With the holiday still upon us, it’s time to ensure you have each person on your shopping list covered. Chances are, your list likely includes a few fellow entrepreneurs, clients or business-minded friends.
Here are seven gifts for small business owners that are sure to help boost productivity and success in the office or at home. From the latest office technology to essentials for any caffeine lover, you may just want to add a few of these to your holiday wish list, too.
- A smart home voice assistant
For busy entrepreneurs, the easier it is to complete tasks efficiently, the better. A smart speaker like the Amazon Echohelps users control smart home and office devices, stream music, call and message contacts hands-free, adjust lighting and thermostats and more. It’s a great device to utilize in a study at home or in the office at work.
- A state-of-the-art scanner
The best way to stay organized and maintain accurate records is to make a small business completely paperless. Digitizing receipts, invoices, tax forms, employee records, bills and other items will make life simpler for small business owners – and much less cluttered. The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500scans and stores files directly to a preferred cloud service, and includes intuitive business card, receipt and document management apps. It’s a great gift that helps a small business owner fully digitize their operations. For on-the-go scanning needs, the ScanSnap iX100is another user-friendly option with impressive capabilities and a compact design.
- An automatic espresso machine
For entrepreneurs that happen to be coffee aficionados, consider a single-serve, instant espresso machine such as a Nespresso. A nice addition to any home or office kitchen, it produces quality espressos and other coffee drinks with impressive speed. It’s also a time and budget-friendly alternative to frequent coffee runs.
- An inspiring read – or several of them
For the avid readers in your network, purchase a couple of inspiring business best sellers from the past year. Choose from the leadership and business-focused picks included on the New York Times’ 2018 list. Even better, consider gifting them a subscriptionto Audible, allowing them to enjoy a motivating story on long flights or their daily commute.
- A powerful shredder
It may not be the first idea that your mind conjures up when shopping for the perfect gift, but an efficient shredder is a good pick for any small business owner. If they don’t have one to utilize both at home and in the office, consider a powerful version that can handle a variety of materials including credit cards and other tough items, such as the Bonsaii EverShred.
- A healthy meal or snack subscription box
Entrepreneurs are constantly juggling a host of tasks and priorities at any given time. A gift that makes the day easier and simplifies healthy eating will be considered a win. Subscription boxes like SnackSackoffer a variety of healthy snacks and can be delivered to a home or office. Not only will your friend or colleague be pleased with the gift, but their employees and/or families will be grateful for it, too.
- A gift certificate that will help them unwind
Self-care and downtime are vital parts of the equation to maintain balance (and sanity) for any full-time professional. Small business owners and entrepreneurs tend to wear many different hats, effectively juggling multiple roles at once. If they don’t take time for themselves, they’ll be at higher risk of experiencing burnout or even health issues. Encourage your friend or colleague to unwind with a thoughtful choice such as a gift certificate to a yoga studio, day spa or noteworthy new restaurant in their neighborhood.
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