Santa’s Little Helpers: FI Grads Are Here to Help you Celebrate the Holiday Season

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-12-19

At the Founder Institute, celebrating the holidays is always an international affair. With over 650 companies in 22 countries around the globe, we're looking to our friends near and far to help us plan this year's festivities.

Fortunately, our innovative grads have thought of everything to make this a fun, festive, and relaxing holiday season. Listed below are a few notable companies from around the world that can aid in finding the perfect gift, plan a delectable family meal, throw an unforgettable holiday party, and more.


Shopping & Gifts 


Fashioning Change: For the eco-friendly fashionistas in your life, check out Fashioning Change’s new clothing line KCA. Focused on offering ethical and environmentally friendly garments, this San Diego company offers up some classic designs that are sure to please even the pickiest of tastes.


Green Kid Crafts: Although Green Kid Crafts has yet to graduate from the San Diego chapter, Founder Penny Bauder has been delighting kids with arts and crafts projects since 2010. Her monthly subscription service delivers a box containing three craft projects for children ages 3-8.


Curious Catch: Give yourself a different shopping experience this holiday season with Singapore's Curious Catch. Similar to the increasingly popular daily deal sites, Curious Catch takes a unique spin on shopping by showcasing their products in videos throughout the site.



Udemy: Give the gift of learning! Treat yourself or a friend to a Udemy course this holiday season and pick up a sweet new skill for the new year. Learn about black and white photography or get busy with finally mastering Ruby or Python. Sign up for Udemy using the code HappyHolidays30 to get 30 percent off any course.


 PetHub: Give the gift of security to your favorite four-legged friend this holiday season with a PetHub pet tracker. Named as one of the best tech gifts for pets, Fido can be returned to you safe and sound with the quick scan of a smartphone.



Meal & Event Planning


Say Mmm: When planning your holiday dinner this year, look to Silicon Valley startup Say Mmm to help relieve some of the burden. With Say Mmm you can save time and money by creating meal plans, grocery lists, and organizing ideas and recipes.


EventStir: Planning a killer New Years Eve bash? Let EventStir help out with the guest list. A crowdsourcing platform for events, EventStir ensures that all guests have paid their way before the event can take place, leaving you stress free and ready to enjoy they new year.



Health & Fitness


Last but not least, after you’ve gorged yourself on treats, get moving with San Diego grad, Explorence’s trio of outdoor video games. All you need is an iPhone and a pair of running shoes, and you’ll be racing your friends around the world, or running from zombies and ghouls in no time.

If the thought of getting outside gives you chills, New York grad, PlayFitness will also get you moving at home, with the help a personal trainer and customizable workout plans tailored to fit busy schedules.


This year don't fall short on your New Year's resolutions! Named as one of the top 5 fitness apps for iOS and Android, Skimble provides follow-along multimedia workouts led by expert coaches.



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