If you haven’t finished your Hanukah shopping yet, well, you‘re more than a little late and quite beyond my help. But if you’re still looking for a stocking stuffer for Christmas, here are a few ergonomically-friendly ideas:
The Envirosax is one of my favorites gifts. I first received it as a Christmas present and now I give it out frequently. These bags can be folded to fit in the palm of your hand and stored easily in a purse or briefcase. They expand nicely and the strap is long enough to let you carry the bag on your shoulder, over your forearm or in your hand. They are great and they look good!
I fell in love with My Page Up many years ago. My Page Up is a neat little gizmo to hold paper documents. Whether at work or home, it allows you to maintain a better posture when referring back to printed documents. It comes in various colors and styles. It’s very practical and simply adorable! To read more about my love affair with My Page Up, check out this post.
If you’re looking for a little present for cooks, ergonomic spice measuring spoons are always great. They fit into the spice jar and lay flat on the counter without spilling. And can you really have too many sets of measuring spoons?
I’m also a big fan of the Angled Measuring Cup by Oxo Good Grip, but it depends on the size of your stocking. The Oxo Angled Measuring Cup allows you to accurately read measurements from the top, no bending, no lifting. As you fill it with liquid, you know exactly when to stop. It’s a simple modification to an old tool. It’s simply brilliant!
For the handyman (or handywoman) in your life, the Karcher Dust Collector is a cool little tool that makes drilling less messy. It vacuums out the dust as it comes out of the wall when drilling. It reduces the number of steps to complete your job without making a mess, so there’s more time for eggnog.
Another handy gadget for home improvement projects is any kind of magnetic wrist band. It’s a time and body saver as you can keep small pieces of hardware within easy reach. Make sure to purchase one that is big enough to fit your wrist — you don’t want it so tight that it compromises circulation. The wrist band should be worn an inch or so away from your wrist so that it doesn’t interfere with movement. It’s simple, yet a clever little tool!
It’s been snowing quite a bit around the country and while I don’t suggest you try stuffing a new snow shovel into your stocking, a Backsaver Grip might fit just fine. The Backsaver Grip, which can be added to any snow shovel (or any other long-handle tool), helps reduce back and shoulder strain when shoveling. It’s totally worth the price.
Even with all the electronic gadgets we use, an OXO Cord Catch can help reduce the number of times you have to bend down to the floor to retrieve unplugged cords. This nice little gadget keeps your unplugged cords accessible and right where you need them. It doesn’t stick to the surface but it’s sturdy enough to stay in place and it’s easy to move around.
Lastly, here’s a way to make every shopping expedition more comfortable: the Yoke Shopper. It allows you to carry multiple bags at once, with or without using your hands. Every bag can be transformed into a shoulder bag, which reduces your energy expenditure and frees up your hand for more shopping.
I hope this helps. Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!