10 ideas for Christmas gifts produced by European startups

The holiday season is here, and shopping mania has begun. If you’re still searching for the right presents for your loved ones, look no further. There are plenty of European startups that make ultra cool products which are a perfect alternative to traditional Christmas gifts. Here is a list of 10 of them:

Click & Grow:  Have you ever thought of growing vegetables in your kitchen? Well, it is possible. Click&Grow is a self-watering system that helps anyone grow fresh food, flowers, & herbs in a quick and effortless manner, without GMOs, pesticides, insecticides, or other harmful substances. The winner of the Estonian Innovation Award in 2009, Click & Grow sets are available online for €99.95.

Dodow: Do any of your friends have trouble falling asleep? This sleeping aid device will do it in 25 minutes. Dodow is a metronome with a light system that teaches you how to fall asleep naturally, no pills necessary. How does it work? Using a pulsing night light, which the user is meant to follow along with their breathing, a reflex is activated that causes heart rate and blood pressure to decrease. Available online for €49.

Mitte: This German startup develops the first of its kind smart home water system that not only purifies your water but also provides customized mineral enhancements (alkaline, balance and vitality cartridge). It also comes with a mobile app to help users dispense water at pre-selected temperatures and keep tabs on water quality and consumption quantity. Join the waiting list if you are interested.

Photon Robot: Here’s one for your friends with kids. Photon is an educational robot and a coding coach for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Combined with a mobile device and an app, kids have to use creativity and logic to teach the robot with 200 challenges and tasks, as they become familiar with technology and learn basic programming. Available online for €185.

Skarabeos: Have you ever had your bag stolen or forgotten it somewhere? This will not be the case anymore. Skarabeos is an alarm-protected bag connected to an app, designed by Wolfgang Langeder from Austria. Equipped with smart sensors and connected with your phone or watch, Skarabeos offers the highest level of protection for your personal belongings. Available to pre-order for €199.

Spyra: Remember how much fun it was to be a kid? Well, a German team is redesigning a toy that was definitely part of your childhood, the water gun. Spyra One features electronically triggered water bullets, 25 powerful water bullets across up to 40 feet, automatic refill with the push of a button and a digital display showing tank and battery status. Sound fun? Available online for €115.

Uvisio: We all have a friend who is super sensitive to the sun. Now they can better take care of themselves with Uvusio, a self-care and prevention tool for safe sun exposure developed by Startupbootcamp alumni from Eindhoven. It is a small wearable UV dosimeter that measures an individual’s sun exposure over the day, and warns them before their daily sun dose is exceeded through a mobile app. Enjoy the sun stress-free.

Waynabox: For the travel enthusiasts, here is a perfect gift. This Spanish startup allows you to book a weekend in more than 50 possible destinations for a fixed-price starting at €150, including round-trip flights and two nights of accommodation. The secret: destination unknown. The travellers will not know the destination until 48 hours before taking off. Let yourself be surprised. 

Y-brush: What if you could brush your teeth perfectly in 10 seconds? With Y-Brush you can. Developed by dentists, Y-Brush uses Bass method sonic vibrating technology to automatically deep clean your teeth, removing 15% more plaque than a conventional toothbrush. The electronic toothbrush comes in four different sizes and with three modes of vibration. Available to pre-order for €109.

Goodio: For chocolate lovers, look no further. A Finnish chocolate company produces handmade organic raw chocolate, sourcing all of its ingredients directly from farmers to ensure quality, ethical production and fair prices. The result: 12 flavors of bars including coconut, chai, licorice and sea buckthorn, ginger and lemongrass, wild blueberry, sea salt, cranmary, mint, coffee, pure national and cafe ubuntu. Available for order online.