The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy, but the hunt for the perfect gift can send any shopper into a frenzy that is anything but joyful. That’s especially true for those who leave their shopping until the last minute, and have a busy entrepreneur on their list and have no idea what to get them for Christmas.
But you won’t let the ridiculously busy shopping centres get the best of you. Get ready to brave the crowded stores and long lines in search of these amazing gifts ideas for the special startup founder in your life.
Caffeine to fuel long work days
Entrepreneurs don’t usually operate within the confines of a nine-to-five work day. So with that in mind, giving the gift of caffeine will surely put a smile on a tired entrepreneur’s face this holiday season. There are many great local coffee shops where you can find coffee or tea-related gifts – a new coffee cup, a french press or nice dark roast is always a good idea.
If you’re unsure of their favourite blend, a nice thermos or travel mug will make a great gift, too.
Items to help them get organized
With the new year fast approaching and businesses slowing down for the holiday season, there is no better time for entrepreneurs to get organized. Treat the entrepreneur in your life to a gift that will help them plan and keep track of all their responsibilities. Items such as a new day planner, a high quality notebook or desk calendar for the new year are all great, practical gift ideas that will help a busy business owner check everything off of their to-do list.
If that doesn’t sound like a good fit, a custom desktop organizer – for their pens, jump drives or personal belongings – could be just what they need to spiff up their workspace.
Activities for their downtime
It’s not often that entrepreneurs have spare time to experience activities they enjoy or have always wanted to try. With demanding and sometimes unpredictable schedules, many business owners need a friendly reminder to take time away from work to enjoy life.
If you’re looking to give an experience to an entrepreneur, consider picking up tickets to a local concert or a show at Neptune Theatre, or grab a gift certificate to one of their favourite restaurants.
If that doesn’t sound like a good fit, gift them the novel your local book club is reading and invite them to join it. A pass to the local movie theatre, knitting needles or even something as simple as scheduling a weekly hike with them to encourage them to unplug is ideal – if only for an hour a week.
Tech gadgets that help get the job done
Entrepreneurs are always looking for better and faster ways to complete tasks. From software solutions that help save time to hardware tools that help produce higher quality results, technology is often the answer for business owners who have more items on the to-do list than hours in a day.
Tech gadgets are a welcomed gift for many entrepreneurs. Pick up a pair of bluetooth headphones to make their important phone calls more convenient and stylish, or consider purchasing a smart pen – like the Livescribe pen – to make capturing insights and ideas that are discussed in meetings more efficient.
If all else fails, it’s hard to go wrong with new charging cords for devices (because who hasn’t lost or broke a charger at one point or another?).
The gift of relaxation – or exercise
Working countless hours every day for days on end, balancing multiple priorities and employees while trying to develop a business and secure funding, is extremely stressful, to say the least. It’s important to take time to unwind and relax to refocus and achieve your goals.
There are many ways you can help your favourite entrepreneur do just that, and a gift card for a relaxing massage, new yoga studio or spin class could be just what the doctor ordered.