You’ve made your list and you’re checking it twice. Or maybe you’re still trying to find that perfect gift for that special someone.

We here at NC IDEA have some recommendations for your holiday shopping list from companies right here in the great state of North Carolina. We are proud to have supported these companies over the years through our various programs including, NC IDEA LABS, NC IDEA SEED, NC IDEA SOAR and NC IDEA LEAD. We are fans ….. and we’re pretty sure your gift recipients will be too!



For the Health Conscious Foodie


Mati Energy
Healthy energy drinks people love – #energizewithoutcompromise

No Evil Foods
Meat from nothin’ but plants using ingredients that are sustainable, simple and kind

Tom & Jenny’s
Dentist-crafted, decadent caramels that are good and good for you


For the Athlete


Game-changing innovation that every professional athlete and passionate recreationist needs to WIN

Award-winning technology for what’s next in wearables


For Improved Health & Well Being


Essential oils and aromatherapy to boost your mood

Brain-sensing headset to improve focus

Vital Plan
Supplements and lifestyle advice for creating a healthier, happier you


For the Parent


Anti-distraction wristwear for kids (and adults) who struggle to focus

Makes active play engaging for kids by creating a fun and competitive online world

Sweetie Pie Organics
Always organic baby and toddler food


For the Interior Designer



Beautiful blooms from maintenance-free plants

Inirv Labs
Easier, smarter, safer cooking

Easy to put together customizable furniture

Nugget Comfort
Most versatile, comfortable, portable couch ever, making furniture fun for kids, easy for parents

A lighting company designed to deliver the full potential of LED lighting

Custom fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap from indie artists around the world


Coming Soon in 2018



A breakthrough hands-free way to wear, use and protect your smartphone

Undercover Colors
Wearable tech with the power to protect