So far, our 2019 holiday gift guide series has covered gifts for those on a budget, gifts for frequent travelers, and gifts for the home. Today, we’re turning our attention to the office and general productivity needs.
Below you’ll find another hand-picked batch of recommendations based on a year’s worth of product testing. These are thoughtful yet pragmatic gifts to help improve your friends’ and family’s work spaces through technology. From password managers to keyboards to business-friendly laptops, we know firsthand that each of the products below can make productive time less of a slog.
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Most workplaces require you to have more usernames and passwords than you’d like. Instead of clicking that “forgot password” button once a week, 1Password can help organize and store all of your work and personal account credentials. As long as you can remember one password, the program will do the rest of the heavy lifting.
1Password keeps all of your usernames and passwords, along with secure notes, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information of your choosing, in a vault that’s secure using AES-256 bit encryption and a secret key that only you know. It also syncs across all of your devices, allowing you to quickly log in to any of your accounts with just a couple taps or clicks. 1Password also has browser extensions for the most popular browsers so that when you inevitably create a new account somewhere on the Web, you can quickly save it to 1Password without thinking twice about it.
Solid security, seamless integration, and ease of use have made 1Password one of my most used programs on a daily basis. It has sped up my workflow immeasurably, and I spend much less time fumbling with temporary passwords and emailed security codes thanks to it. And at $2.99 per month, it’s one of the most affordable ways you can make your work and personal lives a little bit easier.