With more and more people breaking free from the soul-sucking 9-5 grind to go into business for themselves, you may have a few entrepreneurs or small biz owners in your circle.
This year when you’re shopping around for your business-owning loved one, whether it be for Christmas, a birthday, or another special occasion or celebration, give a gift that will help them move forward with their goals and show your appreciation for all of their hard work.
If you are a business owner yourself or have special skills in a certain area, consider gifting your services or expertise. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, you can gift a free logo. If social media is your thing, helping a new entrepreneur get their business accounts set up could be a huge help. Don’t think too hard!
As you’re brainstorming and doing your shopping, keep in mind that good gifts do not have to be expensive. There are tons of affordable gifts you can give to an entrepreneur – just get creative!
If you’re still stuck or need some extra ideas, check out this list of gifts for entrepreneurs and small business owners that are perfect for any holiday or special occasion.
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BOOKS FOR ENTREPRENEURS
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss: Earning more and working less is the philosophy behind The 4-Hour Workweek. Whether your goal is to live a life of luxury, earn passive income, or leave the 40-hour workweek behind, in his book, Tim Ferriss reveals the strategy behind how he made it happen and how you can, too.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau: The $100 Startup is an entrepreneur’s ultimate guide to starting a small business. In this New York Times Bestseller, Chris Guillebeau “shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.” Side Note: He is also the host of one of my favorite podcasts, Side Hustle School!
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: When talking about the best books for entrepreneurs, this gem is rarely left out. Named as “one of the most read self-help books of all time”, Think and Grow Rich reveals a blueprint and philosophy that, when followed, can unlock one’s potential to earn a fortune.
Rework by Jason Fried: This popular pick for entrepreneurs abandons the typical, run-of-the-mill business advice for actionable strategies that get results. Rework will teach you “how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.”
GIFTS TO CELEBRATE A NEW BUSINESS
Referrals: One of the best gifts you could give to a new business owner is…business! Finding those first few customers or clients to get the ball rolling can be difficult. Help spread the word about the new business by referring potential customers. Who knows, you may even refer a recurring client and end up giving the gift that keeps on giving!
Photo Shoot: Link up with some local photographers in the area and gift your business-owning friend a branding shoot to kick off their new biz with some professional photos. Bonus points if the photographer is also a small business or solopreneur. That way you can help out two small businesses at once!
“Boss Lady” Mug: Let the lady entrepreneur in your life know that her hard work does not go unnoticed with a “Lady Boss” coffee mug. Bonus points if she’s actually a coffee-drinker and will use it instead of just collecting them for the quotes and styles (guilty!). There are tons of other cute variations of something similar.
GIFTS FOR WELLNESS + PERSONAL GROWTH
Headspace App: Building a business can be stressful. As important as it is to work hard, it’s just as important to know when to rest and recharge. With both free and paid options, Headspace is a meditation app that includes daily plans to help make mediation and mindfulness a habit and a natural part of your everyday lifestyle. Students can now get Headspace for just $9.99 for the whole year!
Affirmation Cards: What better way to start your day than with positivity and words of encouragement? These affirmation cards come with 54 unique messages to invoke change in your life every day through the power of positive thinking.
Gym Membership: Owning your own business can be expensive, so entrepreneurs are usually looking to cut costs where they can. For many people, the gym might be on the cutting board, but exercise is not only essential for personal health, but can be a huge stress reliever also. Many gyms offer gift cards which can be put towards membership costs.
GIFTS FOR PRODUCTIVITY + PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Success Planner: The Success Planner is a 300-page accountability journal created by Danielle Dixon, Certified Life Coach and founder of Bridging Visions Coaching and Development. The Success Planner includes all kinds of tools to help you get organized, create a strategy for achieving your goals, and tracking them and staying accountable every step of the way. *I have a copy of the Success Planner and highly recommend!
Magazine Subscription: Reading business-related magazines can keep entrepreneurs and motivated during their downtime. Publications such as Entrepreneur, Inc, and Forbes are all great picks for the small biz owner in your life.
Event Ticket: Buying a ticket to a conference, networking mixer, or other business-related event can be an extremely valuable gift for an entrepreneur. As a new business owner looking to cut costs where possible, these are events that entrepreneurs may want to attend, but don’t want to spend the money for. Eventbrite and Facebook are great places to find these kinds of events.
What do you think of these ideas? What kinds of gifts would you like to receive as an entrepreneur? Let me know below in the comments!