Hacker’s Putty, Soggy Doggy, & Other Gift Ideas from Daily Grommet

12/16/11Follow @gthuang

Holiday shopping season is a fun time of year for a company like Daily Grommet. The Lexington, MA-based Web startup finds unusual consumer products and tells a story about one such “grommet” each day through videos and text.

This week I touched base with founder and CEO Jules Pieri, who shared some info with me on the top-selling grommets of the season so far. As someone who hates holiday commercialism, but likes warm puppies and weird gadgets as much as the next guy, I found the range of items available on the site pretty enlightening.

So in case you’re looking for an unusual-yet-personal gift for that special someone, you might want to browse around the Daily Grommet site, which includes product categories like home, food & drink, health & wellness, and green & eco-living. Sounds pretty standard, but the products you’ll find there are anything but.

Here are some examples of bestsellers (and links to the story behind each item):

Sugru, a kind of hacking putty for real-world stuff (“fastest Grommet out of the gate, in history,” Pieri says).

Urban Cheesecraft, which sounds like slang or euphemism but is actually just a handy cheese-making kit.

Soggy Doggy, a super-absorbent doormat/shammy for dogs.

Picture Keeper, an elegant way to grab and store photo libraries from your computer.

Ila Security, a small, portable security-alarm device, like a personal panic button (good for long board meetings).

Drawer Décor, a custom drawer organizer for kitchen supplies and other goods (mundane but useful if you don’t like clutter).

Good luck with the shopping, readers. I’ll probably see you online.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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