If you are like me then you enjoy giving gifts. The whole experience of brightening someone's day with the perfect gift excites me. Finding a gift that will be both appreciated and utilized can be challenging. Shopping for a gift for an entrepreneurially minded friend or partner adds to that complexity. Entrepreneurs are very practical people but there are certain things to bear in mind if you're partnering with one. They will most likely appreciate gifts that can be used in their everyday lives. In today's post, I'm sharing 10 gift ideas for entrepreneurs.
External Hard Drive
In the world of an entrepreneur, there is no such thing as having too much storage. Since most of their work is done on their personal computer having extra space to store important data is ideal for an entrepreneur. An external hard drive is useful for extra space and acts as a backup if the computer should crash suddenly. It would be even more special if you could find out which hard drive the person's computer uses and gets one that is compatible with their motherboard. In this way, they can easily swap out the external for the inbuilt one should their computer crash.
Entrepreneurs lead very busy, sometimes chaotic lives. One of the things that they need is a way to systemize and organize their days and by extension their lives. Having a personal planner allows them to capture all their tasks and then prioritize the many things that they need to do. While it could be said that there are apps for all those things, it is often useful to the entrepreneur to have a place to dump all of his or her tasks. They could then use a calendar or reminder app to fit the tasks in their day. Personalizing this gift adds sentimentality and makes the gift, and the giver even more memorable.
Entrepreneurs love to read. If there is one gift you can be certain they would appreciate is a book or two. Regardless of how stacked their bookshelf may be an entrepreneur is always open to owning more books. As a bonus, you could also gift your entrepreneur an audiobook subscription. As I mentioned, entrepreneurs tend to have really busy schedules. Listening to a book rather than reading is a major time saver as they could complete other tasks while feeding that inner bibliophile.
Blue Light Glasses
Entrepreneurs spend a lot of time working on their computers in the online age. Some do most of their work on a computer. As a result, they can spend hours staring at a screen. Looking at a screen for prolonged periods has several side effects. These include; blurry vision, eyestrain, dry eye, macular degeneration and cataracts. Blue light glasses help to reduce the impact of blue light thus combatting the effects. Another benefit of this gift is that it can help the person to sleep better as it has been found that blue light can affect a person's quality of sleep.
Online Courses (UDEMY)
Many entrepreneurs are lifelong learners. They are always seeking to build skills and expand on the ones they already have. Entrepreneurs spend a lot of money attending seminars and doing courses. There are many providers of online courses. Popular examples include EdX, Shaw Academy, Teachable, Udemy among others. That skill or course you hear your entrepreneur friend or partner constantly saying they'd like to learn is certainly on one of them and the gift would be greatly appreciated. An online course is an affordable alternative to a full-fledged college course. Many of them are taught by industry experts and cover just as much content as a college course, sometimes with even more practical elements. Many of the course providers give a certificate once the person completes the course so they will also have that as a constant reminder of your very thoughtful gift.
Home Voice-Activated Assistant
We live in a technologically advanced world, this has brought with it many advantages. In the olden days, a successful entrepreneur or executive would have an executive assistant. Entrepreneurs can now utilize devices such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant to remind them of things as they scurry about the house doing different chores. This gift could also come in handy at the office in conjunction with their personalized planner.
Spa Gift Card
Entrepreneurs work so hard that they sometimes forget to take a break. Giving an entrepreneur a spa gift certificate forces them to take some much needed time to relax. A massage is a perfect way to release all the built-up tension which often goes unnoticed. A visit to the spa will leave your entrepreneur feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to face any challenge that may come their way. A spa visit is a way to practice self-care and a little relaxation goes a long way. This gift would be greatly appreciated.
A watch is also a good gift. For an entrepreneur, it's more than just something to tell the time. It can be a conversation piece if it is a classic watch. A smartwatch can connect with cell phones. As a result, it can help to track fitness, give weather alerts, receive calls and many more. It is ideal for the entrepreneur who works out and wants to stay connected while on the go.
Let's be honest, who wouldn't like this gift. There's nothing worse than losing power at an inopportune time. In the case of an entrepreneur, this could mean missing out on a significant opportunity. The phone is an essential companion to many Entrepreneurs and power is therefore critical to them. A power bank is one of those gifts that has a lot of utility and will be a gift that is both appreciated and used.
Talk about a stylish yet practical gift. Even though we now live in an era where a lot of things can be done virtually. A pen is still a useful tool to possess. I am certain that most if not all of us have a particular pen that we prefer over all others. I am looking at all my friends who craved R.S.V.P. pens in high school. This still holds for entrepreneurs. Believe it or not some entrepreneurs have one specific pen that they use exclusively for signing contracts. Pens are inexpensive and can be personalized by adding your entrepreneurs business logo or name or even a short personal message from you to them. Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest and who wouldn't want a fancy pen to write in their journal.
There are many other thoughtful gifts for an entrepreneur. These are just a few ideas to make it for you to decide. The phrase 'it's the thought that counts' is often thrown around when gifts are exchanged but what better way to show that you put thought into the gift by giving something that will be useful. Your entrepreneur friend or partner will appreciate you even more and the sentiment will not be forgotten.
What other gifts do you think an entrepreneur would love? Tell me in the comments below.
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