What to Get Your Friend Who Just Launched a Lean StartUp (Gift Guide)

start up founder gift guide

Launching a StartUp with no funding can be daunting. It can also be costly in the sense that there is usually no revenue or income in the first months to early years. Therefore, those who make the leap have to be mindful of costs. They may also be reaching out to friends and family for support. If you’re not capable of investing in them during their friends and family round of funding, you can get them a gift to help them get off the ground that may be less costly.

We curated a list of some basic items:


Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer – $99 –  A compact desktop printer will save the cost of using print shop services for reports, templates, invoices and the like. The ink may be expensive but we can assure you that Brother line of laser printers is top-notched and durable.  You can order ink in bulk to save costs.


DYMO Label Writer 450 Twin Turbo label printer, 71 Labels Per Minute, Black/Silver – $86.11 – If your friend will be selling actual products that s/he will be sending out via an eCommerce store or platform, s/he will need to invest in a label printer. It saves lots of money to other commercial options. The DYMO is the standard and the quality of the labels is high and expected of those who order online.


Microsoft Office 365 Home 1-year subscription, 5 users, PC/Mac Key Card – $84.99 – While Apple products are commonly used among startups, they are quite pricey. To start off, PC will do just fine. An Office 365 subscription for a Founder will help get that start up off the ground. It includes the usual in the suite: Excel, MS Word, Powerpoint, all the software needed to create pitch decks, spreadsheets and pitch letters. 


Urbanears Plattan 2 On-Ear Headphone, Black – $49 – Listening to music, podcasts while working is common so a pair of decent headphones would be a welcome gift to anyone who needs to tune in or tune out while working. 

One Year Subscription to an Incubator Shared Office Space – Starting at about $200 per month – Working at home can be tough but that’s why co-working spaces exist. A Startup can find inspiration by just being around others in the hustle and game.

Inspirational Wall Art –

Motivational words and inspiration are a thing. They are circulated widely in social media and can be converted into wall art and can be used to motivate you all year long.  We like these:


Do It With Passion Wall Art


See the Possibility, Not the Problem– $17.99


Asstd National Brand Laptop Computer Desk – $79.99 – The studies are out that standing desks are good for for burning calories, stimulating creativity and limiting sedentary living.