Organizing products are like any other gift item — one person’s treasure is another person’s clutter. But assuming you know your gift recipients well, the following are some items they might appreciate.
None of these gifts imply the recipient is disorganized, which could be awkward. Rather, these are things that might help your gift recipients get a bit more organized by upgrading the tools they currently use or introducing them to some they may not know about.
Password management tools
Not every gift has to be something tangible. You could give someone the gift of a password management app such as 1Password, which is the one I use. If you buy the Windows or Mac app on the vendor’s site, it will ask you if it’s a gift when you go to check out.
Desktop cable organizers are great for anyone who has a problem with cables slipping to the floor when they are not in use.
The MOS magnetic cable organizer (available in black, white, or aluminum) has a lot of fans. Other options are two products from Bluelounge: Cable Drops (also available in multiple colors) and the Sumo cable management system.
The GRID-It organizers from Cocoon are a nice choice for those who need to carry cables and such around with them. They hold cords, chargers, and much more.
A good stapler that doesn’t jam can be a valuable organizing tool. The Swingline 747 has a great reputation, and you can get it in red for a festive touch. Including some of Swingline’s premium staples will help ensure it can handle 20 sheets of 20-pound paper.
Other recipients might prefer a PaperPro stapler with its one-finger stapling or a Harinacs stapleless stapler.
Although many people have timers on their smartphones, sometimes a physical timer is nice, too. I love the Datexx timers because they are so simple; you just turn the cube so the time setting you want is on the top, and flip the switch. The timer comes in different colors, each of which has different time choices.
And many people like the Time Timer for the way it shows the passage of time.
A Jamie Raquel file tote could be a welcome gift for those who need to carry a number of files around with them. The totes come in eight different colors.
Lots of people could make good use of a cool toolbox. One of many choices is the Trusco toolbox. The Klein leather tool bags aren’t cheap, but could be a lovely gift for the right person.
The Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes have a lot of fans, including me. (I’ve even seen them on someone’s wish list.) For those who like something whimsical, consider the Moomin sticky notes.
The Morris Memo Holder provides a fun way to store the sticky notes on a desktop, so they don’t get buried. Morris’s mouth can hold a pen or pencil, or a note that you want to keep in front of you.
There are lots of functional bookends available. But for something out of the ordinary, take a look at the animal bookends from Zuny.
Storage for children’s items
The bins and boxes from 3 Sprouts have always caught my eye. While they are obviously designed for children, some adults might like them, too.
Two other products work with specific kinds of toys. The Boon Animal Bag is a clever way to store stuffed animals. And SWOOP is a play mat and storage bag, helping to corral Lego and other toys with many small pieces. These are gifts that both kids and their parents might like.
For additional inspiration, feel welcome to check out our past Guides: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.