As fate would have it, while I was drafting a post about writers and keyboard comfort an email arrived reminding me that October is buy-one, get-one month for pink Wristies.
If you’re not familiar with Wristies — and most people are not — they are soft glove-like coverings for the wrists and palms, which leave your fingers free to do nifty things like press keyboard keys or buttons on a remote control. And yes that probably sounds like a product of interest only to people who have perpetually cold hands, but I am here to tell you that if you spend a lot of time typing on a computer keyboard you should definitely give Wristies a try. (Also good for working reporters who have to venture outside in colder weather, but leave their fingers free to take copious notes.)
I not only have multiple pairs of Wristies, and have been passing them out as gifts to friends and family for years, but these simple accessories last and last, and over time I have found myself wearing them more, not less. Not only do I still have and wear the original pair that I bought close to a decade ago, but although the fabric has lost some of its loft that just means I use that thin pair more during the summer, when the heels of my perspiring palms try to weld themselves to the rubberized plastic on my keyboard rest. (I have found no good way to clean a grimy wrist rest without accelerating the breakdown of that rubberized material, while Wristies can be tossed in the wash.)
Whether this sounds like something that might interest you, or you know someone — particularly an elder — who has perpetually cold hands, I would encourage you to give Wristies a try. Although the BOGO sale specifically applies to pink pairs honoring breast cancer awareness and research, there are other styles and colors available at regular price. (Click ‘Original Wristies’ on the main menu. Also, as a general observation, I would note that the global supply chain is breaking down due to the pandemic, so you should do any seasonal gift shopping now rather than later this year — meaning the timing is also right for picking up two pairs of Wristies for the price of one.)
The Annual Pink Wristies BOGO Sale. (For sizing, adult small generally fits most women, adult large generally fits most men.)
Full disclosure: That is a straight link to the Wristies website and BOGO page, not an affiliate link. I don’t get anything for recommending Wristies or any other product I have mentioned on this website in the past, and if I ever do go down that road you should probably stop reading this blog. (No offense to people who drive revenue from affiliate links, but conflict of interest is a real thing, and when it comes to money there is almost nothing people won’t do or say to generate cash.)
— Mark Barrett