Updated November 17, 2017 Be everyone's "Secret Santa" at the company office party this year by gifting your co-workers with holiday tech gifts that are far more exciting than an end-of-year bonus. These gifts are made for the modern and tech-savvy co-worker who deserves something special for all the hard work they've delivered in 2017.
Via Click & Grow
For the gardening enthusiast at the office, opt for a high-tech gift that makes nature even niftier! Click & Grow The Smart Garden 9 is an indoor garden that self-grows thanks to built-in sensors to manage water and nutrition, and comes with revolutionary smart soil. The product includes plant capsules for growing mini tomatoes, lettuce, and basil. Fresh food made at home couldn't be better or easier. Pre-order now for $199, with a launch expected in Nov. 2017 — or buy the Smart Garden 3 for just $100, with free shipping and a free starter pack of three plants.
While everyone in the company meeting is taking notes on their laptop or tablet, there's always that one co-worker who goes "old school" with a pen and paper. Gift this person with a whole new kind of notebook that merges regular writing with a high-tech, digital age connection to the cloud. Take notes as usual in the Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook and save the material to a Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and more. Then reuse the notebook time and time again. $34 bucks for the gift that lasts and lasts.
Via 1 Voice
A warm winter hat makes for a lovely gift for a co-worker, but a high-tech one is heads above the rest. Get a workplace pal 1 Voice Beanie — a Bluetooth-enabled beanie hat with built-in headphones and a controller at the back to connect wirelessly to a smartphone. No more annoying wires, just super-stylish comfort. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 12 hours and the cap is machine washable. Hats off (ahem) to a multi-purpose tech gift. Comes in a variety of colors and styles. Cost is $69.
In today's busy climate, keeping track of all we have and do can become a challenge. Help out a co-worker by gifting them with Tile. The mini-sized Bluetooth tracker connects with an iOS and Android app to help keep track of items and locations. The device also links up to other users who can help one another in a virtual lost-and-found community. Slip a slim Tile into your wallet or pop onto a convenient keychain. The Tile starts at $25.
No plug, no problem. With Belkin's Boost Up Qi Wireless Charging Pad, Qi-enabled smartphones can get charged up without the need for plugs or wires. Just set a smartphone on top of the device and once the LED light is illuminated, the phone is ready to go. The charge is speedy and efficient and the small size of the charger is perfect for any spot… even an office desk. Gift a co-worker who will never have to switch to "low battery" mode again! Sells for $39.99.
The Eachine E010 Mini Quadcopter Drone is likely going to be an office favorite — a great option to bring some buzz into a long day. Priced at just $21 it's more than affordable, and it's light-weight enough (the whole thing is smaller than the palm of your hand) that if it drops on a co-worker you're probably safe. Plus there are lights for some night racing when you're working late on deadline. (And if you like drones, scroll through our Holiday Tech Gift Ideas for Kids and our Luxury Tech Gift Ideas for the Holidays with drones that range from paycheck friendly to Fantasyland-level insane: Fire-breathing flying dragon drone anyone?)
Via Mark and Graham
There's always that person at work looking for a charger or rifling through a bag, fishing for their own. Help that office-mate solve their charging needs with a sleek and stylish Leather Charger Roll Up from Mark and Graham. Made of supple and soft leather, this neat little roll up is priced at $49 and has three convenient pockets for storing chargers and can be monogramed free of charge for that added personal touch. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns to select from. It's so chic, you might just want one of your own.
For the co-worker who is a diehard Star Wars fan, the Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker is the tech gift that is aimed to please. With its gravity-defying orb and 360-degrees of crisp sound, the 5-watt speaker will play up to five hours through Bluetooth. This orb-like speaker is also portable when used without the base. Cost is $179.99.
Another tech gift for a co-worker who is into gardening is the North Plant Monitor. At the affordable price of $24, this tracker helps to keep tabs on plants by measuring light, water, etc. from the tracker's sensors, delivering the info straight to the app on a smartphone. It is so easy to use to help make a glorious garden grow.
At the size of a tube of lipstick, Anker PowerCore+ Mini 3350mAh premium aluminum portable charger is an on-the-go item any co-worker could use. Charging is safe and fast, and the LED light lets you know how much power you've got to spare. The charger's advanced USB technologies work like a charm every time you need to "juice up." This tech gift may be compact in size, but the convenience is huge. Sells for $13.99.
Via The Charge Hub
With all the gadgets and gizmos we've come to collect over the years, charging them up can be a feat. Give your co-worker a gift they'll make great use of this season – ChargeHub. Billed as "The Power Strip of the 21st Century™," this handy hub can charge up to seven USB devices at once and comes in a variety of colors and shapes. Plus the studio design feature allows owners to personalize the look of their station. Charging is super-fast and the device is durable. Price starts at $39.99 for a three-port charger and up to $89.99 for a seven-port.