The Garage Gift Guide 2022

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Have you been searching for a completely unique item to gift your loved ones this holiday season? Look no further – The Garage’s annual Gift Guide is back again this year featuring eight new and exciting products created by students and alumni of The Garage at Northwestern!

From an intergalactic board game to a mental health & wellness supplement subscription, this guide offers an option for everyone’s tastes and preferences – even a product for brain surgeons made the list! Without further ado, here are our picks for the 2022 edition of The Garage’s Holiday Gift Guide!

1. Unlock the plus-size shopping experience.

Founded by current Northwestern student, Charlotte Oxnam ’23, Cue the Curves is *the* plus-size social shopping community that helps women find clothes that fit their size and style. Users can follow plus-size influencers for outfit inspo and shop directly through the app. Don’t just follow the trends this holiday season, set them!

2.  The perfect high-protein snack to add to your holiday treat rotation.

Co-founded by Ryan Teo ’22, Ansh Prasad ’22, and Liliana Sydorenko ’22, Minimal Snacks is a superfood innovation startup developing delicious, high-quality products with recognizable ingredients that you can count on one hand. Their Mnml Air Dried Beef Jerky has just four ingredients, 23g of protein, and 0g of sugar – making it the perfect snack for when you’re on the go. Order online here (and thank us later).

3. The easiest way to learn how to cook.

Co-founded by Graham Kirstein ‘20 and Jake Gutstein ‘20, Zest is a mobile app helping people unlock the joy of home cooking. Subscriptions provide access to special lessons and recipes, allowing people to move away from take-out and towards creating their own meals. Flirt with your inner chef and download the app here.

4. A new asymmetric board game for those who love space adventures.

Mark IV Games, founded by Elam Blackwell ‘22, recently reached their Kickstarter goal in under 8 hours to launch their first game, Factions of Sol. This 1-4 player space exploration board game features asymmetric gameplay that allows players to maneuver through the solar system, explore distant worlds, and lead their faction to glory! Pre-order Factions of Sol online here.

5.  A Cranial Drill for the Neurosurgeon in your life.

Founded by Casey Grage ‘19, Hubly Surgical’s cordless powered cranial drill is specifically designed to reduce complications and operating room dependence through unique features for safety, efficiency, and value. The current standard in medicine is to use a hand-cranked drill for brain surgeries, which is liable to human error – meanwhile, Hubly’s cranial drill has an automatic stop function when it breaks through the skull. Be the first to know when the Hubly Electric Drill hits the market by joining the Hubly Surgical Newsletter here.

6.  An anxiety relief solution backed by science.

Co-founded by Propel cohort member, Shanna Traphoner-Liu ’22, bekome provides anxiety management through supplementation, education, and consultation – putting people back in control of their mental wellbeing. Subscription box offerings include a 7, 14, or 28-Day supply of supplements designed to elevate your mood while decreasing stress and anxiety. Enjoy Peace of Mind this holiday season with bekome; order online here.

7.  Offer your loved ones a helping hand with technology.

Co-founded by Ferrona Lie ‘21 and Andrew Mueller ‘21, Near Technology provides personalized tech coaching to enable all individuals to use technology to stay connected with their loved ones, completely stress-free. With monthly subscriptions and one-on-one coaching, Near supports people through numerous tech-pain points both in-person and virtually. Give the gift of connection here.

8.  A writing utensil for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Co-founded by Izzy Mokotoff ‘24 and Alexis Chan ’24, SteadyScrib is designing the first-of-its-kind pen to increase ability and independence for people with Parkinson’s Disease – specifically counteracting the most writing-inhibitive Parkinson’s symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia. Join the waitlist to be the first to hear when SteadyScrib is ready for purchase here.


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