1. TickTime Digital Timer & Alarm
Digital timer and alarm that stops and starts with the flip of a button. It has 6 pre-set times (3, 5, 10, 15, 25, 30 minutes) with the countdown timer that starts automatically when you change position. This is brilliant for so many reasons:
- 3-minute timer. I use this to take quick breaks from my computer to stretch.
- 15 & 30-minute timer. Useful when you're rehearsing presentations
- 25-minute timer. Great for a productivity sprint using the Pomodoro technique.
I know you could do this with an app or your phone, but it’s way fiddlier to setup and this is a perfect, portable piece of kit that no key account manager should be without.
2. Portable Backdrop with Built-in Stand
I'm on conference calls all day long and virtual backgrounds just weren't cutting it. They do a decent (if messy) job of extracting the subject from the background, but too often I found big chunks of me would be missing.
It's distracting for me and for participants.
But I work a small space, so I need something that hides the mess that is my life.
Enter the foldaway backdrop with a built-in stand. It's been a lifesaver and my Zoom calls have never been more professional looking.
It's also portable which means I can easily move it between my living room, bedroom or kitchen depending on where I'm working from and don’t have to worry about what state the room is in. Which is also great if you share a space with others.
If you do video calls, then you need this.
3. Vaydeer Monitor Stand with USB & Wireless Charging
This is a brilliant stand that saves you from becoming a hunchback by raising your monitor or laptop to an ergonomic height.
But that’s the boring bit.
The fun comes with the four USB chargers AND wireless charging stand. I have so many devices: headsets, DVD drive, webcam, microphone, card reader, graphics tablet, keyboard and mouse and the list goes on. I’ve run out of USB ports and I was constantly on my hands and knees unplugging one device to make room for another.
And it was driving me crazy.
This stand made the madness stop.
4. Logitech Z120 Compact Speakers
Laptop speakers are terrible.
That's a fact.
I like to listen to podcasts and Spotify in the background but don't want to use headphones because I want to also be able to hear the doorbell when my next Amazon Prime delivery arrives.
These are the best budget multimedia speakers you can buy - only around $20 and the sound is phenomenal.
4.5 stars and almost 12,000 reviews on Amazon can't be wrong!
5. Logitech C920x Pro HD Webcam
Speaking of terrible, laptop webcams are awful too.
Low resolution and lousy under low light conditions.
If you interview for jobs, host meetings, join webinars or live streams - then you want to look your best. And you won't go wrong with the Logitech C920x Webcam.
I love it.
You get so much better image quality and control - it's like night and day compared to most laptops (at least the crappy work machines most of us get).
If you send video messages to your clients, the included Logitech Capture app makes recording your camera and screen a breeze.
The built-in dual-microphone is pretty good too in a pinch - much better than laptop mics.
6. Haotian Ladder Desk
If space is a premium, then check out this ladder desk and workstation. It's around $100 and can be used standalone or pick up some optional additional shelves.
And it looks so good.
I have a friend who lives in a small 2-bedroom apartment with 3 people and because of quarantine - all three of them were working from the tiny living room table.
It was loud, cramped and no privacy.
This nifty unit turned out to be a lifesaver - and in a flash turns a hallway, bedroom or just any spare corner into a sweet little workstation. And what I really love, is that it doesn't look office-y - so when the day is done, you don't have the spectre of work looming over you.
7. Wacom Graphics Tablet
Whiteboards are fantastic creative tools to capture ideas and attention. They're also great to help explain concepts and convey ideas. But I could never really get the hang of the whiteboard features in Zoom and Microsoft teams because you can't write with a mouse.
That is until I picked up a graphic tablet.
Now I can handwrite notes, sketch out ideas and unleash my creativity. My favourite use is to design simple but eye-catching presentations with just a few scribbles.
All using digital ink.
For some inspiration, check out Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell and Innovate with Your Visual Mind by Dan Roam.
8. 5 in 1 Foam Roller Set
Long days working from home hunched over my keyboard really take their toll on my back.
And my neck.
And my hips.
And my knees…
Hmmm I’m getting too old for this working for a living thing.
This foam roller set is perfect to release tension. I love the core massage roller - it's like a deep tissue massage. Often, I'll just wedge it between my back and my chair to correct my posture by forcing me to sit upright and not slouch. The spiked ball is great for a foot massage - instant relief.
9. Audible Gift Membership
I love to read but don't have time (who does?!). I've had an audible membership for years and wouldn't be without it. They have a great range of titles for business (to help me get better at my job), and for personal (to help me relax).
Audible is great way to learn new stuff when you’re at the gym, your commute, or to help you relax at the end of the day over a glass of vino.
It's great value too. Some books are up to 80% cheaper than their physical counterparts.
10. Essential Oil Diffuser
Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and is well known to help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, treat headaches, and generally improve your mood.
The Renwer essential oil diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to disperse aroma. It's also a humidifier so adds moisture to the air too.
There's a timer, and mist control (continuous or intermittent) and it looks great too.
The perfect pick-me up for the home office.
11. Leuchtturm Bullet Journal
As much as I love apps, pen and paper are still essential tools. They don't need batteries, they're quiet and portable.
Plus, there's something about the sound of pen against paper that's very comforting.
The bullet journal method is a flexible note taking system that allows you to design your journal your way. I started using this method a few years ago after becoming frustrated because I couldn't find a weekly/daily planner that I liked.
Then I found out I could just design my own!
The Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal has creamy dot-grid quality paper, is thread bound so it lays flat and is blank, so you can really get creative with your layouts.
For the total experience, consider pairing it up with a Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen. It looks very sophisticated and expensive (way more than the $25 it costs) and writing with it is a dream.
And if you want to learn more about bullet journaling, check out Tiny Ray of Sunshine's free Bullet Journal Reference Guide.
12. Lavone Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
It's important to stay hydrated and a water bottle is the only way I remember to drink enough during the day. Every time I fill it, I silently say to myself, "DO NOT go to bed until this bottle is empty."
I'm just as forgetful about cleaning my water bottle, so I love the Lavone self-cleaning and water purification system.
It uses medical grade UV light to kill 99.9% of germs and purifies water in 3 minutes.
It has a rechargeable battery and is lightweight too, so it's perfect for the key account manager on the go, especially if you're concerned about the water quality at your destination.
13. Dimmable Cinema Lightbox
Sometimes motivation is in short supply thanks to those days when everything goes wrong: clients are screaming, your boss is screaming, your kids are screaming. This vintage marquee cinema light box is a great source of inspiration and it looks cute too.
Load it up with your favourite quote or affirmation to get you through the day.
I find just changing the letters is therapeutic - a little time out from all the noise.
14. Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker
Coffee is my super-hero. I need at least 4 cups to get me through the day.
The Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker is beautiful, stylish and made of heat resistant glass so your coffee stays hot. The removable cork cuff protects your hands from the hot glass.
Just pour in your favourite ground beans and you've got a delicious barista-quality cup in no time.
Perfect for the coffee-loving key account manager.
15. Waterproof Notepad
Why is it my best ideas come to me in the shower? Maybe it's because it's about the only time of the day I get to myself?
This waterproof notepad and pencils actually work and are easily mounted to the shower with the included suction cups.
Fun, practical and the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa gift for the office.
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What did you think of this list? Does anything catch your eye? I hope you found something fun to spoil a loved one or maybe even yourself.