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The festive season is fast approaching, and it’s time to think about gifts for the people you value. As an entrepreneur, you probably have fellow entrepreneurs on your list to buy for and want to make sure you get them something that will put a smile on their face.
Research has shown that people care about how useful a gift will be once they possess it. So to help you give great gifts to the entrepreneurs in your life, we’ve put together a list of 10 items under $100 that they’ll love (and use over and over again):
1. Evernote Annual Subscription
Being a switched-on entrepreneur, you have probably heard about the list-making, note-taking app Evernote because it’s a favorite among the business savvy. If you know someone who could use a “digital brain,” or is already using the free version, an annual subscription to Evernote Plus or Premium (with added features like the ability to forward all emails to Evernote and increased upload limits) will be wholeheartedly welcomed.
Price: $49.99 Plus, $89.99 Premium
2. Moleskine Evernote Notebooks
Sometimes it’s just easier to express your ideas on paper, and Moleskine’s beautiful notebooks are the perfect place to do that. Even better, Moleskine now has a range of notebooks specially designed for people who want to digitize their handwritten notes.
These notebooks are optimized for recording as images with the Evernote Page Camera. They include Smart Stickers, which become searchable digital tags when captured in Evernote, making it even easier to catalog and access your handwritten notes. And they usually come with a two or three-month subscription to Evernote Premium, so it’s like two wonderful gifts in one!
Price: From $10.69 (on Amazon)
3. An indoor plant
If you know someone with a fixed work base, an indoor plant is not only a way to help them make their work area more stylish, but it can provide them with ongoing mental and physical health benefits. The benefits of a bit of greenery in the office can improve productivity – a gift that any entrepreneur will be grateful for!
If you’re not sure what type of plant to get, check out this list of air-purifying indoor plants that also happen to be pretty hard to kill. In the card, perhaps include a list of the benefits their new work buddy will provide, or a print-out of one of the articles linked above?
Price: indoor plants vary greatly in terms of price, but there are plenty under $100 – you may be able to get an entire office jungle for that much.
4. Kolumb Pocket Power Card
Do you know an entrepreneur who is always on the go and needs to stay connected? For this person, an uncharged phone or tablet battery is a lot of unwanted frustration and potentially some lost income. A portable charger is the way to go. The Kolumb Pocket Power Card is a particularly good option because it’s tiny (small enough to fit comfortably into a wallet) and won’t weigh a busy go-getter down.
Price: From $11.99 (on Amazon)
5. Amazon Kindle
Whether it’s a means of unwinding or learning (or both), reading is something most entrepreneurs do a lot of. E-readers offer an easy way to access vast amounts of reading material anywhere, anytime. Renowned entrepreneur James Altucher recommends adding a personal touch by pre-loading an Amazon Kindle with books, and since it takes one to know one, this is certainly an idea worth implementing.
Price: From $79.99
6. ShowMe Laser Projection Keyboard
A virtual keyboard is another fantastic idea for the entrepreneur on the go. That urgent email that has just arrived and requires a lengthy reply need not be a cramp-inducing affair on the smartphone while out and about! The ShowMe Laser Projection Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard is a pocket-sized gadget that turns just about any flat surface into a standard-sized keyboard, so a café table transforms into a comfortable office with the flick of a switch.
Price: From $29.95 (on Amazon)
7. Jawbone Up Move Activity Tracker
Trying to build an empire from scratch requires hard work and dedication, but sometimes this can swing life off balance. So if you know someone who is so focused on their work that they neglect their health, the Jawbone Up Move might be just what they need. This activity tracker is paired with an app to help you keep track of the self-care basics, including diet, exercise and sleep, in order to get them back on track.
Price: From $8.99 (on Amazon)
8. Tile Bluetooth Tracker
We’ve all done it: misplaced keys, a wallet or phone while rushing around trying to get through the day’s tasks at high speed. It’s annoying, and the search to locate these misplaced items is a waste of time. For a fellow entrepreneur who has a habit of forgetting where they’ve left valuable things, the Tile Bluetooth Tracker is a life (and time) saver. The tracker pairs with an app on your smartphone allowing you to ring the item you’ve misplaced and find it in no time, or track its last known location. You can also use the Tile to make your phone ring.
Price: From $25
9. Klean Kanteen water bottle
Did you know dehydration literally shrinks your brain? And along with that shrinkage, its function is impaired when you’re not getting enough water. So aside from the general health benefits of being adequately hydrated, the thinking person needs to drink water to keep the ideas flowing. A good water bottle makes it much easier to keep the fluids up, and the Klean Kanteen range, which is high on many best water bottle lists for 2017 and recommended for the office, is an excellent choice. You could even combine a water bottle and Jawbone Up Move for a healthy lifestyle kick-starter gift under $100.
Price: From $17.78 (on Amazon)
10. Marpac Dohm sound machine
White noise is a surprisingly simple way to boost productivity, improving certain aspects of cognitive performance and helping with a good night’s sleep. And what entrepreneur doesn’t want an easy way to up their productivity? A Marpac Dohm white noise generator could be the gift that keeps on giving for the brains behind the business of someone you know.
Price: From $29.99 (on Amazon)