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Entrepreneurs are people too. But we are a different kind of breed. Risk-taking, late night working, early morning hustling people who like to create and build stuff. It’s not unreasonable to think that the gifts we want and need might be a little different than the average bear.
Here is a list of the top gifts for entrepreneurs, so you can get that special person a decent gift. Some of these links are affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission for referring you to the product or service, but in no way does it cost you more.
The Top Gifts for Entrepreneurs, Side Hustlers, and Anyone Who Works From Home
I’m typically paying attention to something other than making sure I keep track of my keys. I know, it’s a bad habit.
The Tile Mate I have has saved me a lot of times.
I only said yes to getting one when I lost my keys once, searched for 2 hours in the snow, and then paid $150 to have a locksmith come out. I get into my apartment and realized my jacket sprung a hole and my keys were around the back of my coat. WHO KNEW!
Now I can log into the app on my phone, press a button and they make a loud noise so I can find them easier. Who knew smart house keys were a thing! 🙂
Ideas are everywhere when you’re an entrepreneur. Not just ideas, but you remember things you have to do, projects you left fall by the wayside, etc. It’d be so nice to have a durable notebook that I can carry with me and will withstand a lot of torture I put it through.
You need somewhere to jot notes when ideas come to you in the most inconvenient of places – in the car, on the plane, at dinner, even in your sleep – which leads me to my next gift idea…
I’m kidding, kind of. I wake up ALL the time in the middle of the night with ideas and if I don’t write them down I have a really hard time falling back to sleep. My girlfriend calls this “My Dream Journal,” thus the joke.
I would LOVE if someone invented a small notebook with paper that glowed when you open it so I can see what in the world I’m writing without the dreaded phone light.
No matter how many cool tools I try online, I always go back to writing on my whiteboard. Digital reminders get hidden by other tabs and unless a piece of paper is hanging on the wall in front of me, I’ll probably forget about it.
Plus with a whiteboard you can plan out launches and funnels, it’s just a lot of fun to use.
Oh, and bigger IS better in this category.
I went through a serious search for bluetooth headphones about a year and a half ago. The struggle is real on that one. So many crappy ones where I’d turn my head one way and the audio would cut out, or if my phone was in my pocket it couldn’t pair.
Anyway, these are ones I bought a year and a half ago and they are still my go-to pair. And they’re only around $20. Win!
I hesitate with this one because maybe it’s just some “woo woo” type of product, and the name cracks me up – but I hear AMAZING things.
And I want one.
For someone that works inside frequently, especially when you’re not around people much, I’m sure this “Happy Light” would be a nice addition to boost your mood….not like that, sorry.
A MUST for those who work early mornings or late nights. It just tastes better! Yes, I’ve become a coffee snob since I started working from home more often.
The first french press I ever bought shattered when I poured hot water into it. I stood there dumbfounded wondering if I just make coffee incorrectly? No! It was the product.
This one hasn’t done that to me and I’ve had her since 2015 and drink coffee daily. I’ve only had to buy one replacement glass thing because I dropped a metal spoon into it and it cracked. Whoops.
I hear this Aeropress thing is pretty nifty too but I haven’t tried it out myself.
Long flights, multi-day conferences, being out of the office all day running to meetings – whatever the case, these things are lifesavers when you need your phone (or bluetooth headphones) are running low 😉
Audio is king these days. And many entrepreneurs I talk to live and die by audiobooks and podcasts.
Personally, I’m cheap and use the Overdrive app linked into my local library and rent audiobooks from them. But I know a lot of business owners who just load up on audible books for their long walks, runs, flights, etc.
Music, Podcasts (and Audiobooks) are everything when you’re working from home. A bluetooth speaker can really amp up the mood at that point, or when you’re having friends and family over on the weekend.
This one looks pretty nice and you can carry it around on your shoulder like an old boombox from the 80s.
11. A Really Big Mug
Again, coffee is important. Here are a few of my favorite mugs found on Amazon:
I Do What I Want!
