Whenever friends or family make trips to countries in Asia — Taiwan, Japan and Korea, to name a few — they usually throw in one or two super cute tech accessories in the souvenir pile. They know I'm guilty of wanting to decorate my tech with characters and little baubles.
When outfitting tech with cute accessories, I find that I have to decorate in moderation so as not to make my phone, laptop or iPad look like a five-year old's playroom. Here are some recent gifts I've received and how I have (and in some cases haven't yet) put them to use for my tech.
Earphone Jack Accessory: When I first unwrapped my earphone jack accessory, I only knew what it was because I saw a little bow on top of my friend's iPhone a couple of weeks ago and she explained that it's a little accessory you stick in the earphone jack of either a mobile phone or tablet. I ended up putting mine on my iPad and surprisingly I liked the playful look of having a character sit on top of my iPad. Mine also happens to light up when you tap it. It's purely for fun and not for function.
Mobile Holder: These have been around for a while, but it seems the ones I've seen most often are of this little tofu character. I love the little plastic stand that came with my my incase cover — it's especially perfect for when I want to watch video content on my phone. However, it's not a stand that you can quickly set your phone down on, and that's when the tofu comes in handy.
Zipper Pull: Although these can be used for almost anything, I've attached mine to my laptop sleeve, and I like how it adds a bit of color to the classic black sleeve and also helps me find the zippers when I need them.
Character Cases: Although I do have use for mobile cases, I already have one that's much less flamboyant and just haven't found the need to dress my phone up as a teddy bear.
Keyboard Stickers: I like the rainbow look of keyboard stickers, but my keys are all still in tact and I haven't had to decorate them with these stickers to distinguish the keys.
(Images: Julienne Lin)