These 10 Products from Michigan Ross Alumni Make the Perfect Holiday Gifts


The busy holiday shopping season is upon us, and we know how stressful it can be to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of products and services from 10 Michigan Ross alums that will make great gifts this holiday season.

And if that’s not enough for you, you can also explore our gift guides from 2017 and 2016 (special discounts may no longer be available).


Guac Lock
Jane Och, BBA/MAcc ‘86

A container for keeping your delicious guacamole safe from the threat of browning. The innovative design pushes the air out of the container with no need for complicated vacuum sealers or extra equipment.

As the website proclaims: “In an age of “‘Mompreneurs,’ Guac-Lock is a beautiful example of what can happen when friends confront a challenge and provide a solution on a larger scale.”

Larger-scale guacamole is definitely something we’re into this holiday season.

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OMNI Brewing Co.
Steve Hayes, MBA ‘83

All beer, no pretense. Located in Maple Grove, Minn., OMNI Brewing Co. is devoted to the environment, quality, and fun.

“We believe craft beer has the power to bring all kinds of people together,” the company says. “We strive daily to create a something-amazing-for-everyone collection of thoughtful, handcrafted brews.” Mug Club membership, gift cards, and merch available online.

More about Omni Brewing

Mandylicious Challah
Danny Silverman, MBA ‘04

These delicious, gourmet, 100 percent kosher and dairy-free challahs are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Mandylicious’ 150+ challah bread flavors are available for pick up locally in Sharon, MA, and by delivery.

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Via Bom Dia Coffee
Rachel Gutierrez-Aguirre, BBA ‘08

The perfect gift for the socially conscious caffeine addict in your life. Committed to high quality & fresh, always delicious, and 100 percent real ingredients, Via Bom Dia’s mission is to reinvent flavored coffee. Visit to check out Via Bom Dia Coffee as well as Bom Dia Brand's wide selection of other whole bean and ground coffees.

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Iorio Gelato
Mary Lemmer, BBA ‘10

Have a Michigan student on your gift list? Surprise them with a gift card to what is quickly turning into an Ann-Arbor staple. Authentic Italian gelato in a variety of flavors including pistachio, stracciatella, nocciola, and innovative flavor combinations such as banana caramel praline and pomegranate champagne sorbetto. Vive la dolce vita right down the road with Iorio Gelato!

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Sweet Flour Bake Shop
Kimberly Gans, MBA ‘03

Sweet Flour Bake Shop offers a diverse selection of delicious cookie and cupcake flavors. Check out Sweet Flour’s festive holiday gift boxes or gingerbread house kits to satisfy your seasonal sweet tooth! Or, you know, you could gift them away.

Sweet Flour, based in Ontario, is available for pickup as well as delivery across Canada.

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Venture Quality Goods
Thomas Stenzel, MBA ‘98

Located in Lafayette, CA, Venture Quality Goods is a clothing store that caters to a community of dreamers, builders, and doers. Recently voted the “Best in the East Bay” by customers.

“We want clothing that suits our life. Honest, quality clothing that is thoughtfully designed and well-crafted. And if it’s made by our fellow brethren, all the better.”

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Frank Ramirez, MBA ‘94

Fun, fashionable add-on Pockets that make phones more accessible and secure. Show your phone some PocketLuv this holiday season! PocketLuv products are available on the company's website and on Amazon.

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Children’s Book - “A to Z. They’re Just Like Me”
Nisha Kumar, MBA ‘10

The empowering picture book about female leadership that every child (and parent) needs to read.

“It's time we tell the stories of women, past and present, who have and are changing the world across science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.”

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Mensch on a Bench
Neal Hoffman, BBA ‘99

Mensch on a Bench is on its way to becoming a Hanukkah staple for Jewish families around the world. This plush toy comes with a book that tells the heroic story of Moshe the Mensch. What began as a way to bring “more Funukkah to Hanukkah,” Mensch on a Bench continues to inspire families to come together and celebrate their Jewish values. New items this year include Ask Papa and Mitzvah Moose.

The plush toy itself is sold out online, but available in Michaels, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond stores across the U.S.

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