Technology Tips: November 2020 Edition (Gift Guide🎁) Skyward IT Services by Skyward IT Services Skyward IT Services Network Infrastructure and Security Specialists Read time: This year we are making holiday shopping easy with our favorite gadgets, gift boxes, STEM projects, and work-from-home items. Skyward started from the ground up, so we know the power of supporting small businesses, artisans, and makers. (That power? Dreams coming true.) That's why we chose many of the items on this list from small businesses and makers in the US. Note: Prices are current as of publication date and may fluctuate throughout the season. New work-from-home employees Many folks are finding themselves as new work-from-home employees with makeshift offices. These items are thoughtful ways to improve their spaces and even boost productivity. Custom laptop sleeve ($54.99): These handmade laptop sleeves by Bertie’s Closet are a great way to keep a laptop sleek and safe. Click on the maker’s site on Amazon to see a variety of colors and patterns. Standing desk ($89.50): Give the gift of health and wellness this year with a standing desk. The height for the laptop/monitor and keyboard are totally customizable, making this a great gift for any work-from-home employee or student. Murphy/floating desk ($199.00): Whether you have a little or a lot of space to dedicate to your WFH office, this Murphy desk will add a lot of value and function. You can "close up shop" at the end of the day, seamlessly allowing you to truly separate your work life from your home life. Lap desk ($96.79): This lap desk is perfect for small spaces—or for those who prefer to work from their comfy couch. Personalized mousepad ($31.72): Add a touch of customized-chic to any home office with a sturdy, personalized mousepad. STEM learning at home 'Tis the season for creativity and science from the comfort of home! You can't go wrong with an activity for the whole family to enjoy. Root beer science kit ($16): Young foodies and scientists will love this DIY root beer kit. And as a delicious bonus, the root beer is all natural! Create your own published storybook kit ($30): Creative kids can bring their ideas to life with this storybook kit! They can doodle and write on the pages, and then mail it in to have it turned into a hardcover copy. Magic of Science experiment kit ($15): Children can show off 20 impressive experiments to their friends and family with this Magic of Science kit. Part magic, part science; 100% fun. Build your own pinball game ($49.95): Why buy an arcade game when kids can make one themselves? After the basic design is complete, kids can add their own creative touch by designing the obstacles and theme. Mozzarella and ricotta cheese-making kit ($29): Pizza night just got a whole lot better with this cheese-making kit! STEM/STEAM Koala Kits ($16.95): These monthly STEM (and STEAM) toys and projects are great for innovative kids of all ages. Gift boxes to banish burnout 2020 was stressful—gift giving doesn’t have to be. Shop small with these curated boxes of goodies and fun gift subscriptions for family, friends, and your teammates. "Thinking of you" gift box ($33.99): Even far apart, your loved ones will feel your thoughtfulness with this gift box. It features delicious caramels, a lovely candle, and a live succulent. Spa gift box ($26.99): A little restoration will go a long way this holiday season with this aromatherapy gift box. Coffee subscription ($40+): A coffee subscription is the gift that keeps on giving: delicious java, a daily boost of energy, and a fun surprise in the mail. Two months for $40. Flower subscription ($39.99+): The flower-lover in your life will adore these gorgeous blooms, shipped right to their door. Gadgets for gifting It wouldn't be a tech tips gift guide without some high-tech treats. Bluetooth speaker and water bottle ($35): This water bottle and bluetooth speaker combo makes dance parties, workouts, and time in the great outdoors that much more fun (and convenient). Tune out musical sleep mask ($35.95): This comfortable mask blocks out light while playing your favorite calming music or meditations. This is a great gift for anyone who wants to add peace and calm to their lives. (It's 2020—we think that applies to all of us!) Smart phone sanitizer and charger ($79.95): We bring our phones with us everywhere, but how often do we think about keeping them clean? This phone sanitizer and charger was created for devices of all sizes and has been featured on Shark Tank, Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, and QVC. WiFi extender ($27.99): More devices require stronger WiFi. Extend the range of your WiFi connection with this easy-to-install plugin. Smart phone-controlled paper airplane ($50): Design your own paper airplane, install a rudder and propeller, and watch it fly up to 25 MPH! This gift will be a fun DIY project for kids, and kids at heart. Follow-Up Resource: Subscribe for More Technology tips is a monthly feature with tips ranging from classroom apps to malware threats. Enter your email below to receive insight from Skyward pros every month! Skyward IT Services Network Infrastructure and Security Specialists Share this story: Want tips, tricks, and feature updates delivered to your inbox once a month? Sign up here!