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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Carr

Vitamin C 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

One of the best things about our work is that we get to know so many exceptional companies, brands, and products. Here are a few current favorites that everyone should know about!

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For curious young explorers: Little Passports World Edition Subscription, from $23.95/month

Little Passports invites kids to discover the wonders of the world we share. Ignite curiosity, explore new ideas and places, and celebrate cultures with globally inspired experiences, hands-on activities, and stories for kids ages 6-10.

Vitamin C helped Little Passports evolve its brand story with fresh voice and tone guidelines and activate the new messaging for the website, customer service scripts, FAQs, and product descriptions. We also created a customized editorial calendar to inspire blog and social content and celebrate global holidays throughout the year.

Grocery store apples, even the best ones, can't compare to these beauties grown with love by farmer Bill Clark on the Clark family farm in Chelan, Washington. Bill and his wife, Angel, have pioneered organic farming techniques for more than two decades and were among the original growers of Honeycrisp in Washington state. Their daughter Natalie now runs the ecommerce business. This skilled, passionate farm team delivers exceptional quality season after season while taking excellent care of the land and precious natural resources. Fruit this fresh is a beautiful thing!

Vitamin C Creative has helped Chelan Beauty bring its special brand story to life with customized brand expression guidelines, voice and tone development, and creative direction on packaging, website, and collateral.

For champagne lovers: Mumm Napa 2017 Blanc de Noirs, $50

Mumm Napa's winemaker Tami Lotz is a treasure. She's an exceptional winemaker, a passionate champion of sustainability in the Napa Valley, and a creative, heartfelt communicator. This Blanc de Noirs--"white of blacks" in French--is hand-crafted from the two red grapes traditionally used to make champagne: Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It's one of Tami's favorites, and a dazzling choice for your holiday table. Tami says everything in life is better with bubbles, and we wholeheartedly agree.

Mumm Napa is Vitamin C's longest-running continuous client. Since 2014 we have had the pleasure of helping this gem of a winery tell its story and activate its brand across a wide range of touchpoints, including staff training materials, tour scripts, signage, menus, and label copy. We have also led research to measure engagement and identify opportunities to evolve its excellent wine club, Club Vivant.

You most likely know Jack London as the celebrated author of Call of the Wild, but you may not know that he pioneered eco-friendly wine-making techniques on his ranch on Sonoma Mountain for much of his short life. He thrived on the challenge of growing grapes on the rugged terrain known for its uniquely versatile soils. Kenwood Vineyards has had exclusive rights to produce wines from the historic Jack London Vineyards for more than 40 years, and they continue to experiment with sustainable farming techniques like dry farming that showcase the land's uniquely wild character.

Since 2017, Vitamin C has helped Kenwood Vineyards express its brand and bring the spirit and story of Jack London vividly to life across a wide range of consumer-facing touchpoints including wine label copy, tasting menus, and wine club newsletters.

For coffee lovers: Riff Cold Brew Box, $29.99

Riff is a fantastically creative, purpose-driven company based in Bend, Oregon. They are dedicated to elevating the craft of cold brew--and maximizing sustainability by upcycling the nutrient-rich cascara pulp surrounding coffee beans into an immunity-boosting energy drink.

Vitamin C partnered with Riff on a brand archetype analysis, creative messaging exploration, and brand architecture recommendations for its line of energy drinks.

For clean car lovers: Brown Bear Unlimited Wash Club, from $24.99/month

There's nothing like a spotless car, and an unlimited car wash membership makes it possible any time you want it.

Vitamin C helped develop internal and external messaging (compressing weeks of work into days) to support Vontier's acquisition of DRB Systems, who pioneered the concept of unlimited car wash clubs alongside other tech-forward, consumer-focused innovations.

For cardio lovers: Brooks Running Carbonite Collection, $23-$180

Brooks makes some of the absolute best running gear available, and with this awesome line-up of reflective tops, bottoms, outerwear, shoes, and accessories, you can Run Happy AND Run Visible. Win-win!

It's been a few years since Vitamin C helped Brooks Running develop its shoe fit finder, but as a longtime runner I will always have a special place in my heart for this iconic Seattle brand. The Ghost and the Glycerin are my go-to running shoes--I always have three or four pairs in rotation.

Ravensburger unquestionably makes the most satisfying jigsaw puzzles, and this design is a particularly fun trip down memory lane.

Vitamin C worked closely with Ravensburger's marketing and design leads to create a polished, comprehensive brand book capturing the unique spirit and impressive history of the celebrated puzzle, game, and toy maker.

For color lovers: Pantone mug, $18-$30

Choose your favorite hue, or mix and match for a one-of-a-kind set.

Pantone is owned by Danaher, another long-time Vitamin C client. Each year Vitamin C helps Danaher develop content showcasing its astonishingly diverse portfolio of brands for the company's shareholder and sustainability reports, in addition to special projects.

For college lovers: Premium Academia membership, $99

If you miss having access to your university library and the latest academic scholarship, puts it at your fingertips. Academia's purpose is to expand the reach and impact of all the world's research through a digital-first platform that makes research open and accessible to all, regardless of profession, affiliation, location, or resources.

Vitamin C led a strategy tune-up for Academia, synthesizing stakeholder interviews, customer feedback, competitive analysis, and a brand audit into updated brand messaging to engage more deeply with a broader audience.

For crossword lovers: NY Times Games subscription, $40

This yearly subscription is well worth it for the fresh, creative daily mini and regular crosswords, as well as the highly addictive Spelling Bee (a masterpiece in outstanding UX, brimming with brand personality). A cherished daily ritual for this word lover.

This beloved brand is on Vitamin C's wish list of dream clients!

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