Looking for the perfect Christmas, birthday, or “just because” gift for the young entrepreneur in your life? We’ve scoured the web for the perfect subscriptions, books, and items to help them elevate their innovative ideas, grow their businesses, and achieve their wildest dreams. Here are our top picks for gifts that will truly be appreciated, utilized, and pay off in dividends:





Skillshare is an online learning platform filled with classes on every topic – from Graphic Design to Marketing to Business Analytics. Aspiring entrepreneurs at every level can learn from experts in any field to hone their business plan, take their existing business to the next level, or build skills that they can use to start their very first venture. Plans start at $15/month (or $180 billed annually).


Canva is a graphic design tool that makes it possible for entrepreneurs of any background to create professional, beautiful graphics, animations, videos, and more! With hundreds of drag and drop templates, budding entrepreneurs can design logos, website images, social posts, promotional items like business cards and posters, and more. Canva Pro plans come out to $119.99/year and offer access to over 100 million premium stock photos, videos, and audio, as well as over 600,000 premium design templates.

Business Magazines

Many popular business magazines offer exclusive content, such as breaking news, business tips and tricks, and industry outlooks, on a subscription-only basis. Staying on top of current events not only in their markets, but around the world, is a must for any successful entrepreneur – plus, these magazines often include helpful insights from leading professionals. Besides, who doesn’t love opening a new gift every month? Subscriptions as low as $4/month for The New York Times or Barron’s, or $8/month for The Wall Street Journal.


Whether the aspiring entrepreneur in your life is still a student in high school or college, busy building their empire, or simply constantly on the go – Audible is an amazing resource that makes educational and professional growth possible from anywhere. Entrepreneurs can listen to best-sellers while traveling, getting ready in the morning, or grinding through busy work. Audible Plus plans start at $7.95 per month and offer limitless access to their extensive library of audiobooks, podcasts, and originals.



Guide to Entrepreneurship Competitions for Students

Compiled by judges, coaches, and competition managers from entrepreneurship competitions around the globe, the Guide to Entrepreneurship Competitions for Students is a first-of-its-kind resource for high school to college-level students looking to win top entrepreneurship competitions.

This interactive book features guided support for developing a winning business plan, perfecting your pitch deck, and using your entrepreneurship skills in building your business, joining the workforce, or going to college. Plus, a detailed resource section maps out top competitions, their requirements, and how to make your submissions stand out! You can get your copy for $29 here.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Why are some products eye-catching and engaging to consumers, while others struggle to gain momentum? How do technologies (and successful companies) hook their customers? Author Nir Eyal’s years of research are unraveled in this book that shows readers how to implement practical insights to create user habits and take actionable steps towards building products people will fall in love with.

Grab a copy for your favorite start-up founder or inventor here!

The Conquer Kit: A Creative Business Planner for Women Entrepreneurs

Know a woman who is taking the world of entrepreneurship by storm? The Conquer Kit guides entrepreneurs through creative exercises like sketching, writing, and collage-making that will help them develop a solid business plan for success.

Designed with female entrepreneurs in mind, by a female entrepreneur, this book contains inspiration and insight to create heart-centric product and marketing plans, build a motivated team, and bring your vision to life. Get the paperback for $18 here!


Physical Items

Waterproof Notepad for the Shower

Every entrepreneur will tell you: the best ideas always come in the shower! For those creative minds that never stop planning and innovating, the AquaNotes notepad is 100% waterproof (it can even be fully submerged) and sticks any smooth surface for convenient brainstorming. Capture inspiration as it strikes!

Pocket Business Card Holder

Networking is a central part of any business and marketing plan – and you never know when you’ll meet an interested partner, customer, or client! Help the business owner, entrepreneur, or professional in your life keep their cards in pristine condition and spread the word about their product or service with this pocket business card holder.

Reusable Notebook

Great ideas can sometimes take up a great amount of paper. The Rocketbook is more than a notebook, it’s a smart, sustainable alternative to sorting through stacks of paper to find your best ideas – while still enjoying the classic pen and paper writing experience. Simply write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, scan the QR code to save and organize your notes, then erase your work using just a drop of water.

3D Printing Pen

Aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors can create 3D models of their ideas from anywhere with this amazing 3D printing pen! With no software or hardware involved, users can simply pick up the pen and begin actualizing their ideas. Plus, plastic refills and non-toxic, compostable, and recyclable for environmentally-conscious innovators.


Hopefully we’ve helped spur some amazing ideas for the entrepreneurs in your life! Happy shopping – and happy holidays from the Institute of Competition Sciences (ICS) team!