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30 Gift Ideas for the Small Business Owner

| November 29, 2011 | 14 Comments

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It’s that time of year again with the holidays right around the corner. We have put together a list of 30 gift ideas for the young entrepreneur in your life. When shopping for a small business owner think of how a gift can help them in their everyday battle with building their company. Every business owner goes through ups and downs so anything to give them an edge can make a great gift.

1. Tablets

Tablets of all kinds are in demand for young business owners today. With their hectic on-the-go lifestyle it helps keep them stay connected and productive 24/7. The iPad and newly released Kindle Fire are in most conversations but they do have very different feature sets and purposes. However, companies like Samsung, HP and Motorola also offer very comparable and usually less expensive options to Apple’s iPad.

2. Laptop

Seems like a no brainer but there are tons of people still sitting on a desktop or maybe even an ancient laptop that acts like a desktop. Laptop’s are huge for the entrepreneur. Remember one of the big reasons they are starting their business is flexibility. This does not mean being stuck in a room in front of a desktop day and night. Let them take their work to the beach, the coffee shop or a friends house. O yea get them a MacBook.

3. Air Card

Not a must but still a fun gift. They work great and it’s not something a bootstrapping entrepreneur will probably invest in on their own so that makes it a really cool gift.

4. Luggage

Traveling can be a big part of being a young entrepreneur. There are conferences to go to, clients to meet and hopefully events to host and presentations to give. Maybe they can even travel as they please just because of their flexible schedule. Either way good luggage is great to have for all types of trips.

5. Coffee

Entrepreneurs run on coffee! Late nights and early mornings are common when hustling that start-up. Get them an assortment of premium coffee’s or a Starbucks Card is another great option (this will also give them wifi access in Starbucks).

Hell another idea would be a coffee maker!!!

6. Vacation

Just about anyone would love this but an entrepreneur who is strapped for cash and finds it tough to even make it out of the basement will appreciate it even more. Give them a weekend at a ski resort or a beach. Make it simple but demand they put work aside for a couple days to relax and have some fun.

7. Business Cards

Services like Vistaprint are awesome for getting some free business cards made up. But a really cool gift is hooking them up with someone to help design a really professional card that will make them standout. Cost is usually $100-150 for a good amount of cards.

8. More time in the day

While this may not be exactly possible even though just about any entrepreneur would want this wish. However, how about we focus on productivity and organization tools. Find out where your young entrepreneur struggles to be productive and invest in tools that can help them stay on top of things.

9. White Board

A cool addition to any office is a white board. Great for brainstorming ideas and building the next million dollar company. Ideapaint is a good and fun option but even more cost effective is going to a store like Home Depot or Lowes and finding a blank piece of tile or shower board. It’s 4′ x 8′, under $20 and works just as well as any whiteboard you’ll spend 10x as much on.

10. Books

Any entrepreneur will always appreciate a good book. Check out Amazons small business section. Some recommendations are “Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk, “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferris, anything by Seth Godin, anything by Malcolm Gladwell.

11. Comfortable Chair

Starting a business (especially online) will mean lots of time sitting at a desk doing work. A great chair is a must!

12. A Customer

You may not realize it but your young business owner has a product to sell! Dig into your book of contacts and find someone who is interested in their services. This can be especially practical for the very early stage entrepreneur as they just need more practice, referrals and experience.

13. A Mentor

Again take out that book of contacts and find someone who has experience in their field and is willing to mentor your budding entrepreneur. Come to an agreement where they will have a phone call a week, meet with them or go over the business plan and numbers. Just a few simple meeting with someone who has done it before can go a long way for giving a new business owner confidence and ideas.

14. Smart Phone

If you know an entrepreneur who hasn’t upgraded their phone yet to either the iPhone or something with the Android platform on it you need to do it! In this hyper-connected world anyone who is trying to build a business with outdated technology is falling behind their competitor. This is even a better idea if the person doesn’t have a laptop yet.

15. Gym Membership

This is great for a few reasons:

  1. Working out relieves stress and will take your mind off work for a little while.
  2. Sitting at a desk day and night is not the healthiest lifestyle out there.
  3. It’s a good way to meet some people and be social in your community.

16. Magazine Subscription

Get them a subscription to Entrepreneur Mag, Inc. Mag, or Fast Company

17. Legal Fees

Starting a business means some legal fees. Help them out with forming an LLC or maybe they need another DBA for their various ventures. Sometimes even a simple meeting with a lawyer to go over all of their current paperwork can be very helpful to make sure everything is in order.

18. Logo Design

A logo is very important when it comes to branding. Get them a professional graphics designer who is creative and will create something to make their company standout everywhere!

