It's been 10 years since Shark Tank premiered, sparking a wave of interest in entrepreneurship. While the reality show is just entertainment for most viewers, some take it as a weekly lesson in pitching investors. Whether your loved one is a die-hard follower of Shark Tank companies or just a casual viewer of the show, these inexpensive products are sure to please even the most Mr. Wonderful-type Grinch in your life.
1. Cup Board Pro
Kiera, Christian, and Kaley Young pitched the Sharks their father's invention, a bamboo cutting board with a detachable cup to reduce mess, on the 10th season of the show. Keith Young, a firefighter who helped with Sept. 11 recovery efforts, started the company years ago and ordered 2,000 units before he passed away from cancer. The Young children pitched the Sharks weeks after his death and were offered $100,000--split evenly between all five investors--for 20 percent of the company. Additionally, the Sharks pledged to invest all profits in a charity benefiting firefighters suffering from illnesses related to the 9/11 cleanup. (The product is currently sold out, but it's worth keeping an eye on as supply replenishes.)
2. Enso Stackable Silicone Rings
Enso Ring co-founders Brighton Jones and Aaron Daly wanted to create an alternative to traditional wedding rings, specifically targeting active individuals who were concerned about damaging a metal version. They created a line of silicone rings that will break apart under enough force. And they're not just for couples: If you're not ready to propose, gift the stackable rings to a fashionable friend. The co-founders accepted Robert Herjavec's deal of $500,000 for 15 percent of the company on the ninth season of Shark Tank.
3. Apollo Peak Cat or Dog Pawty Pack
cats: $19.95; dogs: $24.95
Don't neglect your best friend this holiday season: gift your cat or dog a round of pet-friendly wine or beer. The products don't contain alcohol but the cat version is made with catnip to give them a buzz, while the dog varietal includes anise seed powder, which mellows them out. Brandon Zavala developed the products and brought it on Shark Tank during season 8. He accepted a deal from Kevin O'Leary, who offered him $100,000 in exchange for 20 percent of his company. If you're pouring one for yourself this holiday season, be sure to include your furry friend.
4. Bee Free Honee
If you know someone who's especially environmentally conscious, consider giving them this apple-based vegan version of honey. Founder Katie Sanchez hopes that sales of her products will allow the bees to regrow their population, which has been declining in recent years due to habitat loss and pesticide use. On season seven of Shark Tank, Sanchez and co-owner Melissa Elms accepted a joint deal from Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and guest Shark Chris Sacca for $210,000 in exchange for 30 percent of the company.
5. Glow Recipe's ABC's of Sheet Masking
Encourage your loved one to relax this holiday season with a set of Korean sheet masks. Perfect for skin care veterans and novices alike, this 7-mask pack includes a mask that refines pores, as well as others that soothe or detoxify your skin. Co-founders Christine Change and Sarah Lee started their company after a combined 20 years working at L'Oreal. They went on Shark Tank in season 7 and accepted Herjavec's offer of $425,000 for 25 percent of their business.
6. EmazingLights Elite EzLight 2.0 Glove Set
Give someone a little flare this year, with a set of illuminated gloves. With different colored lights on each fingertip, these are a great accessory for dance clubs, parties, or even a dark room in your house. Founder Brian Lim pitched the Sharks during season 6 and explained his invention created a new dance craze called "gloving." They were persuaded: Cuban and Daymond John offered Lim $650,000 for 5 percent of the company.