If you’re looking to spread a little extra holiday cheer with the solopreneur, entrepreneur, small business owner or remote worker on your “nice” list this year, there are plenty of options that can be both fun and functional. Two of the biggest factors in choosing a great holiday gift are finding items that the recipient actually wants, but also items that he or she may not be willing to buy for him or herself. The best presents are at the intersection of those two spheres.
And here are a few great ideas to get you started.
Asus Chromebook C300MA
The professional who travels for business, whether across town, across the country or around the world, oftentimes has a laptop in tow. However, it may not be terribly necessary to carry around a desktop replacement notebook with high-end graphic processing prowess. A thin, light and responsive option could be a much more viable alternative. And with the increasing reliance on the cloud, something like the Asus Chromebook C300MA ($187.99) could be just the ticket. It’s stylish and sleek at just the right price.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Pro
Why get something that only serves one purpose? You wouldn’t carry around a cell phone that does nothing but send and receive email anymore, right? The same is true with travel gear, as would be the case with the excellent Kingston MobileLite Wireless Pro ($99.99). The pocket sized device serves as a portable router (perfect for hotel rooms), a wireless storage solution with 64GB of internal memory plus microSD slot and a USB port, and a backup battery power bank for portable devices too.
Entrepreneurs and other similar professionals can have particularly anxious personalities, feeling like they’re always on edge about something. Let them channel that frenetic energy into the Fidget Cube ($22.00). Each side provides a slightly different thing to fidget with, making it an excellent desk toy. On the down side, Antsy Labs is only currently taking pre-orders on the Fidget Cube following its successful Kickstarter campaign. Deliveries are expected to commence in April, so maybe you can just leave a note for your recipient that they’ll have a surprise waiting for them in the spring.
Logitech C930e Webcam
A great way to save time, money and other valuable resources is to conduct most of your correspondence over the Internet instead of physically visiting your colleagues and clients. Video chats are incredibly useful and the Logitech C390e Webcam ($129.99) will ensure that your end of the conversation is crystal clear in full HD 1080p. This is a business grade HD webcam with an extra wide field of view. As such, it can also be useful for shooting tutorial or product videos for publishing on YouTube and other professional platforms too.
Perhaps the best holiday gift you can give to the traveling entrepreneur in your life is peace of mind, especially if the recipient happens to be particularly forgetful. The Tile Mate ($24.97 each, $69.99 for four, $129.99 for eight) simply attaches to just about anything, from keys to wallets to luggage, and then it can be tracked using the corresponding mobile app. Better yet, it can leverage the power of the crowd to seek out missing items when they’ve gone beyond the range of your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection.
CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD UPS
Speaking of peace of mind, the computer and other related equipment is literally the lifeblood of any online business, or any business that works online at all for that matter. You don’t want to lose hours of work and fry thousands of dollars of equipment in the case of a power outage. Give that peace of mind with a reliable uninterruptible power supply like the CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD ($139.95). Boasting 1500VA/900W of backup power, that should give enough time to shut everything down properly should there be a power surge or outage. The 12 outlets accommodate plenty of devices and the LCD display keeps tabs on the current status.
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