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  • A Look Ahead at 2018

    Our product discovery team has already been hard at work finding innovative, Grommet-worthy products to share with you in 2018. We sat down with our product experts to get the scoop on the types of products you’ll be seeing this year.


    Smart Kitchen is here to stay, and we are seeing more and more companies come up with new ways of perfecting the way we cook, bake, grill etc. by infusing everyday activities with technology that makes our lives easier. With that being said the most successful smart kitchen products have to solve a common problem in a different and more effective way and be an affordable price.

    The health benefits and the ease of home preparation of fermented foods will continue to be a big trend and we see so many Makers coming out with DIY solutions. It’s nice to see a revival of something that has been used by many for centuries make a comeback and continue to grow.

    Taking everyday products and reinventing them. We are seeing a resurgence of this within home and housewares. When you can take something that already exists and re-design it to make it better and solve a widespread consumer problem, it's powerful.


    The technology category continues to redefine itself as electronics spread to all product categories and give more focus to niche categories. Finding ways for technology to infuse itself with everyday tasks and make our lives a little more convenient is going to be our focus.

    While the fidget spinner craze came and went quickly this year, we do anticipate continued interest in out-of-the box ready to play toys. I'm expecting 2018 to move away from the learn-to-code STEM toy and focus more heavily on interactive toys that seamlessly mesh the digital and physical worlds. Mixed realities (Augmented and Virtual) will likely see deeper development.

    We are expecting a number of shifts in the hardware and tool space for 2018. Naturally, this lends itself to connected products enhancing our ability to build, tinker, and improve our homes. We also anticipate re-designs of familiar tools that will continue to shrink, become stronger, and more efficient than those prior.

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  • Corporate Gifts They'll Actually Keep

    Let’s face it, stamping your logo on pens, cups, and keychains is often futile. They end up buried in junk drawers or between couch pillows. The better way for your brand to stand out? Put your name on something people will actually keep–useful and unique business gifts.

    Cue, The Grommet Custom.

    At The Grommet, we find innovative products you probably haven’t heard of. They're goods that stand for creativity, innovation, and usefulness in everyday life. They’re the that’s-really-cool, can-I-try-it, how-did-I-not-think-of-that kind of products. The stuff you want to be associated with.

    We’re biased, but Soo Mentor, Director of Diversity at MasterCard, isn’t.

    “If you are tired of branded bags, cups and hand sanitizers, The Grommet is your solution to cool, innovative and useful products to deliver your message and wow your participants. Grommet products are invented and sold by creative individuals who think through the user experience. Alex Ferrero quickly found a solution to a challenge and just took care of it at no cost–the true definition of customer service.”

    If you have a project that requires effective branded materials (think: paraphernalia at events and tradeshows, employee or client appreciation gifts), the process is simple. You tell us a little about you, and Alex will take it from there. Continue Reading

  • 5 Bento Lunch Products To Make Life Easier

    It's time for kids to head back to school, which also means time to start packing school lunches again. If you find yourself in a lunch-packing-rut, consider sending them to school with a bento lunch box. You can include their favorite foods along with healthy snacks–while reducing packaging and extra containers.

    We've rounded up five bento solutions perfect for school or the office (because parents should enjoy healthy lunches too).

    5 Bento lunch products to make life easier discovered by The Grommet. Pack snacks, soup, and juices–bento style with these new products.

    1. Leak-Proof Children's Lunch Box

    Pack a healthy little buffet and each food stays separate. Easy to carry, easy to clean, and no need for multiple containers.
    Buy now: $27.95 


    5 Bento lunch products to make life easier discovered by The Grommet. Pack snacks, soup, and juices–bento style with these new products.

    2. Lunch Box Rectangle

    Simple meets functional with this BPA-free lunch box. With a divider for separating food and lockdown clips to create a tight seal, it’s easy to pack a sandwich, yogurt, or even sauce-topped pasta for on-the-go meals.
    Buy now: Starting at $11.95 


    5 Bento lunch products to make life easier discovered by The Grommet. Pack snacks, soup, and juices–bento style with these new products.

