With more of us going freelance than ever before, chances are you’ll have at least one or two freelancers on your ‘to buy for’ list this Christmas. Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for some self-gifting ideas to give yourself a little pat on the back for making 2019 a success. Either way, take a look at our ‘what to buy a freelancer for Christmas’ guide to solve all your gifting dilemmas…
Give the gift of self-development with some of these inspiring and informative books and tools…
1. 52 PR TIPS: £15, WERN PR
With most start-ups unable to afford traditional PR, learning some tricks of the trade to take the lead yourself can be invaluable. Time-challenged freelancers will love these PR tip cards; perfect for flicking through on lunch breaks or commutes. Each prompt shares invaluable insights as well as questions and thinking points to help redefine PR strategy.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT PLANNER 2020: £37, GO WITH THE PRO
Ask most start-ups what they want for Christmas and we bet they’ll say someone to take social media off their hands. This content planner by Go With The Pro-run by a team of four freelancers-offers daily inspiration (as well as dates of key awareness days) for times when the words don’t seem to come.
3. BIG MOMENTS CARDS: £18.50, SMALL BIZ BIG MOMENTS
One of the downsides of being your own boss can be lack of praise when you smash your targets. Gifting these gorgeous big moment cards allows us self-employed folk to take a moment to celebrate every time they smash it!
4. HYPE YOURSELF: £14.99, LUCY WERN
You’ll need to pre-order this one (its publication date isn’t until the 9th January) but the recipient will be very glad you did. This book covers everything a new business needs to know: from writing a press release that journalists will actually read to getting yourself on the big screen. With checklists and real-life examples, there’s plenty of handholding along the way too.
5.PR SCHOOL: YOUR TIME TO SHINE: £12.99, NATALIE TRICE
Every small business needs a digital presence, so gifting this book, by PR expert Natalie Trice, will make things that little bit easier for those who want to get to grips with blogging and social media.
An office is every freelancer’s pride and joy, so why not treat them to a few items to help brighten up their workspace…
1. ‘BOSSES TAKE THE BISCUIT’ MUG £7.99, BEING FREELANCE
We’re big fans of the Being Freelance podcast here at UnderPinned, so we know this mug will go down a treat with self-employed folk. Because, who doesn’t want to be in charge of their career?
2.EMBER TEMPERATURE CONTROL SMART MUG: £89.99, FIREBOX
Yes, we know this is the second mug on our list and, yes, we know it’s almost £90. But hear us out. This mug could potentially solve any freelancer’s biggest mug fear: making a cup of tea, checking our inbox and then forgetting to drink it. This lets you set your own cup temperature and keeps it that way for the whole day (if plugged in) or an hour (if wireless).
3. DAILY REVIEW: GOAL PLANNER: £25, RAMA
You can’t go wrong with buying a freelancer stationary. However many notebooks we have, we will always need more. This stunning daily review planner will bring both style and practicality to any freelancers life. With a day-a-page format, there’s space to jot your priorities, notes and end-of-day reviews.
4.UNDATED MONTHLY CALENDAR: £34.00, THE HAPPY SHOP
Ensure your self-employed friends never miss a deadline (or after-work drinks) again with this super bright, A3 wall calendar which can be hung pride of place on their office wall.
5. DREAM PLAN DO PLANNER JOURNAL: £45.00 THE DESIGN TRUST
We won’t lie: this planner means business. It will certainly whip into shape even the most laid-back of freelancers who need to get ahead in 2020. With an hour-by-hour schedule planner for each day along with comprehensive accountability sections (each month has an in-depth checklist of things to do, sections to plan social media, goal and activities) it will quickly become any business owners bible.
WORKING FROM HOME TREATS
Brighten up a freelancer’s day with these gifts: perfect for making sure they take a mid-morning break or helping perk up days when they’re working into the early hours.
1. THE HOMEWORKER MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION: £18 PER YEAR, THE HOMEWORKER
A subscription to The Homeworker magazine will be much appreciated for anyone who works the 9-5 from their living room. Packed full of content (from business profiles to shopping lists for your office and insightful industry guides), any freelancer would be thrilled to have this drop into their inbox each quarter. The perfect mid-morning coffee accomplice.
2. EQUA GLASS WATER BOTTLE-MISMATCH WHITE: £21, HONEYBEE HOME
Honeybee Home is an independent boutique full of finds that bring sparkle to any freelancer’s living space. We love this glass water bottle-which can keep hot drinks warm too-a stylish addition to any office and the perfect encouragement to drink more water throughout the day.
3.NATURAL WELLNESS GIFT SUBSCRIPTION: FROM £37, NATURAL WELLNESS BOX
Send some happy post to your favourite freelancer with a gift subscription to Natural Wellness box. This self-care start-up delivers wellness goodies direct to your door; with items such as healthy snacks (vital when it gets to 3pm and you realise all you’ve eaten is crisps) and pampering goodies to help unwind after that laptop finally shuts.
4. VEGAN DELUXE CHRISTMAS BOX: £29, VEGAN LARDER
One of the downsides of being freelance is not having any Christmas bashes to attend. This Christmas box is pretty much a party for one (and to be honest a night in eating handmade chutney, vegan fudge and other foodie treats sounds far better than an office party anyway!) It’s suitable for vegans and, if specified when ordering, gluten-free folk too; making it an ideal client gift.
5.COFFEE GIFT VOUCHERS: FROM £25, PACT COFFEE
We’ve never met a freelancer who doesn’t love (and, let’s face it, live off) coffee. So gifting a morning brew with Pact Coffee is pretty much guaranteed a safe bet.