This week is a little different because the post isn’t exactly for the entrepreneurs themselves but is geared towards those who have entrepreneurs in their lives because we’re going to talk about the best gifts for entrepreneurs. I’ll try to cover a variety of items at a variety of price points so that you can move to the top of the favorite people list for the entrepreneur in your life no matter what your budget is. Full disclosure: many of these links are affiliate links.
Google Fi is still in limited testing so you’ll have to add the entrepreneur in your life to the waitlist if you want to go this route, but it’s awesome. This is Google’s cell service and I love it: $20 per month plus $10 per GB of data that you actually use – and partial GBs are counted as partial GBs – plus the international calling rates are great and the data is the same in something like 120 countries so that the entrepreneur in your life can stay connected while traveling. I already have it, love it, and telling everyone I know about how awesome it is.
Most entrepreneurs never really stop working, which means their cell batteries never get a rest. A good portable charger can be a life-saver. These come in a range of prices, so scope them out, read reviews, and make sure you get one that properly connects to the type of phone your favorite entrepreneur uses.
One of my pet peeves is grown adults coming to business meetings with backpacks. I know they’re comfy and useful, but if you want to be taken seriously as a professional, please stop dressing like a child. If that’s just your style, that’s one thing, but combining a backpack and a suit makes you look confused or like you’re playing dress-up.
Whether you’re traveling, in a co-working space, or in a home office, when you’re an entrepreneur there are bound to be lots of distractions that can derail your focus and slow your startup’s or small business’ progress. Sometimes you need to give your focus a little helping hand by canceling out any potentially distracting background noise with a good pair of headphones. Yes, I get that headphones that are this pricey are not for everyone. If you have a tendency to get easily distracted, however, these will do wonders for your ability to get in the zone and get stuff done.
Here’s one that shouldn’t break anyone’s budget: a business card case. Every professional needs one but we all seem to forget to buy them for ourselves. There are a zillion options and you should consider personality and industry when choosing the right case, but you can’t do much better for a stocking stuffer than a basic one for under $5. Alternatively, I actually use a cigarette case as my business card case because it helps me stay organized – when I go to an event I keep my cards on one side and as I collect cards from people I meet, I put those on the other side. That way I am never fumbling around trying to sort through all of the cards I’ve collected to find one of mine to share.
Entrepreneurs are no different than anyone else and sometimes mornings are just hard. Help us out with some cute coffee or tea accessories. I’m a tea drinker, a lover of puns, and a huge dork, so I’m sort of obsessed with adorable tea infusers like the Manatea, the Brew Whale, the strawberry, and the cute little robot. For coffee lovers, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker seems to be on lots of lists.
A massage or other spa treatment
Entrepreneurs need some time to relax so if you force them into it by gifting them a massage treatment, pedicure, or facial, they will be forever grateful!
I repeat: entrepreneurs need some time to relax so if you help them chill out and enjoy some time with friends and family, they will love you. Buy them a bottle of their favorite scotch or wine and make sure they don’t talk shop at all while drinking it.
It’s super annoying when you can’t check something or answer a text easily because it’s cold outside and you’re bundled up. Save the hassle with some touchscreen gloves like these ones above.
We all look for excuses not to wash the toilets and a customer crisis certainly works, so it’s easy to let the house get a little messy when you’re stressed out trying to build a business that can support you and your family. Help the entrepreneur in your life out by gifting him/her house-cleaning service. Or just a ROOMBA, whichever.
And finally, of course, a new laptop or tablet will always be a hit. Just make sure you find out what they need and what operating system they like before you buy.
Or, alternatively, if you just don’t know, an Amazon Prime membership is always great. We all need stuff. Amazon has almost all of that stuff: everything from computers to clothes to toilet paper. When we order that stuff, we all want it like RIGHT NOW. What’s not to love about a year of free 2-day shipping plus other goodies like free streaming movies, music, and shows.