Contributions by Sara Rodell, Founder of Loop & Tie.
We jump through hoops trying to figure out what someone might want and then feel bad about ourselves when we don’t know what to do and slump toward the gift card aisle. Are you any of these people?
- Two out of three shoppers struggle to find gifts for everyone on their list, while almost 9 in 10 find at least one person on their list to be “ungiftable.”
- Shoppers spend 60% of their shopping time struggling to find gifts for recipients who are difficult to buy for.
- It is estimated that $28 billion a year is lost annually on unappreciated gifts.
Loop & Tie, a startup from Austin aiming to reduce the $28B lost in unappreciated gifts, has some interesting data around what people actually want, because their service lets recipients choose gifts for themselves. Gift givers share a collection of gift choices and recipients can pick out what they want.
- People are charitable! One of the most popular choices is choosing to donate the gift to charity
- They like to rock out. Collections with bluetooth speakers were consistently among the top redemptions.
- Products were chosen more often than food, though bison steaks were a standout hit.
- T Gifts are diverse. The distribution amongst products was fairly even and oftentimes surprising. Yes, your brother meant to ask for those Moscow Mule mugs!
Across all gift choices, Loop & Tie shared that their users consistently express appreciation for the background stories on each of the gift makers. They enjoy knowing who dreamed up each product as they browse for their loved ones. Further proving that customer experience for the buyer can also be a deciding factor in choosing which gifts to give.
For those of us who have friends in the tech industry, here’s a list of Galvanize member companies that would make great gifts for others (or yourself!) this holiday season:
The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller allows you to have both a beautiful landscape and a lower water bill.
Get a smart springer controller for $200-$250 – save water and make sure your lawn looks great.
Bohemian Guitars creates electric guitars and ukuleles from sustainable and recycled materials.
Have musical friends? Just $120-$300 will get you an amazing-sounding oilcan guitar. Use code GVIP20 for 20% off your entire cart.
The Smart Vent was designed to increase comfort and reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature room-by-room.
Make your home smarter with their bridge+vent combo for just $110.
Foobot is an indoor air quality monitor, designed to let you understand where the pollution comes from and how to keep the best air quality possible.
Is your home’s air quality taking your breath away, and not in a good way? Monitor your air quality via a Foobot’s iPhone app for $200
Moment brings the best of traditional photography to your phone.
Upgrade your iPhone’s lens to a professional $100
Decibullz Custom Molded Headphones Voted the Best In Ear Headphone of 2015.
All products are 20% off through tomorrow
Eight is the first smart mattress cover that tracks and improves your sleep.
$30 off with code GALVANIZE
GetOutfitted delivers top quality ski clothing and gear directly to your resort with free shipping and free returns anywhere in the US.
10% off with the code GALVANIZE
The Grove Ecosystem is an intelligent, indoor garden that helps people grow fresh, flavorful, and nutritious food year round.
Receive 40% off through Kickstarter
Grupo Macro USA is a customized, one-on-one Spanish lessons for professionals.
$250 month for Galvanize members, that’s 17% off.
Notion is a small sensor that monitors your home and sends you alerts wherever you are.
Enter your email to receive 20% off
WWCode is committed to advancing women leaders in the tech industry. 80% of their participants relay that WWCode has advanced their careers in some way, and they offer women in 20+ countries free access to coding events, technical trainings, hackathons, career and leadership workshops and more.
This holiday season, help them support even more women in technology and give the gift of a donation in honor of an incredible woman leader in your life.
Support one of our community members this holiday season – BowTie provides zero-configuration static hosting with baked in user management, policies, and payments that complete your next static web application. Get three months FREE and celebrate their launch today with Code “Galvanizer.”
We think there’s definitely a special gift for everyone in your life on this list – is there an awesome tech gift you want to share with others? Post it below in the comments!