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FINDING THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE ENTREPRENEUR IN YOUR LIFE

Gift giving can be complicated no matter who you are shopping for, but buying for the entrepreneur in your life is especially daunting.
 
The more successful business owners buy whatever they want, when they want it, and this can make meaningful gift giving harder and more intimidating.
 
If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the hard-to-buy-for entrepreneur in your life, here are some ideas:
 
THE EXPERIENCE GIFT
 
The perfect gift doesn't always fit in a box. Many entrepreneurs value experiences with their friends and family, especially since the pandemic and quarantine requirements forced togetherness for many.
 
You might have to play super sleuth but give the entrepreneur an experience they would enjoy based on their hobbies and interests. If they're adventurous, axe-throwing or a flight lesson may push them outside their comfort zone. For the thinker, an escape room or a music lesson may pique their interest.
 
One thing's for certain - it's a treat for an entrepreneur to be a "guest." We are usually the ones planning, organizing and always being "on." A wonderful gift for an entrepreneur is to arrange for them to be a guest somewhere, such as dinner at a friend's house featuring their favorite foods.
 
For the entrepreneur who isn't used to taking time away from their business, you could provide some much-needed rest. An experience - such as a massage, a spa day, or an art class - gives the business owner the opportunity to take some time for themselves, and away from the stresses of work.
 
Whatever you send, be sure to include a handwritten note explaining why you felt it was the perfect gift for them.
 
THE PERSONALIZED GIFT
 
Some of the best gifts are ones that conjure up memories from childhood or remind the entrepreneur of the fun times you've had together. A short video message that features photos of your friendship is inexpensive but rich in thoughtfulness.
 
Other unique gift ideas include a wine bottle with a customized label, or baked goods with personalized messaging. This beats the arbitrary fruit basket or coffee mug, hands down! Take time to figure out the business owner's hobbies and interests, then draw inspirations from there.
 
Thanks to apps like iMovie, Etsy and Shutterfly, the perfect personalized gift is easy, affordable, and just a click away.
 
THE CHARITABLE GIFT
 
Another way to the entrepreneur's heart is by donating to their favorite charity. A donation shows you considered the reason behind your gift and want to help others.
 
THE FAMILY-CENTRIC GIFT
 
Sone the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have left the workforce entirely or are working primarily form home. With more time to spend around the house, a family-centric gift might make an ideal gift.
 
For the competitive and strategic family, consider a board game. If they're more active, games like Kan-Jam or Ladder Toss can provide fun for the entire family. For the foodies, a dinner subscription box is a way to get the family cooking together in the kitchen.
 
Family-centric gifts that I've appreciated have been a bowling outing with our favorite foods preordered and our names displayed on our alley upon arrival; personalized bricks in The Ohio Stadium featuring my kids' names; or any electronic device my kids enjoyed.
 
THE GIFT FOR THE NEW ENTREPRENEUR
 
Finding the perfect gift for the emerging or early-stage entrepreneur can be tricky. Many of these business owners are just starting out and might enjoy something new and shiny that they wouldn't normally buy themselves.
 
Here are a few ideas that will help them advance their career as they are getting started:
 
  • Entry fees to business speakers
  • Tuition for executive learning
  • Something that brings life to their office, like a plant or a diffuser
  • A leather-bound Mokeskine notebook with a high-end luxury pen for jotting down new ideas
  • MasterClass Pass for access to lessons from top business experts
  • A printing credit for marketing materials
  • A Square card reader for accepting credit cards payments
  • Hotspot device for easy internet access
  • A short-term pass to a coworking space
  • Gerber's Emerging Entrepreneur Virtual Program
 
THE THANK-YOU NOTE
 
If you're buckling under the pressure to find the perfect gift, sometimes the most powerful and memorable one is the simple handwritten note. Take a few moments to craft a personal, genuine message, thanking them for something specific, or sharing a personal memory. These are the gifts that are treasured and kept.
 
There's not one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the entrepreneur in your life. We hope this list gave you a few ideas.
 
What gift are you giving the entrepreneur in your life this year? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!


