2020 Gift Guide
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2020 Holiday Gift Guide: 20+ Ideas Inspired by our Community

Dominique Farrar
Dominique Farrar Spendesk

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.

GOURMET GIFTS

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 Ballon

Available 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.

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🍫 La Maison du Chocolat

Available: 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.

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☕️ Coffee Circle

Available 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.

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🍊 Crowdfarming

Available 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.

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💦 Waterdrop

Available 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.

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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…

💐 Bergamotte

Available 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.

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🌿 Patch Plants

Available 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.

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💌 Papier

Available 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.

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BEAUTY & STYLE GIFTS

Our French member companies have heavily inspired this collection of gifts ideas, and for good reason...

🧴 Buly 1803

Available: 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.

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💁 Typology

Available: 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.

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💄 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.

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👗 Sezane

Available: 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.)

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👓 Jimmy Fairly

Available: 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.

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🐣 Joone

Available 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).

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HEALTH, FITNESS & SELF-CARE GIFTS

Exercise and a good night's sleep make for a dynamic gifting duo in this collection...

💪 Fiit.TV

Available: 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.

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Learn more about Fiit in our podcast interview with VP of Finance, Kerry McClelland

🧘‍♀️ Hotpod Yoga

Available: 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.

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✨ Beam Organics

Available 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!

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💤 Dodow by LivLab

Available: 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!

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😴 Dreem

Available: 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.

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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.

⌚️ Withings

Available: 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.

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🌎 Busuu

Available: 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).

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Learn more about Busuu in our interview with Head of Finance, Emily Blakeley

🎓 The Power MBA

Available: 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.

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🎸 Yousician

Available: 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!

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We hope you found some inspiration for the friends, family & teammates on your holiday list. Happy holidays to our community around the world!

To connect with our global community of finance leaders from exciting companies (like the ones on this list), apply to join CFO Connect.