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    2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Entrepreneurs

    2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Entrepreneurs

    The holidays are sneaking up on us faster than you know, and before you know it it’ll be time to start wrapping presents for your loved ones. If there’s an entrepreneur in your life, you’re probably wondering what to get them for the holidays that they’ll actually want and need. Being an entrepreneur is tough stuff, but don’t fret. We’ve put together the ultimate holiday gift guide for entrepreneurs. From nifty gadgets to little luxuries, here’s a holiday gift guide we think any entrepreneur will love.

    Insteon Home Kit

    You can control and monitor your home from your fingertips simply using your smartphone or tablet. Insteon kits start at $100 and offer a wide variety of smart home automation options. You can manage your home with rooms and zones, create scenes and can even control everything with Siri.  

    Shop here. 

    Roku

    From Netflix and Hulu to Amazon Video and HBO Now, Roku is the streaming gadget everyone loves. Whether they want to watch the news, some sports or catch up on their favorite TV, every entrepreneur will love the Roku. They can stream in their free time, or catch up on current events during the workday.

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    Think Board

    Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Not only are you trying to start and grow your own business, but you’re also trying to save any penny that comes your way. If the entrepreneur in your life is in a co-working space, is working from home or in any other empty workplace, they can definitely benefit from having a Think Board.

    The Think Board transforms any flat surface into a creative workspace for generating awesome ideas. Some of our favorite products for entrepreneurs’ holiday gift guide is the Startup Essentials Bundle or the Office Essentials Bundle. If you want to start with a smaller Think Board, the small and medium Think Boards go great on desks.

    You can shop all of the Think Board products and bundles here.

    Navdy

    Entrepreneurs are always on the go and always on their phones calling, texting and getting directions to their next location. Say hello to one of the most futuristic products in this holiday gift guide – Navdy. Navdy was created so that your car and phone could interact in a safe, and helpful way. You can now stay connected to your network on your phone, and on the road ahead all at once.

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    Charge Hub

    How many times have you lost your charger? Or the block that goes with it? Or someone else accidentally took yours? How about when they just randomly stop working? Now with Charge Hub, you don’t have to worry about any of that. You can charge up to three, five or seven USB devices at the same time. 

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    Square

    When you’re starting your own business, you want to start selling stuff and making money fast. The entrepreneur in your life will love this gift because they can now accept credit cards from anywhere; they make credit card processing simple. No surprise fees and you can start seeing deposits on your bank account as soon as the next day. 

    Shop here.

    Need more ideas on what to get the entrepreneurs in your life? Shop here.

    5 Great Team Building Games for The Office

    5 Great Team Building Games for The Office

    A team that works well together, thrives together! Team members that work together are more effective, more productive and more successful. Not to mention, the work place is so much more pleasant when you have team members you enjoy being around. It can be a little difficult bringing your team together, but don’t worry – these team building games always do the trick.

    We know what you’re thinking, “Yeah, but your typical team building games tend to cause more eye rolls than high-fives, and my employees are going to think I’m trying to be the next Michael Scott from The Office.” Trust us, adults can have fun playing games too! Spend one afternoon playing these team building games, and watch your team work together while having a blast! Here are five epic team building games for the office to learn, laugh and connect.

    Epic Team Building Games

    1. Back-to-Back Drawing

    Helps build: Communications Skills

    What You’ll Need: Two small Think Boards, dry erase markers, and printouts of simple drawings or basic shapes.

    Instructions: Split your group into pairs, and have each pair sit back to back. Give one team member a picture of a simple drawing or basic shape, and give the other the small Think Board and a dry erase marker. The person with the picture will give verbal instructions to their partner on how to draw the drawing or shape they’ve been given, without telling them what the drawing or shape is. After a set amount of time, have each pair compare their images and see which team drew the most accurate depiction of the drawing or shape.

    2. Marshmallow Spaghetti Tower

    Helps build: Creative Problem Solving and Collaboration Exercise

    What You’ll Need: 20 uncooked spaghetti noodles, one roll of masking tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow for each team.

    Instructions: Using only these supplies, see which team can build the tallest tower. The catch? The marshmallow has to be at the very top of the spaghetti tower, and the whole structure has to stand on its own for five seconds. Oh, and no hands or other objects are allowed to support the tower! Pretty hilarious, right?

    3. Company Coat of Arms

    Helps build: Relationships and Bonding

    What You’ll Need: One large white whiteboard, and dry erase markers.

    Instructions: Have your teams create a company crest or coat or arms; like in Game of Thrones, how each house has its own crest, now your office will have its own coat of arms! In the first space on the whiteboard, draw something that represents a recent achievement. In the second space, draw something that represents your company values. In the third space, draw something that represents where you see the company going in the future. Post the finished coat of arms in the office, and represent it like every house does in Game of Thrones.

    4. Memory Wall

    Helps build: Team Bonding and Icebreakers

    What You’ll Need: A whiteboard and dry erase markers.

    Instructions: Write some general work-related topics on the whiteboard: “Teamwork,” ‘Work Travel,” “My First Day,” etc. Have your team choose one of the topics, and share a story from their time with your company. Within minutes, you’ll notice your team laughing and bonding over old memories of working together and special team accomplishments. Once someone shares a memory, have them post it onto the whiteboard (using words or pictures), forming a positive memory cloud.

    5. Minefield

    Helps with: Creative Problem Solving and Collaboration Exercise

    What You’ll Need: An empty hallway or room, and a collection of common office items.

    Instructions: Using old boxes, office chairs, staplers, water bottles, etc. to create an epic obstacle course of “mines” within an empty hallway or room. Divide the group off into pairs, and have one partner blindfolded. Have the other partner at the end of the “minefield,” guiding their partner through the course without setting off any mines. The person guiding their partner can’t enter the course, and they’re only allowed to use verbal instructions to get their partner through. Get ready to laugh because this game is hilarious!

