Stairway to CEO’s Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Written by Kaylee Franklin

Welcome to the second edition of Stairway to CEO's Holiday Gift Guide! This year we have an even better list than we did our first go around last year, as we have added 52 brands to our guest roster. We’ve had an incredible year filled with some of the best interviews from top Founders and CEOs of today’s leading direct-to-consumer brands. We have a lot of amazing gift ideas for you and we’ll be sure to cover everyone you’re shopping for, so let’s get started!

For the Foodie

This list is for the foodies in our lives. Specifically, the ones who love to be in the kitchen! 


Evermill is the most sustainable and innovative spice rack and system for the modern home chef.

Evermill made our list last year as Lee and I are obsessed with our spice racks, but this year they’ve recently launched their Salt Well and Pepper Mill. They’re both to die for and would make the perfect gift. 

Plus, ​​if you use code STAIRWAY15 you can get 15% off at Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. 


Birghtland is a modern pantry essentials brand. Made on a family-run farm in California's Central Coast, Brightland offers authentic olive oils and fruit-forward vinegars with a traceable supply chain and elevated design.

Brightland always has some of the best gifts on their personal Gift Guide, but this year I couldn’t help but notice The Mini Artist Series


Founded on the simple belief that high-quality olive oil is a superfood, Kosterina is on a mission to set a new standard and showcase how extra virgin olive oil works from both the inside and outside to provide significant health and wellness benefits.

Another great option for olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Kosterina has a Tasting Set in their Holiday Shop, and I must say, I think they are absolutely gorgeous.


DEUX, is a functional foods brand that believes good-for-you products should taste good, the perfect gift for you cookie-loving people! 

DUEX just launched the perfect gift, a Holiday Baking Kit, that includes their best-selling flavors and some cookie cutters. This really is the best gift for your favorite baker. 


Caraway is on a mission to craft well-designed, non-toxic, ceramic cookware that thoughtfully raises the standards of what you cook with.

Caraway is the perfect option for someone in your life needing a new cookware set, the baker needing a new bakeware set, and they have the cutest tea kettles. You can’t go wrong with anything from this brand, but me personally…I’ve been eyeing this cookware set. 

For the Coffee & Tea Lover


Bottomless is the first smart coffee subscription. They help you build a custom coffee subscription, ship you a simple Wi-Fi scale to store your coffee on, and then send you your next bag of coffee in perfect time, never arriving too soon or too late.

Because of its subscription service, Bottomless offers 3,6,12, and 24 months gift subscriptions. So head on over and get your coffee lover a coffee subscription!

Tea Drops 

Tea Drops are bagless, organic, dissolvable tea blends for the modern tea drinker. They have playfully shaped blends of tea leaves and spices, essentially bath bombs of tea that dissolve in your cup. 

Tea Drops has their Holiday Gift Guide which gives you many options to choose from. 

Art of Tea

Another great option for those tea lovers in your life- is Art of Tea, an award-winning tea brand based in Los Angeles, that hand blends and custom crafts, the finest organic teas, and botanicals. 

The perfect gift set from Art of Tea would have to be their Holiday Tea Sampler, which contains four of their best holiday flavors from Apple Pie to Pumpkin Spice Chai!


Of course, you can’t get a gift for the coffee and tea lover in your life without getting them a beautiful mug! Thankfully, BrüMate comes to the rescue! 

BrüMate is the leading provider of direct-to-consumer insulated drinkware and coolers.

They have a plethora of amazing designs and cups to choose from, and they’re also offering 25% off for Black Friday! 

For the Fitness Lover


Originally launching as the world's first cool-temperature fitness studio in New York in May of 2018, following the pandemic, Brrrn pivoted to offer an at-home fitness platform full of workout videos, and a custom slide board made from recyclable materials and engineered to stay secure on the floor.

Brrrn has an incredible bundle of a Brrrn Board and subscription that would be the perfect gift for your fitness-loving friend or family member!


Bala is an LA-based movement company on a mission to create beautiful design-led, functional fitness accessories and equipment that will change the way people work out.

Because they know it can be hard to choose, they have the perfect Gift Sets that help make it easy! I personally think the pilates set would be fun to receive! 

For the Beauty Lover

Thankfully for you, we love all things beauty here so we have a lot of brands to choose from! 


Ourself is the first ever sub-topical skincare system defining a new beauty category. 

They have a lot of great offers going on around their site, so you can’t go wrong with anything you purchase! 

Exponent Beauty

A brand coming to the show for an interview soon is Exponent Beauty, the first skincare system that fully preserves active ingredients for peak effectiveness.

We’re excited to share more about it in an episode coming soon, but so far we’ve loved using the product (it really is highly effective not to mention fun to use!) so we think your special someone would enjoy it too!

A few other beauty brands we love are Rae Wellness, Henné Organics, Supergoop!, Madison Reed, Bubble, and SO MANY MORE. Be sure to check them all out to explore what you think would be best!

For the Fashionista 

Draper James

Draper James is a classic American lifestyle brand founded by Reese Witherspoon inspired by her roots in the south.

They're celebrating the holidays by offering 30% off sitewide! Pretty sweet deal if you ask me. You can’t go wrong with anything from Draper James, and for those of you that love Reese Witherspoon, how cool would it be to also maybe grab a gift for yourself? 


Aurate is a premier direct-to-consumer jewelry brand. They have a lot of beautiful pieces, it makes it hard to choose. But with so many options, you can’t go wrong! 

For BFCM they’re having an amazing deal- 35% off sitewide! Go shop their biggest sale EVER.

Stocking Stuffers

With 130+ brands on our roster, of course, it’s hard to choose which ones to gift as they’re all so great! But there are a lot of brands that would make a great stocking stuffer! We’re definitely missing some, so head to our site to see them ALL!

  • Lemon Perfect, a great tasting flavored lemon water. 
  • Moku Foods, a mushroom-based jerky.
  • Bite Toothpaste, is on a mission to become the most sustainable personal care company in the world.
  • Hanni, a weighted razor and hydrating glycerin-packed shave pillow.

Of course, we could keep going but we think this is a great start to a gift guide for your loved ones! We hope you enjoy this holiday season, get that special someone something extra special, and stay tuned for more to come! 

Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, follow us on Spotify, or tune in wherever you listen to podcasts. Have any guest suggestions, comments, or questions about Stairway to CEO? Drop us a line here!

Kaylee Franklin


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