The holidays are just around the corner, and you know what the season does to your office mates. Those communal gingerbread latte coffee whiteners in the lunch room go right to their heads, and a few sips are all they need to organize another Secret Santa.
Once you’re volunteered by the others to participate, you’re stuck with another person to buy for on top of a holiday chore list as long as Santa’s beard. If you need a little help finding inexpensive gifts that won’t disappoint the person you’re meant to treat, this guide will help. By relying on some tried-and-true tech, you can guarantee the title of “best gift giver ever” is yours — that is, if you ever fess up to your secret identity.
A streaming dongle for the binger
Does your chosen person always talk about a new series around the water cooler? Do you wonder if they do anything but watch TV in their free time? If you answered yes to both questions, then you have a serial binger on your hands. While this is bad news for their social life, it’s great news for your Secret Santa prospects. You can order them a Roku streaming device and call it a day.
This device plugs into the HDMI port of their TV and organizes all of their streaming packages onto one profile. All they have to do to switch between accounts is click the Roku remote control. No need for casting a laptop or signing in and out of accounts. It’s all there at the tips of their fingers. Soon, the Roku stick will also bring Google Assistant to their TVs, so they’ll have AI capabilities in line with Alexa or Siri.
A unique decal for their phone
It doesn’t matter if you pulled the name of Deb, the 56-year-old mother of three, or Stu, the single bro in IT, for Secret Santa. Everyone in the office has a phone. You can delight them this year with a customized skin for their handset.
Though they both have smartphones, Deb and Stu probably have drastically different models. Luckily, the catalogue over at dbrand offers skins for every popular phone on the market right now. Whether you’re shopping for a Moto G or an iPhone XS Max, you’ll find both moto G skins and iPhone XS Max skins. They come in textures you can customize to suit Deb or Stu perfectly, like a marble or black matrix skin respectively. Each is reinforced with 3M vinyl’s scratch-proof, grime-free, and water-resistant material to protect their handset.
A wireless charging pad for their desk
If, during your snooping, you find out they have an iPhone XS, Samsung S9, LG G7, or any of the phones listed here, their phone supports wireless charging. That means they can boost their batteries without plugging into a wall socket. They just need to place their handset on or near a QI wireless charging pad, and they’ll go from 0 to 100 in no time.
The charger’s orientation is up to you. You can choose on like the Anker PowerPort that lies flat or the Samsung QI Wireless Charging Stand that sits upright so their phone can too. Don’t worry if they already have on. Everyone can appreciate a second charger that they can keep at work. That way, they can arrive at their desk with 3% and never worry about how they’ll sneak some texts in the afternoon.
A device finder for the absent-minded
If your co-worker is constantly searching the office for a lost set of keys, their phone, or an important document, the Tile Mate is a great gift to leave them. It relies on Bluetooth to sync their phones with the device, so they can keep track of their stuff wherever it winds up. They can even reverse the search should they lose their phone and not the item that has the Tile Mate attached to it. It’s simple to use, which comes as a relief to anyone who regularly loses their stuff.
A pair of wireless headphones for the music lover
There’s always at least one person in the office who’s never seen without a pair of headphones in or on their ears. They listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and playlists whenever they can, and we don’t blame them. Listening to interesting stories or catchy songs can make your time under the unflattering fluorescent lights go by faster.
You can help them listen in crystal clarity by giving them a set of Skullcandy Grind (if they like over the ear headphones) or Skullcandy Jib (if they prefer earbuds). Both look great and deliver quality audio for any kind of listening style in the office.
With five choices, you’re five times more likely to get a gift they’ll love. Luckily for you, these take minimal effort and money, as you can order them online and have them delivered before the last day at work. As gifts go, they’re pretty easy. See? It wasn’t so bad.