Cal Holiday Gift Guide

Gift giving ideas from alumni-founded companies

Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Look no further. UC Berkeley alumni entrepreneurs are proud to offer these great new products for your holiday gift giving.


Founded by Elisabeth Woody, PhD '01

Looking for that unique and timeless gift?  11stories provides personal history services, capturing life and love stories and family and corporate histories.  We preserve your legacy in a custom designed book to share with friends and family, now and for future generations.  An 11stories Experience is the perfect gift to honor a life well-lived, an entrepreneurial adventure, or a beautiful love story. Receive 10% off all packages with promo code CALBEARS10.


Founded by Melissa Millan, MBA ’13

Androgyny makes premium women’s button-up shirts for the timeless tomboy. All shirts are handcrafted in San Francisco. Use promo code CALBEAR20 for 20% off through December 31st.

Back to the Roots

Founded by Alejandro Velez ’09 and Nikhil Arora ’09

Inspired by the idea of producing local, fresh food from what was an urban waste stream, Back to the Roots created the Grow-at-Home Mushroom Farm. Available at over 3,000 retail locations around the country it lets anyone easily grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home in just 10 days. They recently launched the AquaFarm, a self-cleaning mini fish tank that grows food. A closed-loop ecosystem, this award-winning product looks great in any kitchen or classroom. Get 20% off and free shipping over $25 with promo code GOBEARS14 through December 31st.


Founded by Eileen Gittins '80

Books made with Blurb.
Thoughtful and considered. Just like you.
Everything you need to make a one-of-a-kind gift book. Use our free book-making tools, choose from a range of sizes, and get bookstore-quality printing. For a truly thoughtful and original gift, make a custom book with Blurb.


Boosted Board

Founded by Sanjay Dastoor ‘05

Boosted builds the world's best electric skateboards. Surf or snowboard everyday for fun, on your way to class or work, or to the BART station, even uphill. 



Build & Imagine

Founded by Laurie Peterson, MBA ‘11

Get girls (and boys!) building with our magnetic construction sets that inspire storytelling. Build the scene any way you like—illustrated shapes join magnetically. Then decorate the scene and invent new stories with magnetic accessories that stick to the floors, walls, and dolls! For ages 4-8. Develops foundational STEM and language skills. Use promo code CAL2014 for 10% off through December 20th and code STORYWALLS for free shipping.

Cannonball Wine Company

Founded by Yoav Gilat, MBA '05

Cannonball was founded on the belief that wine should be approachable and engaging, not intimidating or stuffy. Today, Cannonball Wine Company produces two Sonoma County brands, Cannonball Wines and Angels & Cowboys, and imports New Zealand's award-winning Astrolabe Wines. Present in 44 United States and 12 countries, Cannonball Wine Company is on a mission to "Share a Splash" in every glass. Cannonball is offering 25% off your purchase of 2+ bottles and donating a portion of proceeds from every sale to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Enter code GOBEARS2 at checkout.

Chelleline Cards

Founded by Michelle Lin '03

Chelleline Cards offers cute and imaginative greeting cards. Made by hand, our designs are inspired by sea animals, urban life, and childhood. For those looking for a true alternative to the traditional greeting card. Use promo code CAL10 to receive 10% off all products in our online Etsy store.


Founded by Ritch Viola '94

Every Man Jack makes products just for guys that deliver exceptional performance using only naturally derived ingredients. Sold in Target and Whole Foods Market and Receive 25% off everything on (except kits and shipping) with promo code CAL25.

Far Leaves Tea

Founded by Peter Christy, MBA '92

Far Leaves Tea sells top quality single estate tea and hand-blended herbal infusions through high-end restaurants, online, and from it’s West Berkeley teashop. Offering the Cal community a 10% discount on purchases this holiday season and a 10% contribution to the Haas Fund when you enter the code GoBears! at checkout.


Founded by Andy Jagoe '95, MBA '04

Fireside makes enjoying your photos and video as easy as taking them. Fireside brings together software, services, and hardware to deliver the world’s first complete solution for enjoying photos and video. With SmartFrame, Fireside reinvented the digital photo frame to bring your photos and video effortlessly into your home.


Founded by Valerie Lanard, MIMS '01 makes it easy to stay fit with incredible online workout videos. Find your favorite workouts and do them anywhere, anytime - cardio, sculpting, yoga, dance, kickboxing and so much more! 3 months for the price of 1 ($8.99) with promo code GOBEARS_HOLIDAY

Helio Roast

Founded by Kern Trembath '73

HelioRoast Coffee uses solar panels to micro-roast coffee on demand in San Francisco, and invites your roasting preferences so that you always drink the freshest and finest at rock-bottom prices. Stock up forboth office and family! Use the code “Cal2014” to receive 15% off of our already low prices from November 25 - December 15.

Kipkay Kits

Founded by Jimmy Chen '11

Kipkay Kits is the easiest way to get started with DIY electronics. As a subscriber, you get a kit sent to you every month with all the materials, video and written instructions, as well as an online membership portal and community that will ensure your success. Imagine building a speaker, a clock, or even a radio without any electronics or engineering experience! This kit is great for beginners and hobbyists alike - especially for kids! Use code: gobears2014 to get $10 off your first purchase!


Founded by Eddy Chan '00

Beautiful and practical, the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight not only lights your way in 16 million colors, it monitors your smoke and CO alarms and notifies you when they sound. Use promo code "gobears" to receive 10% off each nightlight purchased through December 31.

