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The 2022 CU Holiday Gift Guide (for the Entrepreneur)

December 13, 2022

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Our annual holiday gift guide is back for 2022 and I gotta say — we’re rather predictable. [Catch 2021’s here.] But hey, we know what we like!

Below you’ll find a curated selection of products we love – for gifting a hard-working friend—or gifting yourself. We’ve included both Work Day Essentials and After Hours Faves any female entrepreneur will love.

Everything is mostly neutral (duh) with a big nod to self-care. Something we could all use more of this time of year!

Keep scrolling for all the links and why each pick made the cut.

The 2022 CU Holiday Gift Guide (for the Entrepreneur) - Work Day Essentials


01 – Summer Fridays Self-Care Rituals + Daily Planner – Brand new to the cult-favorite brand, Summer Fridays, we’re pretty excited about both the design and the all-in-one functionality of this planner.

02 – Muji Retractable Pens – While Muji pens have been a favorite for years, it was time to go for the ease of this retractable style. Never going back to pen caps.

03 – Summery Fridays Lip Balm – Pretty much the one & only desk-side lip product you need! A quick swipe before a Zoom call and ya look great.

04 – Mango 3/4 Zip Sweater – The perfect cas-meets-professional top for Zoom + video days. Honestly love everything about it.

05 – Freja NYC Paloma Tote – We’ve shared this tote a few times, and it still makes the list for work day essentials. It stands upright and has structure but also a really beautiful silhouette and great detailing on the interior. And it fits a 16″ laptop!

06 – AYR The Varsity Stripe Socks – Everything AYR makes is comfy and high-quality but the second you put them on, you’ll want 10 more pairs. (Psssst… check out our brand voice case study on AYR here.)

07 – Being Frenshe Candle – Have you seen this fun new line at Target? As our Senior Team Writer Kari says, “Great quality and the price is right!”

08 – Being Frenshe Hand Lotion – Pair the candle with this moisturizing hand lotion and you just might mistake your office set-up for a quick trip to the spa.

Nope…not done yet…

The 2022 CU Holiday Gift Guide (for the Entrepreneur) - Work Day Essentials


01 – Checkered Blanket – We were skeptical about this Amazon blanket craze too but it’s become an office staple. It’s great as a throw over a desk chair and for staying warm during long drafts.

02 – Desk Riser – Wish you had a standing desk? No problem. This convertible piece will take things up a notch. Get it?

03 – Glass Water Bottle – We’ll assume you’ve already heard about the Stanley water bottles that have taken over the internet, so we’ll go ahead and provide an alternative. If you prefer to drink out of glass, you’ll love this one. Maybe buy one of those brush-cleaning tools while you’re at it?

04 – Foot Rest – A great solution for nagging back pain or just general discomfort at your desk – without being a major eyesore in your office.

05 – Ergonomic Keyboard & Mousepad – Loved by many, this inexpensive set will make your wrist pain a thing of the past. I don’t dare use my wireless mouse without it!

06 – Better Greens – Who couldn’t use more greens in their diet? This great-tasting option will have you getting your daily nutrients in no time. Pour a packet into a glass of water, stir & sip. Easy day!

07 – Travertine Coasters – Coaster perfection if you ask us. These look great in any space, we’re telling ya.

08 – Ceramic Mug – The only thing better than a cute, neutral, ceramic mug is when said mug is by Leeanne Ford for Crate & Barrel.

And finally, we couldn’t leave you without our After Hours Faves for when you log off and unwind…

The 2022 CU Holiday Gift Guide (for the Entrepreneur) - Work Day Essentials


01 – C&B Cheese Knives – Perfect for an elevated night in (charcuterie for dinner, anyone?) or hosting in style.

02 – Quince Waffle Towel Set – Treat yourself to these lightweight, quick-drying towels for a steamy post-workday shower or bath situation.

03 – The Drop PJ Set – I’m consistently impressed with products from Amazon’s The Drop line, and this cute & comfy PJ set is no exception. Great all year round – just add slippers & throw on a long cardigan for the colder months.

04 – Black Sunglasses – Running out for lunch or heading to happy hour? You or a friend will love these NYC-inspired shades.

05 – Seagrass Caged Glassware – Perfect for highball cocktails of any kind, the seagrass caging is like a built-in koozie. Plus, they instantly make sipping anything feel more aesthetic.

06 – Moisturizer – Salt & Stone can do no wrong, and this hydrating moisturizer looks like a real winner.

07 – The Avaline Holiday Collection [Limited Edition] – What don’t we love by Avaline? This limited edition holiday set was a nice surprise and offers such a unique mix. Dying to try!

Happy shopping & happy holidays!

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