Have you checked out The Grommet?
The Grommet is an awesome online store that launches undiscovered products and helps them succeed – Grommets. Grommets aren’t just things. Grommets are products with a purpose invented by people with stories.
A Grommet is an innovative, unique product that is created by a Maker with a story to tell. Often a Grommet is new to market or has not yet been broadly discovered. Grommets are ready to find a wider audience and their product launch platform gives them the amplification and attention they deserve.
Special attention is paid to underrepresented entrepreneurs: People under age 25, people over age 65, and women of all ages. These entrepreneurs tend to have a harder time raising capital and striking partnerships because their profile does not match the typical stereotypes of a successful company. The founders and creators of Grommets also tend to be building businesses that align with one or more of these values:
Preserving a handcraft
Solving a problem in a fresh way
Creating jobs in a struggling or developing region
Building a social enterprise
Fostering green and eco-friendly practices
Manufacturing in the USA
Inventing a new technology
So, although Grommets don’t tend to be Australian, they don’t seem to have a specific policy against us Aussies trying to make a Grommet so get yourself making, makers! And anyway they are a U.S company so more luck to them!
But the reason I’m telling you about all of this is because you’re sure to find something totally original to pop in the stocking of somebody special this year.