Love it or hate it, anyone who works in an office will eventually find themselves involved in the seasonal process known as Secret Santa.
If you find yourself tearing your hair out over what to buy Dave from accounting (who only ever talks about accounting), or get the name of someone you barely know rather than your work BFF, it may be best to go down the “office pressie” route. Buying your co-worker something that will bring a bit of joy into their daily office routine will always go down well.
The abundance of USB gadgets can provide an ideal solution to a potentially awkward decision, particularly as new gadgets are continually appearing on the market. The humble USB drive is no longer simply a data storage device but can also be a phone or camera charger, a handy desk light or a mini fan powered directly from your laptop or desktop computer.
A search around online should get you out of a tricky situation, especially if you got the name of your boss in the Christmas draw. Even your local pound shop can be a good source of USB gadgets (I wouldn’t go there for your boss though!).
A purely practical gift that should appeal to any of your colleagues is a USB powered memo pad from Findmeagift.co.uk. At under £10.00 it comes complete with magnetic stylus pen and sliding eraser, in the style of an old etch-a-sketch. As an added bonus, it also acts as a hub for four extra USB connections.
If you’re looking for something a little more frivolous, a great conversation point would be an “Executive Toy” for the USB age. Desk pets such as Amazon’s Skitterbot (selling at under £10.00) are rather creepy multi-limbed creatures that charge up on your desk and run around your work station like a giant spider.
For a little more financial outlay, around the £20.00 mark, Vistaprint will produce a personalised 4GB flash drive with your own photo and wording along the side; great for a personal message to your recipient.
If you want to stay in safe territory you might like to stick with something traditional and buy someone their own personal Christmas lights to adorn their work area. Try Lights4fun for their USB powered fairy lights at under £5.00.
Finally how could any work colleague not appreciate eBay’s cosy USB heated slippers for under £10.00 and ideal to keep toes warm in a draughty office.