Yea Man, I do Epic Shit
Although I’d probably go with this one (….if it had Prime shipping)
Because, why not?
Because you need to make sure you’re getting in your 10,000 steps when you’re sitting all day.
I love walking so I didn’t think it’d be that hard to get my steps in…….but it is… seriously. Get them a Fitbit, Apple Watch, whatever if you love them. They need it.
Okay, I laughed too when I first saw it…but then I realized the genius behind it! There is literally NOWHERE in the shower to take notes if you have a great idea come to you…until now I guess!
And Lifehacker has proven that our best ideas really do come to us when we are showering. So it must be true.
We’re about to have a real conversation here.
My girlfriend does a LOT around the house and I’m so grateful. My usual tasks include laundry and vacuuming, among other things.
Sometimes, I know I need to vacuum but the words are flowing and I just can’t stop writing, because – well work is important too. It’s the age old debate of facing a mad spouse but having really great work done, or just vacuuming and hoping that flow state returns when you’re done.
But if I had an iRobot – problem solved!
I could just press that button and off it goes.
Another one for the genius column.
I feel like technology went from really hard, to really easy, and now Apple and the big boys are making it difficult again. Computers with NO USB ports, what in the world.
This might sound like a really boring gift idea, but it’s also really functional.
Entrepreneurs (45 and under, HA) are generally early adopters, so this one is going to make them happy if they have a newer computer.
I don’t know about you, but my computer charger is plugged in in such a way that it’s a real pain to get to. When I leave my house (I’m so pathetic) and head to the city for a meeting or go to WeWork, I have to bring it with me or I risk being stranded without a computer (oh no!).
Having an extra that I could keep in my bag would be SO convenient.
This one is going on my wish list.
I’ve looked at standing desks in the past and they were all $250+ which I just don’t have for a desk. I was using a pile of books but it took up a lot of space and wasn’t the most attractive looking. I recently found this adjustable desktop and am loving it so far!
I don’t think there’s much to say about this one other than it saves space and keeps you from having cords all over the place.
I was totally under the impression you had to have an Alexa device to get an Echo Dot, and that it was like an extension of the bigger one but you could put it in other places around your house.
Now that I know it’s a standalone device, I’m really tempted to get one.
At this point it’s become almost a necessity for me. I’d waste more money on shipping than not having it. Just being honest here.
Give someone the gift of Prime and make them happy.
I’m not ashamed to say that there are days where I need a drink after getting off a client call. It’s often not even their fault – it’s just been….a day.
While they may not use this at the office, it’s nice to let them know you understand – plus, how fun would this be at a sporting event or concert tailgate?
I’m really not into cooking so I have no clue what the difference between the two is, but I know you put food in and it comes out tasting delicious.
This could be another hack I could use (like the iRobot Vacuum) to shave housework time and increase work time 😉
If you know an entrepreneur who isn’t a fan of cooking, this might be the gift for them too!
Inappropriate Card Games
We all need a good laugh sometimes, these are my recommendations for getting that going.
Such a classic! I love this game more than I probably should. The combinations that people come up with just make me laugh. If you’ve outplayed this one but love it all the same, the next options might be your cup of tea.
This game looks amazing. Kind of like Cards Against Humanity but with funny images to match your words too.
If anyone in the Philly area has this game, PLEASE invite me over!
The G-rated version for when your kids are around – still can be a lot of fun.
Subscription to a Physical Magazine
I love trees and all, but sometimes the paper version of a magazine is just so much more enjoyable to read. You can highlight, write on it, tear out pages and tape them on the wall for a good reminder of where you want to be in 5 years.
26. Entrepreneur Magazine – At $6 a YEAR, it’s quite a deal.
27. Fast Company – $9.97 a year
28. Inc Magazine – $9.97 a year
These all also have Kindle options too so you can save your woody friends.
I really didn’t think I’d use this but it’s actually genius when you’re on the go! Who wants to carry around a full length charging cable anyway?!
Alright Side Hustlers and Entrepreneurs, what do you think? What would you like to see on this list that I missed?