11 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Office Swap

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Along with buying gifts for friends and family, there's always that one extra innocuous present you have to find—the office swap gift. Whether your company opts for white elephant or pulling specific names from a hat, these gifts are suitable for bosses or underlings alike.

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1. KOH-I-NOOR DRY MARKER HIGHLIGHTER PENCIL; $2 EACH

CW Pencil Enterprises

For the colleague who keeps copious, color-coded lists and agendas, these vibrant pencils will brighten up any Monday morning to-do list. And, at about $2 each, you can buy all six without going over any agreed-upon spending limit.

Find It: CW Pencil Enterprises

2. AIR PLANT ON GOLD-DIPPED QUARTZ; $18

Etsy

Air plants are the perfect greenery to liven up a desk—they don’t require messy soil and regular misting will keep it fresh and healthy. Plus, the blinged-out base will satisfy both the healing-energy and the decorative tchotchke crowds.

Find It: Etsy

3. MOO HARDCOVER NOTEBOOK; $20

Moo

This practical notebook features a thick book-quality cover to prevent damage and a special Swiss binding, which allows it to lay flat regardless of where you’re trying to write. And the color options—charcoal gray, midnight blue, wine red, or three “zingy” brighter shades—just enhance its timeless appeal. 

Find It: Moo

4. FELIX CARD WALLET; $20

Herschel

No one wants to have to drag a purse or bulky wallet along when popping out for a quick snack or coffee run. Help your coworkers out with this compact card wallet. There’s plenty of room for an office ID, credit card, cash, and even some business cards, so they can enter you all to win a happy hour sometime.

Find It: Herschel

5. L'OCCITANE HAND LOTION; $24

Amazon

During these dry winter months, your Secret Santa will appreciate having some moisturizing hand lotion that’s just an easy pump away.

Find It: Amazon

6. RUBBER BAND BALL; $9

Need Supply

For the coworker who needs utilitarian office supplies like rubber bands, but also keeps a Pinterest-perfect desk: This black and white take on the classic rubber band ball is as display-worthy as it is practical.

Find It: Need Supply

7. ZADIE DRIVE ALLIGATOR LETTER OPENER; $40

Kate Spade

Upgrade someone’s letter-opening experience with a quick swipe of this golden alligator tail. It’ll leave envelopes far more cleanly cut than those scissors ever did.

Find It: Kate Spade

8. WATER SUCCULENTS LAPTOP SLEEVE; $37

Society6

Lugging a laptop to and from the office may seem like a little less of a chore if it's dressed up in watercolored greenery. This lightweight sleeve is fully lined in microfiber and made to fit 13” or 15” computers.

Find It: Society6

9. PERSONALIZED STARBUCKS TUMBLER; $10

Etsy

What to get the most caffeinated among us? A personalized, BPA-free, reusable cup is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will your office pal be helping the environment when they go on their afternoon coffee run, they’ll save 10 cents each time they use it at Starbucks.

Find It: Etsy

10. PREVIOUSLY, ON…: GUESS THE TV SERIES; $19

Amazon

For the colleague who is always the first to ask “so did everyone watch [insert any culturally relevant show] last night?”, this illustrated card game puts all their knowledge of classic and prestige television to the test.

Find It: Amazon

11. KILNER FOOD-TO-GO JAR; $15

The Container Store

Help your coworker keep their 2018 resolution to bring their lunch to work more often—this Mason-style glass jar features a removable cup for dressings or other toppings under its stainless steel lid, so they’ll never have to worry about soggy salad again.

Find It: The Container Store

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Improve Your WFH Setup With These 10 Gadgets That Are on Sale

Audio-Technica/Dell
Audio-Technica/Dell

Setting up a workstation in your house or apartment takes a little more thought than you might have assumed. You've got to think about everything from your tech—including keyboards and chargers—to your comfort, especially when it comes to your desk situation. If you’re now working from home for the foreseeable future, these 10 gadgets are designed to make your job easier without breaking the bank.

1. Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro Portable Dual Monitor; $179 (with coupon)

Mobile Pixels

A souped-up desktop at the office can be difficult to replicate at home, and one of the biggest challenges is adequate screen space. This portable monitor actually hooks up to your laptop so you can have dual monitors anywhere you need them, even while working in bed. Use the coupon code SAVEDUEXPRO at checkout to get the Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro for $179.

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2. ProBASE X Aluminum Monitor Stand; $145 (8 percent off)

MonitorMate

Consolidate your equipment with this dual monitor stand and charging port. By elevating your monitor, you can avoid the hunching caused by traditional setups, and the built-in ports can charge your device four-times faster than a wall outlet.

Buy it: Mental Floss Shop

3. Naztech 20,000mAh Fabric Power Bank; $60 (33 percent off)

HypeGear

Shockingly compact and lightweight for the punch it provides, this power bank is perfect for charging multiple devices at once while working from home.

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4. AOC E2070SWHN 19.5-inch HD 1600x900 Monitor (certified refurbished); $80 (19 percent off)

AOC

Don't let the label concern you—certified-refurbished products work like new but at a lower price. And this curved LCD gaming monitor will give you an immersive experience without any image shuttering or flickering light levels.

Buy it: Mental Floss Shop

5. Dell 3020 Desktop PC Set (MAR renewed); $480 (20 percent off)

Dell

This desktop set was originally designed for heavy use in an office environment and has been refurbished by a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher. The outcome is a PC that runs like new with an Intel Quad-Core i5-4570 processor, 8GB of RAM, Windows 10 Professional operating system, and more.

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6. Portable Lazy Laptop Desk; $135 (32 percent off)

Kinkoo

Laptops can get pretty hot when they're working overtime, so use this lap desk to put a soft cushion in between you and your computer as it heats up. Plus, there's a built-in mouse pad and extra space for accessories like a phone or charger, which will help your couch or bed setup look a little more professional.

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7. RiseUp Electrical Height-Adjustable Standing Desk; $370 (17 percent off)

Uncaged Ergonomics

This ergonomic desk is designed to perfect your posture and blood flow in both standing and seated settings. If you want to switch positions in the middle of the workday, just push a button and let the dual-power motors do their thing.

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8. Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard; $71 (10 percent off)

Rego Tech

A tablet is usually the most convenient tool in your arsenal—that is, until you have to type an email. Make typing a breeze with this compact, foldable Bluetooth keyboard. It can even hook up to your phone to give your thumbs a break from all of that texting.

Buy it: Mental Floss Shop

9. Supercord 3-in-1 Charging Cable; $20 (45 percent off)

Zendure

You love your gadgets, but you're probably not the biggest fan of all the wires and accessories that come along with them. Clean things up a little with this cable that will charge up to three devices at once.

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10. Audio-Technica Wireless Headphones; $102 (40 percent off)

Audio Technica

Block out the noise and get to work with these wireless headphones from Audio-Technica. This model is Bluetooth-enabled and can run for 30 hours before needing a recharge. And when you're all done, they fold up into a compact position so you can throw them in your desk or bag for easy storage.

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