2020 Holiday Gift Guide: 20+ Ideas Inspired by our Community
What does a finance community & holiday gifting have in common? We’re glad you asked! The CFO Connect community is made up of leaders from fascinating, fast-growing companies from around the world — and the holidays are prime time to discover them!
Here's 20+ gifts you’ll love to give (or get) this year — for friends, family, or your finance team — inspired by the amazing brands in the CFO Connect community.
Looking for a sure-to-please treat for your team, your clients (or yours truly)? You'll find something for every taste here…
🍷 Le Petit BallonAvailable in: France
When in doubt… champagne! Le Petit Ballon offers a new way to shop for & discover wine, with monthly subscriptions, powered by a recommendation algorithm that matches your individual palate. A gift subscription or gift box is sure to satisfy the bon vivant in your life.
🍫 La Maison du ChocolatAvailable: Worldwide
“Designer chocolate”, anyone? La Maison du Chocolat has been crafting edible works of art in their Paris atelier for over 40 years. Their gorgeous gift boxes can be shipped throughout the US and Europe.
☕️ Coffee CircleAvailable in: Europe
Coffee Circle is fanatical about a good cup o’ Joe. They offer coffee subscriptions, gift boxes, and all the best gear for caffeine enthusiasts. Plus, they invest 1 € per kg of coffee in education & health in coffee communities around the world.
🍊 CrowdfarmingAvailable in: Europe
How about a delicious gift that also creates a positive social & environmental impact? Crowdfarming’s platform connects consumers with farmers, to sponsor their projects and reap the rewards of the harvest — from organic wine to French cheese, Spanish olive oil, and more.
💦 WaterdropAvailable in: Europe
Who knew that drinking water could be so exciting? Waterdrop makes hydration fun & tasty with their flavored “microdrink” mixes, and their holiday gift set makes for a nice nudge towards healthy habits.
HOME & OFFICE GIFTS
The home office may be here to stay, so here’s a few gift ideas to make WFH life a little more inspiring…
💐 BergamotteAvailable in: France
You can never go wrong with flowers, and Bergamotte has one of the best selections, delivered to your door - including holiday trees! A nice way to brighten up the home office.
🌿 Patch PlantsAvailable in: UK & France
Patch goes beyond just cute plants & plant accessories, but has an entire support system to help you keep your plants alive (thanks, Plant Doctor!) We especially like their selection of “unkillable” and air-purifying plants.
💌 PapierAvailable in: GB, AU & US
Tis the season! Papier is all about inspiring people to connect with each other in more meaningful ways, with personalized stationery, photo gifts, and pretty paper things. Their desk sets will elevate the work-from-home set up.
BEAUTY & STYLE GIFTS
Our French member companies have heavily inspired this collection of gifts ideas, and for good reason…
🧴 Buly 1803Available: Worldwide
Bring the Parisian apothecary home, with internationally renowned French fragrance & beauty brand, l’Officine Universelle Buly 1803 (yes, they’ve been doing this for 200+ years). They offer personalized packaging and hand calligraphy service to wow your lucky recipient with some old-timey charm.
💁 TypologyAvailable: Worldwide
For a modern take on French skincare, there’s Typology. The company is focused on vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-sourced products in minimalist & sustainable packaging — as seen in their wishlist-worthy holiday gift sets.
💄 Blissim (formerly Birchbox)Available in: France
Oh, but we’re not done with the beauty topic yet! Blissim (formerly known as Birchbox France) has assembled the ultimate advent calendar, They also offer beauty box gift subscriptions or build-your-own-gift-box options for both madames et monsieurs.
👗 SezaneAvailable: Worldwide
This beloved French fashion brand is all about high-quality, perfectly-cut pieces that can be worn forever. For the holidays, you can throw a little personalization into the mix with their monogram option (aka: a gift that literally has your name written all over it.)
👓 Jimmy FairlyAvailable: Worldwide
It’s tough not to love the concept of “accessible quality eyewear with a positive social impact.” Over the past 10 years, French eyewear maker, Jimmy Fairly, has donated 400,000 pairs of glasses to partner charities, making it the gift that truly keeps giving. Worldwide delivery available.
🐣 JooneAvailable in: Europe & US
Is someone on your list a new or soon-to-be parent? A baby care bundle from Joone is a no-brainer. Their clean, healthy products are a beloved by parents around the world (they ship to 23 countries).
HEALTH, FITNESS & SELF-CARE GIFTS
Exercise and a good night's sleep make for a dynamic gifting duo in this collection…
💪 Fiit.TVAvailable: anywhere!
If 2020 has made you a fan of the at-home workout, then Fiit might be your new best friend. With hundreds of on demand classes, group workouts and training plans, a Fiit subscription can help keep those new years resolutions on track.
🧘♀️ Hotpod YogaAvailable: online, and at studios throughout the UK, EU & Africa
Hotpod is known throughout the UK, Europe, and Africa for their immersive yoga studio experience: “an otherworldly cocoon of glowing lights, heady aromas and enveloping soundscapes”. You can gift a class pack or a membership to ‘Hotpod Home’ their virtual class portal with videos & tutorials.
✨ Beam OrganicsAvailable in: US
Give the gift of “better sleep, better recovery & better state of mind” with Beam’s line of CBD-powered wellness supplements. You can take their gift-finder quiz to find the perfect product, or the “Best of Beam” box is ready to wrap!
💤 Dodow by LivLabAvailable: Worldwide
Created by insomniacs, for insomniacs, Dodow is a magical device that helps you fall asleep 60% faster. How? A metronome-meets-blue-light projector that synchronizes with your breath. A pretty nifty gift at about $60!
😴 DreemAvailable: Worldwide
Dreem has a data-driven approach to the “better sleep” pain point. The lightweight brain-tracker handband pairs with their app to give you personalized data, and coaching from their experts & community, to hack your sleep cycle.
TECH & TOOLS GIFTS
Whether it’s self-improvement, empowering your employees, or helping a friend get to the next level, these tech & tools are all about hacking your best life.
⌚️ WithingsAvailable: Worldwide
Looking for a smartwatch that doesn’t look like… a smartwatch? Withings hybrid smart watches are renowned for their award-winning design and unsurpassed battery life. They have bespoke options too.
🌎 BusuuAvailable: anywhere!
Know someone with language-learning goals for the new year? Busuu offers online courses in 12 languages, plus the option to chat with native speakers to polish your skills. A recent study showed that 22 hours of Busuu Premium is equal to 1 semester of university (all for less than €7 per month).
🎓 The Power MBAAvailable: anywhere!
Want to add an MBA to your title in 2021, but not ready to quit your job and drop $100K? The Power MBA may be the most flexible and affordable MBA degree out there. They’re “democratizing business education” with an MBA you can complete in 15 minutes a day.
🎸 YousicianAvailable: anywhere!
For your musically inclined friends & colleagues, Yousician is like a digital music teacher, with lessons in guitar, bass, piano, ukelele or singing. Apologies in advance to your neighbors!
We hope you found some inspiration for the friends, family & teammates on your holiday list. Happy holidays to our community around the world!
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