The Entrepreneur's Holiday Gift Guide

The Entrepreneur's Holiday Gift Guide

Stuck for present ideas? While you're in the Black Friday spirit, here are our top Christmas gifts for entrepreneurs

By David Kiriakidis

Christmas is stressful. There, I said it. The annual time of 'joy and happiness' can drive the best of us to a glass of something strong. When we went around Fleximize HQ, however, and asked everyone for their #1 Christmas stress, it was clear what it was: present buying.

Whether you're looking for a rude mug for your office Secret Santa or something impressive for your other half, Christmas present buying is a pain for anyone. Especially so for Entrepreneurs.

With less time on you hands and more to worry about than many, navigating the high street is something you shouldn't have to worry about. So we've embarked on a trawl across the web to select the best of the best for you to spend your hard-earned money on, while getting that value that your business mind constantly craves.

For Her

Our top 10

  1. Cambridge Satchel Company's Vivienne Westwood Satchel: Combining two Great British classics – the Cambridge Satchel and the iconic Vivienne Westwood squiggle – this bag is sure to set you apart from other commuters. Made with 100% real leather and tried and tested fastenings, it won't buckle under the pressure and is well worth the investment. cambridgesatchel.com: £215
  2. Aesop Auriga gift set: Anyone who's used Aesop products before, knows that you're getting bang for your buck. This gift set, named after an important constellation in Greek mythology, includes 3 of the luxury brand's most popular and nourishing products for the body, hands and face. Net-a-Porter: £45
  3. Walnut iPhone 6S case by Grovemade: An iPhone is a thing of beauty. Even I, as recent iPhone to Android convert, admit that it's a stunning piece of tech. With this lies a catch-22 situation. Do you cover half of the beauty up with a case or leave it unprotected and risk the dreaded smashed screen? With the new Walnut case by Grovemade, you can add a decent level of protection to your phone, whilst maintaining the natural beauty of the device. Grovemade: $99
  4. Leather pouch by Comme des Garçons: Beautifully crafted with claret leather, this clutch is perfect for your everyday essentials but doesn't look out of place in the evening. Available in a choice of four colours with gold-stamped designer lettering. Net-a-Porter: £85
  5. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham: The star of HBO and Sky Atlantic's Girls, steps away from the camera and picks up a pen (or more likely a laptop) in this funny, irreverent look at what she's learnt about life, love and everything in between. Great reading for those long, cold January nights. Amazon: £5.30
  6. Personalized make up case by TillyAnna: Handmade in TillyAnna's Welsh studio, using natural Fairtrade-certified cotton canvas, this make up case is an easy upgrade on your old, cluttered bag. notonthehighstreet.com: £16
  7. GoPro Fetch dog harness: Dog owners prepare yourselves. This harness allows you to strap a GoPro to your dog. It has 2 mounting locations: the chest (for all the hole digging, slobbery stuff) and back (for squirrel-chasing, puddle-exploring action). It's padded in all the key areas to ensure your dog's comfort and it's easily adjustable to fit the size of your dog. cyclestore.com: £44.99
  8. iPhone 6S (Rose Gold) by Apple: The California-based tech giant released their latest and greatest mobile devices earlier this year, and they're a huge upgrade. With 3D touch, ApplePay and the new productivity features in iOS 9, it'll make any entrepreneur's life easier, especially if they already have Apple devices. Apple: £619
  9. Ribbed-knit beanie by Stella McCartney: The iconic designer's cosy ribbed-knit wool beanie is crafted from the finest wool in Italy. The chic neutral hue ensures it'll fit with a plethora of different outfits, all whilst keeping you warm this winter. Net-a-Porter: £150
  10. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman: Ever wanted to really understand how the human brain works? In this book, Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his field defining work in psychology goes on a groundbreaking tour of the mind, and explains the 2 systems that drive the way we think and make choices. Amazon: £6.99

