Support your local Spartan: Gift ideas from MSU grads

Holiday Gift Guide

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For the second year, the Broad College and Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Michigan State University have created a gift guide, this time featuring 17 Spartan-owned Michigan businesses to support this holiday season. Among them are these businesses in Greater Lansing. To view the entire statewide gift guide, see https://broad.msu.edu/news/17-spartan-owned-michigan-businesses-to-support-this-holiday-season.

Eudaimonia Juice Co.
Eudaimonia Juice Co.

Eudaimonia Juice Co.

Are you a Lansing resident looking for a gift that’s tasty and healthy? Look no further than Eudaimonia Juice Co. Founded by marketing research master’s student Tarek Chawich, Eudaimonia Juice Co. aims to provide fresh, organic cold-pressed juices for you to be happy, healthy and prosperous.

The juice company’s core values revolve around sustainability, innovation, high-quality ingredients and serving the Lansing community. They rely on local, raw and organic produce, and for those in the area, they deliver the juice straight to your door.

Eudaimonia  — which is a term coined by Aristotle meaning human flourishing — which launched this year, has seen rapid growth through online subscriptions and farmer’s markets. In December, Chawich will launch a new venture, Château Coffee Co., to help further grow Eudaimona Juice Co. label or collab products.

TWIN Eyewear
TWIN Eyewear

TWIN Eyewear

The glasses we wear tell the world who we are. Finding the right pair means expressing your identity by means of an impeccable iconic accessory. 

When shopping for someone obsessed with stylish lenses, cast your view on TWIN Eyewear, an online retailer of eyeglasses and sunglasses. Founded by M.S. in business analytics candidate, Raghunath Reddy Koilakonda, TWIN Eyewear is fun, fashion and personal. The company also has a clear focus on giving back: with every pair you purchase, TWIN will help give sight to a person in need. One for one.

TWIN is on a mission to prove that glasses can be more than just a medical device. They can be an extension of your personality, your mood and interests. They are on a journey to become the go-to personalized eyewear brand by creating glasses that people are excited about wearing.

The approach encompasses a high-quality production process, exploration of the most innovative trends and solid and distinctive values embedded in every new pair of glasses.

Media: panelHuman Base Apparel

Looking for the perfect performance undergarment? Human Base Apparel has got you covered. This women-owned company is on a mission to create apparel that acts to simulate natural body balance when under the fluctuating environments and stressors of hard work for men and women.

Lauren Aitch
Lauren Aitch
When Lauren Aitch (B.A. advertising ‘09, M.A. public relations ‘10), managing partner of Human Base Apparel, designed a custom suit for MSU women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant, the genius of Human Base Apparel was conceived. As a member of MSU’s team from 2005 to 2010, Aitch was inspired to help her coach address a lifelong problem of sweating through her garments while on the sidelines. 

Today, Human Base Apparel’s base layers feature a patented design that provides maximum sweat, odor and stain protection for people in athletics, entertainment, law enforcement, business and healthcare settings. Since its inception in 2011, Human Base Apparel has been at the forefront of developing technologically driven wearable products designed to improve performance and impact the company’s bottom line.

Cravings Popcorn
Cravings Popcorn

Cravings Popcorn

For many, popcorn reminds us of good times with friends and family. That’s the motto of Lansing-based Cravings Popcorn.

Chad Jordan
Chad Jordan
Led by founder Chad Jordan (B.A social science ‘03), Cravings Popcorn is a small batch craft gourmet popcorn company. Cravings prides itself on creating top-notch gluten-free and nut-free popcorn flavors.

Get your hands on one of the gift tin varieties or sink your teeth into some delectable gourmet creations — everything from Buffalo Cheddar Cheese and Hot Kansas City White Cheddar to Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake Drizzle to Egg Nog Butter Rum Chocolate Drizzle.

At Cravings, they create the popcorn so you can make people happy.

VEG-N
VEG-N

VEG-N

If you’re gifting someone with a plant-based diet, it might also be time to explore the menu at VEG-N, the first and only plant-based drive-thru establishment in the state of Michigan.