    3. Thermo Pot

    Keep your lunch piping hot with the Thermo Pot. The cork lid is easy to grip, while being a great insulator to stop heat or cold from escaping.
    Buy now: $39.95 


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  • 5 Unique Kitchen Gadgets

    These unique kitchen gadgets will give you a helping hand when prepping, cooking, and serving. Whether you're looking to up our kitchen game, or looking for a unique gift for the cook in your life, these innovative products do the trick.

    Unique kitchen gadgets from The Grommet


    1. Clip-On Strainer

    Clip this silicone strainer right on the pot to drain without needing to transfer your food. Its low profile stores easily when you’re done.
    Buy now: $12.95


    Unique kitchen gadgets from The Grommet

    2. Silicone Cleaning Sleeve

    These silicone scrubbers clean, de-lint, and even exfoliate. They’re a non-toxic, antibacterial, and reusable way to clean anything from dishes to fruits to you.
    Buy now: $19.95


    Unique kitchen gadgets from The Grommet

    3. Silicone Splatter Guard

    Keep fry spatter from spraying your stove, walls, and clothing. With this silicone guard, food goes from your pan to your plate.
    Buy now: $21.95

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  • 9 Ways To Travel Easier

    Looking for the best travel accessories? We asked our team members to share some of their go-to Grommets for when they are traveling and this is what they said:

    9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip

    Flexible Fitness & Travel Shoes
    “I take FitKicks on EVERY trip for lounging and walking around my hotel or Airbnb (the floors aren’t always the cleanest). I also pack these go-anywhere shoes for the beach because you can just shake the sand off.”
    –Cynthia Njuguna


    On the go? Here are 9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip.

    Pocket-Sized Water Bottle
    “Hydaway is hands-down my favorite. The bottle folds up so small (perfect for TSA), and once you're past security you can fill it up! Whenever I travel with it, people ask about it or comment how cool it is. Pilots, flight attendants, parents, fellow fliers...everyone is impressed.” –Katherine Foley



    Long trip? Here are 9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip.
    Neck Support Travel Pillow
    “I try to sleep a little on long plane trips to trade shows, and the last thing I want when I wake up is a sore neck. Trtl keeps my neck still and in a comfortable position. The fleece is soft, too, with a nice cozy feel.”
    –Mike Lovett


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  • Buyers, Keepers: Our Made for a Lifetime Category

    We all know that if you buy something made with solid workmanship or quality materials, it’s going to last longer.

    But most of us have been on the verge of buying something and trying to decide if we should buy the less expensive product and hope it lasts—or should we spend a little more, knowing it will last and won’t have to be replaced . . . maybe ever?

    As our CEO Jules Pieri recounted in a recent Medium post:

    “Growing up in Detroit, my autoworker dad was firmly committed to buying the very products he built. He extended that behavior and his values to other household purchases. With four kids and one blue-collar income, we admittedly lived paycheck to paycheck. Yet my parents believed, ‘We don’t have enough money to buy cheap stuff.’ They saved up to buy quality, or did without.”

    Starting today, “Made for a Lifetime” joins The Grommet’s Personal Values categories of Crowdfunded, Handcrafted, Independent Makers, Made in the USA, Philanthropy, Social Enterprises, Sustainable Living, Tech & Innovation, and Underrepresented Entrepreneurs.


    Much like the rising ‘Buy me Once’ movement in the U.S. and Europe, many Grommet community members value high-quality, durable products. They want items that are made to last—and they’re willing to pay a little more for this benefit.

    But what does “Made for a Lifetime” specifically mean? That The Grommet Makers represented in this new collection will honor a lifetime repair/replace warranty. You can identify these products by our new diamond icon—as these are products are “as tough as diamonds.” Continue Reading

  • 9 Gifts That Keep Kids Busy While Traveling

    Traveling with kids can be an adventure. It also can be challenging. Whether you're planning a day-trip, road-trip, cruise, or cross-country flight, these nine gifts will help keep them busy (which means a better traveling experience for all).

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    iZel Smartphone and Tablet Stand

    This handy stand is a simple but smart design. Like an easel for your smartphone or tablet, it holds devices securely in either portrait or landscape position. Perfect for watching while videos on-the-go. ($24.95) Shop Now

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    Numerical Tile Game

    Möbi is a fun, fast-paced tile game that helps kids (and grown-ups) learn and apply basic math skills. Packs away in an adorable blue whale bag, and it’s ready to play on any flat surface. ($19.95) Shop Now

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  • 11 Items You'll Wonder How You Lived Without

    Some products are so game-changing you shudder to think of a world in which they didn't exist. Below are 11 of those products and worry not, they're very real.

