To help you give the gift of technology to an entrepreneur in your life, we asked entrepreneurs and tech leaders this question for their best ideas. From an annual subscription to project management software to an Apple Watch, to conference admission, there are several unique technology gifts that any entrepreneur would be overjoyed to receive this holiday season
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An annual subscription to project management software is a unique and valuable gift. Our team uses Asana, but I’ve heard ClickUp is also a reliable option for your favorite entrepreneur. If they already use a dedicated tool, purchase next year’s subscription early for them.
Beyond saving future expenses in their business, this gift has the potential of furthering long-term success. As someone who cares about this person, there really isn’t a more meaningful present you can give them. It’ll take their productivity to the next level and allow them to become even more profitable.
A good project management tool streamlines your business operations and eliminates the need for a dozen other subscriptions.
Jerry Han, Chief Marketing Officer, PrizeRebel
Every entrepreneur has found themselves in a situation where they were away from their office and had to type a long email on their smartphone, and it is because of situations just like these that a Bluetooth mobile keyboard makes the perfect holiday season gift. There are few things more frustrating than trying to type a lengthy message on your smartphone while juggling other issues away from your desk.
Portable Bluetooth keyboards are the perfect solution as they are easy to set up, store, and transport, and make all your typing as easy as it is on an office computer. With a mobile Bluetooth keyboard, an entrepreneur can get their work done with ease no matter where they are, which is the greatest gift of all.
Greg Gillman, Chief Revenue Officer, MuteSix
As an entrepreneur, you are always looking for ways to expand your network, build your brand and find new clients. A LinkedIn Premium subscription is the perfect gift for the entrepreneur in your life. With LinkedIn Premium, they will have access to a wealth of additional features to help them accomplish all of these goals. For example, they will be able to see who has viewed their profile, send messages to anyone in their network, and receive weekly insights on their activity. In addition, they will have access to exclusive LinkedIn events and groups. It’s sure to help them take their business to the next level.
Michael Sena, Founder & CEO, SENACEA
You can never go wrong with a great mug. However, upgrading your mug game with the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug is the way to go for entrepreneurs working for hours to grow their businesses. This mug has a patented technology that controls the temperature of any hot beverage to have consistent and precise hot sips for as long as 90 minutes. You don’t have to worry about your coffee or tea getting cold while you focus on work.
It also has a sleek design that goes perfectly with an office table or at-home workstation. It’s a thoughtful and excellent gift for coffee and tea-loving entrepreneurs this holiday season.
Nunzio Ross, Owner and Head Director, Majesty Coffee
There is one place where most entrepreneurs spend more time than any other and that is staring at their computer screens, which makes the Felix Gray Roebling Blue Light Filtering Glasses a fantastic holiday season technology gift. The blue light that invades our vision from computer screens can be damaging to our eyes, and studies have shown that it also disrupts sleep patterns.
Felix Gray offers a pair of handsome glasses that have polished Italian frames and proprietary technology lenses that effectively filters out 90% of the damaging blue light that emanates from your computer and smartphone. They are also quite comfortable and stylish. The Felix Gray Roebling Blue Light Filtering Glasses are a thoughtful technology gift that will be appreciated and shows that you care.
Cody Candee, Founder and CEO, Bounce
The most ideal tech gift to get an entrepreneur this holiday season is an LCD writing and drawing tablet. This tablet features a stylus pen that allows the entrepreneur to write directly on the screen and even draw figures. It is the perfect tool for enabling one’s creativity because it allows you to put down your thoughts as they come to you. It’s also ideal for taking notes during meetings and comes with a save function that allows you to retrieve past work easily. You can also use it to put down your to-do list instead of relying on sticky notes. Once you’re done with a particular task, all you have to do is delete it and add something else to your list.
Arthur Worsley, Founder, The Art Of Living
When it first came out on the market, I won’t lie and say that the Apple Watch immediately piqued my interest. Since then, I’ve encountered a fair number of them, and I get why — it’s a nifty piece of modern technological equipment. Even though I still haven’t dug out my wallet to get one, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the least bit upset if someone gave one to me as a present. In fact, I believe that the same could be true for all business owners.
Steve Pogson, Founder and E-commerce Strategy Lead, FirstPier
Every entrepreneur has to spend long periods of time sitting at their desk, and no matter how ergonomic a setup you have, eventually aches and pains will settle in, and discomfort with sitting will start. Relieve all that discomfort and get the entrepreneur in your life back on the road to maximum efficiency with this excellent little massager to tuck behind their chair. The adjustable Shiatsu pillow and 4 powerful 3D massage nodes mean that neck, shoulder, and back pains from sitting will be a thing of the past. It can even be used in the car so the experience can continue on the commute home leaving the user relaxed and refreshed, ready for whatever activities are lined up for the evening.
