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Tis the Season for Practicality: Five Unique Gifts That Stay Useful All Year Long.

For Those Who Love to Laminate

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It may seem odd, but laminating can be an obsession. Just talk to any teacher or crafter. The new laminators from Fellowes feature two unique features. InstaHeat warms up the laminator in a minute or less—a very important feature for those who can’t wait two minutes to get started laminating.  The second feature is AutoSense, which automatically adjusts to pouch thickness. This feature is important if you are changing pouches and forget to readjust your machine. If you know someone who loves laminating, check out these options: Laminator Gifts.




For Tablet Users


This essential gift for tablet fans uses suction to create a strong hands-free stand for a tablet. Tablets can be used in landscape or portrait viewing and the special design of the SuctionStand enhances the audio of the tablet.




Lounging with Your Laptop


An inexpensive and useful gift is the Laptop LapDesk. Laptops are convenient, but using them on the couch or with your feet propped up on a desk can get uncomfortable. The Laptop LapDesk gives you a comfortable way to use your laptop without cramping your style.




No More Cold Feet


We know foot rests are helpful, but wouldn’t it be great if they could also keep your toes toasty? This climate control footrest can provide soothing warmth on cold days, especially after you just tramped through a snowy parking lot. This handy device can also cool your feet on hot days. Either way, your gift recipient will thank you all season long!




The Heavy Handed Mouser


Need an office stocking stuffer? The Plush Touch Wrist Support gives comforting pillow-like support to anyone who has to use a mouse all day. Compared to simple mouse pads, you will feel the difference in the superior softness of the FoamFusion Technology. Upgrade an associate with the gift of mousing comfort.

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If I had fifteen minutes I would…how to enhance productivity with a new way to think about time.

The average 24 hour cycle consists of 96 15 minute blocks. Envisioning your time in this segmented form lets you take each 15 minute block and make a concentrated to do list. You will be surprised at how much you can get done.


 Manage your Emails. Delete, respond, clear the in-box. As part of one 15 minute block, you can delete unwanted mail and mark important emails as unread so they do not slip off the radar. This lets you quickly organize what needs to be tended from what is just clutter.

Manage your Voice Mail. Delete, respond, get rid of the red light. Too easily, important calls and unimportant calls get lost in the voice mail archive. Don’t get labeled as the one who never picks up. Respond to important calls and delete the unimportant ones so you do not experience message overload.

Organize Your Desktop. Purge the unnecessary and put away the important. Files decorating your laptop screen can lead to lost time searching for the right ones that you need now.

The 15 Minute Brainstorm. Brainstorming sessions do not need to be elaborate conference room events with lots of participants. Get on the phone or call a colleague into your office and work out a problem together. You may even solve it in 15 minutes.

Proof a Presentation. Hours spent writing that awesome presentation can  be undone by one  embarrassing typo!  Take 15 minutes to proof for perfection.

Add 15 Minutes to Your Day

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average small office spends 15 minutes of personnel time shredding per day.

The Fellowes AutoMax 150C and 200C bring you hands-free walk away  automatic shredding so you don’t waste that time shredding. Just think of one of your 15 minute blocks as free.

Explore these and other time-saving options:  Save 15 minutes here.


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Office Upgrades for 2015

With the new year comes the need for new gear.  Office upgrades usually include  new software and hardware, but can also mean rising up to the latest and greatest in business machines and office products.


A Resolution for Greater Productivity

The new AutoMax auto feed shredder brings the gift of free time for the new year. The SureFeed Technology allows anyone in the office to shred without attendance, automatically. Just load the drawer, push the button and walk away (hopefully back to the Christmas party).


Explore AutoMax Shredders












Perfect Lamination Without the Wait

If laminating is an essential part of your business, then the new laminators from Fellowes are the essential upgrade. Faster warm up technology (InstaHeat) and automatic pouch adjustment (AutoSense) have been combined into one machine for optimal laminating performance.


See the new laminators.








The Workstation Makeover

Drab workstations can lead to drab performance. Bring the desk back to life with a little style from I-Spire. These functional, elegant and effective office accessories can spruce up the desktop, and your associates.


