Innovation Factory’s 2017 Startup Holiday Gift Guide

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You have holiday shopping left to do— we’ve got you covered! Start up the holidays with Innovation Factory and Hamilton’s hottest startup gifts.

Surprise that person on your list who is impossible to shop for while supporting local small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Check out our gift guide below and remember to take advantage of special holiday discounts and deals offered by these companies!


  1. GoWrench Auto – On-the-Go Car Repair. Contact for quote.

    GoWrench Auto provides over 500 different car repairs and maintenance—all without going to a body shop! Their certified mechanics will travel to wherever you are when you need it most.

    Though it may be an unconventional gift, it’s one that is much appreciated when car troubles happen.

    Request an instant quote online via gowrenchauto.com. Mechanics are currently available to service in the Southern Ontario region.

  2. Gene Blueprint – Health & Wellness Program. $449.

    Get a kickstart on your New Year’s resolutions with this unique health and fitness regime. Using personalized information based on your DNA, Gene Blueprint offers a meal and fitness program that helps you reach your goals faster and with long lasting results.

    Shop via geneblueprint.com.

  3. Nix Sensor Ltd. – Nix Mini Color Sensor. $99.

    Whether you are an artist or just looking to repaint your home, the Nix Mini Color Sensor is your latest tech gadget. Don’t be deceived by it’s size: the powerful tool can collect and accurately represent colours instantly. Simply scan a surface with the Nix Mini and it will match the colour to RGB, HTML, CMYK, and LAB colours and over 10,000 paints. Users can also create complementary colour palettes and save their favourite colours.

    Buy the Nix Mini now at nixmini.com.

  4. Oneiric Hockey – Base Layer Apparel. Starting at $119.

    For the hockey all-star in your life, gift an innovative and protective new piece of equipment. Oneiric Hockey develops patented, base layer hockey apparel that makes dressing for the game faster. Players can slide their shin pads into place without the need for straps. For added protection on the ice, built in cut-resistant material shields players from skate blade cuts. Oneiric currently sells their original base layer apparel and the Genesis base layer built specifically for goalies.

    * Oneiric Hockey is currently running a special holiday combo pack with another startup on this list, Sniper Skin. The pack includes an Oneiric Origin or Genesis Protective Base Layer plus a Sniper Skin Premium Sports Grip (savings of $20). Use promo code GETAGRIP at the checkout.

    Shop via their online store at oneiric.ca or through select retailers across Canada.

  5. The Eco Well – Clean Beauty Box. $30.

    From the company determined to educate the masses on cosmetic sustainability, the Clean Beauty Box features products you can feel good about. Enjoy your choice of soap, lip balm, healing salve, and bath bomb. The Eco Well focuses on public education about “clean beauty” and strives to empower in an industry of overwhelming misinformation. Along with DIY Beauty lessons, public talks, and workshops, The Eco Well offers a line of eco-friendly skincare products.

    Shop via their online store at theecowell.com or in select retailers across Ontario.

  6. ZippyJamz – Baby Sleepers. $29.99.

    For the new parent, ZippyJamz has made it quick and easy to keep babies comfortable during changing time. The ZippyJamz sleeper features a patent-pending, two-zipper design. Parents don’t have to worry about matching snaps or cold air drafts that will wake their baby.

    While the sleepers are easily the most convenient available, a range of adorable designs and responsible manufacturing make them a no brainer.

    Shop via Amazon or in select retailers across North America.

  7. Dolled Up Desserts – Holiday Cookies & Premium Holiday Baking Kit. Starting at $23.

    Simple, delicious, and gluten free? It has never been this easy for your holiday baking to satisfy everyone on your list. Check out these gifts from Hamilton’s award-winning gluten free and vegan bakery.

    For those on a time crunch, Festive Cookie Boxes include a delicious assortment of traditional and innovative cookies. Enjoy favourites like ginger molasses and new treats like pistachio chocolate shortbread.

    For the avid baker, Dolled Up Desserts also offers a special Holiday Baking kit. Along with an impressive assortment of their premium baking mixes, the kit includes a holiday recipe book.

    Orders can be placed securely online at dolledupdesserts.com/shop. Until December 10, enjoy $5.00 your order with the code “ilovehamont”.

  8. Moonray Studios – Debris. $22.79.

    Spooky underwater adventure awaits the players of Debris. Developed by local game studio Moonray Studios, Debris dives into the depths of the Arctic for a story of mystery, horror, and intrigue. If you are a fan of games with immersive graphics and story elements, put this one on your list.

    Debris is currently available on Steam for $22.79.

  9. Sports Grips – Sniper Skin. Starting at $12.99.

    Sniper Skin offers a variety of sports accessories that extend equipment life. In an attempt to improve the game experience the team continues to create innovative grips and blade covers for sports sticks. Their most popular product is their hockey grip that replaces the need for taping hockey sticks.

    Now, lacrosse and baseball players can also benefit from improved game play with customized grips for both sports. Sniper Skin grips come in a wide variety of styles and can be completely customized for players.

    Shop via their online store at sniperskin.ca or at select retailers across North America.


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