19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs [Gift Guide]

The entrepreneur in your life deserves the best of the best gifts for entrepreneurs, right? And that entrepreneur might actually be you! 

I've rounded up some of the best gifts for entrepreneurs for any holiday season, Valentines Day, birthday or just because. Subtly pass on the blog post to a loved one or just go shopping yourself. You deserve it, right?

19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs for Any Time of Year

DONNA MORITZ | 14 DECEMBER, 2018 | PARTNERSHIP WITH ANIMOTO

These best gifts for entrepreneurs save you time, help you to enjoy the time you do have (for work or leisure), make life easier when travelling or improve your productivity. And some of them are just plain awesome!

And I would know, because many of them I have used in my business, or when travelling for leisure or to speak at events. So, many of these gifts are my personal recommendations!

This holiday gift guide can be used at Christmas, for Valentines Day, birthdays or any time of the year that you want to gift something cool to an entrepreneur, speaker or anyone with a business. Or just buy something for yourself.

Let's jump into the Gift Guide:

19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs [2018 Holiday Gift Guide]

Please note that this post contains affiliate links which means that if you purchase some of the items listed I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Some links are direct to the websites and others are US-based Amazon links, as my audience is mostly US-based. 

1. Aqua Notes

Aquanotes Shower Waterproof Notepads - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

Are you like me and every brilliant idea you will ever have, comes to you in the shower? I am always getting great ideas when in the shower. But if you can't write them down, they are often forgotten by the time you hang up your towel! So frustrating.

Not anymore. Aqua Notes is a waterproof note pad and pencil! It all attaches to your shower wall so you can access them quickly.

They're my first pick for this list of Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs because it's the simplest thing. I've used this pad to write out entire presentation outlines, jot down something I need to do later that day and send messages to family members.

I'm even tempted to stick on at the end of the pool when swimming to catch the random thoughts in my head that pop up doing laps. I haven't done it yet, but I might!  

Buy Aqua Notes here. I recommend you get multiple!

Note: If in Australia, use this link.

2. Ulla Smart Hydration Reminder

Ulla Smart Hydration Reminder for Waterbottles - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

If you're terrible at remembering to drink water, then this is for you! The Ulla Smart Hydration Reminder is a great little gadget that attaches to the side of any water bottle, no matter what shape, size or material it is made of.

Ulla is smart. It works out when you last took a drink from your bottle. It then senses if you are the room via vibration, sound and light (if it's dark Ulla presumes you are sleeping).

If you enter a room or you have been working for a while and haven't touched it, Ulla blinks at you.

It's enough to gently remind you to take a drink from your bottle. And that's it!  Now you'll get prompts throughout the day at optimal times to drink water. I am drinking 1-2 more litres per day with this on my desk. It's a lifesaver.

You can buy one here.  They are priced at around $30 USD but they often have sales or multi-device deals. I wish I'd bought two of these – perfect as gifts for entrepreneurs.

Note: If in Australia, use this link.

3. Travelmixa

Oh my. I hope you can hear the excitement in my voice through this blog post. I'm excited.

Travelmixa Portable Blender! 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

I discovered the Travelmixa a few months ago and it has changed things for me when travelling. (Use code DONNA for $5 discount at checkout).

It's a blender. It's lightweight. It's rechargeable with a USB. It's blitzes smoothies. It's easy to clean.

I love it. Here's a video:

It's best with soft fruits and you should avoid hard foods like nuts. Our family trips are so much easier with this in play. It's super easy to whip up 4 smoothies in one sitting with Travelmixa.

Here's a few things to love about it:

  • With a fully charged battery it will make approximately 20 smoothies or protein shakes… basically almost enough for 2 football teams.
  • You can recharge anywhere in the world as all it takes is a USB cable.
  • It is made from BPA-free, food grade plastic. Tick.
  • It can blend frozen small berries like blueberries, very small pieces of ice, butters and soaked seeds. Please avoid nuts. 
  • It's approved for both carry-on and check-in luggage.
  • It comes with a 12 month guarantee and they ship to Australia and NZ. Shipping is Free in New Zealand, where these are made. Or it's NZD$10 to Australia and NZD$30 worldwide. It's totally worth it, if you ask me.

