If it's better to give than to receive, then it must be even better to give to yourself, though you may need to write to Santa for a ruling on this. The point is, you're a busy exec who knows what you need more than anyone else: Tools for better performance this Christmas. With a new crop of gadgets out, you can streamline workflow, protect the security of your business, turbocharge productivity, enable mobile sales, extend the workday and (don't tell anyone) provide a little bit of fun to refuel your ambitions. Give, receive and repeat as necessary.
1. Smart Watches
Watches are back again, but telling time is the least of their concerns. There are plenty of cool smart watches that keep your productive while subtly demonstrating to your next prospect that you are way ahead of the game.
Our pick: The Sony SmartWatch 3 at $249.99. The Apple Watch may be sexier, but Sony is a workhorse with 4GB of storage and 1.2 GHz A7 processor. There are countless apps available to help you stay on top of your health and get ahead on your work. It will grow more valuable for your business as new apps come online.
2. Noise Cancellation
For decades, experienced travelers have gotten silence on the road at the expense of looking geeky. Now you can have a quiet flight or Hyperloop trip while looking cool. Or you can block out office politics and turbocharge your productivity in the office.
Our pick: Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones at $299.95. They slip into your ears unobtrusively, so it looks like you are listening to music. The silence is golden.
3. Secure Flash Drives
A fully secure device is one encased in concrete at the bottom of the ocean. If you want to be as secure as possible and still access information, store confidential files and not wake up in cold sweats, get a flash drive with advanced security features.
Our pick: LOK-IT Secure Flash Drive at $76.25. Imagine a common-as-candy flash drive mixed with a bike lock. Key in your PIN to access data that has to stay private.
4. Mobile Meditation
Meditation is the ultimate brain hack. It can improve your performance, improve your health by lowering stress, costs nothing and takes a few minutes a day. Meditation tech is our best shot at rewiring our brains for success.
Our pick: Muse Brain Sensing Headband at $299.00. This healthcare wearable represents the next generation of digital assistants. Business leaders are already deploying meditation devices like these to improve focus, lower blood pressure and make better decisions. Don't struggle to improve yourself. Just change your mind.
5. High-tech Briefcases
Your briefcase is your badge of leadership. Bags are always trying to keep up with the kind of gear that leading professional need. Get ahead of the curve and bask in the jealousy that surrounds you.
Our pick: Genius Pack 22" Carry On for $258.00. It comes with a retractable ID holder, jacket wrap, built-in charger, portable speaker and mobile device organizer. With this, you're going to want to travel.
6. Battery Extenders
Why can't you charge your devices using the sun? That's not running out of juice anytime soon. Guess what? You can. Solar powered smartphone and laptop battery chargers are here.
Our pick: Solpro HELIOS SMART at $119. It takes 4.5 hours of sun to fully charge this solar powered smart charger. Total energy cost: $0. If you're in a hurry, fill it up using a normal micro-USB port.
Prioritize your workflow and pick the devices that save you time and trouble. Some of these may even make excellent prizes for sales contests or thank-you presents for mentors. But really, that look of happiness when someone loves what you gave them is the best gift of this or any season.