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As a female entrepreneur myself, I am always looking for that extra edge to help get me ahead. For those that follow my column you already know that I spend a lot of time thinking about performance, creativity, productivity, well-being and the science behind it. This gift guide is a compilation of items that have been a game changer for me in 2018.
In the past I have enjoyed reading Holiday Gift guides but noticed that the guides geared for entrepreneurs always seemed to have a bit of a masculine focus in its curation. That is why I made sure to address areas of entrepreneur life that a female can especially relate to.
Everlane – The Pima Stretch Long-Sleeve (in black)
Decision fatigue is a real thing, in fact the average person makes 35,000 decisions every day. Successful entrepreneurs have figured out how to save brain power by wearing the same thing to work every day. I have created my own version of what I call uniform for success, by wearing just a few pieces on rotation. Everlane’s Pima Stretch Long-Sleeve shirt in black has been a game changer. It’s a steal at $28. It literally feels and looks like it should be at least $70. I wash it daily and still looks great. It’s soft, flattering, never wrinkles and drapes in all the right places. I also love layering this shirt under their Oversized Alpaca Crew sweater which had a waitlist of over 20,000 people.
Available at everlane.com for $28.00
If you are searching for a virtual stocking stuffer look no further. Give the gift of inner peace with Headspace, the meditation app created by Bhuddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe. Being an entrepreneur is a high stress existence and science has proven that almost no other habit can alter your brain the way mediation does. It’s no wonder that 18 million American practice meditation on daily basis including many famous CEO’s. Science has shown that meditation improves focus, productivity, memory, reduced stress and greater emotional control. I love the gamification of the app and that luscious soothing British voice that guides you through the meditations.
Available via Apple Apps store, Google Play or their website headspace.com for an annual subscription of $95.88 or a monthly subscription for $12.99
Cuyana Tote Organization Insert
To me this is like a wallet for your work totes. It’s ingenious. Before this product, my tote was an endless abyss of useful and curious objects. With Cuyana’s tote organization insert I was able to KonMarie my daily workbag since everything now has a spot. It turns any tote into a laptop bag which I love and there are a lot of compartments for my curious objects. It’s well made and fits into any standard size tote bag. Which means you can just pull out the organizer and plop it into another tote. No re-packing needed.
Available at cuyana.com for $195
Give the gift of recovery and sleep to a burnt out entrepreneur. This band has been the single biggest game changer for me in 2018. It has replaced my Apple Watch and Fitbit. NBA and WNBA legends have been using the WHOOP for a while now to be able to fine tune and enhance their performance. This little discreet band provides an enormous amount of data about your daily performance and sleep. This band has 5 sensors collecting data at 100 times per second. The app breaks down the data and biometrics into 3 buckets: strain, recovery and sleep. I have taken more advice from WHOOP than my own mother. It’s the only device I have found that measures heart rate variability and sleep latency. My personal favorite feature is when my WHOOP app tells me how much sleep I need to perform at my peak for the next day. It makes taking care of yourself almost brainless.
Available at www.whoop.com and is about $30 per month. The monthly membership plan includes, the WHOOP band and access to the daily analytics.
Lunya Sleepwear – Cozy Pima Alpaca Pant and Pullover
Give the gift of cozy sleep this holiday season. This for me was a major splurge. I thought I was a boyfriend t-shirt kind of person until the science behind this female founded Sleepwear company sold me. Lunya selects fabrics that are soft and made from predominantly natural fibers with collections focused on addressing the things that tend to keep you up at night, such as restlessness, temperature control, and muscle aches to name a few. These Cozy Pima Alpaca pieces are thermoregulating which means it works with your body to keep you at the perfect temperature while you sleep. The strangest but coolest part are the freezer sleeves. Basically, you skip the wash and use the Freeze Sleeve that it arrives with. You place the Alpaca product into the sleeve, sleeve goes into the freezer, freezer does the work overnight. Apparently freezing it for 24-48 hours kills bacteria and eliminates odors. It’s weird I know but I can personally say it works. Added bonus it also kills moth larvae!
Available at lunya.co for $178.00 – $218.00
Sitting is the new smoking but not with the Cubii. Cubii is an under the desk elliptical that lets you burn calories while you work. You can track your progress and compete with others in the mobile app. It also syncs with Fitbit and Apple HealthKit. I really thought my co-workers would make fun of me when my Cubii arrived, but everyone loved it. It’s discrete and portable. I have taken my Cubii from under my desk into the conference room for longer conference calls. This device is also science backed. A study done by the Mayo Clinic’s NEAT program found that when lab participants (for 90 mins) went from sitting to standing, they increase their overall energy expenditure by about 16.7%. However, when participants remained seated and used Cubii, their energy expenditure increased by 84.5%. Entrepreneurs are notorious for putting their health last and spend many hours burning the midnight oil at their desks. Give them back the gift of health.
Available at mycubii.com for $349.00.
Parachute Home – Travel Kit
Start-up entrepreneurs travel a lot, often red-eye and not in business class. Any amenity and comfort you can offer will be appreciated. For me this luxurious Parachute Home Travel kit tricks my mind into thinking I am flying first class. The entire travel kit is made from 100% extra fine merino wool and includes a blanket, carrying case and eye mask. Everything you need to feel cozy and refreshed when you walk off that plane.