Repeat. I love this. Use Code DONNA at the Travelmixa website for $5 discount on checkout.

4. Waterproof Sony Walkman

Sony Waterproof Walkman for Swimming - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide
Image via Sony Website

Say whaaaaat? Yes, there is such a thing as a Waterproof Walkman!

If you're as old as me and hark back to the days of the cassette tape walkman, this will bring you tears of nostalgic joy combined with a relief from the boredom that comes from swimming lap after lap without music.

My old silicone-waterproofed ipod that I loved was from an Aussie company called Swimpod. But it died. Twice. (despite obsessive cleaning and care). So I've been looking for something new for a while, and then I discovered that there was actually a waterproof walkman.

If you're an entrepreneur who likes to run, swim or walk – the Sony NW-WS413 is a great gift to yourself, especially if you need a waterproof device.

  • It's a 4GB Sports Wearable MP3 Player, and waterproof for use in salt & fresh water up to 2-meters deep (yes you can apparently use it in the ocean. I have only used it in the pool so far). 
  • Its also sweat resistant, and has a dust proof design in case you train in muddy, dusty paddocks. 
  • It's ergonomically designed for a secure fit (it's reasonably comfortable and has no long annoying headphone cords to wrangle with).   
  • It comes with an Ambient noise function so you can still hear outside noise if you wish (I'm a turn-up-the-music kind of girl so haven't used this yet).
  • It gives you up to 12-hours of playback.
  • Drag & drop from iTunes for Mac or Windows, Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, and Linear PCM Audio Files

Sony Waterproof Walkman for Swimming - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

Some things to know about this device: 

  • The music works in a drag-and-drop format. As far as I can tell no players on the market allow you to use Blue-tooth in the water although there is another model of this device that has bluetooth for running etc.  I just didn't get it as I knew I would be using it for swimming. So you'll need to go to your purchased music and add MP3 files into a folder.  So, fair warning… it's not a device you can listen to Spotify on.
  • It comes with regular and waterproof headphones. The waterproof headphones are recommended, however bear in mind that the sound is slightly dampened with the waterproof headphones on (compared to normal headphones). This is due to their mesh covering. If you're a lover of really loud music, choose vibrant songs and podcasts with great audio. Occasionally I struggle to listen to podcasts if the audio is not great, but overall, I'm finding the music to be loud enough.
  • Follow the instructions for washing, rinsing, cleaning and drying.  No exception. It may seem like a little bit of extra work but it's worth it for the longevity of your device. It's not worth skipping this part especially if you use the device in sea-water.

All in all, I'm happy with this device so far. I'm looking forward to many entertaining laps!  If you're someone who loves to exercise and listen to podcasts, this is a winner and perfectly suited for gifts for entrepreneurs who exercise! Treat yo'self or give this blog post to a loved one {wink}.

5. Portable Espresso Machine

This is another gadget that I now travel with – from camping to speaking internationally, it comes with me. I bought the Wacaco Minipresso GR from a camping store and it makes surprisingly great coffee from fresh ground coffee:

Portable Espresso Coffee Maker - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

No power required, it's based on a hand pump to get the perfect pressure for espresso. I'd liken it to the same coffee you get from a pod machine (only it's hand-pumped). All you need is a kettle to boil the water and you're good to go. Perfect as gifts for entrepreneurs!

You can also buy the Wacaco Minipresso NS that takes capsules as well as ground coffee:

Portable Espresso Coffee Maker - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

So if capsules are easier, you can travel with those. At the moment I carry ground coffee and it's kinder to the environment.

To use capsules you'll need this extra adaptor kit depending on the base model you purchase. There's also a Barista kit that allows you to brew double shots and get fancy with it.

Or you can go all out and buy the whole kit in bundles or crazy fun colors. Basically… all the coffee.

Side note: I love the US but to be honest, given our snobby coffee culture in Australia, I struggle to find a good barista. I find them, but Starbucks doesn't cut it for me. Find out more about why Starbucks has not taken off in Australia here. So now you can see why I love this back-up Barista! 

Note: If in Australia, use this link for the GR (ground coffee).

6. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones

I do a few international flights every year to speak at conferences and events. Being an Aussie, that can mean a lot of headphone time. I finally invested in a pair of decent headphones a couple of years ago and haven't regretted it.

