When you spend the better part of the day with your colleagues, it is natural that

When you spend the better part of the day with your colleagues, it is natural that you develop friendships with some of your co-workers. Come Christmas, you want to celebrate that bond with an exchange of gifts and show your appreciation. There are some ready-made gift baskets of gourmet goodies available, or you can make one up. Get a wooden or bamboo basket and fill it up with handmade chocolates, a photo frame, mug, office supplies like a stapler, markers, or a snow globe. Just be imaginative and creative. It will surely earn you some brownie points. It is a cute irreverent figurine that is holding a tape in the hands with a pen in its mouth. There is a pen holder behind and space for putting some odd and ends. It is sure to bring a smile to your colleague’s face and will be a conversation piece for visitors to the desk or cubicle. It is a very thoughtful gift. The wooden device allows the laptop to be raised slightly at an angle, which is comfortable for typing. For people who stand and work, it can be highly handy. It is priced at $139 This gift is a godsend for people who cannot sit long in the chair with their feet planted on the floor. A footrest gives the legs much-nee...

When you’re traveling with fragile items in your suitcase, whether you’re handing it over to an

When you’re traveling with fragile items in your suitcase, whether you’re handing it over to an airline or a taxi driver or tossing it into your trunk, you want the protection you get with hard case luggage. Some travelers simply prefer hardside luggage for its sleek look or packing configuration. Most hard luggage has a “clamshell” setup, where the bag opens flat, like a book, and there are two similar packing areas, usually with tie-downs or zippered mesh layers. They are easier to clean than fabric bags, and they often come in bright colors or even decorative prints. Travelers who tend to overfill soft-side bags to the point where they won’t fit into an overhead bin might do better with a hardside that keeps its shape — or one that expands and compresses back to carry-on size like magic. The terms “hardside,” “hard-case,” and “hard-shell” are used interchangeably, so we’ll use the terminology of the various manufacturers. Shop our selection of medium check-in and carry-on size suitcases below, and (if you’re not already) be prepared to fall in love with hardside luggage. Briggs & Riley has long been making some of the best hardside luggage on the market. This 21-inc...