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Christmas Gift Guide for Self-Employed

Updated on November 30, 2017
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Paola Bassanese is a freelance author and writer and editor of Digital Nomad Europe.

Christmas Gift Guide


What to buy for a friend who is self-employed? Buying Christmas presents for people who spend most of their time obsessively working to build a business may not be interested in frivolities, but they will appreciate useful presents. A word of warning, though: most of these presents are not cheap.

A Budget for Any Gift

$20-$50
$50-150
$150-$300
$300+
Amazon Gift Card
Headphones
Headphones
Headphones
Phone Power Bank
Hard Drive
Hard Drive
Hard Drive
 
Phone Power Bank
Wireless Hotspot
Wireless Hotspot

Useful Presents for Self-Employed Friends

Amazon Gift Card

Who wouldn’t be happy with an Amazon gift card? Sure, gift cards are not an original idea, but with the variety of products you can get from Amazon, at least you are not limiting yourself to a specific shop. Also, compared to other gift cards or vouchers, there is a lower risk of the shop going bust or not having enough stock. Talking from experience, when you buy a gift card from a specialist shop, you may be disappointed when you hear from your friend that in the meantime the shop no longer exists and the voucher didn’t get redeemed.

External Hard Drive

We have all become storage-hungry: we need to keep our digital files safe and our laptops get out of space very quickly. This is particularly true when you are self-employed, as you need to archive documents for record-keeping. Your self-employed friend will be very grateful for the gift of storage!

The most popular brands of external hard drives include:

  • Seagate
  • Verbatim
  • Western Digital

Suggestion: read some comparison reviews on sites like Techradar to find a present with the right specification that is within your budget (this applies to any of technical products in this article).

External Hard Drive

An external drive is great for backups and for extra storage
An external drive is great for backups and for extra storage

Wireless Hotspot

Being connected is important for self-employed people, and it’s especially important when travelling. When wi-fi is not freely available, carrying your own mobile hotspot will allow you to send that very important email while you’re on the road. Your self-employed friend will be impressed with your present.

The downside of having a wireless hotspot is the price of roaming, which can be very expensive.

Mobile hobs allow to connect several devices safely using a data SIM card. These SIM cards can be pay-as-you-go or with a monthly contract. The main advantage of wireless hotspots is that the connection can be much faster than free or shared wi-fi.

Some of the leading brands include:

  • Uros Goodspeed
  • Huawei
  • Netgear Nighthawk

Headphones

Someone who is always glued to their laptop is probably also glued to his/her headphones. If your self-employed friend spends many hours on video conferencing with clients, you will score major brownie points if you get business headphones this Christmas.

Features to look out for are microphone quality and sound quality as well as noise cancelling to reduce background noise.

Business headphones with high specification include:

  • Bose QuietControl
  • Philips Fidelio
  • Plantronics BackBeat Pro

Headphones

External Portable Charger

Mobile phones are power-hungry and for your well-connected self-employed friend, having a fully charged phone is a lifesaver. A power bank or charger is a must-have (you may want to get one for yourself too). If you know which type of phone your friend has it will be easier to find a compatible charger; however, you can also find on the market universal chargers that are suitable for any phone. Some chargers have more than one USB port so you can charge multiple devices at the same time. Heavier models tend to be able to charge more devices (particularly tablets) and have more capacity.

Popular chargers include:

  • Aukey
  • Anker
  • Lumsing

Power Bank

Never run out of battery with a phone charger/power bank
Never run out of battery with a phone charger/power bank

Your Comments

I hope you found this Christmas gift guide useful. Please let me know in the comments if you are planning to get any of these presents for a self-employed friend.

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      Paola Bassanese 7 weeks ago from London

      Thank you for your comment Mary, I appreciate it!

      Paola

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      Mary Wickison 7 weeks ago from Brazil

      These are great ideas, and I am sure anyone who is self-employed especially if their work is computer related, will find these beneficial.

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      Paola Bassanese 7 weeks ago from London

      Hi @anusha15, thank you so much for your lovely comment! What brand of external hard drive did you get?

      Also, if you don't mind me asking, do you think I should add links to all the products? I didn't want to have so called "spammy elements" in my hub (as you know, Hubpages disapproves of spammy links, so I decided not to include too many product links)

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      Anusha Jain 7 weeks ago from Delhi, India

      Hey, I think those are some great ideas. Useful gifts are definitely great, second only to the personalized ones, the ones which require some extra effort and thought.

      I recently purchased a 4TB hard drive for myself. I wish I had some friend or relative who would have checked this article and gifted me one in advance. :D

      Ah, the joy of wishful thinking.

      Merry Christmas, in advance.