Colin Palfrey, Chief Marketing Officer, Crediful
Believe it or not, my favorite technology gifts for entrepreneurs tend to be the low tech strokes of genius that still manage to do exactly what they promise without taking away any more of our valuable time and attention with unnecessary distractions. I have an analog clock Pomodoro timer which I leave on my desk and use to help chunk down my day’s work into manageable 50-minute chunks. I love that I don’t have to grab my phone which could easily turn into getting distracted by the bombardment of notifications.
Michael Burghoffer, CEO, PicoSolutions
A personal desktop beverage warmer is the perfect tech gift for every entrepreneur. Whether you’re in deep work, have to meet with a team, or simply forget and wonder why you haven’t woken up fully, this tabletop gadget will keep any liquid piping hot. You can often customize the temperature and they have auto turnoff so that at the conclusion of another long day you don’t have to worry if it’s still warm. Even in your home office, you’ll be able to enjoy a perfectly hot beverage at any time, no matter how many times you have to walk away from it. A personal beverage warmer is the tech gift the entrepreneur in your life needs this holiday season.
Temoer Terry, Partner, The Mommy Care Kit
Height Adjustable Desk is a wise purchase for business owners who work on a variety of projects, such as programming or creating a virtual version of the product. Sitting in one position and height leads to quick exhaustion, muscle fatigue, and backache.
In addition to being ergonomically superior, a height-adjustable desk can be used for a variety of tasks. This desk enables you to switch between standing or sitting positions while working, hence reducing fatigue and backaches. It also relieves the monotony of being in one position during prolonged tasks. Hence, it is a perfect gift for every entrepreneur this holiday season.
Kurt Uhlir, Chief Marketing Officer, kurtuhlir
I am aware that your favorite businessperson is probably too preoccupied with coming up with their next brilliant invention to send you their holiday wish list this year. Jetpack mobile hotspot from Verizon (Always stay connected), It’s not really sensual, but believe me on this.
Long after the New Year has passed, your buddy will still be grateful for this gift. The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L is the WiFi hotspot to beat for people traveling with several data-hungry devices. The Jetpack has a longer battery life than others and utilizes Verizon’s LTE network, which is guaranteed to be the largest and quickest.
Brad Burnie, Founder, Starships
This holiday season, the Philips Hue Smart Lighting Starter Kit is the ideal one-of-a-kind technology gift for entrepreneurs! The Philips Hue Starter Kit includes three Philips Hue A19 LED light bulbs and a Philips Hue Bridge, which connects your lights to Wi-Fi and allows you to control them with the Philips Hue App. You can create custom light scenes, set timers, and even sync your lights with music, movies, and games using the Philips Hue App! The Philips Hue Smart Lighting Starter Kit is an excellent way to add some unique and stylish lighting to your office or home, and it also makes an excellent gift for any entrepreneur who appreciates technology!
Tali Ditye, Co-Founder, Mommyhood101
Yes, it might seem surprising for an entrepreneur to have this, but it works for more than just writing. It can transform one’s notes into Echo desktops. It also captures Audio, so any missed out points in one-to-one or group sessions can easily be retracted. While an entrepreneur is meant to be organized, this device is great for those who generally forget their important files and notes. Trust me, I fall under that category sometimes as well. Having a personal experience with this, I can say it relaxes my workload during meetings and even feedback sessions.
The logic is simple – You have to start with your writing skills to expand them further into actionable plans. This device makes that process much easier and more efficient.
Vance Tran, CoFounder, Pointerclicker
Gift a HAG Capsico Chair! Correct office ergonomics can boost productivity by over 10% on average. In addition to increasing productivity, ergonomics can also aid in preventing health issues like backaches. To begin with, it’s a good idea to spend money on a comfortable ergonomically designed chair to sit on all day while working. In addition to being ergonomically sound, HAG Capsico chairs include an adjustable body that enables you to work in comfort at various desk heights. This excellent quality chair is an amazing and unique gift that entrepreneurs will love in this holiday season.
Sally Johnson, CEO & Founder, Greenlightbooking
Every business has a number of yearly conferences, so now is the ideal time to make reservations in advance to take advantage of early bird discounts. One of my favorite marketing conferences, Inbound, organized by HubSpot annually, has some amazing early registration discounts for its 2016 event; most events have a similar economic structure. Find out which conferences the entrepreneur on your list usually attends, and then pleasantly surprise them with a ticket.
Shad Elia, CEO, New England Home Buyers
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