It’s that time of the year when we start thinking about what we can give those around us this coming holiday season. If we are a bit more honest, it’s also about what we want to get ourselves! It’s perfectly okay to give yourself something this coming Christmas—we can call it our Christmas reward.
The Asian Efficiency team came up with this year’s gift guide together with some suggestions from our own productivity community, The Dojo, to make things easier for you. We all know how overwhelming it can be thinking about what we can get for our family, friends, co-workers, clients, or even our boss. There’s no scented candle or necktie on this list. I’m not saying that those are bad gifts but those are usually gifted when the giver doesn’t know what else to give. So get your credit and debit cards ready because you might end up purchasing half (or more) of what’s here! Remember, it’s better to give than to receive. Don’t forget to give yourself something too.
The New Year comes right after the Christmas holidays and although we keep saying that you don’t have to wait for January 1st to start working on your resolutions or goals, a lot of us still do. You have your goals or resolutions for the year figured out. The next step is to write those down. Let this weekly planner by Leuchtturm be your company in your New Year journey. It comes in three different sizes and nine different colors and each page features a full calendar week and a lined notebook. It has a three-year overview, moon phases, project planner, detachable pages, bookmarks, and labels. If you’re not into the weekly planner, you can also get their dotted notebook.
If you’d rather have something that will not constrain you to dates, the SELF Journal might just be your next best friend because it’s undated. This has monthly, weekly, and daily spreads which will help you organize your life in detail. The journal features a 13-week layout, flexible monthly layout, daily time-blocking, gratitude section, habit tracker, happiness tracker, reflection pages, and removable blank pages for notes and ideas. The great thing about this gift idea is that it doesn’t have to be given at the end or start of the year.
Whether you’re traveling or simply working in an office or a coffee shop, you shouldn’t take security for granted. Although passwords are masked, you may have information on your screen that you wouldn’t want others to see. Using a privacy filter is one step in ensuring that you keep your information safe when you’re in public since it blacks out your screen from the side. Strangers won’t be able to see anything from the side but you’ll see everything clearly when you’re in front of your screen. It also helps reduce reflections and the strips are reusable.
A very useful gift for someone always on the go is an Anker portable charger or power bank. With its 20100 mAH, you can charge mobile devices and tablets more than once. It also comes with an 18-month warranty so use away!
The standing desk converter of Fully lets you use your existing fixed height desk to an adjustable desk. It raises up to a maximum of 22” using the squeeze paddle. It also has a wide work area with a built-in keyboard platform located directly below the work surface. It looks great and it’s environmentally friendly.
A first look at this hybrid smartwatch and you wouldn’t know that it’s a smartwatch. Its sleek and elegant design is perfect for day-to-day use or even a formal affair but don’t let the design fool you. It has a heart rate monitor, 24/7 activity tracking, sleep monitor, smart notifications, Alexa integration, and it’s water resistant up to 50m. The battery is not so bad either – it lasts up to 25 days on just one charge.
It also has a sports version that has a workout mode with connected GPS and a fitness level that assesses cardiovascular capacity during a run.
Using a backpack means that your two hands are free for other stuff. Backpacks are also better for your back than messenger-style bags. This executive backpack looks sophisticated and packs some great functions. It stands upright so you don’t have to worry about your bag tipping over. It can also come with a removable executive folio that can hold a laptop, some documents, and your trusty pen.
When there’s no masseuse to help ease those very tired and sore muscles, this hand and foot roller is the next best thing. It’s very handy that you can take it when you travel since it’s only 0.6 lbs. We all know how stiff our backs can get when we’re sitting down for hours. These rollers can stimulate acupressure points on our body which helps relieve soreness and pain.
Perfect for your coffee and tea connoisseur in your life. This can be used as a frappe maker, hot choco stirrer, cream whipper, protein shaker, and other powdered drinks. This helps remove those lumps without the hassle of using a blender because it’s cordless and battery operated. Since it’s only about 11 inches tall and without any bulky wires, you can froth on the go.