VEG-N is an American classics eatery that provides customers with a unique harmony of flavor, convenience and hospitality. They take pride in consistently serving up smiles and a delicious vegan menu with items like chick-n sandwiches and chili cheese fries to everyone from lifelong vegans to open-minded meat-eaters alike. 

Jonathan Ristola (B.S. mechanical engineering ’18, M.J. intellectual property law ’20) and Christabelle Dozeman (B.A. communication ’17) know first-hand that a plant-based lifestyle has countless lasting benefits. In an effort to share this experience with the rest of the world, and take direct action on climate change, they started VEG-N as a food truck in 2019 and relaunched as a drive-thru venture in Lansing last February.

Don’t miss their special holiday gift options like gift cards, vegan cookie boxes, and VEG-N apparel.

CAPNOS 
CAPNOS 

CAPNOS 

Struggling to quit vaping or smoking? Know someone who is? CAPNOS is on a mission to prevent lung diseases and save lives.

Founder Brendan Wang, a supply chain management senior, and co-founder Jake Roach, finance senior, both struggled with vaping. They are helping other people who aim to quit vaping or smoking succeed by addressing the behavioral addiction. They created the patent pending CAPNOS Zero, a flavored, pressurized air inhaler. With each hit, a valve pops open to create a deep-hit sensation that feels like vaping, but with no smoke, nicotine, nor charge; it’s just flavored air! 

After two years of product development, CAPNOS launched this September, selling out 400 CAPNOS Zeros to customers globally within 10 days. Many customers report the Zero being “extremely effective” toward satisfying oral fixations, reducing vape usage and for stress relief. 

Support CAPNOS in their next launch this November and join them on their journey to put a cap… on vaping.

The Cut cookbook
The Cut cookbook

The Cut cookbook

Share some culinary joy with The Cut cookbook, created and tested by environmental economics and management junior Madison Marsh. This book is meant to be simplistic and straightforward to encourage people to be more adventurous in the kitchen.

Marsh believes cooking is a social practice that brings people together. Whether you want comfort food, tasty vegan and vegetarian recipes, healthy ideas, or easy-to-make recipes, her cookbook has it all. Each recipe in the cookbook has a section for notes, so foodies can make these recipes their own and change what they want.

Don’t be afraid to try new things, experiment with the recipes and share the joy of cooking with others. Ultimately, Marsh hopes her book will help you find a passion for cooking!

Leah Monet
Leah Monet

leahmonet

Consider spreading cheer and purpose this year. leahmonet is a cause-based business designed to positively empower and inspire people through the product lines and their support of the leahmonet Philanthropist Foundation.

When you purchase something from the collections under the brand, you’ll directly support philanthropic initiatives that provide those in need with opportunities to aspire, persevere and find justice. The common thread through the lines created by social science senior Leah Monet Ellis is the unmet need for understanding, support and resources related to mental wellness from birth through adulthood. 

 Leahmonet’s brand culture is one of love, compassion and empowerment. The products — including customized notebooks for students with ADHD and OCD, handmade jewelry and clothing (coming soon) to destigmatize mental health issues — give people the power to express their voices in the chorus of support for individuals and families facing adversity.

Shop.msu.edu & University Stores
Shop.msu.edu & University Stores

Shop.msu.edu & University Stores

Looking to buy MSU-branded merchandise? From mugs to t-shirts and everything in between, shop.msu.edu is the source for all your Spartan gift-giving needs — including exclusive items, such as the collectible ornament series and merchandise from many MSU colleges and departments! If you need a place to shop on campus, University Stores sells a variety of Spartan merchandise to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees.

MSU Press
MSU Press

MSU Press

Give the unique gift of Michigan-based stories or books published and distributed by MSU Press this year! A wide variety of books are available — from beautiful coffee-table books filled with vibrant art to stories that explore the depths of the Great Lakes, you’re sure to find something for the Spartan or Michigan history enthusiast in your life. Visit our online gift store to view some of our most popular titles, including “Twelve Twenty-five,” the true story of the locomotive featured in the beloved holiday classic The Polar Express.

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