    Certain shoes hold a blistering vendetta against your heels. Now you can fight back against the podiatric pain with FootGloss ($21.95). This all-natural, American-made foot balm creates a barrier to prevent skin chafing and help avoid blisters. From high heels and flip flops to hiking boots and sneakers, if the shoe fits, wear it without pain.

    Good Gifts for Grandpa

    Everyone gets a back itch in an impossible to reach spot. It prompts a dance. You arch your spine; throw your arm behind you or search for a nearby doorframe to end the torture. No more. The Cactus Scratcher ($12.95) is a personal back scratcher that puts every itch within reach. The two straps make it easy to navigate and two sets of spikes let you control how aggressive you want the scratch to be.

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  • 9 Easy Ways To Be More Green

    Going "green" doesn't have to be overwhelming–a few small changes can add up to make a big impact. Here at The Grommet, we work with Makers who are mindful about the environment, and who are crafting eco-friendly products from natural materials, using sustainable production methods, and focusing on reducing their carbon footprint. They've  done all the hard work for you. So, if you're interested in making simple changes in the name of Mother Nature, read on.

    eco friendly products - Vejibag

    eco friendly products - Juice in the Box

    Add Some Green to Mealtime: Prep, Enjoy, and Store 

    The kitchen is a great place to make a few green upgrades. Ditch the plastic bags and try Vejibag, an ingenious produce keeper that’s made of American-grown organic cotton and hand-sewn in Maine. It gives produce the humidity it needs, keeping it fresh and crisp far longer than plastic. And while you're thinking of ways to use less plastic, get the kids involved by swapping their drink pouches for Juice in the Box. This reusable juice and drink box is made from Tritan plastic; BPA and Phthalate free. Its no leak container holds eight ounces and can be filled with your own beverages (which are often much healthier).

    Earth-In Canteen - eco friendly products

    Coverflex - eco friendly products

    If you're looking to ditch the disposable water bottle habit yourself, Earth-In Canteen is an elegant alternative. This beautiful clay vessel is Made in the USA, keeps water cool, and eliminates any metallic taste. You can even use it to store olive oil, vinaigrettes, wine, and more. And while you're at it, kicking the plastic habit for storing food just got a lot more convenient, thanks to these reusable food covers from Coverflex. They’re made from 100% food-grade silicone and designed to stretch, so you can fit them over all types of dishes, bowls, and pans. (Bonus, your cabinets will be a lot less cluttered once you remove all of those plastic storage containers.) Continue Reading

  • SXSW Survival Guide: 14 Things You're Going To Need

    The Grommet team heads to SXSW next week and if you are too, you’re in luck. We’ll be a mobile resource for attendees supplying everything from water and swag bags to the unique (and helpful) items below. If you’re not attending SXSW don’t worry, this survival guide will be handy for any multi-day festival or excursion. Your Coachellas, Bonaroos, and trade shows, you get the idea, now here’s what you need to get to prepare.

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    Tips for SXSW - Your Phone

    Keeping Your Phone Powered, Clean, and Within Reach

    You know you’re at SXSW when you look around at a brilliant outdoor festival and everyone’s on his or her phone. We won’t be judging. We'll be supplying battery life.

    When JunoJumper isn’t jumpstarting a car, it’s charging a phone four times. We’ll harness the blinding Texas sun with SunJack to dish out power. If that isn’t scientific enough for you, BioLite provides off the grid heat and electricity, which is great for SXSW but even better for emerging countries with limited access to such resources.

    To wipe off the sweat, dirt, dust, and anything else your screen attracts, iRollers will be available to keep your phone looking sleek. And in order to avoid everyone’s worst nightmare at an event like SXSW, TrackR Bravos will find any missing phones, keys, and/or wallets in minutes.

    SXSW Survival Guide | iRoller

    SXSW Survival Guide | Dude Wipes

    SXSW Survival Guide | Bittersweet

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