Meet the Sony WH1000XM2 Noise Cancelling Headphones.Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

What's to love about these headphones:

  • Awesome noise cancellation. I love how they block out all the background noise on a plane.
  • Quick “attention mode”. This allows me to wave my hand over my right ear cup and it will turn down the music and bring in ambient noise or conversation. It's great when the flight attendant starts to talk to you!
  • Touch control – I can touch my headphones to skip tracks, change volume or make or take calls.
  • Wired or bluetooth. You can plug in or go wireless.
  • Fast charging and long-life playback after a charge – about 30 hours of playback time.
  • Voice assistant – I haven't used this much but you can activate your cell phone assistant via the headphones.
  • Sound quality is brilliant (in my opinion, as good or better than Bose).

Full disclosure, I did get the earlier model that had some issues and the headband cracked near the left earcup, but Sony replaced them for me. I hear that it was an issue with the previous model that has now been fixed, as they have used a stronger material on the set I have now.

I've had this new pair for over a year now. You do need to be careful packing them down but it's easy to work out and the carry case is solid and travels well.

Note: If in Australia, use this link.

7. Pac Safe Laptop Bag

I am fortunate to travel a lot for work as an international speaker. Just this year I was in China to speak for the World Organisation of Heritage Cities (some of my favourite Unesco Cities were in attendance) and I bought the awesome Laptop Bag from Pacsafe to take on a test run to China.

It was awesome. I. Love. Their. Gear…. perfect gifts for entrepreneurs.Pacsafe Shoulder Laptop Bag - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

It's the Pacsafe Citysafe CS200 Anti-Theft Handbag in Black.  It's around $99 USD but often discounted. It also comes in colors like Mulberry. Yum.

It holds a Macbook Air or a Microsoft Surface Pro… with room to spare.

Watch this video to see how cool their products are:

My Pacsafe shoulder laptop bag has got plenty of room for my laptop and all the other bits and pieces I need to travel with. It's also filled with plenty of pockets for organisation.

Pacsafe takes things a whole lot further than just having a zippable bag. I won't go into all of their safety inclusions but here's a snapshot of what this bag includes, as does most of their products:

Pacsafe Features - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

Basically, their products are protected against “cut and run” bag theft, credit card scams from skimming cards, and pickpockets. Or in other words, unless you throw it at a thief willingly, you should be pretty safe with a Pacsafe product.

And nobody will know all this is going on underneath the fabric because it looks like a slick, modern bag. And they are super lightweight, despite all the mesh/cable protection.

My husband loved my bag so much that he bought himself a dude-backpack like this:

Pacsafe Backpack - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

If you're looking for gifts for the entrepreneurs in your life (including yourself) any of the Pacsafe products will fit the brief. You can get lots of different styles and types, from carry-on bags to small purses and passport wallets. So many choices for gifts for entrepreneurs!

I'll be buying more Pacsafe in future, methinks!

Note: If in Australia, use this link.

8. Bluelight Blocking Eyewear

Bluelight blocking eyewear - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

I have been reading a lot of content about how damaging blue-light is for your eyes. It's the light emitted from devices and screens, especially at night when you need to start winding down for sleep.  It can wreak havoc with your system and circadian rhythm.

A great way to reduce the blue-light is to use Bluelight Blocking Eyewear. I've discovered Dr S Bluelight Blocking Eyewear. It's a perfect addition to our gifts for entrepreneurs.

I have prescription lenses so I haven't jumped in to get prescription glasses just yet, but I have purchased a pair of clip-on lenses (for around $48 USD) to try for first.

So far I am finding my eyes are less weary after prolonged periods of typing on a screen.

If it goes well I'll get a regular prescription pair, as the clip-ons are slightly noticeable when you wear them, but I am getting used to it and will continue to use them.

You can even get pairs for your kids! I think I will be investing in some of these:

Bluelight Blocking Eyewear for Kids - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

9. NeuYear Giant Wall Calendar

NeuYear Giant Wall Calendar - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

Want to start the New Year with a Big Bang? Get one of these calendars.

I don't know about gifts for entrepreneurs, but I gift this to myself each year! I love having it to plan out events, launches, speaking… and holidays of course.

