Triton Holiday Gift Guide


From our Triton Family to yours.

Just in time for the holiday season, we’ve rounded up a list of gift ideas inspired by alumni designers, innovators, authors and more. We have the perfect gift idea for every Triton (and future Triton) on your list!


For the Animal Lover

Triton co-founders Leo Trottier, M.S. ’07, Dan Knudsen, Ph.D. ’13, and Philip Meier, Ph.D ’11 are revolutionizing the lives of our furry friends. The CleverPet Hub uses three touch pads, an array of lights and delicious treats to help your dog complete various learning games and stay occupied at home while you’re on the go. Learn More

For the Historical Reader
Bad Girls Throughout History

Get to know 100 revolutionary women who have transformed the definition of “bad” to mean breaking the rules in society. Written and illustrated by Ann Shen ’06, Bad Girls Throughout History pairs brief bios with vibrant portraits of the iconic women who all show us a different side of history. 


For the Trend Setter
Tipsy Elves 

Ugly sweater parties are all the rage nowadays—so thank goodness Tipsy Elves offers fashionably tacky Christmas sweaters, pajama onesies and more. Fraternity brothers Nicklaus Morton ’05, and Evan Mendelsohn ’06, brought the business to Shark Tank and beyond, and have just opened their first-ever storefront in San Diego’s University Town Center mall. Learn More

For the Young Reader

Booki Vivat ’10 wrote and illustrated her debut young adult novel, Frazzled, starring Abbie Wu, a middle schooler who always puts a comedic spin on her everday catastrophes. Any young adult will relate to Abbie as she figures out where she belongs in the world and survives her everyday disasters.


For the Parent
Muse App

Take your parenting to the next level with the Muse app by Socos, a learning company founded by cognitive scientist Vivienne Ming ’00. The MuseBot is your parenting co-pilot; sending you a question every day and using algorithms to turn that data into ways you can maximize your child’s life outcomes one day at a time. 

For the Wildly Imaginative
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? is not your typical family car ride—in this road trip, boredom actually makes time slow down, so much so that it starts going backwards. This time-travel adventure is the latest from Dan Santat ’98, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. Learn More


For The Comic Lover
Poorly Drawn Lines

Born in the pages of UC San Diego’s student newspaper, The Guardian, the wildly popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines is fully realized in this book by Reza Farazmand ’10. The collection showcases Farazamand’s unique take on life, love, and social acceptance, featuring never-before-seen comics, and original essays. 

For The Busy Professional
Sterlings Mobile Salon &
Barber Shop

Kush Kapila, M.B.A. ’10, and Kevin Yuen ’11 have taken haircuts on a whole new ride with Sterlings Mobile, a decked-out Airstream equipped with three styling stations, a restroom, and a waiting area. To find the locations in the San Diego and Seattle areas, visit their website. Learn More



For the Movie Fiend
Finding Dory

UC San Diego alumna Becky Neiman-Cobb ’97, served as production manager for Finding Dory, the celebrated sequel to Finding Nemo. As you relive the adventures of your favorite forgetful fish, Dory, take pride in knowing that a fellow Triton made it happen.

For the Quiet Sleeper
Hush Earbuds

If you graduated from UC San Diego, you know how to catch sleep whenever and wherever you can. No surprise that three young Triton engineers, Daniel “Ewok” Lee ’14, Daniel “Chesong” Lee, ’14, and Daniel Synn ’14, have designed smart earplugs, Hush Earbuds, that block out noises, but let your alarm in when the time comes. You’ll wake up feeling rested, rejuvenated, and ready for the day.



For the Chocoholic
Voilá Chocolat

While based in New York, chocolate lovers everywhere can rejoice knowing that Voila Chocolat is available online! Elaine Payne ’00 is the general manager and chocolatier at this make-your-own Manhattan spot where everyone can become their own custom chocolatier.

For the Ocean Adventurer
Birch Aquarium

Experience the ocean world and learn what it takes to understand and protect the planet. Birch Aquarium features more than 4,000 fish in 60+ habitats, hands-on activities and colorful exhibits. Visit the new Expedition at Sea: R/V Sally Ride Gallery, where guests can experience the sights and sounds of life and work aboard a research vessel! Alumni membership special: Save $10!


For the Online Shopper

Just in time for the holidays, what could be more perfect than a safe place on campus to ship your Amazon purchases? Meet Amazon@UCSanDiego! Located inside the first floor of the UC San Diego Bookstore, this fully staffed site is a convenient spot to retrieve/return Amazon orders. Open 7 days a week. Free same-day pickup, self-service return station and up to 15-day package-hold.

For the Ocean Lover
Surf Diva Surf School

Surf’s up in La Jolla! Twin sisters and UC San Diego alumnae Isabelle “Izzy” Tihanyi,  ’89 and Caroline “Coco” Tihanyi ’89, are the co-founders of Surf Diva Surf School. From co-ed summer camps for young kids and teenagers, to overnight adult camps for women, Surf Diva camps provide fun, professional and successful surf lessons for all ages in San Diego. Learn More



For the Proud Triton
Make a Gift to UC San Diego

Spread joy this holiday season by supporting your alma mater! The work being done at UC San Diego deepens our understanding of the world and all the ways we can work together to build a better future. Your donation will help enrich the lives of our students, fortify research and improve patient care. Honor your university by making a gift in honor of all that is Triton! Make a Gift