority, as they roast the coffee locally and source beans only from Central and South America. But they don’t stop at just coffee – they offer a variety of teas from China, India, and Japan as well as craft foods from their in-house scratch kitchen. Their board game library and BYOB (Bring Your Own Board games) option make this coffee house a destination for the nerdiest of coffee lovers. It’s the perfect place to pick up a board game or some coffee for the nerds in your life. Shop Nerdvana


For the people on the go in your life! Cherry is an on-demand platform that connects clients with independent nail technicians, in order to perform mobile manicure services. Simply select the service(s) you would like, enter the desired service location, payment details and your Cherry will be on its way. To access the app, use the access code “LDFW”! Shop Cherry



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If you’re looking for a more personalized gift, FotoStrap is certainly worth a browse. Foto uses 100 percent genuine, vegetable-tanned leather to create classic, customizable gifts such as camera straps, totes, journals, luggage tags, and more. For a personal touch, you can add text or a custom graphic to any item. Enjoy free U.S. Shipping on all orders with code GIVEBACK and make it under the tree in time with their Holiday Shipping Deadlines. Shop FotoStrap

Bag Bug

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Created by women, for women. The Bag Bug® is a simple, yet innovative accessory for purses and handbags. It is a smart, delicate combination of luxury, style, and comfort. Its unique design helps to keep your handbag from constantly slipping off the shoulder, adds relieving comfort to the shoulder area, and complements your purse with its luxurious accessory appeal. The Bag Bug® can also be used to keep your handbag off the floor by hanging it on square table, bar, and countertop corners, as well as on the back of a chair. The Bag Bug makes a great gift on any occasion! Get $10 OFF your first purchase with PROMO Code: FIRST10D and FREE Shipping on orders over $50 (no code required). Shop The Bag Bug®

The Citizenry

handmade, artisan, The Citizenry, holiday gift, Launch DFWWith a mission of personally traveling to each country and using only local materials, The Citizenry establishes sustainable relationships with artisans from around the world. From there, they sell directly to you online– there is no middleman. This unique approach allows them to offer handmade goods, crafted with the highest quality materials, at more reasonable prices than traditional luxury boutiques. They’ve even got a holiday gift guide depending on who you’re shopping for: The Bohemian, The Homebody, The Adventurer and more! Shop The Citizenry

Sonya Renee Jewelry

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Sonya Renée jewelry, created in 2002 by Gina Renée Peranio, is a line of simple and elegant pieces designed specifically to be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe. This shop supports charities by donating items for fundraising efforts across the country. Check out their “drusy bolt” necklace, which you can get for just $30 by using code: “Bolt” on their website. Right now shipping is free on their site for all orders over $100! Shop Sonya Renee Jewelry


Do you have a dog lover in your life? GoBone is an entertainment device made for you and your dog that is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of your pet using modern technologies. And you can enjoy new ways to play when you’re together via app control! Shop GoBone


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Unbranded is an experimental pop-up shop, showcasing the finest work in Dallas’ burgeoning creative community. For the fourth year, they’ve be taken over a vacant space at 1508 Commerce in Downtown Dallas. Stop by for great, unique, local gifts. Unbranded is open in 2017 from November 30th through December 16th. See We Are Unbranded for more details.

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Do you have a conservationist in your life? Or perhaps somebody who’s rather passionate about making sure their lawn looks perfect? Check our Sprinkl, a connected smart rain sensor that adds advanced conservation and cloud connectivity to your existing irrigation controller. Recently featured on Project UX, not only will it help you save money, but it will give you one less thing to worry about when it comes to home maintenance. Shop Sprinkl


Cuyana, women's clothing, gift, Launch DFW, startups

Fewer, better is the philosophy behind everything Cuyana does. With a shop conveniently located in Northpark Mall, Cuyana creates timeless collections for the modern woman through carefully selected fabrics, precise silhouettes and attention to detail. Their holiday gift guide recommends anything from turtlenecks for her, all the way to leather goods for him.  Shop Cuyana


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Recently opened inside The Statler Hotel, this new hotspot sets the ultimate backdrop for your next meetup or business meeting. There’s a small coffee counter up front for quicker service, or you can sit down for a hearty breakfast that is sure to please. Take your next coffee date here, or do a friend a favor and grab them a gift card. Shop Overeasy


