Top Tier Holiday Shopping Guide 2016

Another year has flown by, and it’s time once again to search for ‘Best Gifts For Him/Her’ or ‘Unique Swap Gifts’ as you attempt to get that special gift for everyone on your list. In order to help alleviate the stress commonly associated with holiday shopping, we have pulled together some of our favorite products and services from our portfolio of companies.

Many of these products have been used by the team here at Top Tier, so if you have any questions relating to a product or service, please do not hesitate to ask!

Shopping Guide 2016 - Fashion

A number of companies in our portfolio have taken different approaches to the way clothing is designed, created and distributed.  Trumaker makes customized men’s suits, shirts, and pants for sale online and through a limited number of storefronts around the U.S. Cuyana is a women’s apparel and accessories brand with the mission of creating fewer products from premium materials and the finest craftsmanship.Stitch Fix acts as a personal stylist delivering five hand-selected pieces of clothing (for men or women) straight to the user’s door based on a custom-built style profile. Shipping is included, and users are only charged for the clothes they decide to keep.

Shopping Guide 2016 - Home

When buying for the person who seems to have everything, often the best route is to purchase for his/her home.  Eero has improved on a home standard, Wi-Fi, by creating a mesh network that increases the range and strength of the signal.  Ring is a smart doorbell that links to the homeowner’s cell phone (and home Wi-Fi) allowing for video communication between the homeowner and visitors or delivery people. Framebridge has removed the hassle and lowered the time and price associated with custom framing and provides free shipping for the user to send his or her artwork to the Frambridge HQ.  Furthermore, the whole process only takes a week.

Shopping Guide 2016 - Food

The food industry is being disrupted in all aspects including creation, distribution, and consumption.  Plated is a meal-kit delivery service allowing users to select recipes to then receive pre-measured ingredients and instructions to make an impressive meal at a reasonable cost. In addition to being a local favorite chain of coffee shops in San Francisco, Blue Bottle also offers a subscription coffee service – delivering fresh ground or whole bean coffee around the country.  Juicero has created a home, cold-press juicing system to make raw, organic juice with the touch of a button. By delivering prepared produce packs, Juicero removes the typical mess associated with washing, peeling, and cutting the ingredients for a fresh juice.

Shopping Guide 2016 - Health & Wellness

Last year we featured a Fitbit in our health and wellness section, and we are so impressed with the updates to the product that we brought it back. The new Charge 2 has a new look and a number of functional improvements.  Elysium Health has created Basis, a supplement created to aid cellular health by improving mitochondrial health & energy, cellular detoxification, and DNA repair. Targeted at athletes, Athos offers workout clothing fully integrated with wearable technology and capable of tracking heart rates, breathing levels, and more.

Shopping Guide 2016 - Toys

An emerging theme we are seeing throughout our portfolio is based around toys that provide educational value. LittleBits has created a platform for easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create their own inventions. The blocks are color-coded, magnetic, and reusable to make the act of inventing fun and accessible.  Sphero has created the SPRK program (Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids) to make coding easy and fun for kids. Connecting the SPRK+ robot to a smartphone app, kids can complete activities and learn programming in an approachable way. For the adults that want to act like kids, the DJI Mavic Drone is more than a toy – with a 12MP camera and 4k video resolution the Mavic is also an accessory for the photographer/aspiring YouTuber.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out our extended list below!  Please note that the products and services  in italics have been used by the team at Top Tier.

Clearview AudioWireless invisible
iZotopeMusic Production
OculusVirtual reality head
Oculus EarphonesEarphones for Oculus Rift
Sling MediaDevice to watch home TV over the Internet anywhere in the
SpliceMusic creation and
SonosWireless multi-room music systems for the
ValencellMusic earbuds and headsets with fitness
Xiaomi Mi VR PlayPhone powered VR
Alternative ApparelCasual clothes store; soft, simple, sustainable
Bag Borrow StealRental of luxury
Bauble BarFashion
Blue NileDiamonds and other
Cath KidstonColorful and floral clothing, bags and home
CustominkClothing designed by
Gemvara, Inc.Handcrafted , customized
IndochinoClothier specializing in men’s
J. HillburnCustom-designed clothing for
Jack ErwinWell-crafted, honestly priced shoes for
Lucy Active WearActive wear clothing for
LYSTBest designers and stores in one
Mod ClothApparel and décor specializing in vintage and indie
Outdoor VoicesSportswear for men and
Project SeptemberImmersive  visual shopping
PS DeptPersonal shopping service for
Ruby Ribbon Inc.Apparel company supported by network of independent
ShoptiquesShop one-of-a-kind boutiques
StanceVibrant and custom sock line for men and
Stitch FixStylist selected clothing delivered
StyleSaintNext generation designer
ThredUPUsed high-end
TrumakerMobile outfitter for custom made men’s
Trunk ClubShopping service for men’s
CoverooCustom iPhone cases with your own
EtsyHandmade goods of all
Fifty ThreeDigital pencil for drawing / painting on the
GoProSmall waterproof camera for action sports like skiing, surfing, cliff
LytroCamera allowing photographers to re-focus after the
Moo PrintCustom business, greeting and other photo
NarrativeWearable device that takes a photo every 30 seconds to capture your life in
PicabooCreate photobooks, cards, phone cases, and canvases with your
Shapeways3D printing service and
SkinitPersonalized phone
Abe’s MarketNatural artisanal products from food to
AlohaHealthy, organic food
BeautifullSign up for 1-2 deliveries a week of freshly prepared, beautiful
Blue Bottle CoffeeArtisanal coffee  
ClubWWine distributer base on your
InstacartSame-day grocery
Lot18Fine quality wine
Nature BoxHealthy
PlatedHome delivery meal
SoylentHealthy, affordable, convenient meal
SprigFood delivery
AthosPerformance apparel with built-in
BirchboxBeauty products
ClasspassSubscription service for unlimited monthly fitness
CuyanaFashion brand for premium women’s
Dollar Shave ClubMonthly razor blade
Elysium HealthCellular health
FitbitWearable fitness device to track steps, sleep, and
GlossierBeauty products for
Halo NeuroscienceHeadphones for your brain. Human performance enhancing
Honest CompanyLifestyle products safe for
JawboneWearable fitness device and speaker
JulepBeauty box
Lark TechnologiesMobile health, live nutritionist
LUMO BodytechWearable device to alert you of bad
Tria BeautyLaser hair removal and skincare
Walker and CoLifestyle products built for people of
20×200Art collectionswww.20×
BambecoReclaimed sustainable home
Custom MadeOrder custom made items from 20,000 different
DedonHandcrafted outdoor
DropcamWebcam for the 
EeroWireless routed network
Electric ObjectsFrame-like computers that can display high-resolution artwork from the
AnkiRemote control car racing with built-in artificial
littleBitsSmall electronic components that connect together to make
SpheroMobile app enabled toys, including Star Wars BB-8 Drones and SPRK
Wonder WorkshopRobots that teach kids how to
3D RoboticsDrones and aerial video
BarkboxPet-themed monthly subscription
BloomNationFlower delivery from local
Boosted BoardMotorized
DJI MavicCamera drones and
H.BloomLuxury floral and plant
LuxeOn-demand valet 
NavdyHeads up display for
Pearl AutomationWireless backup
RenovoElectric super
ScootShared electric scooters for rental in
TeslaElectric sports
Happy Holidays from TTCP!

This selection of companies and services above represents a small percentage of the portfolio companies in which the Top Tier Funds have invested.  Additional detail regarding the portfolios of the Top Tier Funds and their respective performance is available upon request.