10 Holiday Gift Ideas from Terp-founded Companies

Need a last-minute gift idea? Entrepreneurs from Maryland Smith’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship have you covered. Whoever you’re shopping for – the foodie, athlete, fashionista, Maryland fan – these student- and alumni-run companies can help you check those last names off your list (or have you to adding items to your own wishlist).  

The aerium, the natural air purifier that uses algae to clean the air we breathe.

AlgenAir – Give the gift of clean air with the Aerium, an air purifier designed by two Maryland PhD students that runs on algae, purifies the air and fills it with as much oxygen as 25 houseplants!

Aurora Tights – Know any skaters, ballerinas or performers of color? Get them tights in their exact skin tone and see their confidence soar. Aurora Tights now come in children’s sizes too! 


Azelle – Save the bay with these elegant charm bracelets and necklaces featuring at risk animals in the Chesapeake Bay. Part of the proceeds go toward the Save the Bay Foundation.

BEEQBOX – For the aspiring influencer in your life, get them these glamorous glitter palettes and highlighting sprays to help them look their Insta-best.

Burlap & Barrel – For the foodie in your life, these spices are sustainably sourced and guarantee that you’ll be supporting smallholder farmers with every meal.

Grip Boost – Help the avid golfer or football player in your life improve their grip with these ultimate stocking stuffers.

Hungry Harvest – For your environmentally conscious friend, help them fight food waste with a gift certificate for a subscription to Hungry Harvest, an ugly fruits and veggies delivery service.

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Route One Apparel – For the die-hard Maryland fan in your life, Route One Apparel is the place to shop for any kind of Maryland pride apparel.

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Sabreen Cosmetics – Try out these luxurious vegan and cruelty free lip glosses and lipsticks that are infused with vitamins, oils and butters.

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SLAY Naturals – Give the gift with self-care with these locally made, delicious and all-natural local body scrubs and body butters.

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