Is your loved one a blogger? A creative entrepreneur? A planning-obsessed girl boss? Give her something that she’d actually use. Here’s a list of practical gifts that your powerhouse friend, sister, colleague, or whomever will approve of and appreciate!
This is basically the Bible for multi-passionate creatives/slashies/polymaths or—as Emilie Wapnick calls them—multipotentialities (“someone with many interests and creative pursuits”). It’s a comprehensive guide on how to make a living as a multipotentialite and how to find the work model that suits you best. If you know someone who refuses to “choose” one job or passion, they will appreciate you for picking out a book written just for them.
I’ve said this before in a previous blog post but I’ll say it again. The reason why I recommend How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh is that it’s not just another autobiography full of sugarcoated advice. It’s an honest reflection on Lilly’s life before and after Youtube and the lessons she’s learned as an entertainer and an entrepreneur. This book is full of wisdom and actionable advice. Plus, it’s an entertaining read.
Who doesn’t appreciate a fake plant nowadays, am I right? If your friend has an appreciation for interiors and home deco, consider getting her a set of fake succulents. I’d personally love this gift, because I’ve never been able to sustain a plant for longer than two weeks. It’s pitiful, I know.
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Another cute gift idea for the creative type is to get her a phone case with a funny quote or a colorful design like this one.
This all-purpose desk is perfect for the work-from-home blogger or entrepreneur who somehow manages to get work done from the comfort of her own bed. The LapGear MyDesk fits 15.6-inch laptops and comes with a built-in handle, curved edge, and super-soft fleece cushion.
I own an Echo Dot myself and it’s absolutely fantastic. The Dot may not be a full-size Echo, but it does everything you really need it to do. Buy this for the entrepreneur who could use a hand running errands and keeping track of her busy schedule. All she has to do is call “Alexa.”
Gift cards can be a hit or miss if you don’t put much thought into picking them out. Make sure to get one from a store that you know your friend shops from often. Here are some online gift card ideas for the creative entrepreneur:
Perhaps your entrepreneur friend is so busy building a creative empire that she forgets to stay hydrated throughout the day. Be the one to give her something that she doesn’t even realize she needs! Get your friend a sturdy flask that she’ll want to bring with her everywhere she goes. The 32-ounce Hydro Flask, for instance, is a great option. It’s extremely popular amongst outdoorsy and non-outdoorsy people alike.
With so many planners available online, it might feel like an impossible task to choose the right one—especially for the organized creative type. Here are four quality planners that have been carefully designed to help people stay as productive as possible:
The JOBY GorillaPod is perfect for the traveling blogger, vlogger, or Youtuber that needs a lightweight tripod to pair with her SLR or mirrorless camera. I’m pretty sure Casey Neistat uses this one as well, so if he approves, then it has to be a useful piece of equipment worth investing in. I’m hoping to purchase one myself.
Here’s a great entry-level mic for any creative entrepreneur thinking about starting a podcast. It’s convenient, affordable, and easy to configure.
This neon desk light by Amped & Co is a wonderful gift for anyone with an appreciation for colorful design. It’s also a killer statement-piece-cum-desk-light that will brighten up any dull workspace.
If your friend loves learning and has always been interested in photography, business marketing, or some other creative skillset, look no further than CreativeLive.com. You will find an excellent selection of classes led by the world’s leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders, such as Mel Robbins, Tim Ferris, and Richard Branson. I have taken multiple courses on CreativeLive and love the depth and breadth of content available on this website. To purchase a course for your friend, all you have to do is click on “give as gift” under the “buy” button.
Get this gift for the woman who likes mind-mapping and visualizing her goals. Chances are, she loves a good white board.
This is another solid gift idea for someone who likes visualizing everything she wants to accomplish. You can hang up photos, notes, and other important documents with this modern wall grid from Urban Outfitters.
If your friend has a laptop full of spreadsheets, PDFs, and ebooks, then chances are she’s running out of storage space. An external hard drive can help her store some of those files and give her peace of mind about the clutter inside her computer.
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Here’s a gift idea for that friend who loves taking pictures and treasuring all the memories. The Instax Mini 9 is easy to use and prints out photos instantly. (Get ready for a whole lot of nostalgia!)
Get the girl who lives out of a suitcase a new suitcase to live out of. Calpak has an awesome selection of affordable carry-on bags that come in various colors and designs. Herschel’s “Trade Carry-On” is pretty neat as well. And if you’re willing to spend more than $150, then there’s always the popular suitcase from Away (see above).
How about a microphone that just about every Youtuber and her mother seems to own? It’s compatible with various cameras and comes with the foam windshield pictured above. This is a great starter mic for the creative who wants to branch out and start creating video content for her business.
If you’re a creative entrepreneur yourself, let me know what you think!
What gifts would you want to receive from your loved ones?