Happy Holidays from Y Combinator! Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary, last-minute Christmas gift? We've selected some of the hottest products, services, and non-profits from 60 of our portfolio companies for this giving season.
New Story Charity builds homes for people in need. The non-profit is currently offering holiday gift cards that they'll send along with a hand-written note. A great way to send a gift that matters.
Sirum connects unopened, unexpired medications to patients in need. Use the holiday time off to clean our your medicine cabinet and pitch in, or donate money to this non-profit organization.
Give the Gift of Light. SunFarmer is a non-profit that provides high quality, low cost solar panels to places in need. Gift cards that you buy today will help pay for power at a hospital, school, or farm in post-earthquake Nepal.
Watsi.org is a non-profit organization that finds individuals from across the world who need medical treatment. You can pick which patient to donate to. Even better, they allow you to buy gift cards, so your loved ones can choose a patient to donate to.
Function of Beauty
Function of Beauty makes haircare products customized to your exact specifications -- everything from hair type to fragrance preferences. Each bottle can be personalized with the customer's name, making for a sweet personal touch.
ScentBird delivers monthly fragrance subscriptions for women and men. The company is currently offering special holiday sets that include three fragrance samples along with a 1 month subscription.
Stylebee sends beauty professionals straight to your door -- providing services like blowouts, makeup application, and hairstyling on-demand, right in your home or office. Great for special occasions and ladies' nights out.
Markhor makes handcrafted luxury leather shoes for men and women starting at $120. By eliminating the middlemen that drive up prices for most mainstream luxury apparel brands, Markhor is able to pass a bigger portion of the price of each pair directly to its craftsmen.
For the luxury lover, Lollipuff is an auction site that pre-screens for authenticity on apparel and accessories from brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and more.
Food & Cooking
GrubMarket is a "farm to fridge" marketplace with fresh, local food at affordable prices. Check out their holiday marketplace for items like smoked holiday ham and organic candy canes!
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Vegan? Give the gift of health. Perfect for the friend trying to eat well or lose weight, a PlateJoy subscription buys them six months of personalized meal planning with custom grocery lists and recipes.
The Automatic app connects to the Automatic car adapter over Bluetooth and displays the details of every trip. The app offers features that every driver should have, like engine code diagnostics, emergency crash response from a live representative, a web app for desktop where you can review your data, and extensions for Apple Watch and Pebble.
Coin is a secure, connected device that can hold and behave like the cards you already carry. A single Coin can help lighten your wallet by consolidating your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. Multiple accounts and information - all in one place.
iCracked's iPhone 6 Screen Replacement DIY Repair Kit is a present that will surely come in handy for someone on your list. Each kit contains the necessary tools, step-by-step instructions, and replacement parts to make a busted iPhone look new again.
The Pebble Time Round is the world's thinnest and lightest smartwatch, and many Pebble models are 20% off just in time for the holidays! Great for the person on your list who wants to spend less time looking at their phone.
Health & Fitness
Lully Sleep Guardian
Lully is a gadget that's the first non-medication solution that's been scientifically proven to prevent night terrors, which unfortunately affect an estimated 20% of all families.
Your personal mindfulness coach Spire coaches you to a more calm, balanced state of mind. It tracks and improves your state of mind by allowing you to discover when you're stressed, where it happens, and what you were doing.
uBiome is the world’s first effort to map the human microbiome with citizen science. uBiome's sample kit contains everything you need to swab and submit your microbiome, and its website lets you compare your results to others. A great way to kick off the New Year with a health-conscious start!
Home & Decor
Services & Subscriptions
Is someone you care about stuck in a career rut, dealing with an endless job search, or in need of a little inspiration to move forward? Give the gift of career coaching from The Muse to help with resumes, job search strategy, or general career consultation.
Videopixie can turn that folder of video files on your hard drive into the perfect keepsake gift. Find a professional video editor for your vacation video, or a baby's first year. Whatever special event happened this year -- create a video you can watch forever.
Other Gift Ideas
SparkGift lets you gift stock holdings in investment vehicles such as mutual funds and companies such as Google and Tesla. A gift that will truly keep on giving. (You can even give fractional shares of your favorite stock, starting at $20.)
StoryWorth makes it easy to record and share family stories and photos, bringing it all together in a beautifully printed book. A wonderful conversation starter during the holiday break when the family comes together.
Bluesmart is the world's first "smart suitcase" -- it has a smart lock, a portal for charging any device, and location tracking technology so you never lose it. A great present for a frequent flyer.
Cinder is a smart countertop electric grill you can control from your smartphone that promises to make sure you never overcook a steak again. It's available for pre-order now and is shipping in late summer 2016.
Eight is a smart bed cover that learns about you and improves and personalizes your sleep experience -- you can even program one side of the bed to be a different temperature than the other. Starting at $249, Eight is available now for pre-order and set to ship in April 2016.
The Lockitron Bolt is the next generation smart lock from Lockitron. The Bolt promises to be smaller, more elegant and more robust than the crowdfunded flagship product. A great gift to make any home smarter! Only available for pre-orders.
A totally new kind of showerhead that provides a better shower experience using 70% less water, Nebia is a gift that's both beautifully designed and eco-friendly. Nebia is taking pre-orders now for delivery in summer 2016.
The world's first wifi-connected sous vide device. Brings top chefs and community into your kitchen with the Tender App Use Tender to create and send recipes directly to Nomiku. Only available for pre-orders.
Pantelligent is a "smart frying pan" embedded with a hidden sensor that optimizes your cooking time and temperature, taking the guesswork out of your meals. It's a great gift for anyone who loves to cook -- or who can't seem to get their recipes right!