Whether your entrepreneurial friend is just opening the doors to their small business or working tirelessly after many years to keep things running smoothly, they absolutely deserve to be celebrated. Burnout has become prevalent among small business owners, especially since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, so it’s more important than ever to make them feel loved and supported by their community.
As a small business and corporate gifting service, we know firsthand how much time and effort it takes to get a small business off the ground and how important it is to feel recognized from time to time. In this article, you’ll find some of our favorite gift ideas for small business owners, plus many other ways to encourage and fuel their efforts.
Gifts for Small Business Owners & Other Ways to Show Support
In the sections below, you’ll find many practical and fun gift ideas for small business owners. But gifts are just one way to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. If your friend or family member owns a small business, there are many other ways to show your support:
- Shop from their business whenever the opportunity arises
- Buy gift cards from their business for your other friends and family members
- Check-in with them to see how they’re coping and offer emotional support
- Take them out to lunch or stop by to surprise them with a coffee or bouquet of fresh flowers
- Follow their social media accounts and engage with their posts
- Post photos of their products or services on your social media accounts and be sure to tag them
- Refer your family and friends to their business
- Leave glowing reviews on platforms like Yelp, Google Maps, TripAdvisor, etc.
- Volunteer to help out at one of their events
- Offer up your expertise– only if relevant and wanted!
- Write little notes of encouragement and praise for their achievements
Gifts for New Business Owners
Opening the doors of a small business is an incredible achievement- one that definitely warrants a note of congratulations and/or a celebratory gift. But what kind of gift is appropriate for such an occasion?
New business owners certainly have their work cut out for them, so any gift that helps boost their productivity is sure to be appreciated. This could be some local coffee beans and a french press, a monthly tea subscription, or a healthy superfood latte kit. Or perhaps a personalized planner or some luxurious stationery items to spruce up their desk and help them keep track of everything they need to do.
Another option is to give them something to decorate their new office, workspace, or storefront. This could be a framed piece of artwork from an artist or photographer they love, a beautiful wall hanging or light catcher, a potted plant, a welcome mat, or a cute business card holder. You could also draw inspiration from traditional “good luck” gifts for new businesses, such as a lucky bamboo plant for protection or a jade plant for good fortune.
Because they’ve worked so hard to open this new business, you could also give them a purely fun, celebratory gift that’s less practical and more frivolous. This could be a gift certificate to a local spa for a bit of self-care or a cocktail kit to toast to their impressive achievement.
Creative Gifts for Business Owners
Whenever you purchase a gift– no matter who it’s for– you want it to be as personal and thoughtful as possible. To get your creativity flowing, take some time to look at the small business owner’s website or social media pages for inspiration. Get clues from their branding and messaging. For example, if their brand colors are sage and white, maybe try to find a gift that’s on-brand and package it to match. Or if they emphasize the importance of giving back to a specific charitable cause, you could make a donation in the name of their business. This careful attention to detail will show that you’re willing to go above and beyond to support them and their business.
Gifts for Entrepreneurs They’ll Truly Value
Most small business owners value supporting other small businesses in their local area. Community support, collaboration, and solidarity are key to their success! When you’re shopping for an entrepreneur, try to shop local and support artisans and small businesses from their area or your area. If you don’t have a specific business in mind, try an artisan market or co-op in your neighborhood. If you’re shopping online, search locally or opt for sites like Etsy that support independent sellers rather than big corporations like Amazon. For those based in Northern or Southern California, consider one of our Support Local Gift Boxes full of small-batch, locally-sourced goodies. If you’re based elsewhere, use our carefully curated gift sets as inspiration to create your own special gift.
Sustainability is another core value for many small businesses owners, so keep this in mind while you shop for gifts - and also when the time comes to wrap them up! Check out our guide to sustainable gift wrapping if you need some creative ideas.
Let Bestowe Guide You to Small Business Gifting Success
Thank you so much for reading and celebrating the small business owners in your life. However you decide to honor their hard work, it will mean the world to them to know that they have your support. We know this for certain because we’ve been there ourselves!
These are just a few of our favorite gift ideas for small business owners to help get you inspired. For even more ideas, check out the ready-to-ship curated gift sets on our website, scroll through the list of artisans we partner with here at Bestowe, or consult with one of our custom gifting experts. We hope to hear from you soon!