We have smart homes which include smart lights. This is a cool addition to the devices that you can connect with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, Nest, Serena shades, and Sonos. You can schedule your lights so that you don’t have to come home to a very dark house. If you have a pet at home and you think you might be home a little late, you don’t have to worry about them being left in the dark. One awesome feature for this is Smart Away. This is incredibly useful when you are away for a number of days since it turns your light on and off randomly. An advantage of the Lutron Caseta over other smart-light systems is the physical switch for those family members who don’t want to mess around with apps and voice commands.
Made from vegan leather, the Ratchet belt from Slidebelts are incredibly comfortable (as per Brooks). If you’re gifting this, you don’t have to worry about the size because… it just slides in! No holes to think about! Very easy to use and very stylish. It comes in 15 different color combinations for the belt and the buckle.
Think of these as a wearable yoga mat. You don’t have to worry about shared yoga mats when you’re travelling—you only need to bring these Yoga Paws. The great thing about these paws is that you can also use it for pilates or the gloves for fitness (especially when you’re gripping those bars or kettlebells). The material is made of breathable and stretchy cloth designed to keep your skin cool. You can use this together with your yoga mat for added support. It is especially helpful for those who need extra padding on their hands.
Winter blues are just around the corner. It’s not uncommon for people to feel sluggish during the winter months. Our body is just reacting to the weather. The HappyLight is one tool to push those blues away. It has the recommended 10,000 lux level for effective light therapy. This form of therapy helps boost your energy, improve mood, enhance focus, and regulate sleep patterns. This also mimics a sunny day! If your office does not have enough light coming in then this is the perfect solution to that problem. It’s not just for winter months but you can definitely use it all year round.
There are times when we just need to sit back and relax after using all our brain juice. Display this on your desk and relax to the motion of drifting sands. Every ‘flip’ means a different design. This is made of plastic, organic glass and sand.
Having multiple devices that require charging cables can often lead to a (very) disorganized desk. Sure there are cable organizers out there but it will never look as awesome as G.U.S. (Great Useful Stuff) Multi-Device Charging Station Dock. It’s made out of Eco Bamboo that is durable. It has room for your laptop, tablet, and up to 3 other devices like your phone. It uses a magnetic base that flips open to reveal a compartment for all the wires. This organizer comes in six variations and some have a built-in power bank.
Made from top grain Nappa Leather, these tags are a perfect partner to your luggage or even your satchel. The leather is very soft and beautiful. It comes in a blue box with a silver string—perfect gift! You don’t have to worry about wrapping it.
Perfect for your one or two-day getaway. It’s very handy—use it as a handbag or a shoulder bag. You can use it as a yoga bag or an under-the-seat travel carry-on. Looks stylish too. It comes in 4 colors: Ash Rose, Deep Teal, Mid Grey Crosshatch, Purple Velvet.
Do you want to know who’s ringing your doorbell? Then this is the device for the job! Is it your Amazon order being delivered? Is it your neighbor bringing some Christmas cookies for your family? You’re not at home? Not a problem. Aside from seeing them through video, you can also speak and hear your visitors using your phone, tablet, or PC. You can also get alerts when motion is detected or when someone presses the doorbell. It includes a lifetime theft protection.
We all need to stay hydrated. Every organ, cell, and tissue in our body NEEDS water in order to function properly. This water bottle by Joseph Joseph Co will help you drink more since it helps you track the number of bottles you finish in a day using a very simple method—a new dot appears every time you refill the bottle. You don’t need to use a separate app for it. The beauty of this is really the simplicity of doing what it’s supposed to do—hold you accountable to the number of ounces you’ve drunk for the day.
There you have it! Asian Efficiency’s gift guide for 2018. Do you have any other suggestions for our readers? Let us know in the comments and… HAPPY PRODUCTIVE SHOPPING!
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