Lo Swim

Founded by Annie Babicz '07

Lo Swim specializes in making athletic swimwear and hair accessories made out of remnant swimsuit material.  Our hair ties make perfect stocking stuffers, and our suits are the perfect gift for any athlete! 15% off any purchase through December 31 with code "GOBEARS"


Founded by Viola Sutanto ‘97

MAIKA is a design studio based in San Francisco with a simple mission: to delight and inspire through exceptional design and uncompromising quality, using eco-friendly sources of the highest quality whenever possible. From collapsible canvas bins to eco-friendly tote bags and travel accessories, we make functional goods that are simple solutions for everyday. Live each day delightfully. 20% off all products for the Cal community with promo code CALBEARS20.

Modify Watches

Founded by Aaron Schwartz, MBA ’10 and Gary Coover, MBA ’10

Modify Watches are modular, so you can mix and match to create your own style. They’re light and comfy and will serve as the best conversation starter you’ve worn. Use promo code CAL10ALUM for a 10% discount through December 31st


Founded by Andrew Laffoon ’05 and Aryk Grosz ‘06

The fastest way to create a stunning photo book from your phone or tablet. Done in 5 minutes flat, arrives if 4 days.


OCHO Candy

Founded by Scott Kucirek '88, MBA '99

OCHO Candy was created to provide candy lovers a delicious, organic alternative to traditional candy bars. They use the finest, organic ingredients and handcraft their bars with no preservatives, additives, or artificial flavors so that you taste the difference in every bite. The OCHO philosophy is that candy bars are fun, so have an OCHO bar and enjoy your day.


Founded by John Willenborg

Optrix is an ultra-rugged, waterproof, photo/video case for iPhone. Designed to go anywhere and shoot in any condition. Optrix cases allow you to instantly share your most exciting adventures. 25% off for Cal grads with promo code "Oski"



Founded by Jeff Denby, MBA '08 and Jason Kibbey '01, MBA '08

An online apparel company offering design-driven, responsibly manufactured, premium organic cotton underwear connected to powerful social and environmental causes (Literacy, ForestEthics, Oceania). PACT motto: "Change starts with your underwear."

Paper Punk

Founded by Grace Hawthorne '91

Paper Punk is an award winning creativity toy/tool where construction meets craft. The “love child of Lego and origami,” flat punch-n-fold shapes transform into 3-D building blocks and paper sculptures with a few simple folds. No scissors or glue needed. Great fun for anyone ages 6–99+.

Par Avion Tea

Founded by Alexandra Mysoor '02

Par Avion Tea sells premium looseleaf tea, hand-blended in small batches here in the US. Receive a 10% discount with promo code "Cal"


Founded by Lavanya Jawaharlal '15

The Pi-Bot® is an Arduino-compatible, complete robot kit! Students can assemble their own gearbox, complete all wiring, and program in C or with a graphical interface! (Ages 14+). Use the special Cal community discount "gobears" to receive 10% off your holiday order!


Founded by Wale Forrester '06, Justin Forsett '14 and Wendell Hunter '05

ShowerPill — founded by former Golden Bears football players — is an extra-thick, antibacterial wipe specifically created to cleanse your entire body. Perfect for lunchtime workouts, campers, travelers, and anyone on the go. Use promo code CALBEARS13 for 25% off when you purchase two or more boxes.


Founded by Moses Lo, MBA '15

skinnytie provides men's sartorial accessories for the modern gentleman. Moses Lo, MBA '15, was sick of the lack of affordable, yet stylish ties on offer in Australia and so decided to be the change he wanted. Now, skinnytie focuses on selling a select range of ties that one can be proud to own and can serve both throughout the corporate world and to impress.


Founded by Richard Berwick '12, Will Drevno '13 and David Pastewka '12

We photograph you in 3D. We print you in 3D. You get a tiny you. Welcome to the Twindom. 10% off for the Cal community with the promo code CALHOL14.

Vignette Wine Country Soda

Founded by Pat Galvin, MBA ‘02

VIGNETTE Wine Country Soda is the uniquely sophisticated non-alcoholic beverage sweetened only with the juice of California varietal wine grapes. Available in four varieties, these all-natural drinks are lightly sparkling, not too sweet, and simply delicious.

Villa Ragazzi

Co-owner Michaela Rodeno, MBA '80

Villa Ragazzi produces "perhaps the best Sangiovese made in California" according to iconic British author Hugh Johnson in his 2013 Pocket Guide to Wine. Total production ranges between 100-200 cases annually. In addition to online sales, visitors are welcome by appointment. Cal alums and parents receive a 10% discount thro December 31st. Please contact Michaela at to claim this offer.

Services and Local Offerings

Boxbee  (New York · San Francisco · Oakland · Berkeley · Emeryville)

Founded by Kristopher Matthews '06

Give the gift of space this holiday season by purchasing a month's worth of valet storage for loved ones looking to find clarity during this hectic time of year. Use code CALBEE to get $30 off the first month of storage


Founded by Christian Shelton '02

Geekatoo is tech support to your door for less.
Save on services ranging from computer repair, TV mounting, home theater support, computer tuneups, and virus removal. Promo code "gobears" will take 10% off an order.


Sprouts Cooking Classes   (SF Bay Area)

Founded by Karen Rogers '09

Sprouts teaches kids how to cook, hands-on, with real chefs, using seasonal and local produce, in restaurants whenever possible. Our classes are perfect for children interested in cooking and feature chefs and restaurants around the Bay Area. Get 10% off any class or class series when with promo code CalSprouts when registering for our classes.


Stateside Bakery  (delivery to select East Bay & San Francisco locations)

Founded by Kate McEachern '05

Stateside Bakery recreates classic American childhood desserts—twinkiesoreos, pop tarts, and more—with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. Cal alums receive a 10% discount on all orders through December 31st.


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