Last year, my 10 Gifts for Minimalists post was a huge hit that still gets shared on Pinterest, so I wanted to make a Part 2 this year… but with a little twist!
This year it’s all about the Minimalist ladypreneurs (and the dudepreneurs)!
Life can be super overwhelming for an entrepreneur and sometimes we just need a little something-something to calm the chaos down without adding weight to our lives. So, without further ado, here are 10 gifts to give those overworked entrepreneurs trying to live a little more simply. Or buy them for yourself!
1. Asana subscription
When you’re trying to run a business all by yourself, or even with a small team, it can get overwhelming FAST. An overwhelmed entrepreneur is an ineffective entrepreneur. I’ve seen it in myself and I’ve seen it in dozens of other solopreneurs.
It’s very important to keep all your planning/to-do’s to a single planning tool (Why? Read this), and you can help your solopreneur friend out with a subscription to their favorite project management and to-do service. Asana is my absolute favorite. I use it as a planner, a scrum board, and for quick reminders and notes. It’s hands-down the best product I’ve found for my purposes.
Other options include Trello, PlannerPad, and Evernote, but Asana is the one I trust and stick with. You can gift your #solopreneur friend a subscription to Asana for about $9 a month, but the free version is amazing, too (and all I need for my purposes)!
- Asana (not affiliate)
2. Spotify or Pandora subscription
Tell me what entrepreneur you know who doesn’t need to just shut the door, blast some music, and get sh*t done sometimes. I’ll wait.
Now, some people work better with sound and some people work better with total silence, but I guarantee you that regardless of their work style, your #solopreneur likes to rock out to shake off some stress sometimes.
Give them the gift of music with a Pandora or Spotify subscription.
Pandora is only $4.99/month and Spotify is $9.99/month or $4.99/month for students.
3. A plane ticket to see you for the holidays
You know what I’d really love for the holidays? To be able to see my family. But I just got married in August and funds are really tight, so Thanksgiving and Christmas are just me + husband + Chinese takeaway this year.
Striking out on your own can be really tough, and there’s often a lot of start-up capital required to get a new business off the ground. There’s a good chance your #solopreneur would really love to be able to see you for the holidays, without the debilitating stress of wondering how she’ll afford it.
Why don’t you book her a flight home for the holidays? Southwest always has great prices and good service. Don’t forget about the discount sites like Kayak and Expedia, too.
4. Indoor herb garden
I hate cooking. That’s why I got married. But enough about me. How about your overworked, overwhelmed #solopreneur? She’s been working hard all day, slaying hard, hustling, and all she has in her fridge is leftover pizza and a can of refried beans in the cabinet.
Help her put together a more inspiring dinner with some rosemary and thyme. Plus, the scents from herbs like rosemary, mint, sage, and lavender have aromatherapy benefits and she’ll get a little mental lift every time she walks by.
Here are a few options on Amazon that all have good genuine reviews, although I haven’t picked one out for myself yet. I’m personally looking for one with rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, and cilantro so I may build my own.
- Nature’s Blossom Organic Basil, Thyme, Parsley, Sage, Cilantro Kit $19.99 (affiliate)
- Miracle-Gro Aero Garden 6 with Gourmet Herb Pack $89.99 (not affiliate)
Has this post given you some great ideas? Please share! ⤵
— Holly O. 🍂 (@GirlAlchemy) November 22, 2016
5. Good laundry cleaner to take care of what they have
I keep a Minimalist wardrobe so it’s really important to me that my clothes last for years. I recently needed a new sweater stone to get some pills off a cardigan and when I went to buy one, I got sparkle-eyes at a new-to-me brand of clothing care called The Laundress. I ended up ordering the sweater stone + some wool shampoo and detergent and I am IN LOVE, y’all.
The Laundress is literally the best I’ve ever found in clothing care. My sweaters came out looking, feeling, and smelling fresh. Plus it’s all natural with no gross chemicals. I’ll be going back for more when this runs out.
You can help your Minimalist or overwhelmed #solopreneur take care of what they have so they don’t have to waste time or money replacing clothes with some quality clothing care.
- Definitely give The Laundress a look. And if you use this link, you get $10 off your order (and I get $10 off my next one).
6. Watch their kids or pets while they go out of town
A weekend away to unwind is good for all of us, but #solopreneurs might be especially in need since we often work from home. If your #solopreneur has kids and works from home, she could probably use a day or two to herself or with her partner.
