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30 Gift Ideas for the Young Entrepreneur

| December 10, 2009 | 21 Comments

giftsThe holidays are approaching quickly and it’s time to finish up that shopping and get those last minute gifts. If you have a young entrepreneur in your life the holidays are a great time to help them out and give them something that can help out their business or their lifestyle. Starting a business is a long road and can be tiring and stressful but there are tons of things that can make the whole process that much easier.

1. Flip Cam

Flip Cams are at the top of a lot of people’s lists. Some uses for them are video blogging, recording presentations or simply adding some personality to your website by addressing things on camera rather then text. Whatever it’s for no entrepreneur should be without one to capture all of the fun, excitement and ideas that happen daily. There are a bunch of options these days theFlip.com

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 usually $100-150 for a good amount of cards.

8. Premium WP Theme

Maybe the entrepreneur you know has an up and coming blog. Designing a professional looking site doesn’t mean thousands on a designer. Do something simple like the Thesis WordPress Theme to give them a professional site in minutes!

9. White Board

A cool addition to any office is a white board. Great for brainstorming ideas and building the next million dollar company. One cool idea for this How to Turn Your Wall Into a Dry Erase Board for $15 and also there is Ideapaint.

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, “Trust Agents” by Chris Brogan.

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. Laptop Bag

It’s great if your entrepreneur has a laptop but make sure they aren’t just carrying it it around or tossing it in a backpack when they get a chance. An awesome but simple gift is a laptop bag!

13. Yellow Legal Pads

This one is simple but important. Entrepreneur jot down notes and ideas all day long. Get them a stack of notepads to do it on!

14. Smart Phone

If you know an entrepreneur who hasn’t upgraded their phone yet to either a blackberry, iphone or now the droid…help them out! These phones only make life easier as more work can be done while on the go. 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.

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. Premium Membership to Vimeo

Well maybe they already have a Flip Cam or someone else is getting it for them. So get them Vimeo Plus so they can easily upload all of those awesome videos online!

20. Aweber E-Mail Marketing

If they are starting a company they better be building an email list. Sign them up to AWeber to do this or offer to cover their subscription to whatever service they are already using.

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 am 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. Ipod Nano

Ipod’s always make a great gift and a Nano is really more then enough for anyone. These are great for young entrepreneurs because music is great to have when you need to get out of the house and brainstorm somewhere else.

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 Adwords Campaign

Put some money in a Google Adwords account for them. Adwords can serve as a great form of advertising if done right. A lot of people won’t invest money in the early stages for this but as a gift it’s great to give them a chance to experiment with the service for their company.

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://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Wow, Killer gift ideas. I'm going to be forwarding this on to my parents! haha.

    I can't say enough about the versatility of my flip cam–its pretty unreal. I would like to have the 3GS though and see how it compares.

    Also on my list (of things i'm not getting)
    Air plane ticket
    Scotch
    MacBook
    PRNewsWire Subscription
    New theme for my personal blog
    Subscription to Involver.com subscription–they do facebook fan page plugins

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.nowak Justin Nowak

    The WPtheme is a great idea, and you can never go wrong with a smartphone or an aricard. Great list!

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

    The top of my list would be a flip cam but a WP theme for my personal site would be awesome and I wouldn't mind a bottle of some nice liquor!

  • http://www.crystalyan.weebly.com/ Crystal

    You should also add Pico Pocket Projector (for entrepreneurs who speak at a lot of events)!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    I've never heard of it Crystal. Does it really fit in your pocket?!

  • http://twitter.com/Scott_Allison Scott Allison

    Nice list! Some of these I think are better left as legitimate business expenses, but something like gym membership, Herman Miller chair, holiday or luggage are really great ideas!

  • http://bradleywill.com BradleyWill

    Cool post….I am a Young Entrepreneur :) I will welcome anything on that list.

  • http://www.socialnetworkingsandiego.com/ justinrfrench

    great list! i have about 65% of them hopefully ill get the flip cam this year :)
    cheers

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

    glad you liked it! I also hope to get the flip cam this year!

  • http://www.singlestartups.com/ CoolSingleCEO

    What about just cooking them a few meals to put in the freezer and doing their laundry for a week? Entrepreneurs of any age would be happy to receive a “service” gift, especially in the early stages of a startup!

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

    Great idea! Meals would definitely be awesome especially when pasta becomes the everyday meal because its cheap. I'm sure a lot of bootstrapping entrepreneurs would love this!

  • http://twitter.com/Saidbyjane Saidbyjane

    Awesome post guys.

  • http://twitter.com/Saidbyjane Saidbyjane

    Awesome post guys.

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  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/about Ryan Hanley

    I want all these things for Christmas…

    Oh for #18 Logo Design – I recently used 99Designs.com for a new Business Logo. If you can’t afford a Professional, 99Designs is a great way to get a very nice logo for a very low cost…

    Thanks and Happy Holidays to everyone!

    Ryan H.

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