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Top 10 Business Gifts

Give Yourself a Business Gift that Goes on Giving

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Why not buy a business gift for your own business? When you buy a gift for business use, you enjoy the double benefits of enjoying a practical gift that will make every working day easier for you and your staff and of being able to write off a portion of the business gift's expense on your income tax. That's truly the gift that goes on giving. Here are ten business gift ideas for gifting your own business - although anyone else on your list who's in business would also love one of these gifts.

1. Apple 4th Generation iPad

4th generation iPad with retina display
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On any list of must-have business gifts this year, I think the 4th generation iPad would be number one. The retina display is the best mobile display I've ever seen - really crisp and vibrant, just as advertised. And think of all the work-related things you can do with it – respond to email, social network, browse the web, use a wide variety of business apps – you can even use your iPad as a POS system if you like. The iPad I have linked to here is a 64 GB Wi-Fi model in black.

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2. Apple iPhone 4S

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Apple's iPhone is also an impressive multifunction work and entertainment centre. The iPhone 4S boasts super-crisp images, an 8-megapixel camera, FaceTime, so you can see people while you talk to them, HD video recording and editing, Siri voice recognition, and a lot more graphical processing power than the plain old Apple 4 thanks to its dual-core A5 processor. Oh, yes – you can make phone calls with it, too. This particular iPhone 4S Smartphone is the 32 GB version which comes with a plan from AT&T.

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3. Microsoft Office 2010 Professional

Microsoft Office 2010 Professional
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Microsoft Office is my workhorse of choice because of its combination of features and applications integration; I find it really useful to be able to keep a database of contacts within my email application (Outlook with Business Contact Manager) or import data from a database (Access) into a spreadsheet format (Excel). The new features in the 2010 Professional version make it even easier to do more faster making it a great pick for a business gift. Office 2010 Professional includes 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

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4. Olympus DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder

Olympus DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder
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A digital voice recorder is a great business gift for professionals who need to take notes or record ideas. This digital voice recorder delivers in terms of recording, sound quality and storage capacity. 533 hours of recording time in LP mode with 2GB internal memory and 51 hours of battery life with USB recharging gives you a lot of voice recording for the price. And the Olympus DM-420 Digital Voice Recorder handles both MP3 and WMA formats so you can record and play back in either one, lets you use an additional micro SD Card for extra memory, has Voice Guidance to walk you through folder navigation and set-up options and has CD-quality sound. Treat yourself.

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5. Epson EX31 LCD Projector

Epson EX31 LCD Projector
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If you have to make presentations during the course of your business, you have the perfect excuse to buy an LCD projector as a business gift. My choice is Epson's EX31 LCD Projector. It weighs only 5 lbs. but puts out 2500 lumens and has all the other features needed for quality presentations, including SVGA resolution (800 x 600), a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a full featured remote control and a USB Plug n Play feature which allows you to use USB for instant projection. Features, price and a comparatively long life lamp (5000 hours in eco mode) make this LCD projector a deal.
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6. WD My Book 1.5TB Essential External Dektop Hard Drive

WD My Book External 1TB Hard Drive
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This could truly be the business gift that goes on giving, an external hard drive so you can back up your important data or even your entire system quickly and easily. No more messing around with CDs or tape drives. Western Digital's My Book External 1.5TB Hard Drive is speedy (with an interface transfer rate of up to 5 Gbps via USB 3.0 and up to 480 Mbps via USB 2.0), has automatic continuous backup of your files, and offers security through password protection, encryption and a security lock.
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7. Brother MFC-9840CDW All-In-One Laser Printer

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Upgrading your printer is another great business gift idea. I like multifunction printers anyway because they save space, but this one truly seems to do it all. It prints (at up to 21 ppm in both black/white and color). It scans (with an optical scan resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi). It faxes. It copies in both color and black and white. And it comes network ready with auto-duplexing for both printing and scanning! A 50 sheet-capacity ADF and a 300 sheet paper capacity tray are included; there's an optional 500 sheet tray addition.
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8. Steelcase Think Chair (Ergonomic Office Chair)

Steelcase Think Chair
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Desk bound? Then an ergonomic office chair is the perfect business gift. A chair specially designed to suit your body, your workplace, and the tasks you perform there will improve your productivity and your health. My choice, the Steelcase Think Chair, adjusts itself automatically to your size and weight and the back and seat flexors follow your movements and position shifts with perfectly balanced support. Yet it’s surprisingly inexpensive compared to many ergonomic chairs. Treat yourself.

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9. Polycom SoundStation EX Expandable Conference Phone

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A conference phone is a business gift that you'll appreciate every working day. Polycom's SoundStation conference phone adapts automatically to changing room and telephone line conditions to permit natural, full-duplex (two-way) conversations for rooms up to 20 x 24 feet without clipping or distortion. Speak in a normal voice and be heard clearly up to ten feet away.
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10. Dell UltraSharp U2410 24" LCD Monitor

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If you spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen, you won't believe the difference a bigger computer monitor will make to your working life. A big monitor will do big things for your comfort, helping you avoid eyestrain and improving your productivity. This 24-inch Dell Ultrasharp has 1920x1200 maximum resolution and 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. I have one of these and love the screen clarity; it really is "ultrasharp".

 

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