Gift Guide 2020: Explore Top Products from Michigan Ross Alumni for the Holiday Season
The holiday season is here, and these alumni of the Ross School of Business have stores and products to help you choose the perfect gifts for those you love.
From jewelry to online fitness classes, this gift list includes something for everyone, while also supporting members of the Michigan Ross community.
Here are unique finds for 2020.
Morgan Solomon, BBA ’11
Based in New York City, AGMES creates bold and refined shapes inspired by architecture and art and is led by sisters Morgan and Jaclyn Solomon. They founded the company in 2016, having been encouraged to do so by their late friend, Andrew. His initials combine with Morgan’s to form the name AGMES.
“His legacy endures in our commitments to kindness and equal treatment for all, sustainable practices, and creating pieces that can be handed down to the next generation,” said Solomon.
Created from precious and sustainable materials, each AGMES piece is handmade to last by a small team of skilled artisans.
THE MINDFUL LIFE JOURNAL
Justin Adams, BBA ’11
As the No. 1 new release in Self-Help Writing Journals on Amazon with more than 35,000 copies sold, The Mindful Life Journal is a thoughtful interactive book that gently guides readers to reflect on their emotions, intentions, and energy.
Featuring a series of simple, practical prompts and playfully illustrated exercises, The Mindful Life Journal helps readers feel better in the morning, be more productive during the day, and sleep better at night. With just seven minutes of effort per day, the journal explores gratitude, feelings, inspiration, and more.
Lakshmi Jayanthi, MBA ’09
After receiving a text from her cousin asking what sport she should sign her five-year-old up for, Jayanthi was inspired to help parents introduce their children to sports. This experience became the inspiration for Pickup Sports, which is now one of the first companies for parents and other adults to introduce a variety of sports through an easily implemented program.
After receiving an assessment of the child’s interests and abilities, the kits are customized to meet goals and sample multiple sports in a fun way. In addition to the activities, some kits also include virtual guidance and classes.
FUSE LIVE BY FUSE45
Sam Friedman, BBA ’10
Fuse45 is an online community fitness program. Since Friedman was at Michigan Ross, she and her mom had a dream to open a studio together. After trying classes all over the world, they wanted to create something that was both high intensity and low impact for maximum sustainability, and Fuse45 was born.
Fuse Live is an on-demand workout library that updates with new workouts daily. It gives participants access to an interactive online community and a 12-week wellness program. The program helps relieve stress, build self-esteem, find balance, and improve mental and physical health.
Adam Wilson, MBA ’18
Based in California, Wilson is co-founder and COO of Wear Me, an online marketplace to buy, sell, and build smart wearable devices. Smartwatches, fashion tech, smart masks, and medical devices are just a few of the many options available.
Community members can sign up as customers, manufacturers, developers, or influencers, and engage in a community for entrepreneurship and empowerment in wearable technology. Wear Me helps entrepreneurs move from ideation to concept, and work through industry weaknesses to create an ecosystem of growth and innovation.
Maris Johansson, MBA ’11
Broomtail makes feel-good play clothes and toys for children. Named after a vintage, hand-me-down horse toy from the ’50s, Broomtail represents possibility, wide-open spaces, and the power of a child’s imagination.
Rooted in the concept of community, the shop offers new and hand-me-down clothing, baby gifts, books, and toys for children up to age 7. Crafted by small makers in the U.S. and Europe or passed down, Johansson says her vision is to offer a supportive shopping community for parents like her.
Michael Moeller, MAcc ’05
Motivation is a premium streetwear clothing boutique in Ann Arbor for both men and women. They stock contemporary streetwear, shoes, and vintage U-M apparel for alumni, students, or any other Wolverine fan in your life.
The store is close to campus and caters to an audience that is creative, cutting-edge, and influential. All brands represented are hand-selected, limited distribution, and largely independent. Motivation is a perfect pick for exclusive clothing not found in traditional retail outlets.