In the spirit of supporting local consumer product and service entrepreneurs, we’ve curated a startup-y guide to help you get or give the perfect gift this holiday season. If we’ve missed any cool local startup company, please mention it in the comments so we can make this guide more complete.


Tom & Jenny’s 

This Durham startup is creator of high-end candies that are better for teeth than typical candy. By using Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol often used as a sweetener, a local dentist and her husband, a former management consultant, created an all-natural, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly candy that helps reduce cavity-causing bacteria. The team is one of nine finalists in the 2015 Fall NC IDEA cycle and is one of three local startups chosen to compete in the 1776 Challenge Cup in 2016.