When it comes to the holiday season, there's nothing quite like giving cool tech gifts for the loved ones in your lives. Sure, you can go out and splurge on a fancy new iPad or photo printer, but when you don't want to drop big bucks on an item, there's another route to take. We've kept no secrets about our love for all things productivity related. Better yet, there are a lot of inexpensive and mid-range gifts and gadgets that'll make anyone in your life just a little more efficient.
NeuYear Monday First Calendar
This calendar stands out from the rest for a few reasons. First is that its giant, wall-sized proportions will never give you the excuse of, "Well I forgot about it" like you might find with a desk calendar. Second is that it's not only available in paper form but also as a dry erase surface, making it easy to make changes to events. But the best part is that it functions by the week, meaning your schedule is arranged continuously like you'd expect from Google Calendar or any other digital device.
If you use an iOS device or have a Mac Computer, this application is a must buy. You can gift an iTunes Gift Card and write a personalized message letting that special someone know they should buy this particular app. The concept to create visual maps of brainstorming sessions is pretty straightforward, but the user interface is so well designed and rich with useful sharing features (including PDF conversion and cloud technology) that it stands out from the crowd.
Do you juggle 5 different credit and debit cards between work and your personal life? Do you ever leave a card at home when you really need it? You won't have to worry again with COIN. Available for the next 8 days at 50% off, this all-in-one device can store multiple credit cards, let you know if you've left it behind at a restaurant, and let you deactivate it with a single click should it get stolen! We're already envious to try it out.
Paper Notification Memos
Okay, this isn't exactly technology, but it mimics technology and will help you be more productive. They say we're tethered to our mobile devices now, and if you're anything like us, you hate to have those little notifications pop up on your apps. A company has found a way to produce the same bold, visual style of these notifications in paper form. You can stick them anywhere in the real world, so you won't be able to resist getting any task done, no matter how big or small.
Maximize Your Potential
No, this isn't some silly self-help rag. Maximize Your Potential is a beautifully designed book by the creators of 99u that will be perfect as everyone plans those New Year's resolutions and ambitious projects for 2014. With a mix of inspiring quotes from famous people in all industries and real, actionable advice, it's something you'll always feel like turning to when the idea you're looking for is just out of reach.
Feel free to share other gifts, gadgets, and fun items that will help people be more productive going into 2014. We want to know what really helps you each day!