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Great Productivity Gifts for that Special Someone (or You)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:13 pm PST


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For a few years I've been putting together an annual productivity gift guide, looking for products, trying loaners sent over by vendors, and then passing on those that seemed good. (And passing over a good many that don't live up to their billing.) That's because not only are there productivity techniques that can help and principles you can learn from different disciplines, like restaurant work, but sometimes having the right item in the right place can move your day along.

And you still have time to pick up something for the special (or needful) people in your life -- or to treat yourself to something that will make everything just a bit easier.

Mobile and Travel

Headsets and earbuds -- A Bluetooth connection to your phone, particularly one that has some wind resistance built in, is a help. For the single-ear user, try the Plantronics Voyager 5200 ($119.99), which hooks over one ear and fits in relatively well. (I've often had problems with in-ear fittings and this worked for me.) You get up to 7 hours on a charge. There's an optional case ($39.99) that is a charging station and also a protected way to carry the Voyager around. Or there's the double-ear Jabra Halo Smart ($79.99) buds that drape over the shoulders and are good for calls, using a voice-powered assistant, or listening to music. A charge lasts up to 17 hours, according to the company.

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