2021 has been another rough year for businesses trying to hold it together as the delta variant and vaccines have forced us to reconsider how we work and how we create safe environments once again.
Through it all, your staff has stayed by your side through those after-hours conference calls, supported you in trying those “crazy ideas”, challenged you to have all your facts, and helped the business be where it is today.
Christmas staff gifts are an opportunity to show your team members that their work is appreciated. The gesture can also be extended to your loyal clients and business partners who have supported your business to show them you value them too.
However, it can be tricky to pick something appropriate that will be well-received by diverse teams with varying interests.
Our team has picked out a few of our favourite staff stocking stuffers to make it easier for you to spread the holiday cheer.
Xiaomi Mi Home Desk Lamp
The Xiaomi Mi Desk Lamp tops our list for its great combination or form and functionality for its price point. Working from home has meant that spaces that weren’t previously considered workspaces now need to do double duty. The minimalist design and small footprint of the Mi Desk Lamp lights up areas without needing to shuffle a makeshift workspace around too much.
Most people tend to underestimate how much impact lighting has on their mood and productivity. With a brightness of 520 lumens, four different lighting modes, brightness and colour temperature adjustment, and smart assistant support, the Mi Desk Lamp is a gift that can significantly increase how comfortable a space is beyond what a normal desk lamp is capable of.
Xiaomi Mi Handheld Mini Vacuum Cleaner
Next up on our list is the Xiaomi Mi Handheld Mini Vacuum Cleaner. Until very recently, vacuuming usually involves bringing out a large appliance, an extension cable, plugging it in, and then stowing it all away when done
The Mi Handheld Mini Vacuum Cleaner presents an alternative to keep small areas clean and tidy without having to go through that entire process. Give your staff members the gift of peace of mind with a clean space.
At under 0.5kg and smaller than the thermos cup, the Mi Handheld Mini Vacuum Cleaner packs a lot of power in comparison to its size.
It is especially suited for cleaning cars, with multiple different suction heads that can reach different nooks and crannies.
It has a dual filter system with one steel mesh filter and a second HEPA filter and a battery life of approximately 30 minutes, which is standard for handheld vacuum cleaners on the market.
Xiaomi Pocket Photo Printer
The Xiaomi Pocket Photo Printer is a portable photo printer jam-packed with features. Weighing just 181 grams, connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and print photos and stickers of your most precious moments.
The Xiaomi Pocket Photo Printer uses ZINK inkless technology and utilises a reaction with ZINK thermal photo paper instead. The printer takes approximately 45 seconds to print one page and supports JPEG and PNG file format.
We picked the Xiaomi Pocket Photo Printer as one of the items your clients would rarely think of purchasing for themselves but can derive lots of joy from by making physical memories of special occasions or as party favours where guests can take home printed photos or stickers.
Xiaomi Redmi Buds 3 Pro
Next on our list is the Xiaomi Redmi Buds 3 Pro true wireless earphones. Depending on the general level of tech savviness in your workplace, your team members might not realise that true wireless earphones are a key tech essential these days.
True wireless earphones have come along way since the technology was introduced, but there has always been a trade-off between multipoint connectivity (the ability to sync with more devices at once), noise-cancellation capability, battery life, and price point.
The Xiaomi Redmi Buds 3 Pro manages to balance these features out, allowing parents to juggle between loud children and conference calls while working from home, connecting to multiple devices while boasting an impressive 28-hour battery life.
These true wireless earphones are incredibly versatile and have the power, quality noise cancellation (choose between four levels), and the features needed to make it their companion audio device as your clients transition between work and home life.
They’re definitely one of the highlight stocking stuffers on our list that’s sure to make a difference for your team members.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite Smart Watch
Next up on our list: Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite Smart Watch, a great entry-level smartwatch with basic fitness tracking features and integration with your team members’ smartphones.
Between working from home and multiple intermittent lockdowns, it’s easy to get immersed in work and forget that human bodies need regular movement to maintain optimum functionality.
Presenting your team members with a smartwatch could give them the incentive and the yardstick they need to track how they’re doing and/or encourage them to take small steps to make positive changes in their routines.
Despite being an entry-level smartwatch, the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite Smart Watch comes with plenty of features including heart rate and sleep monitoring, up to nine days of battery life, built-in GPS, water resistance up to 5 ATM, and more than 120 watch faces users can choose from.
Google Chromecast 3
Being confined indoors by lockdown restrictions has given most people lots of time to watch more movies and series and learn that not all TVs are created equal.
The Google Chromecast 3 is a device that goes a long way in helping to be that equaliser for older or non-smart TVs. Plug it into any TV with a HDMI port, and your staff members will be able to stream or “cast” their favourite content from their smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Especially with larger households with varied media consumption habits, the Chromecast helps your clients and their families to simplify the process of using the TV for shared entertainment or education – an easy way to spend more quality time together.
The Google Chromecast 3 enables streaming up to 1080p resolution and comes with a 12-month warranty.
Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker
Give your team members the gift of their very own digital butler. The Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker and its counterparts – the Apple HomeKit and Google Nest – are often the harbinger of a gradual takeover of smart appliances in your home.
Even if your team members don’t have immediate plans to turn their homes into smart homes, the Echo Dot can serve as a digital personal assistant for them, serving them up with music, reminders, and other information they ask for.
Of the three main players, Amazon has been in the smart speaker game for the longest, so has the most mature range of continuously developing functionalities.
The Amazon Echo Dot connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and the Alexa app and is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
JBL Free WFH Wired Over-Ear Headset
JBL is a long-time player in the audio space, and their Work From Home range promises to deliver the same level of quality and reliability the rest of their range brings.
The JBL Free WFH Wired Over-Ear Headset is a great workhorse headset for team members who are constantly on calls and in remote meetings.
The PU-wrapped memory foam ear cushions are comfortable for extended use, the detachable boom microphone will be guaranteed to pick up only their voice and not surrounding sounds from their environment, and the wired headset means there’s no last-minute fiddling with Bluetooth settings just before a call.
The JBL Free WFH Wired Over-Ear Headset features advanced noise-cancelling technology, 40mm audio drivers, and is compatible with universal chat apps such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, Skype, and WebEx.
Momax 10000mah Premium Power Bank
Not everyone upgrades their smartphone every one or two years especially if they use other devices more day-to-day, and the part of a smartphone that usually fails the fastest is the battery.
That’s why the Momax 10000mah Premium Power Bank makes for a great stocking stuffer that never gets old (even if your clients’ devices do).
The Momax 10000mah Premium Power Bank has a small form factor at only 230g and 16.5mm of height. It supports 10W wireless Qi charging and can charge up to 3 devices at the same time via the USB and Type-C charging ports.
Our last idea is a novelty one that’s sure to excite your staff members if your workplace is embedded in the Apple ecosystem.
Launched recently, the Apple AirTags can help your team members keep track of important items like their wallets or bags using the Find My app on their iPhones. They’re easy to set up and work well with other devices in the Apple ecosystem like the Apple Watch, which can receive notifications from AirTags.
The AirTag works by sending out a secure Bluetooth signal that can be detected by nearby devices in the Find My network. These devices send the location of your AirTag to iCloud - then you can go to the Find My app and see it on a map. The whole process is anonymous and encrypted to protect your privacy.