INDEX
  • WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER?
  • WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A COO?
  • HOW TO EXIT YOUR BUSINESS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A BUYER
  • WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER?
  • IT'S NOT THE GREAT RESIGNATION; IT'S THE GREAT REALIGNMENT
  • WHEN SHOULD I HIRE AN HR MANAGER?
  • WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS A PRICING STRATEGY
  • THE 4 Cs OF EVERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
  • WHAT IS A CEPA ADVISOR AND HOW CAN ONE BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS?
  • THE FALLOUT ON CULTURE WHEN YOU DON'T HIRE A PLAYERS
  • THE ROLES OF SALES IN YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
  • FINDING THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE ENTREPRENEUR IN YOUR LIFE
  • THE BENEFITS OF OWNING A SMALL BUSINESS
  • WORKFORCE IN MOTION
  • GOAL SETTING FOR 2022: WHAT TO DO NOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL NEXT YEAR
  • LESSONS LEARNED AFTER PUBLISHING MY FIRST BOOK
  • WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS INNOVATION
  • THE COVID-INSPIRED SPIKE IN ENTREPRENEURIALISM
  • THE PROS AND CONS OF OUTSOURCING YOUR FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERVICE
  • HOW TO SET GOALS IN 2021
  • THE LEADERSHIP EVOLUTION OF YOUR BUSINESS
  • HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ADVISORY BOARD
  • THE PANDEMIC-INDUCED INNOVATION OF MEETINGS
  • HOW TO USE THE 8 P'S OF MARKETING TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
  • BEST PRACTICES FOR COLLEGE FINANCING
  • SCALING A BUSINESS - ARE YOU READY?
  • THE HALFWAY POINT: IT'S TIME TO REVISIT THOSE BUSINESS GOALS
  • GROWTH WITH PURPOSE: SUCCESSION PLANNING
  • GROWTH WITH PURPOSE: EVOLUTION OF FAMILY LIFE
  • GROWTH WITH PURPOSE: FINANCIAL RISK
  • GROWTH WITH PURPOSE: INTEGRATION
  • GROWTH WITH PURPOSE: WHY ARE YOU GROWING YOUR COMPANY?
  • GOAL SETTING 2020: HOW TO KEEP YOUR GOALS FRONT AND CENTER ALL YEAR LONG
  • ASK GERBER: HOW TO STAY LASER FOCUSED DURING THE HOLIDAYS
  • Ask Gerber: How to Identify Your Business's Culture When You Don't Think You Have One
  • Ask Gerber: When Should I Hire a Professional Manager?
  • Ask Gerber: Should You Mix Business with Friendship?
  • ASK GERBER: HOW DO I ESCAPE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SLUMP OF FEELING TRAPPED IN MY BUSINESS?
  • ASK GERBER: HOW CAN ENTREPRENEURS CREATE SHARED EXPERIENCES WITH THEIR CHILDREN?
  • Ask Gerber: How Can I Recognize Permanent Failure as an Entrepreneur?
  • Ask Gerber: How Can I Recognize and Overcome Temporary Failures?
  • ASK GERBER: HOW DO I HELP EASE EMPLOYEE STRESS DURING BUSY SEASON?
  • ASK GERBER: DO I NEED TO HIRE HR?
  • ASK GERBER : DO I NEED A CEO?
  • ASK GERBER: DO I NEED TO HIRE A COO?
  • ASK GERBER: DO I NEED TO HIRE A CMO?
  • ASK GERBER: DO I NEED TO HIRE A CFO?
  • ASK GERBER: HOW DO I KEEP PASSION AND PROFITS TOP OF MIND IN MY BUSINESS?
  • ASK GERBER: WHY DO I NEED TO INVEST IN HOSTING AN ANNUAL RETREAT FOR MY TEAM?
  • ASK GERBER: HOW CAN I ENGAGE WITH MY CLIENTS/PROSPECTS WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK?
  • ASK GERBER: WHAT IS A CLIENT SERVICE MATRIX? PART DEUX
  • ASK GERBER: WHAT IS A CLIENT SERVICE MATRIX? PART ONE
  • ASK GERBER: THE HIRING PROCESS. WHY IS IT SO DAMN HARD?
  • ASK GERBER: WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND GROW YOUR COMPANY CULTURE
  • ASK GERBER: HOW DO I ACHIEVE THE WORK/LIFE BALANCE AS A BUSY ENTREPRENEUR?
  • ASK GERBER: HOW DO I PREPARE MY FRIENDS FOR LIFE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
  • ASK GERBER: FIRST GENERATION ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?
  • ASK GERBER: I PUT SO MUCH OF MYSELF INTO MY BUSINESS THAT I WORRY I AM FALLING SHORT AS A SPOUSE AND PARENT. WHAT CAN I DO?
  • ASK GERBER: ARE CHILDREN OF FIRST-GENERATION ENTREPRENEURS MORE LIKELY TO BE SPOILED?
  • ASK GERBER: WHAT'S YOUR STANCE ON REMOTE ACCESS FOR EMPLOYEES?
  • ASK GERBER: WHEN DO I NEED TO HIRE AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT?
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