19. A Gas Card

In case you haven’t realized it gas is expensive! Some business owners spend a lot of time traveling for their business and offering to pay for some gas can be a huge help.

20. Cook them some meals

Most early stage business owners have a daily diet that revolves around pasta, mac & cheese, peanut-butter & jelly, ramen noodles etc… Whatever it is they probably are not eating gourmet meals. Put together some meals that they can freeze and store for a couple of weeks. Not only will the food be better but the ease of simply defrosting dinner plays right into not having enough time in the day.

21. Wine/Liquor/Beer

Being strapped for cash means they either don’t get to go out much anymore and even if they do they are not drinking their drink of choice. Get them their favorite wine/liquor/beer so they can enjoy a few drinks!

22. Business Card Holder

A business card holder is a nice touch for anyone and also an easy stocking stuffer. You can keep it as simple as THIS or you can find one priced just about as high as you want.

23. Connection to their “Business Hero”

Everyone has people they look up to in the business world. Try to setup a meeting or phone call with someone amazing. Imagine giving a 30min phone call with Richard Branson, your young entrepreneur would be blown away. While Richard may be tough there are numerous authors, speakers and CEOs who could get the job done and make an interesting gift.

24. Ticket to a Business Conference

Use Eventbrite to find events around your area. Get them a pass to a conference in their industry so they can learn and network with tons of other bright entrepreneurs.

25. Toastmasters Membership

Starting a business and especially marketing that business means being able to speak and present well. Get them a membership to Toastmasters so they can master the art of speaking.

26. Professional Clothes

One of the last things a cash strapped entrepreneur will spend money on is clothes. Who needs them right? Well it is still important to maintain a good appearance for clients and when attending networking events. Get them some nice button downs, dark jeans, nice shoes, maybe even a watch. Remember young entrepreneurs aren’t necessarily putting on a suit for these things. It’s about looking professional while maintaining a level of trendiness.

27. Chambers of Commerce Membership

Sign them up for a year at the local chambers of commerce. Chambers are a great resource for anyone but especially if they are starting a business that is focused in the local community.

28. Company T-Shirts/Pens/Notepads/koozies/drawstring back-packs

Take their logo and toss it on a novelty product that would work well in their industry. These serve as great give-aways and marketing tools for their community.

29. Google or Facebook Ad Campaign

Put some money in a Google Adwords or Facebook Ad account for them. Both are simple forms of advertising and if done right can be very effective. Just find out what platform is a better fit for who they are targeting and let them give a campaign a try. If nothing else they can learn and find-out if its something they want to look at closer in the future.

30. Press Release Service

Help them out with their press release by using a service like PRWeb.com or PRNewswire.com. Not only will these sites help distribute a press release but they offer a lot of resources to help write a killer press release.

What other gift ideas do you have???

About the Author: Jared O'Toole

Co-founder and editor of Under30Media. You can send an email to Jared(at)Under30CEO.com. Follow him on Google+ or @JaredOToole

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  • http://www.cybermondaydeals.co/cyber-monday-specials.php Jenn Simpson

    There’s a lot actually, from the expensive gifts from the cheap ones. But as an entrepreneur, the usefulness of the gift still counts a lot. The business world is a stressful one so why not indulge them with the most compensating one.

  • http://www.i95dev.com Henry Louis

    Oh! I like the above mentioned list of gift ideas for business people. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.lifenavigator.ru Lana Light

    Thank you, this is a great list to consider before a holiday season! Actually I found that I already made some presents from this list to my husband duruing the last year :).

  • http://www.lifenavigator.ru Lana Light

    Thank you, this is a great list to consider before a holiday season! Actually I found that I already made some presents from this list to my husband duruing the last year :).

  • http://outdoorgearmadness.com Nick Sotos

    This
    is a very timely post Jeremy. We all spend a lot of time before deciding our Christmas
    gifts to our family and friends. Your list is very helpful. Another gift idea
    that I had in my mind is a washable and waterproof computer keyboards, for all the fans of innovative technology.

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O’Toole

    Great Nick. Also a good idea for a gift thanks for sharing.

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O’Toole

    No problem Lana. Glad you liked it

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O’Toole

    No problem Henry hopefully you end up with a few of them this year!

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O’Toole

    Exactly. There are a lot of things out there that have multiple uses and can be fun but also help with their venture

  • http://twitter.com/CommKr8veWriter Emelina Anne Minero

    I need to send this post to my family so they know what to get me for Xmas. :)

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O’Toole

    There ya go! Hopefully you get what you wnat

  • http://www.hoodwebmanagement.com/ Hood Web Management

    The best gift is a referral!

  • Agnes Nutter

    This is amazingly helpful. Thank you so much for the ideas!