Stairway to CEO’s Top 10 Gift Ideas for 2021

Written by: Kaylee Franklin

This time of year is my favorite. I love seeing the joy on everyone's face, the hunt to find that special gift, finding it for that special someone, and seeing their smile when they open that gift! 

This year I have quite a few people to shop for. Here at Stairway to CEO we have a plethora of amazing brands that have been on our show which means lots of amazing gifts to choose from! So we wanted to wrap up some of the gifts we will be giving to our friends and family members this year, and believe me- it was incredibly hard to choose from our 80+ brands! We’ve hand-selected 10 brands that cover everyone on your list! The home chef, the makeup lover to the coffee lover, and even those that love luxury items! Let’s get to it!

1. Evermill 

The. Best. Spicerack. To. Ever. Exist. There, I said it. These spice racks are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are the most sustainable and innovative spice rack and system for the modern home chef. 

In Episode 82, Lee sat down with Mark Gudaitis, the Co-Founder and CEO of Evermill. They chat about his story of founding Evermill and how his years of cooking and having to get repeat spices and wanting a more sustainable option gave him the idea to create Evermill. He even gave us a special discount code! Use STAIRWAY30 for $30 your purchase! 

This spice rack or even their in-drawer option would be the perfect gift for that chef in your life! I know it’s got me in the kitchen more. Plus, their personal spice, Evermill, is to DIE for! And, to top it all off- they made it on Oprah’s Favorite Things List! So it really is the perfect gift. 

2. Bottomless

Ever wonder what to get for that coffee lover in your life? How about a smart coffee subscription? With Bottomless, they’ll 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. 

To hear more about this awesome tech gadget and how to get unique coffees delivered to your door before you even have a chance to think “I might need more coffee soon”, listen to Episode 73 with Michael Mayer, Co-Founder and CEO of Bottomless!


Where are all our foodies out there? We have the perfect gift for you! How about a functional foods brand that believes good-for-you products should taste good too.  DEUX is made with high quality ingredients and enhanced with added boosts of supplements, their products are all vegan, gluten free, and taste delicious! 

Their Brownie Batter flavor is my favorite! But if you’re looking to do something a little more special, I recommend doing the Best Sellers Pack. You get their four best sellers, Brownie Batter included ;). Or, you can go the holiday route and get the holiday pack with their seasonal flavors! 

If you’re interested in learning more about DEUX, check out Episode 70: Rolling in the DEUX with Sabeena Ladha, Founder and CEO. And, if you want to try out some of the amazing DEUX products you will hear about here on the show, we have a very special promo code for you. Just go to, and use the code CEO20 to get 20% off.

4. Ritual Zero Proof 

Ever wanted an alcoholic drink without the alcohol but still want it to taste like a real drink? Then get your hands on Ritual Zero Proof, the first American made spirit alternative featuring all natural botanicals that echo the flavor and burn of liquor without the alcohol or calories. 

When it comes to Ritual, you can’t go wrong! For spirit lovers out there, I recommend getting the Ritual Bar Cart Bundle!  A personal recommendation from Lee: Ritual Rum 

While sipping on a Smooth Sailor cocktail, Lee interviewed the Co-Founder & CEO, David Crooch, in Episode 64: A Category Worth the Shot

5. BoxFox 

For those who love to give a little bit of everything (I know I do!) BOXFOX is your go-to gift this holiday season! 

BOXFOX is a modern approach to gifting, offering curated gift boxes or the ability to digitally build a custom gift box from a selection of products across home, beauty, lifestyle, and food.

With BOXFOX, you get to scroll through and handpick gifts for your special someone! I just ordered one for my mom's birthday and it was so fun personalizing it to include the items I know she’d love!

To hear about some of their partnerships and get some ideas from the Co-Founder & CEO, Chelsea Moore, go give a listen to Episode 48: Business Out of the Box!

6. Senreve

If you really want to up your gifting game, and you have that special someone in your life who loves luxury designer bags, get them a luxury handbag from Senreve

These bags are beautiful. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re vegan. If you were shopping for me, I would definitely be asking for Midi Maestra! But they have lots of options. And if you’re trying to stick to a budget, they have a gifts section with different prices AND “Gifts by Recipient” where you can find a bag for a specific persona, including The Influencer, The Traveler, and The Entrepreneur. 

If you’d like to learn more about how Senreve got started and where they are today, listen to Episode 41: For Better or Purse, with Coral Chung, Founder and CEO of Senreve

7. 100% PURE

Calling all makeup lovers out there! 100% PURE is your go to spot this year. With a commitment to producing the purest and healthiest products, 100% Pure is on a mission to improve the lives of six billion people and animals, while also being charitable and giving back to our global community.

The great thing about 100% PURE is that they have many options to choose from, including 12 different gift sets. I have my eyes on the Super Fruit Spa Duo, a facial oil and cream with super fruit formulas to help promote radiant, healthy skin! 

To hear about their online growth, and their experience in growing into retail stores, listen to Episode 72: Pure Innovation, with Ric Kostick, Co-Founder and CEO of 100% PURE.

8. Tea Drops

Do you have that special someone that loves sitting back with a hot cup of tea? Then I suggest getting them Tea Drops! ​​

Tea Drops are bagless, organic, playfully shaped blends of tea leaves and spices, essentially bath bombs of tea that dissolve in your cup. 

There are many options to choose from! How about the Ultimate Tea Sampler Box? Where your special someone can try nine of their top teas. Or for those who love boba, they have a Boba Bubble Deluxe Tea Kit!

Make tea an essential part of your loved ones life this holiday season just as Sashee Candran, Founder and CEO of Tea Drops has. Learn more about Tea Drops in Episode 62: Steeped in Possibili-Tea.

9. Touchland

Are you looking for an amazing stocking stuffer? One that everyone could use? Well we have the perfect idea, especially with all the cautions everyone has been taking in the last year and a half. Introducing...Touchland! A revolutionary brand of hand sanitizers that combine sleek, functional packaging with non-sticky, fast evaporating formulas to keep your hands moisturized, clean, and smelling great.

Touchland offers a variety of different great smelling hand sanitizers, from Aloe You and Citrus Grove, to Vanilla Blossom and Velvet Peach! If you’re looking to stock up, I recommend grabbing a bundle. You can choose from five to ten different sanitizers. They also just released a collection with Disney. That one would be a great option for all those Disney lovers in your family! 

One thing I love about Touchland is their unique design. They made it an important part of launching Touchland. Hear more about their story in Episode 37: Revolutionizing Hand Happiness with Andrea Lisbona, Founder and CEO of Touchland. 

10. Brightland

Rounding up the list with another item for kitchen lovers...Brightland! Brightland offers authentic olive oils and fruit forward vinegars with a traceable supply chain and elevated design.

Not only does Brightland offer olive oils, but they offer vinegars, infused olive oils, and honey! They have a number of capsules to choose from and you really couldn’t go wrong with any of them. I think the best bet would be to get The Essential Capsule that comes with two olive oils and two vinegars. 

Interested in learning how Brightland was started? Find out how in Episode 59: Golden State of Mind, with Aishwarya Iyra, Founder and CEO of Brightland

Kaylee Franklin


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