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2023 Asper Holiday Gift Guide

Find the perfect gift this holiday season shopping Asper alumni- and student-run businesses

November 30, 2023 — 

As a hub for entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, the Asper School of Business is here to help with your gift-giving and wish-listing. Support local and check out our selection of student- and alumni-led businesses for your holiday shopping and beyond.


Shopping for your favourite athlete this holiday season? Local premium athletic apparel brand Zueike is all about relaxing in style. Co-founded by Asper alum Ogo Okwumabua [BComm(Hons)/01], the brand specializes in intentional fit, clean design and exceptional fabrics. Check out their UM LEGACY collection for a little extra Bison flare!

Read more about Okwumabua’s entrepreneurial journey.


Cranked Energy Bars

Whether you need an energy boost between holiday shopping runs or you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, Cranked Energy Bars are here to offer you fuel with flavour. Founder and CEO Cheryl Zealand [BComm(Hons)/99] designed Cranked Energy Bars to pack in protein, fresh ingredients and fun flavours. Crafted right here in Winnipeg, Cranked Energy Bars have core flavours like Salted Caramel Pecan Pretzel and Chocolate Espresso, with seasonal favourites like Gingerbread Candy Cane released monthly.


Toasti Bean

Warm up with a little something extra and a bag of Toasti Bean coffee. Founders Hayley Johnston [BComm(Hons)/13] and Thao Lam [BComm(Hons)/16] import coffee sourced from all-women producer groups and co-operatives to make Toasti Bean coffee, offering infused coffee beans with fun and delicious flavours. With brews like Imperial Cookie, Lavendar Dream and Eggnog, there’s a flavour for everyone on your shopping list this year.



Shop necklaces, bracelets, rings and more for elegant and sophisticated gifts handpicked by an ambitious Asper student, Tommy Bernabe. Bernabe created Nabiva amid the shadows of the pandemic and found his purpose in the delicate art of jewelry and a goal to raise mental health awareness. With Nabiva, he curates pieces that embrace and celebrate individuality, representing challenges, triumphs and unique stories.


Vitality Meal Prep

For the person in your life who is always on the go (or just can’t cook), Vitality Meal Prep is a practical and tasty gift. Co-owned by Asper alumni Riley Duma [BComm(Hons)/23] and Dan Gauer [BComm(Hons)/23], Vitality Meal Prep offers a menu that ranges from Garlic Chicken Primavera and a Tofu Vegan Thai Bowl to custom meals built around your preferred portions, protein, veggies and carbs. With delivery to your front door each Sunday, a Vitality Meal Prep subscription box is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season.



Doggie Delights Dog Treats

Don’t forget about the doggos and puppers! When Asper student Juliana Cerqueti isn’t studying, she’s baking up custom orders of Doggie Delights Dog Treats. These all-natural treats are handmade with love and personalized to complement your pup’s unique taste. Available in a variety of adorable shapes and scrumptious puppy-friendly flavours, Doggie Delights are sure to be a hit with fluffy, floofy and furry friends. From maple bacon bones and gingersnap rounds to carrot apple hearts and holiday dinner flowers, Doggie Delights has your pet covered.



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