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WORK FROM HOME GIFT GUIDE: 21 AMAZING GIFTS FOR REMOTE WORKERS

WORK FROM HOME GIFT GUIDE: 21 AMAZING GIFTS FOR REMOTE WORKERS

The pandemic has made working from home a permanent fixture of our lives. What once just techies and bloggers did, now accountants and all kinds of office workers do.

When the pandemic subsides, I think many will go back to the office. However, working from home is here to stay and I suspect a lot of people will continue to work from home. Not only is it cheaper for businesses but it means more flexibility, time with family, and less commuting. I think a lot of companies are realizing they don’t need huge corporate offices to have successful employees.

In the future, I suspect there will be some all-hands meetings and some rented space for those who want to go into an office, but for everyone else, the future of work looks increasingly remote.

While I love working from home, it does have its challenges. Being productive and finding that elusive work-life balance can be tricky. It’s a constant battle – but one that can easily be accomplished with a few helpful gadgets.

To help my fellow remote workers stay on task this holiday season, I’ve created this work-from-home gift guide for you or the remote worker in your life.

1. Ergonomic Office Chair

A comfortable office chairEveryone who works online or in an office knows that back pain and bad posture are constant threats — spending hours at a computer takes its toll on your back. I know, lumbar support isn’t sexy, but invest in a good ergonomic desk chair with lower back support, a padded seat, and padded armrests. You’ll thank me later!

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

2. Standing Desk

A standing office deskLike your office chair, a solid desk will go a long way in making your work more enjoyable and physically comfortable. A standing desk gives you the option to sit or stand, allowing you to take some of the pressure off your back throughout the day. While they aren’t cheap, they are a worthwhile investment for anyone who plans on working from home and needs a dedicated, flexible workspace.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

3. Standing Mat

A black standing mat for standing desksIf you have a standing desk, make sure you get a padded mat to stand on as well. This will keep your feet from getting sore and help with your posture. A basic piece of carpet will help if you’re on a budget, though a proper padded mat will work wonders for your back and feet.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

4. Laptop Stand

A small laptop standRegardless of what kind of desk you’re working on, consider purchasing a laptop stand if you’re using a laptop every day for work. This will reduce neck pain and strain and help improve your posture, since you’ll be looking straight ahead instead of downward toward your laptop. They’re super affordable and make a huge difference in how your work impacts your body. I can’t recommend them enough!

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

5. External Keyboard & Mouse

A wireless mouse and Apple keyboardWorking on a laptop keyboard and trackpad can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Not only that but it’s just not a comfortable setup for an optimized workflow. Instead, invest in a Bluetooth keyboard and wireless mouse. They will improve your workflow and keep your wrists and hands from getting repetitive strain injuries.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

6. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Bose QC35 headphonesFrom screaming kids to barking dogs to traffic outside, there are a lot of distractions at home that can derail your productivity. To help you stay on track (and stay sane), invest in a good pair of headphones. Wireless Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are widely popular from my go-to brand. They are comfortable and rechargeable, and do an amazing job at removing background noise. (If you’re on a budget, consider the QuietComfort 25 instead.)

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

7. Laptop Bed Tray

A laptop bed/couch trayShould you be working (or watching Netflix) in bed? Probably not. Will it happen anyway? Probably. Make life easy on yourself and purchase a basic laptop tray you can use when in bed or on the couch. While not 100% necessary, it’s one of those bonus items that just make life easier whenever you feel like using your laptop outside of your office.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

8. External Monitor

An ACER external monitorWhile we’re all used to the smaller screens of a laptop, sometimes having a larger screen can help — especially if you’re working on your computer day in and day out. An external monitor can hook up to your laptop and give you a larger screen to work with, helping both your vision and your posture in the process (it’s also much more enjoyable for watching Netflix). A 27″ monitor offers you twice as much space as your standard laptop without breaking the bank.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

9. MacBook Pro

A brand new MacBook Pro from AppleIf you need a new laptop to work from home, the new MacBook Pro is faster than ever. Apple’s new M1 chip has really kicked their laptops up a notch. While I like the MacBook Air better for travel (it’s lighter and does everything I need), the new Pro is also super light and powerful. It’s a reliable choice for anyone looking for a new laptop for the home office.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

10. External Hard Drive

A black external hard driveNothing is more devastating for those who work online than losing your data. While I also keep a digital backup of my files in the cloud, having a physical backup of your hard drive is a no-brainer. After all, you’re just one spilled cup of coffee away from losing everything! Buy an external hard drive and get into the habit of backing up your device every week. That way, if something happens to your laptop, you won’t have to start from scratch.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

