Black Friday is coming and you’re likely being bombarded with online offers and email discount codes tempting you to take advantage of the ‘lowest prices of the year’.
The COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding lockdown will make holiday gift shopping harder than ever this year, making online shopping the solution. While Amazon is likely your go-to destination, why not look local when trying to fill out your gift list.
Here are five gift ideas from local Vancouver tech companies that would love your support this holiday season. Either add them to your wish list or surprise a loved one with some local tech.
FORM Smart Swim Goggles – CAD $265
As the first premium swim goggles with a see-through, augmented-reality display, FORM Smart Swim Goggles allow swimmers to view performance metrics like split times, distance, stroke rate, pace per 100, and calories in real-time, as they swim. Swimmers can enjoy the benefits of the FORM goggles in the pool, or outside through GPS open water features. Last week FORM announced today that their goggles are now available for purchase on Apple.com, a significant channel win for a Vancouver startup.
No Story Lost – USD $699 & up
No Story Lost captures your family’s stories and turns them into a beautiful coffee table book. It all starts with a conversation – they interview your loved one and collect their favorite memories, stories, and advice – and then professional writers transcribe, write, and edit your family stories. Four weeks later your family keepsake is delivered. Order online now and they’ll send a card for under the tree and you can kick off the process in 2021.
Bruush Electric Tooth Brush – CAD $99
Brüush sells premium electric toothbrushes that have a luxury look and feel. The company’s direct-to-consumer, subscription-based business model provides an easy brush head refill plan, ensuring consumers are able to easily maintain a high level of oral health. The Vancouver startup recently raised a $6.5 million Series A financing round for their modern-day electric toothbrush. Brüush toothbrushes are $99 with 3 brush heads automatically shipped to your door every 6 months for $24.
Kiyo Water Bottle – CAD $103
Following up on their successful CleanPod product launch in the Spring, travel & luggage brand Monos is at it again with Kiyo, a UVC-powered water bottle that gives you access to clean, purified drinking water on the go. Simply fill up your bottle with water from a potable source, screw on the cap, and swipe across the cap top to start the purification cycle. Kiyo eradicates up to 99.99% of bacteria within minutes, leaving you with nothing but pristine water. Take advantage of Monos’ early Black Friday Sale now and get 15% off your pre-order using code EARLYBF2020.
Stoko K1 Tight – CAD $500
Vancouver startup Stoko has developed technology that embeds the comfort of a knee brace into tights. The K1 supportive tight mimics the natural support structures within your body to give your knee all the support of a traditional brace with unparalleled comfort. Not surprisingly, elite athletes love the K1 and Stoko recently announced that they have become an official supplier to the Canadian National Snowboard Team.