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.
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. Laid Back Snacks, Gift Box, $59.95 CAD +
Help your entrepreneur friend eat healthy with Laid Back 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. Laid Back 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. 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.
9. Conscious Consulting Session, $300 + CAD
The early days of entrepreneurship can be lonely, hard, and financially straining. For the budding entrepreneur in your life who could use a little support, gifting them a session with a coach could make all the difference in helping them succeed! Whether they need social media and marketing pointers, idea generation, sustainability integration, spiritual guidance, or help with fine-tuning their offering, a Conscious Consulting session with Forage founder Arti Jalan will be just the thing they need to regain confidence and clarity in their business. #shamelessplug
10. Slow North, Neck Wrap, $47 USD
For the entrepreneur who pulls long hours hunched at their computer, these neck wraps from Slow North are the perfect gift to help heal and soothe sore muscles. With the ability to be applied warm or cold, these wraps work wonders for pain, soothing tension and aches in stiff areas. Designed with well-being in mind, these neck wraps are handmade with 100% cotton and linen fibres, and filled with natural, unscented lentils. Help your entrepreneur friend stop their aches, right in the neck of time!
The entrepreneur in your life won’t just love the case studies in this book, they’ll learn a ton of relatable tips and tricks that they can apply to their own businesses. Friction talks about how the era of clever marketing is coming to an end, and how brands need to embrace transparency, engaging audiences, approachability, passion, and well…less friction. With case studies from wildly successful and conscious brands, this book will be your creative entrepreneur’s new bible.
12. AromaTech, AroMini, $295 USD
Stylish and silent, this sleek diffuser is changing the world of fragrance diffusers. The nebulizing technology breaks down fragrance oil into a very fine dry mist, resulting in a subtle scent that remains consistent all day. Without using heat or water, the integrity and potency of the essential oils is kept intact, delivering the most therapeutic benefits. Your entrepreneur friend will love having this calming scent station in their home office.
13. Kind Stranger, Golden Teacher Microdose, $78 CAD – Foragexkind25 for 25% off
Help the entrepreneur in your life replace their coffee habit with mushrooms! Golden Teacher is one of the most well-known of the Psilocybe Cubensis strain, and is great for beginners and experienced users alike. Giving users a sense of clarity, creativity, focus and improved cognitive function, research has shown that millennials are drinking less, choosing enhancers that support well-being and health instead. This mini trip won’t get users high, but it’ll be a wellness staycation the busy entrepreneur in your life needs. Kind Stranger is organic, with the highest standards of purity, potency and transparency.
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