It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As the holidays approach, however, you may find yourself with a to-do list longer than Santa’s Nice List—and that’s why we’re here to help! Below you’ll find innovative gifts for your loved ones, all of which were created by companies founded by Rady alumni. We hope this guide helps make your holiday season bright, and we wish you all the best in the New Year!
A must-have for musicians on the go, The Ascender guitar folds compactly enough to stow in a carryon.
G. Bryan Cornwall, MBA ’18
The perfect purse doesn’t exist … until you create it! Each piece of the smart bag is customizable, and it can even wirelessly charge your phone.
Suvi Tanninen, MBA ’18
Last Christmas, you gave kids new clothes and the very next day … they outgrew them! Skip the store and save by shopping “pre-loved” finds, delivered to your door.
Elise Worthy MBA ’09
Introduce your friends and family to the calendar app designed to optimize your body’s circadian rhythm.
Royan Kamyar MBA ’10
Breakouts become a thing of the past thanks to personalized skincare delivered monthly.
Lada Rasochova, MBA ’08
Forbes contributor, former engineer and three-time bodybuilding champion Wasim Hajjiri shares his recipe for success in this inspirational read.
Wasim Hajjiri, MBA ’18
Treat someone you love (or yourself) to some pampering—haircuts, manicures, beard trims and more—at the mobile salon that’s easily accessible to busy professionals.
Kush Kapila MBA ’10
Take something off your loved one’s to-do list and book an oil change on their behalf! These automotive experts bring their services to office parks and businesses across San Diego for a quick and convenient change during the work day.
Andrew Zorko, MBA ’14
The bicyclists in your life deserve the best! From the latest in electric bikes to affordable and fast service, you’ll find it at Uptown.
Curtis Allen, MBA ’10
The gift that keeps on giving: your donation helps bring solar energy to power local nonprofits.
Kian Salehizadeh, MBA ’11
Raise a glass at San Diego’s first organic beer company, which celebrated two years of operation in November.
Sean Haggerty, MBA ’17
A luxury spirit meant to be sipped and savored, this tequila (produced in Tequila, Jalisco in Mexico), is worthy of its own special occasion.
Robin Clough, MBA ’14
What’s missing from the menu at your holiday feast? A shot that your gut and guests will thank you for.
Zeyad Moussa MBA ’11
For the friend whose New Year’s Resolution is (always) to drink less caffeine, try Cascaraa, an antioxidant rich tea made from coffee fruit that contains about one third the caffeine of your average cup of joe.
Kabir Gambhir MBA ’10
No holiday season is complete without snow … shaved snow, that is! Get the family together for a creamy frozen dessert that would satisfy even Santa’s sweet tooth.
Robert Yang MBA ’11