What do you get that co-worker friend? The go-to gifts of bottles of wine or liquor, sweet treats, or gift cards are always solid choices. But if you want to appeal to the tech lover in them, or get something that stands out for the Yankee Gift Swap ar the office Christmas party, here are some interesting alternatives that still remain within a budget.
The latest version of the Tile Bluetooth tracker, the Tile Mate, (Dream Team Americas) is 25% smaller than the original, and now comes with a key ring hole. Attach it to your car keys or camera, and it will communicate with your smartphone app via Bluetooth to help you locate the item if it's lost. The best part: your smartphone doesn't have to be in range in order for you to find the lost device. The system uses a network of Tile users from around the world to identify where your item is, and report its location back to you via the app. US$25, or US$70-$90 for a four-pack so you can grab one for each of your closest work friends. Existing Tile owners can upgrade for US$15 as part of the retile program that offers a new Tile annually for up to half off the original price once the battery dies. Thetileapp.com
Twelvesouth New Mac Candle
Looking for a gag gift for an Apple fanboy? The New Mac candle from Twelvesouth is no joke - it really exists, and, at the time of this writing, was completely sold out. The 100% hand-poured soy wax candle is said to smell exactly like a "new Mac," right out of the box, bringing you back to the exciting time when you unboxed your awesome new computing friend. Scents include hints of mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin, and sage (who knew?), and the candle will burn for 45-55 hours. We've heard of the new car smell, but apparently, the new computer smell is a thing, too. US$24, if you manage to snag one. Twelvesouth.com
Who doesn't have an odd quirk that relaxes them while they work, whether it's a shaky leg, nail-biting, tapping a pen, or something else? The handy Fidget Cube desk toy is the new stress ball, featuring six sides, each with a different thing with which you can fidget. There's a clicker with three noisy and two silenced buttons, a mini joystick for gliding, flip switch, indent to rub (inspired by traditional worry stones), gears and rolling trackball, and a circular dial for spinning. It's clear there are plenty of fidgeters out there: the Kickstarter campaign has raised more than US$5.5 million after an ask of just $15,000. About US$20 per cube. Order two and you'll get free shipping. Kickstarter.com