You can get them in massive size (6 ft x 3ft) and I have had this once before – it's great if you have a massive wall in your office.

But I usually go with the standard 37″ x 39″. It's still big but not so big that you need an entire wall. It fits the entire year on one calendar with plenty of space to write all your entries. If you get the vertical version it will fit behind your door.

I get the dry-erase version so I can whip out the markers and move things around on the calendar anytime I need to.

You can buy NeuYear Calendars here. – and you can get 10% off using my link.

10. Smove Pro

Looking for gifts for entrepreneurs? This device takes iphoneography and mobile videography to the next level, the Smove Pro is a gadget that needs to be on any gifts for entrepreneurs list.

Smove Pro - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

The Smove Pro is a slick smartphone/GoPro stablizer in one. Some of its features include:

  • Auto face follow and object tracking video recording
  • Auto portrait mode and auto panorama.
  • Full rotational control for maximum stabilization.
  • Tripod and extension adapter mount.

Here's the Smove Pro in action:

Pretty awesome, right? It's certainly fun to use and blows my mind as to how it changes your hand-held videography!

You can buy a Smove Pro here.

11. Bluetooth Selfie Stick

I wanted to add this to my list of gifts for entrepreneurs because it's so handy!  I've had a bluetooth selfie stick for years. It's called a Solo Stick and it still works really well. Unfortunately they seem to have gone out of business so I can't recommend that item anymore (although please tell me if you know otherwise).

But I can recommend a similar, well-reviewed item from Amazon and this one is a compact selfie stick that doubles as a mini-tripod.  Double win!

Bluetooth Selfie Stick - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

The reason why I recommend you consider this on my list of gifts for entrepreneurs is that in most cases, it's common for successful business owners, speakers and entrpreneurs to be asked to record video from time to time – comments, interviews, how-to… you name it. With this device it's much easier!

12. Stand up Desk for Laptops

I have had an awesome stand up desk in my office for a while now – it's a Varidesk and I love it for my big daddy iMac.

But I have been looking for an alternative portable stand up desk to use in other parts of the house with my laptop. And my husband wants one too. Recently a friend told me about this:

Portable Laptop Standing Desk - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

The Neetto Portable Laptop Stand Up Desk

Holy wow. This thing is super versatile and has great reviews. And it is so affordable!

Unfortunately this is not available on Amazon Australia like many items. Sigh. Looks like I'll be shipping this one via a friend or carting it on my next trip to the States. But if you're in the US, it's perfect when it comes to gifts for entrepreneurs! 

13. Break the Wheel

Break the Wheel Book - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

I was doing a 2.5 hour drive to the Gold Coast in 2017 and I decided to listen to the Unthinkable Podcast with Jay Acunzo. I was curious as Jay had been listed as the keynote speaker at a conference I was speaking at, Content Marketing World.

I was hooked and listened to episode after episode for the entire trip. It was all about the idea of following our intuition to do our best work despite perceived “best practices”.

The case studies, radio documentary style and overall thought-provoking storytelling in Jay's podcast had me in binge-mode before I realised the journey was over.

So when he announced he was writing a book, I got excited. It's called Break the Wheel.

This is a great addition to any Entrepreneur's reading list, so that they can do as Jay says:  “Question Best Practices, Hone Your Intuition and Do Your Best Work”. Some of the case studies I listened to on his podcast are in the book, and will make you think and work differently.

Oh, and he did a great keynote, FYI.

Note: If in Australia, use this link.

14. Pop Planner

I'm a self-confessed app user for organisation but I do sometimes still fall back to paper for planning (refer to #8 above). There are soooo many planners on the market though. So I was excited when some savvy Aussies released Pop Planner.

You can check out Pop Planner here and get free shipping with the code FREEPOST.

P.O.P. is short for Plan. Organise. Prioritse… and you'll do just that with Pop Planner. It's slick, modern, sturdy and so, so, so well designed.

