If you know any small business owners, then you also know how busy they are. All year long, they’re juggling sales, marketing, and customer service — and the list just keeps ongoing. Do you have one of these tireless, multitasking entrepreneurs on your gift list? Here are 25 great stocking stuffers for small business owners.
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The Gift of Learning
Some people are naturally great leaders, and others need a little help understanding how to build strong teams or develop winning habits. So what to get the small business owner who wants to learn? Pick up Tools of Titans or How to Be a Great Boss, both named on Small Biz Trends’ list of the best business books to read in 2017.
The Gift of Hands-Free
Anyone who likes to listen to music or stream movies while working will appreciate the FÖM™ Phone Stand. A suction cup ensure that your phone stays in place and moldable microbeads allow you to adjust it to any position. For less than $10, it’s a great gift.
The Gift of Fair Trade
Small picture frames for family photos or a snapshot of your business’ grand opening give any office a warm, welcoming feel. These fair-trade photo frames are crafted from recycled aluminum so they’re perfect for associates who patronize eco-friendly firms.
The Gift of Scents
Believe it or not: aromatherapy has been shown to boost productivity. Research from Takasago, a Japanese fragrance company, showed that aromatherapy led to a 50 percent decrease in simple work mistakes when employees were exposed to a lemon scent. Science aside, many people use scents to relax or boost their mood. This Homasy Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser can easily diffuse stress-relieving lavender or energizing rosemary scents up to 250 square feet.
The Gift of Time Management
Most new business owners could use some help managing their time more effectively. Help your favorite entrepreneur stay on top of things with one of these nine time-management apps recommended by Kevin Donnelly of Shopify. The gift of time is often the greatest gift you can give.
The Gift of Reliability
Every business needs a beautiful, fully-functioning website supported by a reliable web hosting service with 24/7 tech support. Bluehost offers full-service plans starting for less than $5 per month — the perfect stocking stuffer for the entrepreneur who plans to launch or update a new website in the new year.
The Gift of Personalization
Very special business associates deserve truly unique stocking stuffers. You’ll find a variety of hand-crafted, monogrammed business card holders like the one in the photo below on Etsy. Many are priced between $10 and $15.
The Gift of Fitness
The Fitbit Wristband is an excellent fitness tracking device that tracks steps, calories burned, and inactive time. The stylish band syncs wirelessly to your phone or computer and is waterproof. It also has a silent alarm, so this makes a great gift for those who need reminders of upcoming business appointments.
The Gift of Snacking
Most of us snack at our desk. But here’s the upshot: 65 percent of employees want healthier nosh options in the office. So give the people what they want! SnackNation is a snack delivery company that has a plan for every size of the office and changes up half of the snacks every month to prevent boredom.
The Gift of Smart Travel
Super Smart Tag is the perfect gift for business owners who spend a lot of time traveling. After registering the device, this high-tech luggage tag will give you a unique code. If your bag gets lost at the airport, for example, personnel can look up your code and discover where your suitcase has gone.
The Gift of Caffeine
‘Entrepreneur’ and ‘caffeine’ seem to go hand-in-hand, so a personalized coffee subscription is a terrific way for your favorite business owner to get his or her fix. And when you place your first order with Driftaway Coffee, you’ll get four samples of different blends to explore tastes from around the world.
The Gift of Networking
Networking is one of the best ways to grow a new small business. Joining industry associations helps business leaders make vital connections with their peers and colleagues. Give the gift of network building with a relevant association membership and subscription to a trade journal or newsletter.
The Gift of Greenery
There’s something very soothing about surrounding your workspace with plants. Check out these crazy cool terrariums from Rodale’s Organic life for inspiration to put together a green gift.
The Gift of Cleanliness
Keeping the break room clean can be challenging in a small office. Fortunately these little crumb catchers keep counters neat and tidy — and cost less than $15 at the Container Store.
The Gift of Convenience
With this USB-loaded Swarovski writing pen, business owners can access up-to-date records on the move or carry a personal music collection in their pocket. This compact pen holds up to 16 GB.
The Gift of Usefulness
If you’re planning to give your favorite SMB owner cash, ditch the wrapping paper. Instead slip those dollar bills into a personalized hand-crafted money clip from Wood U Like.
The Gift of On-the-Go Technology
The Scanmarker Air is for those times when you need to scan some text and you’re on the move. This productivity tool allows you to scan an entire line of text in just one second (or 3,000 characters per minute) and easily upload it to your computer or smartphone via bluetooth. You can also edit it once scanned or translate it into forty languages.
The Gift of Organization
Some say a neat desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, but for the small business owner on your list who loves a neat-as-a-pin desk, consider a wooden desk organizer that keeps everything in its place.
The Gift of Imagery
There’s no excuse for not using professional-quality images on your business website or blog. A very useful gift for the small business owner in your life is a year’s subscription or even a set amount of credits to a stock photo website. BigStock, Adobe Stock, and Stock Unlimited are three options that offer millions of photos, videos, and vectors with a royalty-free license.
The Gift of Gift Cards
When you just cannot think of something that the business owner in your life will love, give him or her a gift card to their favorite cafe, bookstore, electronics shop or any other establishment you know that they frequent. Many cards, like these options from Pressed Juicery, are good for online and in-store purchases.
The Gift of Professionalism
High-quality leather journals, notebooks, or portfolios make a wonderful gift. Cross Corporate Gifts offers branded leather journals with or without integrated pen sleeves and business card pockets. In addition, the brand sells many different pens, luggage tags, and card holders that are ideal gifts for business owners and their clients.
The Gift of Doggie Deals
Small business owners who bring their pets to work think of their four-legged friends as family members. Pick up a special toy or box of treats for the “extended family” this year. Groupon has weekly specials at PetSmart and other online retailers.
The Gift of Backing Up
With so much business being conducted on smartphones, it’s a wonder they haven’t invented unlimited batteries yet. But until they do, a portable backup charger is an excellent solution. If you know someone whose phone is always dying, Lumsing’s External Power Bank for Smartphones & Tablets will keep them connected.
The Gift of Durability
Spilling a cup of coffee or a glass of water on your keyboard can happen in a second, but getting the keyboard repaired or replaced takes a lot longer. And that’s time that busy business owners can’t afford to waste. Logitech’s Washable Keyboard is a basic plug-and-play keyboard (no software required) with ultra-durable keys that you can safely hand wash.
The Gift of Free Time
Perhaps the greatest gift of all is time to relax and enjoy a day with family or friends. Create a personalized voucher for a day off and offer to fill in the gap (if possible) so the boss can get away and catch up on some sleep, soak up some rays, or get out for a hike.