Sustainable Gift Ideas for the Entrepreneur

November 29, 2020 •   2 min read


We’re sharing sustainable gift ideas for the entrepreneur that have been curated and hand-selected for the highest quality and ethical & environmental manufacturing processes. The entrepreneur in your life is sure to appreciate a gift that benefits others in a positive way, and one that is socially-responsible. Whether you choose to surprise them with an ethically-made leather tote bag to stash all their things, or a subscription to healthy snacks when on the go, support sustainable gifting during the most indulgent time of year.  


1. Hoame, Meditation Studio, $45 CAD

For the hustling entrepreneur, help them push pause by giving them a respite from their busy schedule. A pass to a meditation studio, like Hoame in Toronto, is a beautiful way to help them incorporate some inner reflection and peace in their lives. Find a similar studio in your city, and give your self-employed friend a little dose of self-care.

2. Mimi and August, Café Yo Reusable Coffee Cup, $23 CAD

The entrepreneur in your life could probably use an IV-drip of caffeine. While that’s not available, the next best thing is Mimi and August’s Café Yo Reusable Coffee Cup. Available in the cutest designs, this Montreal brand produces everything ethically in Canada, Peru and the USA. All their designs are illustrated by Camille, the co-founder of the brand, and their reusable cups are made from bamboo fibres, helping ease the incredible burden disposable coffee cups have placed on our environment. These cups are dishwasher safe, BPA, BPS and phthalate-free, fully recyclable with a silicone lid and sleeve, and lightweight enough to carry around at all times, from meeting to meltdown.

3. Naked Snacks, Gift Box, $59.95 CAD +

Help your entrepreneur friend eat healthy with Naked Snacks, a Canadian brand from Vancouver. They’ve created snacks that are delicious, nutritious and healthy. Choose to gift a box in single serves or in monthly plans, making sure that in between all the calls and emails they can easily grab a fistful of date bites or apple rings. Naked Snacks has also partnered with Breakfast for Learning, where a portion of proceeds goes towards feeding Canadian children in need.

4. Everlane, The Soft Day Tote, $216 CAD

For the business owner in your life who often uses cafes as her office, this tote bag from Everlane will hold all her stuff – laptop, chargers, phone, planner, heels for that event later. Made from a supple premium Italian leather in an ethical factory in Prato, Italy, Everlane supports ethical, fair trade, and transparent production. The entrepreneur in your life totes needs this carry-all bag to help her stay put together and organized.

5. The Brown Paper Movement, Calendar, 275 KR

These minimal, clean and understated analog calendars might be a nod to the nostalgic past, but continue to provide a functional and aesthetically-pleasing vibe. Made from cotton pulp, and without acid or brightness additives, these beautiful calendars represent Danish elegance in their simplicity. With a notepad included on the back of each monthly page, these calendars are meant to be dual functioning, allowing you to extend their lifespan by using them to jot down notes and creative thoughts. The entrepreneur in your life will love having a place to write things down, and keep track of their meetings and commitments.

6. Native Union, Dock Wireless Charger, $89 CAD

A thoughtful balance of form and function, just like the entrepreneur in your life. This docking station from Native Union allows the user to enjoy full access to their device, even while charging, and in both portrait and landscape mode. Using a blend of recyclable materials such as aluminum, steel, zinc and silicone, these sleek and modern docks are just the thing the boss in your life needs for video calls, IG lives, and handsfree interaction.

7. Photography or Branding Package

Sometimes the best gift we can give is a contribution to a necessary service that a start-up or newly launched business owner needs. Whether that’s high-quality photographs to convey their business narrative or a branding package to help them define their look, helping out with an essential need when funds are low is a gift that won’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. Ask them which service they intend to go with and give what feels comfortable.

8. Pela, Blue Light Filtering Glasses, $64.95 CAD

For the entrepreneur who spends hours staring at a screen, these biodegradable blue light filtering glasses (with sunglass purchase) are the perfect gift to give. Overexposure to blue light can disrupt sleep patterns and cause long-term health issues. The blue light filtering lenses reduce the exposure to light waves and offer optical protection. With every purchase, Pela donates a percentage of sales to Ocean Cleanup and Preservation Initiatives – innovative enterprises and lenses your business-owner friend can get behind!

9. Driftaway, Coffee Subscription, $55 USD +

For the hustling entrepreneur, Driftaway provides a monthly coffee subscription service, where each bag contributes to the livelihood of smallholder coffee farmers. Each bag is shipped with the backstory on the farmer, and all their coffees are traced back to a single origin. With 100% compostable packaging (every component can be tossed into the soil), Driftaway is committed to reducing their carbon and ecological footprint. The coffee-loving entrepreneur in your life will love having their java delivered monthly, another thing off their ever-growing to do list.

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