More than ever, consumers are looking to the major crowdfunding platforms to discover gift ideas for the holiday season. There are thousands of projects launched daily between Kickstarter and Indiegogo and that saturation makes it difficult to find the most relevant and successful products to back/pre-order that will actually deliver in time for the holidays. I’ve identified great gift ideas invented by wonderful entrepreneurs launching through crowdfunding, all hoping to see success similar to BrewDog Doghouse, the world’s first beer hotel. Here are three hot products trending now in crowdfunding that could make a great gift.
As the holiday season is among us, many people have just purchased products on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Growing cybercrime numbers are a concern for consumers as they shop for friends and family this holiday season. Don’t confuse yourself with VPN, Anti-Virus, Firewall, and other security tools when you can opt for one device that delivers complete network security with a simple setup in 15 seconds.
This will be a family favorite because of the powerful ad-blocking technology built-in, along with Smart VPN so you can stay private but still watch Netflix. AI-enhanced real-time protection guards your IoT and keeps your Alexa from talking to strangers. All of your online security needs from privacy to ad-blocking in one device that you simply plug in. A true plug and play product. Syfer also has an app on iOS and Android that all users can download and for parents to manage restrictions to protect their kids online. Founder, Araz Feyzi, says “With the proliferation of Internet-of-Things, traditional solutions such as antivirus software are no longer effective in protecting our connected-life – they may be enough to protect our computers, but what about your smart-TV or the security camera? Syfer, is the ultimate solution to protect your home, family, and business.”
This is for adventurers and hikers out there who love winter sports, particularly snowboarding. You probably snowboard the traditional way, which is at a mountain with a ski lift. But you also go on hikes all the time in the winter and see some pretty sweet slopes on trails that you wish you had your snowboard for but didn’t bring along because it is too heavy, big, and requires binding.
Enter Mundo Trailboards, a binding-less snowboard designed to shred through snowy winter hiking trails. It’s a high-performing, lightweight binding-free board featuring a unique contoured shape allowing the rider to have good heel and toe leverage to control the edges. The portability of Mundo Trailboards allows you to walk up and board down, earning your fun with a smaller, lightweight, and less expensive alternative to a snowboard. One of the founders, Joanne An, says, “Our goal is to get people riding again. We think that the trailboard is going to give people more opportunities to ride where they don’t always have to depend on chairlifts.”
Traveling is one of the greatest experiences one can have. Getting lost on small, beautiful, dimly-lit side streets in foreign cities sounds fantastic until you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings due to the environment or people. The WanderSafe is a non-violent, handheld smart safety device that pairs seamlessly with the WanderSafe smartphone app which is now free to download on iTunes and Google Play platforms.
It features a 140 dB siren, an intense lumen torch also usable as a strobe flashlight that disorients with a second click, and a silent SOS that pings your exact GPS location and emergency notice to three preset trusted personal contacts at the touch of a button. The app and smart device are a safety solution, with JENI (your virtual safety concierge) offering safety tips and warnings that are relevant to where you are. Founder Stephenie Rodriguez says “The WanderSafe Smart I is designed to de-escalate a potentially unsafe situation, but the app is far more powerful. It allows you, once verified, to annotate your journey, and contribute to the knowledge base and the trusted traveler network with by leaving tips, logging an incident or unsafe area, or anonymously reporting a crime or something suspicious to CrimeStoppers International through our app.”
Peter Salib is a contributing writer at Grit Daily. He has been going to CES in Las Vegas consecutively for the past 7 years since the age of 21 and is an avid attendee of events nationwide. Having attended hundreds of events, he is now a co-founder of Event Integrity, the first integrity-based, vetted marketplace for event professionals. He also frequently works with startups to consult and advise on media, strategy, events, and fundraising. His dog, Scruffy, was featured on the Today Show with Kathy Lee & Hoda and was dubbed “Scruffy the Wonder Dog.”