• Gifts That Give Back

    Here at The Grommet, we tell the stories of Makers who have created innovative, new products. Non-profit businesses can be just as innovative as any other. When we discover a philanthropy with a novel approach to bettering the world, we share their story and invite our community to support them.

    This year marks the fourth anniversary of Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. We’ve put together a list of nonprofits that we admire. The collective power of generosity can bring about real change -- help make an impact today by supporting a cause that is important to you.


    Build motivates at-risk students by teaching them to create and run their own businesses. They become engaged in learning—as proven by falling dropout rates and increased numbers accepted to college. Donate Now


    Intrepid Fallen Heroes
    Honor our veterans by supporting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund. This charity provides wounded veterans with needed care for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions. Donate Now Continue Reading

  • Gift Ideas for Anyone and Everyone

    Have a hard-to-buy for person on your holiday shopping list? Struggling to find something for your boss, kid's teacher, or in-laws you don't know very well? We've rounded up a few gift ideas that are sure to please the masses. It's not a bad idea to keep a couple of these on hand. Be prepared (unique gift in hand) when your neighbor decides to hosts a last-minute dinner party. Or for the friend who gives you a present, even though you agreed not to exchange gifts.


    Corkcicle Vinnebago
    Vinnebago is a stainless steel, vacuum sealed, triple-walled beverage bottle that keeps what’s inside hot (up to 12 hours) or cold (up to 25 hours). This container won’t shatter so it’s safer than glass and perfect for venues where glass isn’t allowed. Shop Now


    Red Kite Candy
    Do you know a caramel fanatic? Of course you do! This Caramel Sampler won’t disappoint, with four distinct flavors of rich, buttery goodness—Original, Chocolate Sea Salt, Sea Salt, and Pecan. Made with locally sourced and organic ingredients, these Vermont caramels won’t stick to your teeth.
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  • Makers Who Made It: 100 Stories of Starting a Business

    This past summer, as we were coming up on The Grommet’s seventh birthday in October, we had many conversations about all that The Grommet and our Makers had accomplished since it began in 2008—and wondering how to better document it.

    Even though The Grommet has been telling the stories behind the products for many years, we realized we wanted to tell the stories behind our Makers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—and the idea of publishing our very first book was born.

    Makers Who Made It: 100 Stories of Starting a Business is the result. We asked Grommet Makers to answer a series of questions about how, when, and why they developed a product. We required they answer one dozen questions—with the option to answer an additional 20 questions—and the answers starting flowing in.

    The Grommet ebook for Makers

    We were all impressed how so many of the contributors were so generous with their time (we know how busy they are!), with many answering far more questions than what we requested. They went above and beyond, sharing information on a wide variety of personal and professional topics to help give a complete picture on how to start and grow their own small business. Continue Reading

  • 11 Fun and Functional Gifts

    When a gift delights and it’s one they’ll actually use—well, that’s a win-win. We've gathered 11 gifts that put the "fun" in functional (and will definitely put a smile on their face).  Wrap one up and be prepared to make their holiday.



    Nirvana Earmuffs

    Nirvanna earmuffs will warm your ears—and the story of how they’re made will warm your heart. These unique knitted ear warmers are 100% wool outside, with a soft, cozy lining. They look as good as they feel, with both traditional and imaginative designs the young—and young at heart—will love. Shop Now



    Corkcicle Air aerates your wine as you pour, introducing just the right amount of oxygen for your wine’s subtle flavors to really peak. Convenient pour-through feature enables you to serve wine easily and elegantly. Shop Now Continue Reading

  • 5 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

    Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

    Get the scissors ready and pull out the tape –tis' the season for wrapping. This year, don't wrap up your unique holiday gifts in a traditional and boring way. Present your gifts in style with one of these creative gift wrapping ideas. We can't promise no paper cuts, but we can promise your gifts will look festive.

    1. No fancy ribbon? No problem. Cut strips of an old patterned t-shirt (or tablecloth) and use to tie up your packages.

    2. Use a small plant or twig to dress up a package. Trim off a small piece of a branch and tuck it under the ribbon to dress up your gift. The greenery will be a nice seasonal surprise.

    3. Before you purchase rolls (and rolls) of wrapping paper, look around the house for things you can reuse to wrap gifts. Old maps, newspapers, brown paper bags, and sheet music all make great alternatives to traditional paper (and it's more eco-friendly).

    4. Giving money or a gift card but want to present it in a thoughtful way? Wrap it in a ball of yarn so the recipient has to unravel until they get to the gift card in the center (hello, yarn bomb!). You can also place it in a larger box and wrap it up like you would any other gift.

    5. Make your own wrapping paper design using blank paper and a stamp. Stamp a design repetitive all over the paper. You can draw or paint your own designs too.

    Looking for more creative gift wrapping ideas? Check out our Pinterest board.

  • Meet the Maker: Nancy Smith and Firdaus Bhathena of Bevy

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

    In this installment we're catching up with Nancy Smith and Firdaus Bhathena, the founders of Bevy. Nancy and Firdaus understand that everyone is a full-time photographer these days (snapping on phones, tablets, and cameras), and created an easy way to save, organize, and share digital pics with family and friends. Bevy's photo storage technology was a big hit and we recently caught up with Nancy and Firdaus to learn more about their journeys as entrepreneurs and what it's really like building a business.


