“The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than its value.”
– Charles Dudley Warner
The holidays are just around the corner. Which means we’re all trying to find the perfect gift for the important people in our lives. What would add value? What wouldn’t just collect dust in the back of the closet?
Well, for the incredible mom and entrepreneur in your life, we’ve got you covered.
A gift that benefits her business and helps her reach her goals will make her feel extra special. She’ll be reminded that you’re cheering her on all year round.
Give the Gift of Efficiency
We’re all busy, but anyone juggling entrepreneurship, parenting, and potentially a day job is really slammed for time!
Any gift that would give your friend or loved one a way to get more done in a day would be golden.
The Perfect Planner
There are a million journals and planners out there, but a few are designed specifically to help entrepreneurs balance all the demands on their busy lives.
The right planner can organize their thoughts, identify long-term goals, and eliminate the noise of all the tasks that don’t need to be done right now.
Headspace Meditation Subscription
Many entrepreneurs point to meditation as the daily practice that took their businesses and happiness to the next level. Headspace is an app for guided meditation with bite-sized meditations for busy schedules.
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn since 2009, uses Headspace to meditate daily and recommends it frequently to colleagues and friends.
Gift a month or year of the program to help an entrepreneur find focus and clarity.
The Instant Pot
The pressure your entrepreneur friend feels to balance home and work life is real! Spouses and kids don’t quit being hungry because of business responsibilities. Take some of that wrong kind of pressure away with a pressure of a different kind.
The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker can cook yummy, healthy meals 70% faster!
The beauty of the Instant Pot is there is no need to stand there and stir to make sure dinner isn’t burnt. Dump the ingredients in. Turn on. Walk away.
Then, the entrepreneur in your life can tackle the last few items done on her to do list. And everyone can come rushing through the door to devour a delicious home-cooked meal.
Give the Gift of Growth
Being an at-home entrepreneur can often mean she’s doing all the jobs. And what does she overlook? Time to relax and enjoy herself. Or the quiet time to grow by learning new skills or improving her mindset.
These gifts can help her slow down and help give her clear focus.
The Five Minute Journal
Using this clever little journal will become your friend’s favorite new way to start the day. With 5 daily questions that help to set the tone for your day, it’s quick and easy to incorporate into any routine.
Fans of The Five Minute Journal
say that it was a game changer in their level of optimism and productivity!
With just a few short daily questions, the entrepreneur in your life can experience greater gratitude and focus.
An Audible Membership
Having the choice of listening to pretty much any expert in whatever field you want to grow in is a gift indeed!
Some people still view audiobooks as cheating in some way. You aren’t really reading. But the ability to listen and learn during a commute, on the way to the grocery store, or on a morning walk is a powerful thing.
With an Audible membership, she’ll have the option to choose from business, relationships, or parenting. Every month she can target a new person she wants to learn from. (Or grab a guilty pleasure book to refresh her mind.)
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
Want to help your entrepreneurial friend turn their business into a cash-generating machine?
If their company is based on a passion and not business experience, Profit First is an easy-to-understand and implement book to get a handle on expenses and grow profits. It will also help manage quarterly taxes and other basic accounting tasks.
It may not sound like a lot of fun, but this book can reduce a lot of stress for business owners!
Give the Gift of Health
Life is demanding. There is no way around it. But some small strategic moves can lessen stress and improve our health. These ideas might help your favorite at-home entrepreneur lower tension. Then she can keep reaching new heights.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be a real problem in the winter months or for anyone working long hours at a desk without enough sunlight.
SAD can start as early as the late fall when we tend to get less sunlight and vitamin D. But because of the holiday season, most people cruise through and don’t feel the real hit until January.
Help her overcome the dip in mood and energy levels with a HappyLight. It can sit on her desk while she works, mimicking daylight to boost her health.
Essential Oils Diffuser and Essential Oils
Invigorate your friend’s health with an essential oils diffuser. Her home office will become a delightful and calming haven.
With a diffuser, she can change the fragrance to suit whatever her need is at the moment.
Oils like lavender, chamomile, and valerian can offer calm and soothe anxiety. Lemon, rosemary or peppermint can help stimulate the mind and sharpen her thinking. Whatever she’s feeling, she can grab the oil that will enhance her day!
Gift her new diffuser with a high-quality oil sampler so she can discover which she loves best.
After a long day at the computer, who doesn’t want a shoulder rub?
Any entrepreneur who sits hunched over a laptop would love a gift certificate for a full body massage! A trained professional can release all the tension in her tired muscles that the two-minute rub from her spouse never can.
Not to mention, a massage is a quiet hour where her kids can’t ask her what’s for dinner or to find their hockey stick.
Being a solopreneur can sometimes be an isolating experience. And you don’t need an activity tracker to know that it isn’t many steps from your bedroom to your desk. So getting out of the house to get some exercise can refresh and strengthen the spirit, mind, and body.
The gift of a gym membership may even help her make new connections for her business. Who knows who she’ll meet?
Better yet, go with her to the gym! It’ll enhance your friendship and you’ll be giving yourself the gift of health too!
Give the Gift of Time
Sometimes the best gift is when a friend steps in at the perfect moment. Let’s you know they see you and care about you.
Offer something precious that money can’t buy – time.
Take a few moments and consider what would be super meaningful to the entrepreneur in your life. Would watching her kids one Saturday a month help her stay caught up on work?
Is the last day of the month her busiest and you can promise to bring her a meal so she doesn’t have to cook?
Is she the best accountant in the city but it scares her to death to paint her office? Have you renovated dozens of rooms and could offer to paint her office?
Don’t look down on these ‘sweat equity’ type gifts just because they may cost less than a store-bought gift. In our busy lives when we seem to always just be missing each other, the gift of time can be more cherished than any monetary present.
Because that’s exactly what you will be. Present in her life, helping her be the best she can be.
Are you an entrepreneur? What are you hoping to get for the holidays? Share your wish list in the comments!