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Gift Guide 2021: Explore Must-Have Products from Michigan Ross Students for the Holiday Season


With the holiday season upon us, look no further for that perfect gift than these unique products created by students from the Ross School of Business, who are also successful entrepreneurs.

From handmade jewelry to energy chews, this gift list includes a wide variety of products that are sure to please everyone on your holiday list. And, purchasing the following gifts will support members of the Michigan Ross community and their businesses.


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Talar Malkadjian, BBA ’22

As the daughter of Armenian-Lebanese immigrants, the beauty of craftsmanship has always been emphasized in Malkadjian’s life. After watching, learning, and admiring the jewelry industry, Malkadjian started her jewelry business, by talarmal, in 2020. 

The brand focuses on luxury looks at affordable prices. Designed in Detroit, by talarmal includes handcrafted gold-filled, gold-plated, sterling silver, and hypo-allergenic pieces that are perfect for everyday wear.

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Alec Kremins, BBA ’22

Designed to combat the infamous mid-afternoon crash, Ember offers uniquely-formulated energy chews. Each gummy contains 100 milligrams of caffeine, or the equivalent amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee. Ember will begin accepting and shipping pre-orders in December 2021, making this the perfect holiday gift.

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Liza Kameen, Online MBA ’22

What better way to treat your loved ones than with a meaningful piece of art? Paintru allows customers to order custom art from a roster of thousands of artists. 

Customers can choose any photo, upload it to the Paintru website, and then they will be matched with an artist who will recreate a painting of the photo. In the words of Paintru, “If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a painting tells the whole story.”

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Claire Pardington, Weekend MBA ’22

From a young age, Pardinton knew she was destined to make a career out of her passion for fashion, art, music, and film. That led her to found PARDINGTON COLLECTIVE, a collaborative art, fashion, and lifestyle label that brings different talented minds together to collaborate on multimedia collections for curation, as well as for sale. 

Items are currently available for presale and immediate sale.




Trinity Brown, BBA ’24

For much of her life, dancing was Trinity Brown’s passion and creative outlet. However, after spinal fusion surgery in 2018 prevented Brown from dancing, she decided to search for another creative outlet.  

Brown discovered a love for making jewelry, and soon after launched Trinity'sWireCreations. The Black-owned jewelry business has thrived ever since, offering unique necklaces, earrings, and more.

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Virgo Beauty

Madison Bates, BBA ’23

After researching the ingredients in hair products, Bates discovered that Black women's hair products contain significantly more harmful ingredients than products marketed toward non-Black women. That led her to found Virgo Beauty, a line of clean hair products for Black women.

“Hair care is self care,” said Bates. “I founded Virgo Beauty with the intention of changing how Black women view their natural hair.” 

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