Gift guides are great resources that can help you find the right present for your loved ones. They can also pass your intended messages of ‘I love you’, ‘I want you to be well and happy’, or ‘I support you’, to them, smartly . Gift guides have proven to be very useful to a lot of people, whose objective, when it comes to giving, is to give thoughtful, meaningful and valued gifts. That is why a directory of gifts for female startup founders is necessary. And since there seems to be none, I step forward to name the items on my wish list, for the purpose of directing your attention to what your beloved female start-up founder will really love to receive from you.
So, if you’re thinking of giving your loved ones, in this category, what they really want, or you are thinking of being a reason they’re filled with deep satisfaction, this season, here are six items on this female founder’s wish list:
Chip into your loved one’s capital base, in form of money gift, whatever the amount, or in form of a loan, or help in securing a loan from a good source. Securing funding is particularly harder for female founders. A lot of us are bootstrapping and operating below our capacity. A lot of us are buckling under the weight of lack, and having to watch our ideas go out of breath. Therefore, making an attempt to keep us in business, and helping us do more, through funding, is a perfect show of love this gift-giving season. Your X dollar amount might be the reason your loved one’s business takes off in 2022.
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, and no one should walk alone. Every one needs at least one person who is willing to walk alongside them, as they take on their personal journey. It is even better if that person is more experienced and committed to seeing them succeed. Therefore, mentorship can be your gift to your loved one, this season. Be a mentor to them, by providing them with personalized support and business advice in your area of specialty. Or help them secure a mentorship relationship with a successful business leader.
Your continued usage of their competitor’s product, is more demoralizing to them than you’ve thought about. It has an effect on their client conversion rate, because, every time you choose their competition, you are telling others to do same. And it has an effect on their productivity, because, family support is a confidence booster, and confidence is a determinant of productivity. For these reasons, commit to using their products. Offer feedback and recommendations, where necessary, but choose to become, and stay, your loved one’s (paying) customer. Let your choice to buy from, and support your loved one’ s business, be your gift to them. Wrap that promise up and present to your loved one, as a show of your love, and faith in their ability to meet an actual need.
4. Domestic Help
Juggling home management and business management is a lot for one person. Unfortunately, that is the situation of most female founders, and the secret to the lack of growth, or slow growth, of their businesses. You can step in, this season, and give them a year worth, or one month worth, of domestic help. Your gift might be in the form of paid child service, cleaning service, or food service. This will free up more time for them to work more, and rest more in order to produce more quality work.
5. Subscriptions To Business Tools And Resources
Building a business require tools and informational resources. A lot of learning is involved, too. So, your loved one, who is a female founder, is probably paying subscription fees on different platforms that offer needed tools for her business, or information that directly impact it. Theirs might be a Canva subscription, a Scribd subscription, a business periodical subscription, or a paid course. Offer them the opportunity to do more, by paying to give them continued access to the tools and resources they need.
6. Personal Branding Regalia
For female founders, especially those who are just starting out, grey T-shirts do not get the deals signed. They don’t even get a meeting scheduled. If a meeting was scheduled and they show up in a t-shirt, probably, nothing they say might be heard. Female founders, like every female who is making an impact in the world, are constantly being judged by their fashion and beauty choices. Step in here, and give your beloved, outfits and beauty products that will promote their voices and validate the solutions they have created. Your contribution will position them in the eyes and hearts of their market segment, and yield them the trust and goodwill of the people.
There might be other items in your loved one’s list, which are pressing and specific, like a dedicated power supply unit, rent, gadgets, marketing event sponsorship, etcetera. Find a creative way to discover what those items are, and be an angel that makes their startup journey more pleasant next year.