2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Entrepreneurs

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Entrepreneurs | Howard Huang

Shopping for that hardworking entrepreneur this year? Trying to get some ideas on what gifts to give? Here is a list of ideas that keeps the busy entrepreneur focused and organized.

Audible Subscription

For the entrepreneur that doesn’t have time to sit and read, you can get them an audible subscription. This way they can keep up on their “reading” (really they are listening) on the latest published business books. 30 day free trial + $14.95/month. Can cancel anytime.


To go with that audible subscription the entrepreneur needs a way to listen to it. Here is a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open Ear Headphones. I bought a pair this year and they are excellent. What makes these special is that they don’t cover your ears. They sit right around your temple and vibrate to generate sound. The benefit is you can still hear everything around you while your listening and learning. $98.95

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open Ear Headphones

Shopify Subscription

Do you know someone that has been wanting to open up an eCommerce business to sell products or services? Get them a Shopify Subscription. I think it is one of the best out of box eCommerce solutions out there currently and prices start as low as $29/month with a 14 day free trial.



I love books. So does many of the Tech CEO’s I admire like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. If I had to recommend one book as a gift for an entrepreneur it would be Hooked by Nir Eyal. It is a book about how to build habit forming products and is one of my favorite books I read this year. Check out my favorite books I read this year for more book gifting ideas. $20.


Mighty Mug

You’re supposed to drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day. That’s 64oz in total. Staying hydrated helps you stay focused and your muscles and joints lubricated so you can perform your best. This is why you should gift your entrepreneur an awesome water bottle. This particular one has a special way that prevents the mug from accidentally tipping over on your desk and ruining documents or worse…a computer. $29.

Mighty Mug

Adult Coloring Book

Running or starting a business is hard work, but you still have to find time to recharge and relax to avoid burnout. How about some adult coloring books to zoom out a bit and take a break? Here’s a 38 page Elon Musk coloring book. $10.

Elon Musk

Online Courses

Gone are the days of when you needed to learn a new skill, you have to pay tuition and enroll in a special trade school or university. A lot of my knowledge and expertise came from learning it from the internet. Does your entrepreneur want to learn how to build an app or website? Does your entrepreneur want to learn more about digital marketing? My two go-to online learning resources are Udacity and Udemy. They have given me a lot of new found knowledge. Lessons cost from free to paid and taught by credible instructors.


Entrepreneurs have lots of ideas that they are probably bouncing around in their heads. They need a way to whiteboard ideas. If they don’t have one, check out this Whiteboard wallpaper. This one is fairly inexpensive than ones I’ve owned before. The nice thing about Whiteboard wallpapers is you can cut them down to smaller sheets so you can apply them on your desk or even on the back of your laptop. $9.49.

Whiteboard Wallpaper


An entrepreneur needs a good camera in their arsenal to take high quality pictures of their products. Most of us already have a good smartphone camera, but for those looking to take their images to the next level, I highly recommend purchasing a DSLR. I’ve been using an entry level DSLR Canon Rebel T3i for many years and it still captures way better photos than my new iPhone X. Below is the Canon Rebel T7i, the updated version of my Canon Rebel T3i. $850.

Canon Rebel T7i

Desk Toys

Provide a little fun to a cluttered entrepreneur’s desk with a fun desk toy. You could go with the traditional and arguably forgotten Newton’s Cradle or this pretty neat tiny arcade.

Gift Cards

Some may consider it a little impersonal, but if you still don’t know what to gift your entrepreneur you might just consider purchasing a gift card. If your entrepreneur likes coffee, consider purchasing a Starbucks gift card so they can stay caffeinated while they are burning the midnight oil.

Starbucks Gift Card

Creative Software

High quality web/app design and product photos are crucial in building a brand and company. If you are not a designer, you can often outsource this work. However, if you are a scrappy entrepreneur, you kind of have to do it yourself. 2017 was the first year that I decided that I needed to learn more about design and photography. I decided to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud and dived right in. The learning curve is not too bad given that Adobe provides a lot of resources to help you learn their tools. Prices range from $9.99 to $79.98.

Adobe Creative (Currently running a 20% Off Black Friday Sale)


Need More Ideas?

Need even MORE holiday gift ideas? I also created another guide for tech lovers.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Tech Lovers

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Tech Loveres | What's Huang

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