See the full I-Spire Series


Consider these other great office upgrades:

Bringing Ergonomics to the Workplace

Upgrading to a Better Binding System

Introducing Cleaner Air to the Office

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Corporate spies and dumpster diving


Why do corporate spies still dumpster dive? Here’s a list of what they are looking for and why:

Company Phone books

Can give a hacker names and numbers of people to target and impersonate.

Organizational charts

Contain information about people who are in positions of authority within the organization.


Provide small amounts of useful information for creating authentic looking fake memos.

Policy manuals

Show hackers how secure and insecure a company really is.


Can tell a corporate spy which employees are out of town at a particular time.

System manuals

Sensitive data and other sources of technical information may give a hacker the exact information he needs  to access the network.

If you are not sure whether or not it should be shred–shred it.

Need to select a commercial shredder? Chose here: Shredders for Business

Find more information on document based  identity theft protection.

Learn more about auto feed shredders for business.

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The difference between fresh air and air fresheners




Air fresheners by their commonality may seem harmless enough for providing a clean fresh scent indoor scent. However, in a  study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)  many air freshener products contain phthalates, hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems.  NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent of the products tested.

Time Magazine, however, raised questions about the research. “While the study looked at which air fresheners contain the chemicals and how much, it did not assess people’s exposure to phthalates from these products — the size of the room, the distance from the air freshener and how long a person stays in the room are all factors that would affect potential toxicity.”

“We’re not saying that there’s any clear-cut evidence here for health effects,” says Dr. Gina Solomon of the NRDC. “If consumers want to reduce overall exposure, avoid these products or pick ones with lower levels.”

Some fresh air alternatives

If there are health concerns about air fresheners, here are some alternatives for improved indoor air quality:

  1. Open the Windows-There is no substitute for good ventilation
  2. Houseplants-Scientists funded by NASA say their research shows that plants clean indoor air. These scientists and other vigorous advocates say that plants have been cleaning the earth’s atmosphere for millions of years, why not your indoor air as well?
  3. Air purifiers- safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns!


Why Purify Your Indoor Air? Learn more

Make Sure Your Air Purifier has the right filters: see the video

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Is Your Laptop Giving You HOLS?

That’s Hunched Over Laptop Syndrome.
With the increased use of laptops over desktop computers, we begin to adjust to our technology in unhealthy ways.
Looking “down” at screens for long periods of time causes neck and shoulder tension.
Flat laptop keyboards force us to bend our wrists in awkward positions in order to type, leading to wrist and arm pain.
And with the mobility of laptops, we work on them on sofas, on coffee tables and pretty much anywhere, thinking we are making ourselves more comfortable, but in fact, twisting our bodies into unrelaxed positions as we strain to work.










Eliminating HOLS

Laptop Lifts raise your monitor to an ideal height, reducing neck and shoulder tension.
Lifts also angle the keyboard for more comfortable typing.
Most importantly, Laptop Lifts keep you working in a healthier, less strained sitting position so you can enjoy the mobility without the pain.

Learn More about Laptop Lifts: Click here: Laptop Comfort Solutions



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Flashcards help with learning languages


Teaching Spanish with a Laminator

Language education always works better with teaching tools. Laminators allow educators to make useful flashcards that are durable and waterproof, sparing classroom budgets for more important things (like class trips to a Spanish restaurant!) In fact, 93% of all teachers say flashcards help students learn languages.

Here are some great flash card templates that can get teachers started introducing Spanish to students:


Months of the Year can be taught with these Spanish-English Month of the Year Flash Cards

Learning numbers in Spanish can be fun with these Spanish-English Counting Flash Cards

The names of animals in Spanish is a helpful approach to teaching young children Spanish. Use Animal Name Flash Cards  to make a game out of learning.

Learning words useful for travel makes that class trip more meaningful. Use Spanish-English Travel Flash Cards to get kids ready to speak fluently to the waiter at the Spanish restaurant.

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.



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