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Together with everyone else, I am very happy to bring 2020 to an end. While this is welcome news, it also means it's time to show your team your appreciation for all of their hard work and flexibility. How about sending your team a practical and thoughtful gift? There are so many awesome holidays in December so celebrate one of those holidays by getting some too!
However, if you get stuck, you are covered. Here are 12 gift ideas to send. It will highlight your gratitude and help your team improve the work-from-home (WFH) game for the new year.
Related: How to Build a More Resilient Team
1. Standing desk
Do you have team members who are still adjusting to a WFH lifestyle? If so, you can help them by giving them a proper desk. Especially one with which you can switch between sitting and standing.
There is nothing wrong with what they have used up until now. I mean, we all had to get creative and turn anything from a kitchen or a folding table into a work area. However, since it looks like work from home is staying here for a while, it is time for your team members to have a suitable workspace.
Also, standing desks have been found to reduce pack and lower heart disease and obesity. It has also been found that they can lower blood sugar levels, improve mood, and increase energy. Standing desks can also increase productivity and mental alertness.
I'll admit right here – I gained a few COVID-induced pounds, so I got myself a stationary bike that fits under my desk to ride a bike while at work. One of the team borrowed mine, but I miss him so I'll get another one.
The best? There are several options available so price or space shouldn't matter. If you need some recommendations, here are some amazing standing desks to consider:
UPLIFT V2 standing deskJarvis whiteboard standing deskLander DeskApex Elite SeriesStandDesk® natural wood height-adjustable standing deskErgotron WorkFit-TSeville Classics air bridge made of tempered glass Electric standing deskVaridesk Pro 60 Fully electric standing deskAutonomous SmartDesk 2Flexi
2. Permanent notepad
If you're like me, you probably have a habit of writing things down all day. It can be a random thought, phone number, or reminder to place a grocery order. There's actually nothing wrong with that, as writing notes by hand improves your memory and prioritizes skills, creativity, and concentration.
The problem? The paper that is thrown in the trash. Instead, you can help others reduce waste and keep their workspace clean by using a nifty clipboard for erasing, such as: B. the Quartet Glass Dry-Erase desktop easel.
It's durable, reusable, and small enough not to take up too much space on your desktop. You can also stand it upright if you need a visual reminder or lay it down to write. If required, there is also a clip holder for papers.
3. Light therapy lamp
There is such a thing as the winter blues. It is actually known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a type of depression that affects around 10 million Americans during the colder months of the year.
If this is not corrected, it can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. They can also become more apathetic, withdrawn, and less productive. The good news is that this can be combated with a light therapy lamp.
This is essentially feel-good lighting to complement the lack of sunlight in winter. As such, they can help with sleep disorders by regulating our daily rhythm. They can also improve our mood.
A popular option is the Verilux HappyLight Luxe. It delivers up to 10,000 lux on a 52-inch screen. This also makes it compact enough to be placed on your desktop or you can mount it on a nearby wall.
You can also adjust the settings depending on how you feel. This is because you can adjust the brightness and colors. There is also a countdown timer.
My team tells me they have eye pain. A couple of them get Gunnar glasses. I think you are the best.
4. Noise-canceling headphones
Background and ambient noises such as children, garbage trucks or barking dogs can easily disturb your concentration. Fortunately, there is a simple and effective way to turn this annoyance off. Noise-canceling headphones.
Of course, these drown out more than just distracting noises. You can also use them to listen to your favorite podcasts or music. And they're perfect for voice calls too.
Both CNET and TechRadar have listed the Sony WH-1000XM4 as the best all-rounder. They are comfortable, light and offer exceptional noise cancellation. You can also establish a connection to two devices at the same time, for example to easily answer the answering machine. I just ordered the new Apple Airpod Max, we'll see how they turn out.
I get it. You also feel zoom fatigue. Unfortunately, video conferencing is here to stay.
That doesn't mean we shouldn't look presentable and professional the next time we video call. Instead of relying on the questionable and choppy quality of built-in computer cameras, go for a webcam.
Lots of people rave about the Logitech C920 and have named it the best webcam overall. It "records sharp video at 1080p and 30 frames per second and has a wide 78-degree field of view that is ideal for both one-on-one conferences and large meeting rooms," writes Michael Andronico for Tom & # 39; s Guide. "The slim black design is equally suitable for mounting on displays or for mounting on tripods. The companion software offers customizable backgrounds and avatars."
It also has reliable dual microphones for recording your voice. And you can probably find one for under a hundred dollars.