11. 3-in-1 Charging Station

An Apple 3-in-1 charging stationThis charging station has room to charge a phone, AirPods, and a smartwatch all at the same time. If you’re a die-hard Apple fan and have all the accessories, this charging station is a must, lest you constantly struggle for space to charge your devices. If you don’t need a 3-in-1 charging station, this regular wireless phone charger will do the trick.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

12. LED Light with Charging Port

A LED lamp with a USB charging portSince you’ll need a light for your desk, you might as well get a light with a built-in USB charger. That way you can charge your phone, Kindle, external battery, or any other accessory easily without having to give up a coveted electrical outlet!

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

13. Ring Light

A ring light on a tall tripodIf you’re going to be doing a lot of social media videos or Zoom calls, consider investing in a basic ring light. This will ensure that your videos and calls are properly lit, which goes a long way toward improving your video production quality (especially on social media). It’s one of those extra touches that people notice and that set you apart from the competition.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

14. Blue-Light Glasses

Three pairs of blue light glassesOver the past year, I’ve seen tons of ads for blue-light glasses. They claim to help prevent eyestrain when staring at a computer screen day in and day out. While the science is still out, our Community Manager Chris bought a pair earlier this year after dealing with eye strain, and they’ve helped him immensely. You can find pairs for as little as $25, making them worth checking out if your eyes are extra tired, dry, and/or strained.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

15. VPN (Virtual Private Network)

A cool home office for a remote workerWhile many of us use VPNs (virtual private networks) to protect our data while we’re abroad, most of us don’t use them at home — even though we should. Keep your data safe and your browsing habits private by using a VPN. You wouldn’t leave your house or car unlocked all day, so why would you leave your digital doors open? Stay safe by using a VPN.

 

Buy now from TunnelBear!
 

 

16. Meditation Mat & Cushion

A comfortable meditation mat and cushionMake sure you step away from the laptop regularly to rest your brain and your body by purchasing a meditation cushion and mat. Just 10 minutes of sitting a day will work wonders for your state of mind, help you stay refreshed, and lower your stress. Keep them beside your desk so you’re more inclined to use them regularly. Also, download a free meditation timer like Zenso, so you can time your meditation breaks.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

17. Yoga Mat

A pink yoga mat rolled upAnother helpful tool for stepping away from the laptop and getting your blood flowing is a yoga mat. There are tons of free yoga videos on YouTube for both short and long sessions, making this an easy and affordable way to add more movement into your day. Whether you want to build muscle, burn fat, reduce stress, or improve your flexibility, there’s a free yoga or workout tutorial for you!

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

18. Art & Maps

A colorful travel scratch mapWhile I’m not much of an interior decorator, I do appreciate the effect art, photography, and (especially) maps have on an office space. Most photographers sell prints of their work, and you can find all kinds of cool custom maps and works of art on sites like Etsy. Spend some time browsing for pictures, art, and maps to brighten up your space. It will make all the difference.

Here are some suggested maps and prints to check out:

 

19. Notebook/Travel Planner

The Exploration Journal from Crabtree & EvelynIf you’re a regular traveler and want a notebook that isn’t just blank pages (like my boring Moleskine) but rather has space for itinerary planning, places to jot notes in the local language, a packing list, and much more (including a map you can fill in as you travel), get an Exploration Journal. They are designed specifically with travelers in mind, so you can take notes and write down stories and reflections during your travels.

 

Buy now from Crabtree & Evelyn!
 

 

20. Reusable Water Bottle

lifestraw water filterSince you can’t just drink endless amounts of coffee all day (or, in my case, tea), get a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Dehydration will make you groggy and tired, so treat yourself a LifeStraw. They have built-in filters to ensure your water is clean and safe.

 

Buy now from LifeStraw!
 

 

21. Dry-Erase Wall Calendar

A white wall calendar with dry erase markersFor anyone looking to stay organized, a dry-erase calendar is a must. They’re perfect for keeping track important meetings and appointments and give you a quick overview of your entire month at a glance. If you struggle with procrastination or time management, definitely add a calendar to your wish list.

 

Buy now on Amazon!
 

 

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Working from home is only going to grow in the years to come. These items will help you create a comfortable and functional workspace, build better habits, stay healthy, and ensure you’re always doing your best work. Since it looks like it will be many more months before people go back to the office, now is the time to finally take the leap with some of these items if you haven’t already!

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