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A Gift Guide for the Entrepreneur in Your Life

Gift Ideas

Do you have a hard-working entrepreneur or business owner on your holiday gift list this year? What can you get for the guy or gal who really needs a vacation and a tax break? We’ve got you covered. Here at Trusty Oak, we work with and are entrepreneurs, so we have the inside scoop on what they’d love to see under the tree this Christmas. 

A Planner 

It’s true that many business professionals rely on digital calendars or apps, but others prefer a tangible planner they can use to jot down notes, to-dos, events, and thoughts. Small business owners are wildly busy and need tools to control the chaos, so a planner is an ideal gift. Several of our Trusty Oak VAs use the Happy Planner from Create 365. We also highly recommend the Daily Greatness Business Planner, a comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to set your intentions for your company, stay on task, and create your own actionable plan for 2018 success. 

A Magazine Subscription 

The business nerd in your life may be thrilled to see a year subscription to a popular magazine under the tree. ForbesEntrepreneurThe EconomistNew YorkerWiredBusiness WeekFortuneInc, and Fast Company are all full of inspiring stories and excellent tips. 

Headphones or Earbuds 

People who are running a start-up or dreaming big about their side hustle tend to work from non-traditional places: diners, the guest bedroom, and coffee shops top the list. A pair of nice headphones or wireless earbuds may be exactly what they need to drown out the background noise of their latte-sipping neighbors and get in the zone to make their dream a reality. They’re also ideal for traveling: headphones can help you catch some Z’s on an airplane or take a conference call in an airport lounge. You’ll get bonus points if they’re noise-canceling like this pair from Bose


They have to fuel the productivity somehow, and a little caffeine pick-me-up could be just the ticket. Whether it’s a bag of locally-roasted beans or a monthly coffee subscription, you can’t go wrong with a hot, energy-boosting beverage. Many craft coffee companies offer monthly delivery, keeping your favorite entrepreneur tanked up and energized.

Books and Audiobook Subscriptions 

Entrepreneurs are hungry to learn, and what better way to sit at the feet of the greats in business than to read? Consider wrapping up some sage business advice for them. Popular books for entrepreneurs include Tools of Titans by Tim FerrissHigh Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, and The 10 Laws of Enduring Success by Maria Bartiromo

Many business owners prefer audiobooks, because what high-achiever doesn’t want to download some valuable information while on a run or commuting to a meeting? Maybe an audiobook subscription to a service like Audible fits the bill. 

These ideas can help you be a gift-giving hero to a tired small business owner this year. And if you are that tired entrepreneur? Maybe you should give yourself the gift of more time by hiring a virtual assistant.


Emily Fisk

Emily Fisk began her career in marketing after graduating from Boise State University with her B.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition. Emily started freelancing as a writer and found Trusty Oak in 2016. Emily spent three years as a virtual assistant, helping clients build their digital marketing efforts, while taking on more responsibility as an account manager and marketing manager as Trusty Oak grew. In 2019, Emily took on the role of Marketing Director, and in 2020, she began serving as Trusty Oak's Vice President of Operations. Emily’s passion for clear communication, vibrant teamwork, and helping others find meaningful careers has made her a key part of Trusty Oak’s growth. She gets a kick out bringing Trusty Oak’s story alive and watching clients succeed. Under her leadership, the Trusty Oak marketing team has accomplished large-scale projects and numerous successful campaigns, undertaken new brand identity initiatives and launched innovative content. When she’s not working, Emily loves digging into a good book, cooking a delicious meal, and getting outside with her two daughters and husband. She lives in beautiful Boise, Idaho and is a founding member of a (totally cool, not at all nerdy) writing group.