    Now that you’re equipped with an epic list of team building games, don’t be afraid to introduce them to your office! Your employees and team members will have an awesome time while playing these team building games, and they’ll bond while developing important communications skills.

    Is your office in need a whiteboard for these team building games and/or daily activity? Think Board has you covered.

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    Must-Have Office Supplies for an Organized Work Space

    Must-Have Office Supplies for an Organized Work Space

    Dull-colored walls, bland carpets, fluorescent lighting, tiny cubicles. Does this workplace sound a little too familiar? If so, your office could definitely use a splash of color or some personality! Office supplies are a great way to add some humor and personality into your office. With the help of these must-have office supplies, you can turn any dull office into an organized, spunky work space.

    Cable Clips

    $5.99

    Do you ever look at the cables knotted into one large clump underneath/behind your desk and think “how did that happen?!” It seems like the cables and cords knot up on their own just for fun. No matter how cluttered your desk or office is with cables, these convenient cable clips can help. Just snap wires/cables into one of these clips, and your desk will be as organized as ever. Now you can focus more on your work, and less on untangling cables and cords, with the help of these nifty office supplies.

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    Think Board

    Prices vary

    Make the Think Board your own personal dry erase board for ideas and daily to-dos. The Think Board makes it easy to stay on top of your to-do list, or jot down quick thoughts or ideas for this week’s big meeting. Need a stress reliever or a way to get your creativity juices flowing? Doodle on the Think Board! Grab the small Think Board to slap on your desk for quick notes, or a large Think Board to hang on your wall for big brainstorming sessions. There's even a Think Board calendar so you can stay on top of your busy schedule.

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    Wooden Desk Organizer

    $69.99

    This sleek wooden desk organizer can turn any work surface into a modern and stylish workspace. Attractive storage spots for your pens, notepads, and small office supplies. Place it on your desk, or mount it to a wall. The desk organizer also comes with a matching phone speaker. 

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    Toaster Sticky Notes & Sharpener

    $18.23

    If this isn't the cutest desk accessory you've ever seen, we don't know what is! You can't have the Monday blues with these adorable sticky notes. This desk accessory comes with two sticky notes pads that are shaped like pieces of bread (HA!), a pencil sharpener shaped like a toaster that can also function as a phone holder and a magnetic paper clip holder.

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    Pen Scanner

    $99.00

    The Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner is the pen you've always dreamed of having. Glide your scanning pen across the text, and watch it instantly appear on your device like magic. Simply transfer those notes from that big business meeting from paper, onto any computer application, such as Microsoft Word. This pen is portable, lightweight and convenient!

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    MacBook Arc Stand

    $49.99

    If you tend to be a little clumsy and occasionally spill your coffee all over your desk, you might want to check out this Twelve South BookArc Stand. Not only is this stand great for saving space, but it elevates your notebook and protects it from spills when it’s hooked to an external monitor.

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    Desk Organizer

    $39.77

    Files, books, reports…. Paper, paper everywhere! Organize all your important documents and office supplies with this sleek office desk organizer. This organizer is designed to keep your desk clean and tidy, with your documents right at your fingertips. With three horizontal and six vertical shelves, you can fit everything you need to in here, so you’ll have more room at your desk.

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    Balance Ball Chair

    $74.99

    Ditch your regular office chair for this awesome balance ball chair. Sitting in a normal office chair all day can really hurt your back, and isn't the best for your posture. With the help of this balance ball chair, you can stretch, correct posture, reduce stiffness and improve circulation. This chair is great for physical rehabilitation, and preventing spine disorders.

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    5 Awesome Office Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed Until Now

    5 Awesome Office Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed Until Now

    Office supplies have the power to enhance every office and work area! Not to mention, they help increase your creativity. it’s difficult trying to work in a space that is cluttered and unorganized, which is why office supplies are the unsung hero of the work place. If you’re looking to dress up your office, but don’t want to break the bank, try out these five awesome office supplies you didn’t know you needed until now.

    1. Spaceman USB Light

    Image via store.moma.org.

    Bring this cute little guy into any workspace to brighten things up! This tiny spaceman receives power from your USB port to illuminate your desk with an LED light. Flip the little lunar explorer’s visor back and forth to turn the light on and off. The flexible cord can be adjusted so you can position the light wherever it’s needed. Buy here.

    2. The Think Board

    If your office has an old, dirty and outdated white board, it’s time to upgrade to a Think Board! The Think Board is a light-weight, inexpensive, peel-and-stick dry-erase board that allows you to turn any surface into a creative workspace! Not to mention, a Think Board can last up to 10 years without ghosting like your typical white board. Customize your Think Board any size you want! Shop all Think Board products here.

    3. Cable Box Organizer

    Photo via Amazon.com

    Organize your desk or office, and cover your wires in style with the E-BOX. This power cable box is great to organize and hide cables from your desk, TV and computer. Not to mention its super sleek design will give your office a modern edge. Shop the E-BOX cable organizer here. 

    4. Tabletop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

    Photo via Brookstone.com

    This desktop cool mist humidifier is the office supplies you’ve been looking for. Cleanse the air in your workspace, and get rid of dry sinuses, dry skin and cracked lips with this tiny cool mist humidifier. This light-weight humidifier is easy to move, and is ultra-quiet so you’ll have no distractions during work hours. Buy here. 

    5. Generic Mini USB Fridge

    Image via Amazon.com

    Two words: mini fridge! These office supplies bring fun into any workspace. This mini USB fridge requires no driver and is easy to install. Easily powered by your USB port, no batteries are required for this mini fridge. Keep your favorite can of soda cool, and ready-to-drink at all times! Buy here.