An offer to watch the kids or the pets for a night or two could be just what she needs. And the bonus is that you get to play with cute baby animals or baby people for a few days, then give them back.
- Try buying a nice card and putting a babysitting “coupon” inside
7. Kindle Unlimited
It’s so easy to forget that there is life outside of work. Make sure your person takes some time for herself. Reading is a super way to escape real life craziness for a while, but sometimes you just don’t know what to read.
With Kindle Unlimited, you can choose from over 1 million books to read, plus thousands of audiobooks — and you can read or listen to as many as you want. You don’t need a Kindle device to use it; it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with an app.
I subscribe to this and I love it — especially for commuting, waiting at the doctor’s office, and travel.
- Kindle Unlimited (not affiliate)
8. Trapeze school, cooking classes, pottery making, pole, or another fun class
Sometimes, you just need to force #solopreneurs to put the work down, get out of the house, and do something fun to remind them that there’s more to life than work. And we Minimalists always love a good experience over a ‘thing’, so classes are doubly fun for us!
You can search for “fun classes” + your town to find something fun for you and your #solopreneur to do together. When I searched DC, where I live, I found so many amazing options! I’m going to sign up for at least three!
A handful of the classes I found available in my area:
- Underwater pole dancing
- Wine tasting
- Cooking lessons
- American Sign Language
- Home staging/interior design
- Stained-glass making
- Jewelry making
- Fabric dying
- Hand dancing
9. Air plant
Air plants are great for entrepreneurs for 4 reasons:
- Very little care required
- Improves air quality
- Reminds you that there is a world outside your office
I struggle even keeping a ficus alive, so cacti and air plants are my decor of choice. They’re aesthetically pleasing, you don’t have to remember to water them, they pump out oxygen and help clean your air, and when you are in your darkest #solopreneur hour, they remind you that the world is a big, beautiful place.
If you’d like to support some small businesses, I found a number of beautiful options on Etsy:
- Set of 3 Air Plants in Metallic-painted Sea Urchin Shells $12 (not affiliate)
- Small Air Plant Terrarium Kit / Wonky Wonderland $25-26 (or $52 for both styles) (not affiliate)
- Tillandsia Air Plant in Polished Malachite Specimen $12 (not affiliate)
10. Maid service
Oh my gosh, how I would love a maid service some days. Not for the big — I won’t let a house get too messy — but for the details. I just don’t have the headspace for mopping, dusting, cleaning bathtubs, and degreasing stoves.
And I’d bet good money that most entrepreneurs feel the same. I always feel like I have more important things to do than scrub a bathtub…
But man oh man, how nice it is to have a sparkling white bathtub!
Minimalists might not have a bunch of stuff, but we do live in our homes, so the details are going to get a little messy. Entrepreneurs are the same: our eye for details is usually focused on the details of our biz instead.
A monthly or quarterly detail-cleaning for your #solopreneur would not go unappreciated.
- Check around for local maid services and look for good, genuine reviews and clear pricing
11. A Virtual Assistant
We all have talents and passions, and those are probably what got you in the biz to begin with. But business takes more than the “fun stuff” to work. It takes marketing, accounting, and other things we’d like to forget about. But it still has to be done, and there’s a good chance your #solopreneur is doing it herself.
No matter what stage of her business she’s in, she’s probably doing more than her mental health would prefer.
A virtual assistant can be a great asset. Just a few hours a week could make the difference between being overwhelmed and being able to focus on her passion biz with clarity.
You can get a virtual assistant for a number of tasks, including:
- Social media copy and scheduling
- Graphics design
- Customer service
- Tech stuff
And a hundred other things. Look around and fight the right virtual assistant — they all have different specialties. Prices vary, but expect to pay around $20-$30 an hour for most jobs.
12. Kill the Chaos
This one’s a little self plug, but I wouldn’t promote it if I didn’t believe in it. My brand new course, Kill the Chaos, begins in November but you can get it or gift it now for less than the launch price.
Kill the Chaos is for overwhelmed, ambitious ladypreneurs who are ready to clear the mental clutter and get shit done. I’ll teach you how to clear the mess from your head and find clarity and lasting focus for your #passionbiz using made-for-you rituals. It’s fun and fluff-free!
Click the banner to get more information and enroll in Kill the Chaos.
That’s all I’ve got for you this year. What would you add to the list for your favorite Minimalist or overwhelmed #solopreneur? Lemme know it comments!