(This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Amazon Launchpad for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.)

Let’s jump right in: Amazon Launchpad is a rad place to find unique gifts from startups, small businesses and even larger businesses you may already be familiar with.

Amazon Launchpad is where startups can go to sell their products and you can still take advantage of Prime shipping — especially now, as you’re wrapping up your Christmas shopping!

For the consumer, the Amazon Launchpad experience is seamless — it’s the same confidence you get from shopping anywhere on the Amazon site (backed by the Amazon A-to-Z Guarantee), but with the cool, unique gifts you’d find on the popular crowdfunding sites.

You might even see innovative gifts on Amazon Launchpad that you’ve seen elsewhere. For example, some of my favorite finds were the Kano Computer Kit, littleBits, Makey Makey and the Osmo Genius Kit. It’s not just about maker stuff – there are also gifts like indoor herb gardens, bluetooth speakers (even Star Wars-themed!), and grilling tool kits. There are pet supplies like food, leashes and pet cameras, and kitchen supplies like sous vide tools, coffee makers and bento boxes. There’s a lot of really awesome stuff here in the easy-to-use Amazon format and the best part? A lot of it is eligible for Amazon Prime shipping!

I personally bought a mix of things that both my family and I can enjoy:

Bears vs Babies

1. Bears vs Babies: A Card Game From the Creators of Exploding Kittens. My family loves playing Exploding Kittens, and when I first heard that Bears vs Babies was in the works, I knew this would be a hit as well. The object is to build up your army of monsters with frankensteined bears with a variety of deadly body parts in order to fight an army of babies. Weird, right? Super fun. It’s a game that the whole family can learn and play. And because there’s strategy and a little bit of randomness, any member can win too.

Mighty Mug Barware

2. Mighty Mug Barware. I remember seeing Mighty Mug tumblers on crowdfunding sites and I thought it was a great idea – a magical cup that can’t be tipped over! That same technology is scaled to this set two 15oz stemless wine/whiskey “glasses.” Unbreakable and unspillable, they can be used with hot or cold beverages and are just as good for my son’s hot chocolate as they are for my wife’s wine or my whiskey. How many times have you spilled a drink during a long game night with friends? Or how many times have you left your drink on the side of the counter and someone ends up bumping it and spilling it all over? Not me, not anymore!


3. GNARBOX. As the world becomes more mobile, I’ve been looking for ways to shoot good-looking video with my camera but edit on my phone. Increasingly, I’ve wanted to be able to shoot video on the go but also post to my social media channels right then and there. The GNARBOX is a shock, dust and water resistant backup and editing system with connections for you to plug in your DSLR/mirrorless camera (USB 2/3) as well as mini and standard SD card slots. You can transfer photos/videos to and from it, use its battery to charge your phone or camera, connect via WiFi to it and transfer photos to you and your friends (using their GNARBOX app), and edit your footage on your phone. It’s a lot more convenient than lugging a laptop with me and is a great addition to my camera kit. I can’t wait to bring it on our next vacation!

Abe Lincoln Penny Poster

4. Penny Portrait Abe Lincoln Poster. With a little under $9 worth of pennies, you can create a unique picture of Abraham Lincoln. Using your own pennies and choosing between lighter or darker tarnished ones, you follow the poster’s paint-by-numbers-like instruction, gluing pennies in place. The product also contains a booklet with facts about Abe Lincoln, information about coin collecting and science experiments involving pennies. The poster is a great little rainy-day project for you and your kid and the result is something a child can hang in their room and be proud of.

That’s what I bought through Amazon Launchpad, but there are plenty of other toys, gadgets and other unique gifts, backed by the Amazon A-to-Z Guarantee, that I’d love to give or receive. If you’ve still got Christmas shopping to do, visit Amazon Launchpad and either browse, search or check out the curated gift guides for gift ideas!

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