It’s been a tough year for everyone. Luckily, nothing boosts a flagging spirit like a well-chosen gift. How very lucky we are to have all purchasing power online nowadays — so that we don’t have to brave the big crowds during a pandemic. We can make a wonderful holiday season for family and friends — and especially lift our employee’s hearts — even in these tough times.
The season of giving is right around the corner, and companies are looking for ways to indulge their team members. If you want to reward your employees’ hard work during an incredibly challenging year, consider these 10 awesome tech gift ideas:
1. Electric cruiser bikes
If you’re searching for a tech gift that is just as fun as it is practical, look no further. A Tower electric beach cruiser is the perfect holiday gift for all of your hardest-working employees.
These functional and powerful bikes can gear riders up for longer, more comfortable rides — even daily commutes. If your employees use their new gift to bike to work, they’ll not only improve their health, they’ll reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Whether riding for exercise, transportation, or pleasure, these bikes let their users cruise in style.
2. Entertainment streaming players
We all enjoy kicking back and watching our favorite TV show. With Covid-19 still a very real part of our lives, many of us are listening more than ever before — and we need good sound more than ever before.
With holiday breaks on the horizon, your employees will probably even have time to binge-watch a series or two. If you want a tech gift that everyone at your company will love, entertainment streaming players are a safe bet. With the array of boxes and sticks available, you’re sure to find something in your price range.
3. Voice-controlled speakers
Voice-activated technologies are huge right now. They can do so much, and there’s a practical use for them no matter who you are.
The Amazon Echo Dot can integrate with a user’s Amazon account, offer shopping recommendations, or answer their questions about the weather. They can also integrate the device with their existing smart home fixtures or tell it to play music — the possibilities are endless.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body,” English essayist Joseph Addison once wrote. That makes e-readers like the Kindle an ideal choice for companies to give to their employees. As the owner of a company, how could you not like a gift that will keep your employee’s minds sharp?
Don’t think of e-readers as the gift equivalent of a vegetable steamer or a treadmill. They enable your employees to read for both knowledge and pleasure — meaning they’re a win-win for everyone.
5. Noise-canceling headphones
Your employees may be working at home while attempting to tune out their kids’ online classes. Or perhaps they’ve returned to the office — or will in the new year — with all the ambient noise that your open office plan implies.
Either way, no one likes to be distracted while they’re working. That’s why noise-canceling headphones have become such a hot seller lately. Give your employees noise-canceling headphones, and they’ll be able to focus on their work no matter where they’re doing it. If the expense is a concern, there are plenty of options available under $100.
6. Video doorbells
Video doorbells are one of those modern inventions that your employees never knew they needed. They allow users to safely answer the door at all hours. Better yet, video doorbells provide anytime, anywhere access to video and audio footage of the front door when people are away from home.
The Ring Video Doorbell is among the most popular options on the market today. Depending on the number of features you want, Ring has a variety of doorbell models available at a range of price points.
7. Instant cameras
Believe it or not, instant cameras — first made famous by Polaroid — are making a comeback. A technology we all thought was a thing of the past is now riding high on a wave of nostalgia.
These cameras are the perfect choice for the social butterflies on your team. Taking a group pic and getting an instant printout? Yes, please! The best part? Companies can find instant cameras for under $60, making them an inexpensive, fun gift for their employees.
8. Charging stations
What would your team members do without their gadgets? These days, everyone has a cell phone, and it’s safe to assume many of your employees have a smartwatch, too. Why not give them something they can use to keep both powered up?
Charging stations are practical tech gifts that all of your employees will appreciate. They’re a particularly good choice for a larger workforce, as they’re available at a reasonable price. You can order in bulk yet still personalize your gift by selecting from a variety of color options.
9. Smart home security systems
Keeping your employees safe should always be a top priority. What better way to do that than by giving them a home security system? These systems can be high-tech and extremely pricey, but hear me out: You can start simple and let your employees add on the additional security features they want.
On the low end, a Smart Lock from SimpliSafe will lock a user’s door automatically when they forget to. Every employee could use this, whether they live in a downtown apartment or a house in the ’burbs. And if they want to enhance the base system, SimpliSafe offers various other security products, like cameras, smoke detectors and motion sensor alarms.
10. Smart alarm clocks
Help your team members rise and shine in the new year by getting them a smart alarm clock. While your employees may think their phone is waking them up well enough, they haven’t seen what smart alarm clocks can do.
The iHome Compact Alarm Clock has a minimalist, L-shaped design that also serves as a wireless phone-charging dock. It even has a built-in auto-dimming feature that adjusts the lights intensity based on the ambient lighting in the room. Who knew alarm clocks could do that?
Treating your employees to a tech gift this holiday season will mean the world to them no matter what you choose. Whether you’re looking for a small gadget, or you want to go all out — there’s an option to fit every company’s budget. So, give your employees the tech gift they deserve this holiday season. You’ll feel just as good giving something wonderful as they will receiving it.
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