Practical and Affordable Gifts for Entrepreneurs

Practical and Affordable Business Gift Ideas for Small Business Owners

There is a perfect gift for everyone, but sometimes, recognizing that perfect gift can be a challenge. This can be true for anyone you buy gifts for, especially small business owners, who may have certain routines, equipment and needs that you need to take into account in order to identify the perfect gift.

To help you figure out what to get your favorite small business owner for the holidays, in celebration of a birthday or big accomplishment, or just as a token of your appreciation, here are 12 practical and affordable business gift ideas that cover some of the most common needs of small business owners.

Jet Tools Notebook Messenger Bag

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One of the great things about being a small business owner is being able to work from anywhere if you have a laptop. But you need a bag to carry it in. This messenger bag is lightweight and offers organized pockets for just about anything you need to slip in the bag for your mobile office, including cell phones, business cards, pens, MP3 players and other accessories.

Fast Company Magazine Subscription

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Magazine subscriptions are one of the gifts I love receiving because I rarely take time to subscribe to magazines on my own, but thoroughly enjoy receiving hard copy reading material every month, especially when so much of what I typically read is online. Fast Company magazine is the perfect subscription for small business owners who want to keep up with business trends and ideas.

Sigg 1.0L Water Bottle

Anyone who works on a computer has to be careful to avoid spills on and around their equipment, so closed-top bottles for beverages are a must. Sigg bottles are my favorite way to keep water accessible without the risk of an accidental spill. These bottles are also good for the environment, easy to clean and always provide clean-tasting water -- an excellent business gift idea.

Magellan RoadMate GPS System

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Small business owners who travel by car will love this Magellan GPS system. It makes the perfect gift because it's affordable, sophisticated and easy to use, and can help on-the-go business owners get from point A to point B quickly through the OneTouch favorites menu, QuickSpell with SmartCity search, and highway exit point of interest (POI) search.

SentrySafe 500 Fire-Safe Box

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For business owners who work from home or keep important documents on-site, a fire-safe box is an important, but often forgotten investment, making it an excellent business gift idea. This box from SentrySafe is small, easy to move and locks to protect the most important documents, CDs, DVDs and memory sticks.

Day-Timer Starter Set

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There are a lot of online productivity tools, but sometimes nothing beats a reliable, paper-based system, and Day-Timer is one of the most trusted. This starter set comes with a sturdy binder with undated calendar pages, tabbed address/phone directory, tabbed monthly dividers, 24-sheet lined notepad, business/credit card holder, vinyl zip pouch, handy reference pages and a page locator. It's the perfect gift idea for the over-scheduled, ready-to-get-organized, paper-loving small business owner.

Logitech Trackman Marble Trackball

It initially took some getting used to when I switched from an optical mouse to a trackball, but my Logitech trackball is one of the things in my office that I use the most. In fact, I have three of them -- one for each computer. The Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse is comfortable, smooth and precise, and it even has buttons you can customize. This is the perfect gift for any small business owner who spends a lot of time on the computer.

SanDisk 16GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive

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I have a few USB drives that I use to transfer and share files, backup data and take information with me, wherever I'm going. These flash drives are the perfect business gift because anyone can use more than one, and they are super affordable. This SanDisk drive stores a whopping 16GB so the recipient can grab copies of all of the files, music and photos they need.

Contigo Autoseal Stainless Steel Travel Mug

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The Contigo travel mug is spill- and leak-proof, and even self-seals to not only further prevent spills but keep your beverage nice and warm for up to four hours. This is an excellent gift for any small business owner who travels or works around expensive equipment that needs to be protected from a spill.

Sharper Image Portable Charging Valet

Everyone has multiple devices these days, and keeping them charged can be a hassle. That's why I love this portable, folding charging valet from Sharper Image. You can charge up three devices simultaneously from one plug, avoiding the tangle of wires. It's compatible with most handheld devices including cell phones, PDAs, portable games, iPods/iPhone and Bluetooth headsets.

Fellowes Powershred Personal Shredder


Sensitive documents need to be handled appropriately in every business, so a personal paper shredder can be an excellent practical gift for any small business owner. This Fellowes shredder is perfect for home offices, and has a lock that prevents the shredder from accidentally being turned on. It shreds paper, credit cards and staples into a wastebasket for easy disposal.

Office Star Ergonomic Task Chair

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Sitting in one location all day can take a toll on your body, so all small business owners who work in an office need a comfortable, adjustable, ergonomic chair. This chair by Office Star has all of the features I look for in a good office chair: adjustable back height, built-in lumbar support, breathable mesh upholstery, and adjustable padded arms. It's a good looking, functional and comfortable chair you'll be able to sit in all day, every day.