6. Wireless charger with organizer
Is that a flashy gift? Probably not for some. However, it could be a thoughtful gift that kills two birds with one stone.
Products such as the EasyAcc Wireless Charger Desk Stand Organizer or the Veelink Bamboo wireless charger with organizer ensure that your team's work area remains clear. It will also conveniently charge their phones without having to deal with cables. Plus, they're quite cheap if you're on a budget.
I also love Anker products – especially the 13-in-1 lightning bolt. I've already brought some of these to the office – and some on the team came and picked them up and took them home, so they're a good product.
7. Whiteboard to erase the door hanger
At some point when you are working from home you will have a roommate in your office. If you're taking a break or cleaning up your inbox, it won't be a problem. But what if you have an important phone call or deepen your dep work?
An easy way to solve this problem is to close the office door. Of course, not everyone will stick to this, and even if they do, just one tap can be enough to throw you off course.
The good news? Some brilliant people have developed a dry eraser board that you can hang on your door, like this one from Etsy. This tells others that you are quiet because you are working or on the phone. Better yet, it also lets them know not to knock or when it's okay to whisper.
8. Daily planner
Even though we live in a digital world, having a daily planner is just something that most of us enjoy. Personally, I use one to record, organize my priorities, and check my schedule without being distracted. In addition, planners can reduce stress, improve productivity, and be used as a creative activity.
If you have team members struggling with any of the above issues, give them a handy planner as a gift. Some suggestions are:
Moleskine Classic 12 Months 2021 Weekly PlannerL Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner + Notebook Medium (A5) Purpose PlannerClever Fox PlannerPassion PlannerPanda Planner
Related Topics: How To Use A Daily Planner To Increase Your Productivity
9. Laptop and screen cleaner
Your laptop, along with your phone and tablet, is a magnet for dust and dirt. It could even become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause your devices to overheat, drain the battery, or keep your keys stuck.
Since most of us haven't thought about it much, your recovery staff will likely be grateful for something like the OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe laptop. On cleaner. There is a microfiber cloth on one side that can be used to remove fingerprints and stains from screens. The other has a brush for removing dirt or dust.
Here's another gift that might not be as electrifying. However, plants can freshen up any work area. More importantly, they remove toxins from the air and increase both productivity and satisfaction.
At the same time, you also want to send an attachment that is easy to maintain. It should also be small enough to fit on any desk or office space. Fortunately, the following points meet all of the qualifications listed above:
Snake PlantAfrican VioletEnglish IvyZZ PlantAloePhilodendronTillandsiaOxalisRex BegoniaLucky Bamboo
11. Timed water bottle
Most of us don't drink enough water all day. Buy a motivational water bottle to make sure you and your team are hydrated enough to help you meet your health goals.
Related: The 5 Best Workplace Water Bottles for Hydration Motivation
12. Subscription boxes
A subscription service like the Jelly of the Month Club is the gift that is offered all year round. Of course, if you're not a jam lover, your team members will be as disappointed as Clark Griswold. However, once you actually get to know them, you can send them boxes they like, such as: B .:
NatureBox for healthy snacks. I helped create these office snacks for people like you and me. Coffee Esperanto for your coffee lovers. Stress Less Box with aromatherapy products, massage rollers and a time management cube. Lavish Bath Box so you can relax and unwind after work. The Adults & Crafts Crate has all of the tools and resources your team needs to become a DIY enthusiast. MindWander is a self-care box with items like workbooks to help reduce stress and anxiety.The Happy Hour Box is perfect for virtual after-hours events as it contains a cocktail kit, ice breaker activities and healthy snacks. The book of the month is an obvious proposition for avid readers of your life. Piles of stones to encourage them to enjoy the outdoors. Hallo Frisch for budding or time-sensitive cooks.
There should be something on that list to give to your team. Hopefully your company survived this year of economic hardship and devastation. Wait a minute – next year may be difficult – but there are still some better years to come.
If this year wasn't so bad, I wouldn't even talk about the gifts I gave myself, but now you have to take care of yourself too.
Get something for yourself
For that special person on my team who went out of their way for the whole team – I purchased an extended Glorious XL gaming mouse pad / mat. Amazon has them for sale right now.
I have a smiley for myself in the office to increase productivity. It's a connected social media switch. One of the best things I've ever given myself is a Sisyphus metal coffee table. It's seriously a cool item. A shiny metal marble pulls the sand under a piece of glass – repeating the design every 15 minutes. It's a zen feeling that helps everyone who walks into the office.