Yamaha UC’s Gift Guide For Employees Working From Home

Author: Laura Madaio

Finding the perfect gift can be such a challenge – you want something unique, but practical. This year, so many of our loved ones are in unique situations when it comes to work or school. Given we’ve been following all the trends in these areas over the last few months, we put together a list of gift ideas for remote workers (or virtual learners!) to help create a more comfortable and productive workspace. Whether you’re looking to say thank you to employees or trying to find a nice holiday gift for office staff, we’ve curated a list of 12 items under $200 that range from upgrading their work kit or adding something fun to their space!

ENHANCE THEIR WORKSPACE - GIFTS FOR OFFICE DESK:

Aside from the necessities, there are a few helpful tools that can enhance any workspace, especially if your loved one is utilizing videoconferencing often. You don't have to be an office manager or audio engineer to help create a more enjoyable, productive workspace. Improving your environment can be easy and surprisingly affordable, thanks to a few small, simple, software agnostic plug-n-play devices.
 
Yamaha UC: YVC-200 Speakerphone - $189 
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Laptop audio is not great. Overtime it can cause audio fatigue, misunderstandings and overall, just a frustrating experience. The YVC-200 personal speakerphone easily connects to a laptop via USB cable or a phone via Bluetooth/NFC. Its portable design with 10-hour talk time allows you to take your work anywhere. Available in black or white, this gift is the perfect way to add value to any workspace.

While the YVC-200 is a great gift for a loved one, it also makes for a great end-of-year corporate gift. Thank employees for a job well done (especially during this tough year), while also providing them a practical tool to help them remain effective at home.


VDO360: 1SEE Camera - $75 1SEE.jpg
The 1SEE is a versatile, compact 1080p HD web camera that easily mounts your monitor, laptop, or tripod. Made for professionals on-the-go or working from home, it’s also a great distance learning camera for all age groups.


Lumecube: Panel Mini Video Conferencing Light $69.95LumeCube.png
Everything you need to look your best on your next video call. The Panel Mini brightens up your workspace with powerful, adjustable LED light. Includes softening diffuser, easy-to-control color temperature and run time, and adaptor cables to ensure you never get left in the dark. Compatible with both laptop and desktop workstations.


 

MAXIMIZE COMFORT + EFFICIENCY:

These are unprecedented times, and with that--many of us have not considered ergonomics with our home office set-ups. The truth is, the dangers of sitting poorly are real. We've put a list together of a few products that can help support a conducive working posture throughout the day, as well as a means to make remote employees healthier and happier.
 
Theragun Mini: Percussive Therapy Device$199 ($174 on Black Friday & Cyber Monday)Theragun.png
Compact but powerful, the Theragun mini is the most agile massage device. Experience discrete, near-silent operation while you melt away your cramps, knots and tension in the comfort of home. Stay productive, stress and pain-free all while working from home.





LifeFuels Smart Bottle: Water and Healthy Beverage Infuser with Tracking App $991-trinity.jpg
Through the connected cardio trend, more and more companies help you track what you do. The LifeFuels Smart Water Bottle helps you customize and track what goes into your body. The app-connected smart bottle has over 10k active daily users, won a CES Innovation Award in Fitness, Sports, and Biotech, and has a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. Flavored water, seltzers and other alternative beverages have seen resurgence from health-conscious consumers looking to cut back on sugary fitness drinks. The smart bottle is the perfect gift for that health & fitness fanatic in your life. This is no ordinary water bottle. It’s the world’s first smart water bottle that turns your ordinary water into a beverage packed with flavor, essential vitamins and nutrients. Staying hydrated is as easy as the touch of a button or a swipe in the app. Choose and mix everything from electrolytes, to antioxidants to daily vitamins. The FuelPods stored at the base of the bottle help you reach peak performance in everything you do, from fitness and sports performance to recovery and daily hydration.



Everlasting Comfort: Lumbar Support Pillow$34.95Back-Support.png
Creating a designated area as your work zone is important. More important, is making sure that zone is comfortable! Proper sitting posture allows you to work more efficiently by reducing fatigue and strain on the body's muscles. The Everlasting Comfort back pillow is made from pure memory foam, which uses body heat to adjust to your support needs. The ergonomically designed cushion is precisely contoured to fit the curves of your back, and can be used at work, at home, or even in the car.

 

ENCOURAGE RELAXATION:

With many feeling busier and more distracted than ever, it's important to find ways to de-stress and unwind. We've put together a list of products and services that can not only encourage relaxation but can add a nice break throughout the day to stay grounded. Making downtime a goal and prioritizing it by scheduling it into your day can make a difference, and so can using a couple fun, unique products.
 
Headspace: Headspace Plus SubscriptionFree 2 week trial/$69.99 Annual SubscriptionHeadspace.png
With millions of users in more than 190 countries, Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. Gift yourself or the remote worker in your life a subscription fee-based program (via a monthly or annual subscription option) which gives access to all Headspace content.
You can try Headspace and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with their free Basics Course. If you enjoy it, then it’s time to subscribe. Headspace provides meditation exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations on everything from work stress to sleep.


AeroGarden: Harvest Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit$99.97 Aerogarden.png
Whether they're a first-time home gardener or seasoned vet, nurturing something during a time of isolation can prove comforting and allow for some newfound independence and responsibility.
The AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden is a unique gift that keeps on giving. And in a time of such isolation, feeling stuck and stagnant, nurturing and growing something can help anyone feel a little more in control.




Ember: Ember Mug2 Smart Mug$99.95 Ember-Smart-Mug.png
Designed for home or office, the new Ember Mug² does more than simply keep your coffee hot. The smart mug allows you to set an exact drinking temperature, so your coffee is never too hot, or too cold. Easy to clean, includes built-in battery to maintain your drinking temperature, and has a new, redesigned charging coaster!

 

JUST FOR FUN:

And if you’re looking for something a little more quirky or unique, we’ve picked a few of our favorite “just for fun” gifts that are still on theme!
 
Oversized Sherpa Wearable Blanket Hoodie$39.99Blanket-Hoodie.png
The best way to keep you warm and comfortable on chilly days and nights. Whether you're working, hanging around the house, reading a book, watching TV or sitting outdoors. The giant hood keeps your head and neck warm and doubles as a pillow, while the large pockets can hold your phone, TV remote controllers and snacks. The perfect gift for the “always cold" person in your life!




HaloVa: Portable, Adjustable Mini Under Desk Foot Hammock$12.49Foot-Hammock.png
Enjoy maximum relaxation and relief that comes only from throwing your feet up on this smooth, footrest hammock that's fun and suitable for use at home, the office and even outdoors!







Thrive Market: Healthy Snack Sampler - $49.95 (34% Off)Healthy-Snack-Sampler.png
Snacking doesn’t have to be a sin--in fact, it can actually be good for you! Thrive Market has assembled a snack pack of 16 can’t-live-without essentials that will soon be your go-to favorites to fuel your body and help you to feel fuller between all of those Zoom calls!





 


BONUS! The Gift of Learning

In our ABCs of AV ebook, we highlight key terms and technologies associated with conferencing AV. From "what is unified communications" to the latest DSP technologies, you'll find a comprehensive guide for understanding as well as a glossary of terms to keep handy!

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