    How would you define "good design"?

    Firdaus: When a product goes beyond functional satisfaction and gives me an emotional high, I know I am experiencing great design. Ease of use, minimalism, and performance are all very important, but how the product makes me feel is the key defining factor for me.
    Nancy: Good design is that magical balance between form and function. It’s not pretty for pretty sake, it’s designed with the function and end user in mind but does it in a beautiful way.

    What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?

    Firdaus: A desire to be different, not follow the beaten path, even if that is a bit crazy sometimes. Also, enjoying the thrill working with a small close-knit team taking on a big challenge.

    Nancy:  I’m insatiably curious –I want to learn something new from everyone I meet.  I love to create. From painting pumpkins, to building robots and everything in between. I take great joy in building things and I dream big.

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  • The Grommet Meet The Maker Podcast Now on iTunes

    Meet the Maker Podcast from The Grommet

    Every day at The Grommet we tell the stories of Makers from around the world who have created innovative, new products. We feature a video, story, and live conversation so that you can get to know the person behind these products. Anyone in The Grommet office will tell you, it is one of the most important aspects of our business.

    Though we’d love to, we can’t tell an entire person and product’s story in a two-minute video and a couple hundred words. That’s why we started The Grommet Meet the Maker Podcast, now available on iTunes.

    Launched in June, the Meet the Maker Podcast takes a deeper dive into the stories behind the products and businesses you see featured on The Grommet. We sit down for a rich (and candid), conversation with the Makers themselves. Each episode provides a fresh perspective of how ordinary people accomplished extraordinary entrepreneurial feats and brought their ideas to life. We hope these will inspire you, interest you, and give you a glimpse into the life of a Maker. Learn what it really takes to bring a product to life and the obstacles (and lessons) learned when one chases their dream.

    Take a listen to some of the top episodes below. Rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes and help us  reach even more people and inspire more Makers. We hope you enjoy!

    Cuppow - Watch Now

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  • Unique Gifts For The Host & Hostess

    Looking for a unique host or hostess gift to bring along to your next holiday party? We've rounded up the eight gift ideas that will be a hit this holiday season. Be the guest with the most unique hostess gift and you’ll be sure to get invited back again soon.



    This hand blown decanter is designed to be a versatile carafe to hold your favorite wine as well as lemonade or sangria. It will be the talk of the table.  Shop Now.


    Sunday Drive Designs

    These hard-working cotton dish towels bring vintage styling and lightheartedness to everyday kitchen cleanup.  Shop Now Continue Reading

  • How To Be A Thoughtful Gift-Giver


    Holiday gifting can be stressful. We often put pressure ourselves when selecting gifts for friends and family by trying to come up with the "perfect" gift idea. The good news? You can get the perfect gift without being overwhelmed and frustrated.  Here are three ways you can become the most thoughtful gift-giver in town.

    Listen and Take Notes

    Want your gift to be remembered for seasons to come? Get them something that is not from their holiday wish list. Gifts on wish lists are obvious things that people are going to expect to receive. You know what’s delightful? Opening a gift that you didn’t even think someone would know to buy you. It’s the thing that your sister mentioned in passing several times or that you always see them drooling over when you’re shopping together. It's a way to improve their daily life or solve a problem. (Does she always misplace her keys? Is he always complaining his wallet is to bulky in his back pocket?)  Listen and take notes all year long and you'll be armed with the intel to get them something special.

    Give Them an Experience

    If you struggle with those hard-to-buy-for people on your list (it could be your 19 year old nephew or your in-laws who seem to have everything), consider giving them an experience as a gift. What about tickets to a concert to see their favorite artist, a gift card to their favorite restaurant, cooking classes, or art lessons? Wrap up a certificate explaining what the gift is and rest assured they will be thinking of you while they are enjoying their activity.

    Give Them Your Time

    Sometimes, the best gifts only cost your time.  Has your sister always admired how you can sew? Invite her over and give her a lesson. Take your niece to a pottery class. Pick up your grandmother and head to a reading by her favorite author. Spend the afternoon teaching your daughter how to cook one of your family's traditional recipes. The real gift is you choosing to spend quality time together –a gift anyone close to you will appreciate.

  • 6 Tips For Sending Holiday Cards


    Start Early (But Not Too Early)

    Get your cards in the mail as early as you can, but not more than a week before Thanksgiving. The best time for your cards to arrive is in early or mid December. Send them early and you’ll check something big off  your to-do list. It also gives the post office enough time to make sure they arrive in time.

    Do The Write Thing

    It might be tempting, but don’t send e-cards as a substitute for real cards. The best Christmas cards have a personal touch. Clicking send on a computer screen probably won’t bring the same holiday cheer (and could even be seen as impersonal).

    Include Your Return Address

    Definitely put your return address on your cards.  That way, your  card will be returned to you if it cannot be delivered. It also it gives the recipient your current address if they haven’t sent you a card yet, but want to. (If you want to keep the front of your envelope neater looking, it’s perfectly acceptable to put the return address on the back of envelope, on the top flap.) Continue Reading

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