Here is an overview of their monthly features:

Pop Planner - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

And here's an example of some of the stunning design and planning sheets inside:

Pop Planner - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

and they even have some new dedicated pages for planning your business:

Pop Planner - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

A few things to note about Pop Planner that made me add it to this list:

  • It's landscape view not portrait – easier for mapping out your life and business and handy for left handers!
  • Monthly, daily and weekly planning with blank spaces for notes and lists.
  • It has monthly overview pages with blank spaces for writing, drawing and planning each month.
  • It includes dedicated planning pages for setting goals, planning holidays and creating a vision for how you want your life (and business) to be!
  • It comes in soft faux leather cover with rose gold foil. Oooh la la.

Pop Planner was created by Lara Walsh and Janina Lear – two frustrated planner users who wanted to create a planner that they would actually use. It's lucky for the rest of us that they did! Add it to your hot list of gifts for entrepreneurs!

Get your Pop Planner here with free shipping when you use the code FREEPOST.

15. Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker

With voice activated search becoming the way we roll, this voice-activated smart speaker this is a must-have on any list of gifts for entrepreneurs.  The Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker is an affordable way to add Alexa to any room:

Amazon Echo Dot - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

This 3rd generation Echo Dot has a bunch of cool features including richer and louder sound as well as the usual things Alexa speakers do. You can ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, call and message people hands-free, check weather, set alarms and control smart home devices. Apparently Alexa has 50,000 skills and growing!

Although it's super small, it can still hear you from across the room.. and push out some serious sound across the room.  You can even pair it with another Echo Dot for surround sound. Or upgrade to the big daddy Amazon Echo for even bigger sound.

Note: If in Australia, use this link.

16. Content Chemistry

Content Chemistry Book - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

If you're looking for gifts for entrepreneurs, then it's likely that entrepreneur (you or someone else) needs to do content marketing. This is the ultimate handbook. Content Chemistry was created by the super smart Andy Crestodina, and is now updated in a 2nd edition to reflect new technology and marketing trends.

He's literally had thousands of conversations about web marketing with hundreds of companies to compile the most important and effective lessons and advice about the power of search engine optimization, social media and email marketing. It's a complete guide to content marketing and everything you need to know about modern marketing to succeed on the web.

And the best part is that it includes loads of practical examples. Andy has a way of taking something confusing like SEO and explaining it in a way that makes sense – even sometimes making it fun!  If you're looking for gifts for entrepreneurs… this is a great one.

Note: If in Australia, use this link.

17. Tile

I purchased Tile as my first ever Kickstarter purchase a few years ago. It's a great little gadget that you can attach to your wallet, keys or anything you need to find fast. It works with an app to help you locate them!Tile Bluetooth Finder - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

Now you can get Tile Mate which is smaller and you can even use Tile to make your phone ring when you lose it.

These new Tile discs come with replaceable batteries which was a new feature and a very handy one so you don't have to replace the tile when it runs out.

18.  An Audible Membership

Give the gift of Audio books – when it comes to gifts for Entrepreneurs, this is a gift that keeps on giving.

Gift an Audible Membership to someone else or gift one to yourself!  You deserve it.

19. A “No” ButtonNo Button - 19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs - Holiday Gift Guide

Just to finish off these gifts for entrepreneurs I wanted to add something fun. This is the perfect stocking stuffer.

Every entrepreneur needs to learn at some time to say no to a number of offers, requests and “opportunities”. Otherwise you will be focused more on everyone else's agendas, and not your own.

It's tough to do, but when you have the No Button in your office, you can have some fun with it. It's silly, but surprisingly satisfying to press this as you read yet another email you need to say no to! And listen to Steve:

Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features – Steve Jobs

Oh and if you want to keep a button for when the YES-worthy opportunities do come along, then you might want to get the double kit of Yes + No Buttons. You can buy it here.

Share this List of Gifts for Entrepreneurs

Here's a fun video for you to share if you want to give somebody a hint for your next gift … or just share on your social networks so your entrepreneurial friends can benefit!

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  • do a photo review of the year
  • feature a series of their quotes or sayings
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  • make a Thank-you video
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Over to You

Are you excited about this list of gifts for Entrepreneurs?

Will you buy some of these for a friend, a colleague or yourself? 

Let me know in the comments below. 

19 Best Gifts for Entrepreneurs for Any Time of Year

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is a Visual Content Strategist and founder of Socially Sorted, listed by Forbes as a "Top 5 Social Media Blog You Need to Know About in 2019". Donna helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.