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Mizzen+Main has taken traditional menswear and turned it on its collar. Because who decided that our clothes should have fabric boundaries? A man on the move shouldn’t require a clothing change at every stop. Whether you’re making moves or busting them, Mizzen+Main was created for every man that refuses to let their menswear hold them back. Finally, a shirt that feels good and looks great.  Shop Mizzen+Main


NoiseAware, Launch DFW, startupsDo you have a landlord in your life whose life you’d like to make easier? Or maybe just some relatives staying in your guest house over the holidays who you want to make sure don’t wake the neighbors with their rabblerousing? Consider purchasing a NoiseAware sensor, coined “The Smoke Detector for Noise,” a smart sensor equipped with noise monitoring technology to save short term rental owners and managers from noise complaints, or worse, fines. Shop NoiseAware


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As Seen On ABC’s Shark Tank, EverlyWell is lab testing made easy. With a range of tests available from overall wellness to genomic tests, EverlyWell allows you to receive accurate lab results on the tests of your choice from the convenience of your home. And if you use code SHARKTANK, you can receive 15% off your order! Shop EverlyWell

Desmond & Dempsey

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If you’re looking for comfort and class when it comes to pajamas, Desmond & Dempsey has you covered. Inspired by the co-founder’s knack for stealing and wearing her husband’s business shirts, these pajamas are the intersection of handsome style and girly touches. Grab a pair for the gal in your life. Shop Desmond & Dempsey

Montana Mex

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Montana Mex makes happy food to help you eat well and stay smiling – with a range of organic and non-gmo sauces, seasonings and avocado oil, they’ve got you covered to step up your holiday cooking game!  Grab the all goodies gift pack in time for the holidays with an exclusive 15% off–just enter code LaunchDFW at checkout before December 30th. Get cooking and enjoy! Shop Montana Mex

SAAP Lao Kitchen

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Deliciously different beef jerky, hand-crafted fresh every week, ensuring a sweet-savory and tender bite each and every time. That is SAAP Lao. Additionally, their beautifully hand-stamped bags are a great way to thank your clients, employees, and colleagues while leaving a memorable impression. It also makes wonderful gifts of appreciation for customers, teachers, friends, and family! Shop Saap Lao Kitchen

Stupid Good Coffee

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If it’s not Stupid Good, it’s just plain stupid. A gift card, t-shirt or mug from this casual coffee shop located in Downtown Dallas – (1910 Pacific Ave, Suite 2060) is a great holiday gift idea. They serve breakfast (daily limited supply of Tacodeli tacos & more), stupid good coffee and drinks. Shop Stupid Good Coffee

The Wand

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A glass of wine at the end of a long day is a cherished ritual for millions. The Wand™ was born out of love for wine with fewer side effects. Developed by a father and son scientific duo, David and Derek Meadows set out to discover a way for people to drink wine without wine allergy and intolerance symptoms. The Wand™ absorbs the histamines and sulfite preservatives from your glass of wine just before you drink it. This process helps alleviate the unfavorable reactions many wine lovers suffer from, like headaches, congestion and skin rashes. The filtration also rapidly aerates your wine, maximizing its full flavor potential. Shop TheWand

Cafe Momentum

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Café Momentum, a Dallas-based non-profit restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young people’s lives by providing a positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support, enabling them to achieve their full potential. This fall, Launch DFW & Cafe Momentum partnered together to host Dallas Open Coffee Club, a weekly coffee meetup that focuses on tech & startups. You can book a reservation or donate to support Cafe Momentum’s restaurant at their website. Support Cafe Momentum

Friends of Fair Park

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If you live, work, or play around Dallas or know someone who does, then a membership to join the Friends of Fair Park is a great way to meaningfully invest in the area. Friends of Fair Park promotes the year-round use of Fair Park, and helps preserve the buildings, art, sculpture, and other artifacts related to the 1936 Texas Centennial. With a membership you not only help preserve the park’s past, but help encourage its thoughtful planning into the future! Become a Friend of Fair Park


Caitlin Studley