10 of the Best Gifts for People That Work from Home
This holiday season, are you searching for the perfect gift for a remote worker you know – maybe a coworker, family member, or friend? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of unique ways to show your love and support for the freelance and remote workers in your life.
So, if you’re on the lookout for holiday presents (or want to treat yourself!), check out these 10 practical and meaningful gift ideas for people who work from home.
1. Stationery/Office Supplies
While the majority of remote work these days is done on computers, everyone appreciates some high-end stationery and office supplies to dress up their workspace. Day planners, notebooks, multi-colored pens, and highlighters are fun to use and can help you stay organized.
2. Lap Desk
While most remote workers probably sit at a desk, it’s nice to have the option of a change of scenery. A lap desk allows you to take your work on the go, like to the couch or backyard. And if you have pain in your neck or shoulders from sitting in an office chair, a lap desk makes it more comfortable to switch up your seating arrangements.
3. Office Equipment
Remote workers spend a lot of time in their home offices. You can help to make it a comfortable space with office gear that supports good posture and reduces strain. Things like wrist rests, footrests, and seat cushions that offer lumbar support can decrease the fatigue and pain that often go along with sitting at a desk all day.
Another office gift idea for remote workers, especially those with technology-related jobs, is a second computer monitor. Another monitor makes viewing on-screen work much easier, saving the hassle of constantly switching between tabs or documents.
4. Noise-Canceling Headphones
Working from home often means contending with the distractions of everyday life, such as children playing, dogs barking, or other household members talking on the phone. Noise-canceling headphones are a useful gift because they block out background noise and help to increase productivity.
5. A Coffee Subscription
While working from home has a lot of benefits, one disadvantage is missing out on trips to the coffee shop with coworkers. A coffee subscription is a convenient way for remote workers to get their daily dose of caffeine delivered right to their door – in the form of various coffee flavors and blends. Add a fun mug (maybe one related to their job!) to the gift for a little something extra.
6. An Easy-to-Care-for Plant
Adding some greenery in a workspace has been shown to reduce stress and boost productivity. However, if you’re planning on buying a plant for a busy remote worker, especially if they’re not used to caring for plants, it’s best to give them one that’s low maintenance, such as devil’s ivy or a snake plant.
7. A High-Quality Water Bottle
While staying hydrated benefits cognition and overall mood, it can be a chore to remember to take water breaks throughout the day. A high-end water bottle at your desk serves as a reminder to increase your daily water intake and is a great eco-friendly option. Try a stainless-steel bottle – they’re especially effective at keeping drinks cold.
A membership to a book of the month club is a great gift for the remote worker who loves to read, whether they have a literary job or just like to unwind after work with a good book. Since you may not know the giftee’s exact taste, a book club allows them to try a variety of new authors and genres throughout the year.
9. Cozy Winter Gear
One of the benefits of working from home is getting to be comfy while you work. Cold weather gear – like a quilted blanket, a pair of fleece slippers, or a nice thermos – will ensure the recipient stays warm during their “commute” and throughout the workday.
10. A DIY Self-Care Package
A gift focused on self-care encourages the giftee to take some time after work to rest, relax, and recharge. And it’s particularly thoughtful because it can be tailored to the individual recipient. Some common self-care package items are edible treats, therapeutic items (such as candles and eye masks), and art supplies.
For the remote worker looking to polish their professional skills or learn something new, our Becoming A Proofreader and Becoming An Editor courses are ideal gifts! Get in touch today to learn more about our flexible online courses and how you can buy them as a gift for a friend or family member.
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