Available at parachutehome.com for $169
LuMee Power Light Charger in Rose
Budding entrepreneurs wear many hats including being a social media ninja and content creator. Lighting is a big part of capturing that picture-perfect micro moment to help sell the dream. That’s why I love this Power Light Charger. It charges your phone ridiculously fast and has studio grade lighting. The lighting also has a variable dimmer and strobe lighting effect. I have used these on important photo shoots to add highlights and also just to create the perfect Instagram post.
Available at lumee.com for $49.95
Dagne Dover Large Lola Pouch
I call this my catch all bag. Here is the thing, the Lola Pouch was meant to be used as a makeup bag but on a recent business trip it doubled as stylish clutch. It has a 2-way zipper opening with side snaps that can be used to adjust the shape making it transform into a chic clutch for an evening out. The inside has a few magnetic-slip pockets and elastic loops to hold all your expensive lotions and potions. I appreciate the smooth inside lining which makes it easy to clean. I personally have one in large and small. I use the small one to keep all of my phone chargers and cords organized in my tote.
Available at dagnedover.com for $105.00
ReMarkable the Paper Tablet
One of my big 2018 goals was to tap back into my creativity and get more organized. ReMarkable has allowed me to do both. There are numerous studies concluding that writing on paper lights up parts of your brain that typing simply does not. ReMarkable tablet is almost exactly like having a pencil-on-paper writing experience. It’s digital paper. You have that actual tactile feeling and sound while you write. It has helped super charge my design process and also love that all of my meeting notes and scribbles can been saved and organized digitally. The ReMarkable has a long battery life and tons of marker tips.
Available at remarkable.com for $599.00
Vim and Vigor Compression Tights
These are not your Grandmas compression socks in fact, they are compression tights. I love the science behind VIM & VIGR. They partnered with vascular surgeons and vein clinics to ensure they created the perfect compression products. Whether you’re at your desk or on your feet, VIM & VIGR tight have helped make long days more bearable. Studies show that sitting for 90 minutes or more can cause blood flow below the knees to decrease by 50%, significantly increasing the chance of blood clots and reducing the amount of freshly oxygenated blood to reach your legs. Being on your feet isn’t any better because it puts a 20% greater strain on the circulatory system and on the legs and feet, which can cause fatigue and varicose veins. Wearing compression socks or tights can prevent swelling, alleviate achiness and heaviness, prevents spider and varicose veins, aids in muscle recovery and increases the circulation of freshly oxygenated blood back to your legs. These are a must for an entrepreneurs arsenal.
Available at vimvigr.com for $49.95
Scientific evidence is starting to point towards aromatherapy’s mood altering and health boosting effects. An entrepreneurs life is full of ups down and high adrenaline filled moments. That’s what makes the ride so intoxicating. But with the Scentered Mindful Aromatherapy Minis Tin you can create little spa moments on the go. I adore these little aromatherapy balms. I keep the Mindful Aromatherapy Minis Tin set in my work bag and on my desk. They smell divine. But more importantly they are easy, discrete and effective. They are a solid balm which means no mess or spray. You just rub them onto your wrists and neck. I personally find the Focus and De-stress balms very effective. And I have multiples of the Sleep Well balm which I use on the plane to relax or to just find that happy place after a long day.
Available at scentered.me for $33.00
Glamcor – Riki Skinny Mirror
Who hasn’t used their computer or phone camera to do their make up? We all know that the blue light from your computer screen can alter colors and there is this strange lag in time. I was thrilled when I found the Riki Skinny mirror. It’s easy to tuck away in a drawer but yet sleek and cool enough to keep on your desk. I have had female co-workers popover a few times just to touch up their make-up. This mirror is full of bells and whistles and also an amazing gift for any aspiring beauty Youtuber. For starters it has 3 different light settings, perfect selfie capabilities, a remote control and an ability to record yourself or follow along with videos and beauty tutorials.
Available at http://bit.ly/2SVKEMR for $195.00.
Arlo Skye – The Bigger Polycarbonate Carry-On
It’s hard to miss the new luggage brands popping up on Instagram with those removable battery packs. My personal favorite and tested is the bigger poly carry-on in black from Arlo Skye. While this brand does ring in at a higher price point than others in a similar category, Arlo Skye blows away the competition with its design aesthetic. Which makes sense since the founders behind Arlo Skye previously worked at Louis Vuitton and Tumi. The portable dual-port charger, charging cable and adaptor, fast charges phones and MacBooks. This particular bag is engineered with an unbreakable polycarbonate shell and aluminum frame. It’s 20% larger than regular carry-ons and still fits in the airline overheads. It has an anti-microbial interior lining and whisper-quiet wheels. Lastly my networking game has increased since this bag has become a real conversation starter on flights and airport. This bag is both practical and a calling card.
Available at arloskye.com for $475.00
Morning routines of successful people have become a stuff of legends. For me, I’m always looking for ways to save me time. My morning hair routine includes blow drying my hair every fourth day and the Dyson Supersonic has shaved off 12 minutes of drying time for me. The company says that Dyson owners save on average 8 minutes using the Dyson Supersonic. This blow dryer is a work of art and anyone would be lucky to get this as a gift. Dyson had 103 engineers work on this product and spent $71 million on development and research. In fact, there were 600 prototypes before the final Supersonic went to market. The Supersonic was the most awarded hair dryer in 2017 and had thousands of people on waitlist in the US.
Available at www.dyson.com for $399.99.
December 18, 2018 at 03:47PM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs