Yip. Christmas is coming. If you're busy making lists of gifts you need to buy, I am here to help you if someone on your list happens to run their own business or works on their own. In fact, if you are that person - a sole trader / solopreneur - read this and treat yourself to something you may need. Or drop heavy hints to the people doing the gift buying....
All of these gift ideas are not only for small business owners. They're also made or provided by small business owners. Many of them are Yorkshire-based but not all of them require you to be in Yorkshire. By buying a gift from a small business owner, you are putting money directly into the pocket of someone trying to support themselves, rather than a big, faceless corporation. In effect you're helping out the small business owner receiving the gift AND the small business owner selling the gift. Double the goodness.
(Click the links above each to buy online or contact the business owner)
Physical and mental well-being
Working on your own means you probably don't take enough time to look after yourself. And if you become burnt out, run down or poorly, there is no-one else to do the work for you. These gifts will help you stay physically and mentally strong.
A Complete Calm Massage Therapy treatment
Ideal for stressed, busy people who find it hard to unwind.
Cost - £45 for an hour (based in Harrogate)
A hot yoga experience with Yogabomb
Yoga helps people both physically and mentally. A hot yoga class also detoxes and helps soothe tightly knotted muscles. This is where I go and it's fab.
£25 for 20 consecutive days of yoga (based in York)
A winter DIY Retreat Kit
Hayley Gillard is an ecotherapist who uses nature to help people relax, unwind and practice mindfulness. If you can't get to a retreat, you can recreate one by buying her DIY retreat Kit that shows you how to get back to nature in winter. £24.99 (online)
Release Anxiety & Stress Power Coaching session from Emma Langton
A 75 minute power coaching session to bust through any anxieties, stress or mental blocks. Can be done face to face or via skype. For the person who need to release tension so they can move on in their business.
Business support and services
If you ask any small business owner what they'd like, they probably have a list of support they'd like to have access to but can't afford it. So buy them a gift that will help them grow their business:
The Campfire Storytelling Retreat
Yes, this one is mine, but it is an amazing weekend-long retreat in Yorkshire for a small business owner who needs time away from the office, the chance to connect and share with like-minded people all while creating a brand story, marketing content and getting clarity on where they want to take their business. It's a big gift, but the small business owner will thank you - a lot!
£697 or 4 payments of £197
(If you buy this as a gift for someone, drop me a note and I'll send you a campfire gift with printed out details of the retreat so that it can be wrapped and put under the tree).
A Retail Girl Friday
For burnt out retailers who need an extra pair of hands to help get things taken care of, from Selling, Buying, ECommerce, Stock Control, EPOS, Processes & Work Flow or just manning the shop whilst you take a holiday, someone who does the leg work on a project but lets you take the credit, or retail business development. They will particularly need this after the busy festive period.
£50 consultation fee for Yorkshire-based businesses (costs for services thereafter vary)
A personal branding photography session
Having professional headshots that capture who you are can make a massive difference to the brand image you create. Stop using happy snaps taken on your phone & get a shoot done with York-based photographer Olivia Brabbs.
A personal stylist
When out networking or at business meetings, you need a clothing style that reflects your brand personality and brings out your best. Personal stylist Caroline Higginbottom can either help you sort out your wardrobe or take you shopping for clothes that reflect you. Gift vouchers available
From £20 - £90
For the office & stocking fillers
Little gifts that will make life easier and more lovely for a business entrepreneur.
A WOW Planner
For the busy woman, this planner is jam packed with pages to keep you focussed and organised. The pages have been designed with lots of to do lists so you can ‘plan on the go’, handy check boxes for each day and personalised covers.
Hot chocolate Sticks from Foxy Chocs
Given I am all about campfires, hot chocolate and marshmallows, these little hot chocolate sticks are the perfect treat for a small business owner who needs a pick me up. Just stir into warm milk for a mid afternoon treat.
Be Still necklace from Cheerfully Given
Running a business can make you feel frazzled. This lovely pottery charm necklace with the words 'Be Still' is the perfect reminder to take time out, calm your mind and switch off.
Wall inspiration from Walter & May
Every small business owner goes through highs and lows. These framed prints will serve as daily inspirational reminders to keep going.
Funky Country Candles
Every office needs a gorgeous aroma, whether it's to uplift or relax. This range of candles is made by another Yorkshire-based small business owner.
£15 a candle