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Five Gift Ideas From Munich Startups

Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re looking for beautiful gifts and want to support the local startup scene, keep reading.

For avid gardeners 

Although it’s currently time to take a break from gardening, nature aficionados are already looking forward to the gardening year 2023. The ‘Plantable Calendar’ from Plantura will get them even more excited about the approaching season. With the calendar, recipients not only get 12 seed cards with organic seeds, but also corresponding sowing instructions and monthly gardening tips. If you’d rather not wait until spring but want to give greenery as a present, Plantura also has houseplants to offer.  

For grandmas & grandpas 

Reading books together promotes the bond between children and the people reading to them. But what options do you have, for example, if the grandparents don’t live close enough to drop by and read a book? Lesido has a solution to offer: The Munich startup has developed a streaming service for digital picture books with an integrated video chat feature. Not only does it give parents access to a number of children’s books, it also gives grandparents the opportunity to read the books aloud on video – no matter how many miles are between them and their grandchildren.  

For date lovers 

Date chocolates, date spreads, date cakes – Djoon leaves all date-lovers hearts aflutter. The sweets offered by the Munich startup are also organic, vegan and do not contain added sugar. If you would like to give sweets as a present this Christmas, you might want to check out their Christmas Collection: it includes 16 chocolate truffles in the flavors Nougat Crisp, Christmas Punch, Roasted Macadamia and Spekulatius (a kind of sweet, spiced cookie). If you’d rather to put together your own selection, you can stop by the Djoon pop-up store at Lenbachplatz 7 before Christmas.  

For the eco-minded 

Is it possible to shave without plastic disposable cartridge heads regularly ending up in the trash? It is, namely with the plastic-free pivot-head shaver by Shavent. With it, consumers only replace what really needs replacing, i.e. the blades instead of the entire cartridge head. It fits all conventional razor blades, which are usually cheaper than whole plastic disposable cartridge heads. This gift is not only positive for the environment, but also for your wallet – or at least for the recipient’s.  

For kids 

We all constantly have headphones in or on our ear to listen to music, podcasts or audio books. But how can the youngsters among us do the same without the smartphone that’s usually needed? With Kekz. The startup has developed a wireless headphone system for children. Their headphones independently play the music and audio stories that are stored on the audio chips, which are known as “Kekz” – without a mobile phone, without downloading and without the internet. The content is delivered by the interchangeable Kekz chips. The chips contain different stories, can be purchased individually and attach to the outside of the ear piece with magnets to trigger the audio content.