5 Business Owners Share the Gifts They Really Want for the HolidaysTreat an entrepreneur — or yourself — to something they'll truly love this season.
Business owners can be notoriously difficult to shop for. As busy professionals, they generally have higher priorities than updating their Amazon wish lists. And their personal drive means that when they want something, they go out and get it — whether it’s the latest tech gadget or a new pair of shoes.
You need to get a little creative if you want to find something the entrepreneur in your life will truly love. To help you out, NCR Silver asked five business owners about the best holiday gifts for their lifestyles. From products that help entrepreneurs stay organized to experiences that pamper them during the busiest time of year, here are the best gifts to wrap up for any business owner on your list — including yourself.
The gift of improvement
A great book is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only will reading it be a pleasurable experience for the recipient, the information they learn will benefit them for years to come, said James Pollard, a marketing consultant and founder of TheAdvisorCoach.com.
“When it comes to gift-giving for business owners, it’s hard to strike a balance between something helpful, meaningful and cost-effective, but a book does,” he said.
Pollard said he gives out copies of “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill, to his best clients. The book offers money-making tips Hill discovered after interviewing hundreds of successful people, such as Thomas Edison, George Eastman and John D. Rockefeller.
“The best business owners are the ones who are always learning and looking for ways to improve their companies. Even if they’ve already read this book, they’ll definitely appreciate it and remember it for a long time,” said Pollard.
Hydration on the go
Staying hydrated is crucial to staying energized, alert and healthy. But during busy days, drinking enough water isn’t at top of mind for most business owners. That’s why Deborah Sweeney,
CEO of MyCorporation, recommends giving entrepreneurs a high-quality water bottle for the holidays.
Most high-end water bottle brands offer various colors and sizes, provide extra insulation and prevent condensation — things your run-of-the-mill water bottle aren’t as likely to have. Some even let you add a bit of personal flair, such as a name, graphic or photo, to the bottle. And remember, while these bottles make a great present — adequate water intake might be the best gift of all.
For the traveling business owner
Business demands take some entrepreneurs all around the world. Vanessa Jeswani, founder of travel accessory company Nomad Lane, recommends giving these jetsetters a product that will help pack everything they need for a trip without paying extra baggage fees.
And since hotel rooms never feel like home, why not give them something that makes the room a little more cozy? Packable candles make great stocking stuffers, and can be used on the road or at the office, said Jeswani.
A sparkling clean home
There’s nothing quite as magical as coming home to a clean house. Since few business owners have the time do a thorough scrubbing, why not recruit some of Santa’s elves to take care of it for them? A gift certificate to a cleaning service would be a welcome gift for almost any business owner, said Samantha Aulick and Alexa Lemley, owners of Artisan Foodworks, a catering company in Indiana.
“When we’re off, the last thing we feel like doing is cleaning,” said Aulick. “The dust bunnies under our TV stand taunt us, while we sit there too exhausted to herd them into the trash. It would be a luxury to come home to a sparkling clean house.”
You can search online for a cleaning company in your area, or try apps like Handy, MyClean and Fairy, to book a housekeeping service for your favorite entrepreneur in just a few taps.
Rest and relaxation
Between running the show at work, taking care of the family and checking all of life’s errands off their to-do lists, business owners tend put themselves last. Giving them a gift certificate for spa treatment buys them an hour or two of soothing self care, suggested Daniel Orr, chef and owner of FARMbloomington Restaurant and Root Cellar Lounge in Bloomington, Indiana.
“Like many business owners, I don’t take enough time for myself. My restaurant is open seven days week, 20 hours a day. That’s a lot to keep up with. A gift certificate for a long, luxurious massage, with an expiration date, would force me to take a day off, just for myself,” he said.
Whether it’s a full-day spa package an inspiring book, any gift that improves business owners’ lives will make them merry this time of year.