2022 CYstarters Gift Guide

Our CYstarters alumni are doing and making SUCH. COOL. THINGS. They even make great holiday gifts! Enjoy our 2022 CYstarters Gift Guide. Support our former CYstarters and give some awesome gifts this holiday season!

  1. Irlbeck Welding USA Travel Maps — $235

Give the adventurer in your family one of Irlbeck Welding’s USA travel maps this year! These powder-coated metal signs are a great place to store all the stickers you’ve collected traveling across the United States and are customizable to add last names, change colors, or anything else you can think of.

2. Tiny Joy Creations Personalized Pet Welcome Sign — $55-$75


These custom pet portrait welcome signs are personalized with drawn portraits of your pets and are available in 3 sizes. The wording is available in several variations. TJC can put any pet on the sign, including dogs, cats, bunnies, and more. These signs are made in 3/4″ thick pine wood. They are painted, sealed, and completed with cut vinyl for the design.


3. Irlbeck Welding Beer Can Travel Maps — $75

Keep track of all your favorite breweries with Irlbeck Welding’s Beer Can Brewery Maps. These metal beer can cutouts are a great place to store all the stickers you’ve collected from the craft and not-so-craft breweries you’ve visited over the years!

4. Bessie’s Parlor Ice Cream Scented Candles — $18

Bessie’s Parlor hosts ice cream socials to raise funds for transitional housing initiatives in Ames. To ensure 100% of donations at their “free” ice cream socials go to those who need it, Bessie’s Parlor is selling ice cream-scented candles to cover expenses associated with making their ice cream. Candles come in 3 scents: gingerbread ice cream, vanilla ice cream, and peppermint mocha ice cream.

5. Irlbeck Welding Koozie Dispensers — $105

Everyone has that massive drawer in their house full of all those unorganized wedding and business koozies you’ve gathered over the years. That is where Irlbeck Welding’s powder-coated, metal koozie dispensers come in. Neatly stack 25-30 koozies and mount it to the wall in your garage, pantry, or bar. Then, you can easily pull the bottom one out without messing up your storage. With customizable cutouts and colors, you can make it a proud display piece rather than the drawer you want guests to avoid!

6. Linda Tong Planners 2023 Illustrated Planner — $45

The 2023 Planner | Volume III features hand-drawn designs in unique themes and spreads. Each month features a different theme and color scheme while incorporating artwork and calligraphy throughout the pages. This is not your typical black-and-white planner, and with new themes introduced each year, you’ll always look forward to each page.

7. Irlbeck Welding Customized Coasters — $45

Customizable metal coasters with a last name or any other customization you can think of. Each coaster comes with four durable, powder-coated metal coasters with cork backers and permanent vinyl lettering. Default colors are black coasters with white lettering or white coasters with black lettering, but more customization is available!

8. Tiny Joy Creations Home for the Holidays Crewneck — $35

Tiny Joy Creations’ crewnecks are super cozy, comfy, and perfect for the holiday season! They are a cotton blend and unisex fit.

9. Farm Story Meats Meat Gift Boxes — $75-$115

Farm Story Meats works with small Iowa family farms to ship quality meat anywhere in the U.S.! Farm Story Meats has artisan bundles to buy for yourself or send as a gift! Just order and select your shipping date, and Farm Story Meats takes care of the rest! Use code CLASSY10!

10. Mariglow Neon Custom LED Neon Signs — $150+

Mariglow Neon’s handcrafted LED neon signs are more durable, energy-efficient, and safe than traditional neon signs. Perfect for your wedding, home bar, kids’ room, restaurant, coffee shop, boutique, Airbnb, and more. Add a timeless glow to any celebration, home, or brand. Use code CYstarters10!

11. Anchor Kids: Performance — $150/session, minimum three sessions

Anchor Kids partners with schools and school districts to provide programming based around the 5 Pillars of Health for Kids: Fitness, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Seeds2Snacks, Sport & Activity. Anchor Kids also partners with high school sports programs, where they dive into leadership and mental resilience. Coming in hot for 2023, Anchor Kids has added Performance to their menu of services that they provide to kids looking to take their competitive edge to the next level with their sport. Achor Kids: Performance is for kids K-12 who want to develop a stronger physical and mental performance on and off the field. Anchor Kids can support in-person bookings within a 30-mile radius of Des Moines or online/virtual bookings. If your kids are looking for a competitive advantage in their sport, look no further. This is the program for them.

Included: 1 free introductory session. Four-week training & nutrition program based on sport/goals. Minimum of 3 in-person or virtual meetings breaking down performance, nutrition, and mindfulness/mental resilience.

12. Trippy Clouds Live-Spun Cotton Candy — $100/hour

Trippy Clouds Cotton Candy offers live spun cotton candy and is the only company in Iowa to offer the full service of setup and operation. Trippy Clouds company offers corporate packages, as well as personal packages such as birthday and graduation parties. Contact them via Facebook for more details!

13. Camp Aramoni Boutique Camp Ground — $450+

Camp Aramoni is a boutique campground and event venue redefining travel in the Midwest. Spanning 96 acres of lush forests on a former 19th-century brickyard, Camp Aramoni’s lavish accommodations await your discovery just 90 minutes south of Chicago near the picturesque Starved Rock State Park. Choose from 11 safari-style tents to enjoy exciting camping experiences with the best hotel amenities.

Bricks & Stones, the historical event space at Camp Aramoni, was constructed in 1870 by a brickyard known as Ristokrat Clay Products Company. The original architecture of this 150-year-old building has been preserved through extensive renovations and now serves as a stunning venue for weddings, corporate retreats, and large outdoor functions.

14. Clayton Farms Fresh Produce Subscription — $15-$30/delivery

Clayton Farms offers Fresh Produce subscription bundles. Clayton Farms’ farms in Ames, IA, and Twin Cities, MN, serve their local communities and offer delivery to your door! From their Ames farm, Clayton Farms offers delivery to Ames, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and surrounding areas. From their Twin Cities location, they offer delivery to Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.

Clayton Farms’ products include red butterhead lettuce, red fire oak leaf lettuce, arugula, swiss chard, broccoli sprouts, micro radish, pea microgreens, bok choy microgreens, and beet microgreens.

How it works:

Choose your items and customize your subscription food bundle.

Choose how frequently you’ll receive delivery.

At each delivery, a member of the Clayton Farms team will pick up your reusable Clayton Farms bag and ice pack from the previous delivery to be sanitized and reused.

More information in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX731AWP1oA&t=32s

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