Holiday gifts for the do-gooders, design-lovers, and DIYers in your life

We all know people who are inherently makers or doers. They’re constantly doing something to make the world a better place. They MacGyvereverything around them into something spectacular. They’re always able find beauty in the most unexpected places.

And when the holidays roll around, they use their creativity and kindness more than their credit cards to give just the right gifts. The question is, how do you get gifts for them that will actually knock their socks off?

The answer, of course, is finding hopelessly cool gifts made by other makers and doers with the same eye for design and doing good. This year, theNasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco is hosting its inaugural holiday pop-up store from December 1st — 23rd featuring local businesses selling beautifully made gifts for friends and family of all ages (including yourself).

Here’s a look at the participating businesses:

Classic Engineering

A creative venture founded by Eduardo Umaña, Classic Engineering is based on the fundamental beliefs that the best products are useful, sustainable, and born from a melding of engineering and design principles into a single development process. The company specializes in watches that embody these principles, featuring durable materials, a 5-year battery life, a handmade leather strap, and a sleek 100% repairable design.

Faraday Bicycles

Faraday began when a team of designers and engineers from IDEO was asked to design the ultimate modern utility bicycle.They saw an opportunity to build an electric bicycle that changed the way people bike in urban areas. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Faraday was born in 2012. Today, they are the makers of the Faraday Porteur e-bike — a beautifully designed, motor-assisted bicycle that encourages riders to bike more often (and look good doing it).


Founded in 2007, ONEHOPE is a lifestyle brand and social enterprise with a world-class winery in the heart of Napa. Their cornerstone product is wine, produced in collaboration with Robert Mondavi, Jr., but they also sell gourmet coffee and gifts — all of which are sold with the goal of raising awareness and funding for charitable organizations and social causes. As the ONEHOPE team likes to say: Indulge. Do Good. Wine Not?

Savvy Society

Founded by Alexa Fleischman and Lauren Wallace in 2014, Savvy Society is geared towards getting young girls from ages 6–12 excited about STEM by tying it into fashion. Girls use Autodesk’s simple 3D modeling tool, Tinkercad, to design shoe accessories known as Savvy Swirls, which are then shared on social media and uploaded to their website. The most popular designs are 3D printed and sold by Savvy Society each month.

Savvy Society will be at the Center through the end of the year selling shoes and Savvy Swirls. They’ll also be hosting a series of Style Labs where girls can learn how to use 3D printing technology firsthand.

Join us for our inaugural holiday pop-up store at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, located at 505 Howard Street in San Francisco. Pop-up store hours are Monday through Friday, 11am to 6pm from December 1st — 15th. We look forward to seeing you @theCenter.

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a San Francisco-based non-profit that educates, innovates, and connects current and aspiring entrepreneurs. We provide access to quality resources, including mentors, training, and networking.

December 4, 2015