The best of the rest

  1. Smythson of Bond Street inspiration and ideas notebook: smythson.com: £45
  2. Le Specs 'No Smirking' sunglasses: Net-a-Porter: £50
  3. Bloodline Season 1: Amazon: £27.86
  4. 'You are Awesome' Chevron retro cushion: Sass&Belle: £17
  5. Larsson & Jennings Läder black watch: larssonandjennings.com: £215
  6. Silver Feather necklace and earring set: notonthehighstreet.com £19.95
  7. Malin + Goetz Dark Rum scented candle: Net-a-Porter: £37
  8. Wahanda beauty gift Ccrd: wahanda.com: £25 upwards
  9. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle 50ml: boots.com: £61.20
  10. Skandinavisk Hav candle: skandinavisk.com: £25

For Him

Our top 10

  1. Ayoade on Ayoade: Richard Ayoade doesn't do conventional interviews. The star of IT Crowd decided that, for this biography / parody of film culture, there was no one better to interview himself than himself. A must-read for anyone who, like me, has a penchant for twisted, wry humour. Wordery: £6.71
  2. Evernote Moleskine 2016 weekly planner: Evernote, in collaboration with Moleskine, bring organisation into the 21st century. For those who still enjoy the feel of pen on paper but also need their phone at their side, this is perfect. It enables you to sync the book with the Evernote app using it's word-recognition technology, and convert your hastily scribbled notes into actionable tasks. Evernote Market: £23.00
  3. Mod Tablet 2 by This is Ground: The Mod is a beautiful tablet case designed to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning entrepreneur. Bound in hard-wearing leather, the Mod 2 allows you to customize to your specific needs by way of modular inserts.This is Ground: $299.00
  4. MA750i in-ear headphones by RHA: If you, like me, enjoy listening to music in a certain way (loud and uninterrupted) then these in-ear headphones by specialist British company RHA will make cheaper ones sound like a tin can and a piece of string. Constructed from individually machined stainless steel components, they won't get irreparably tangled in your pocket. Especially since they come with a handy little case. Apple Store: £89.95
  5. Google Nexus 6P by Huawei: In the world of mobile devices, there's an elite. Commonly referred to as the 'premium' area, Nexus has never sat in this bracket – until now. A true competitor to the iPhone, the 6P combines a stunning display, well-crafted hardware and a few innovative new features such as Doze, which saves your battery when inactive. It also uses the new type of USB - USB-C, which enables fast-charging (in tests it's been clocked as going from 10% to almost full in under half an hour). Google Store: £449.00
  6. Jawbone UP24: The Jawbone UP24 helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so that you can make smarter choices. The wristband pairs with the app to display your movement and sleep details from your UP24 band, delivering insights, milestones, and challenging you to make each day better. aroundtheclockoffers: £39.99
  7. Moto 360: Do you like the hype about smart watches, but still want the look and feel of a classic wristwatch? The Moto 360 gives you the best of both worlds by combining traditional styling with a mobile app ecosystem powered by Android. With a great battery life, build quality and price, it's a serious contender for that space on your arm. Currys: £129.95
  8. Tile: Always losing your car keys? Tile is a ridiculously tiny Bluetooth tracker and app that finds everyday items in seconds, be that your keys, phone or wallet. Using the app on your phone, no longer will you have to spend hours searching the back of the sofa only to find them in your pocket. Tile: $25
  9. Beam: This powerful projector turns any flat surface into a big screen. Beam's smart computer is hidden in beautifully designed casing, which you can screw into any existing light socket, so you can play games, watch movies or share content from your smartphone or tablet. Beam will also assist you in your daily activities, like waking you up in the morning with the latest news or showing you your social updates when you get home.Beam: $499.00
  10. Master & Dynamic MH40 over ear headphones: Built with premium cowhide leather, stainless steel and soft lambskin ear cups, they'll make your head and desk instantly more beautiful! Master & Dynamic: $399.00

The best of the rest

  1. Jot Script Evernote edition stylus: Evernote Market: £55.95
  2. Shinola Slim bifold wallet: Shinola: £170
  3. Czech & Speake leather-bound travel manicure set: Mr Porter: £198
  4. White Mountaineering Fair Isle knit socks: Mr Porter £30
  5. 75 Years of Marvel Comics: Amazon: £87.75
  6. Kodiak outdoor power bank: Amazon: £37.18
  7. Chromecast Audio: Google: £30
  8. The Five Minute Journal: fiveminutejournal.com: $22.95
  9. Fallout 4 on Xbox One: Amazon: £39.54
  10. The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution: Amazon: £8.79