Shark Tank Round Up

by The Elves at Texas Lifestyle Magazine on December 16, 2022 in Gift Guides,

For the first time ever “Shark Tank,” the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy® Award-winning reality show, aired live on ABC on September 23rd, 2022. Texas Lifestyle Magazine landed Shark Tank mentor Mark Cuban, who lives in Dallas, as the cover celebrity for our Spring 2015 print issue, which you can read here. 

In this age of entrepreneurship, we’re big “Shark Tank” fans here in Texas and we’ve featured several Texas companies that have been featured on the hit show, including: Austinite Kendra Scott who served as a shark, Houston inventors of UnBuckleMe, and the co-authors of Kid Start-Up

Here are a few of our favorite Shark Tank Survivors, perfect for certain lucky folks on your holiday wish list. 

The Banana Phone

We’re going BANANAS over this actual banana phone that utilizes bluetooth technology! The funny social media photos and videos are endless with this super unique gift. Need a funny gag gift for a white elephant? Or just a unique gift for that talkative teen? This phone is shaped like a slender banana that lets you talk, use SIRI and listen to music. Not only is it something to make you smile, but a part of the Banana Phone’s profits actually go to Gorilla Conservancy. Even Reese Witherspoon is a fan! $39.99

Ornament Hanger

We’re so impressed that this item was started by a 15-year old entrepreneur with an idea! Do you have cats, toddlers, or really memorable ornaments you want to ensure won’t fall off the tree? The Ornament Hangers are made to ensure those ornaments won’t come tumbling down off the holiday tree. Just replace the old string with the Ornament Hanger, hang it on the tree and zip it up to the branch for a tight hold. The string comes in all Christmas tree colors from green to red to gold. The Naqvi Brothers were featured twice on SharkTank at very young ages and their products took off. $24.99 for 4

 Solar Lanterns

After the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, founders Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta wanted to create a solution for the tent cities that have become dark and dangerous. The Solar Lantern was the solution to bring light back to Haiti. Their simple, solar rechargeable lantern is lightweight, easy to use, and less flammable than kerosene lanterns or candles. Perfect for exploring the great outdoors, lighting up pillow forts, and being prepared for power outages, the Solar Light gives light to your life. $75.00


Do you always have a ton of different bowls, plates and cutting boards everywhere after cooking dinner? The Prepdeck will help efficiently organize your meal prepping. It comes with individual containers that let you store your cut food until you are ready to cook. Creator Alexander Eburne was Amazon’s 2021 Innovator of the Year and has multiple Prepdeck styles from mini to regular size to fit your kitchen needs. Starts at $69


Aquapaw is really a gift to you. This is a wearable scrubber/sprayer that’s turned off and on by the movement of making a fist. This tool makes giving your furry friend a bath easy for both parties. Aquapaw has different bath brushes for dogs, cats, and horse parents. …because friends don’t let friends walk around smelling like a wet dog. Prices vary, the pet bathing tool is $24.95


Cover Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

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