The holiday season is fast approaching, and with many of us getting used to the reality of working from home this year, buying holiday gifts for people that work from home is a topic that’s on everyone’s mind.
If you are struggling to find holiday presents that can add value to someone’s home office, or if you are a remote worker yourself who is looking for items to put on your wish list, below are some of the best gift ideas for someone who works from home.
Anyone who has worked from home knows that the biggest struggle is to stay focused and avoid distractions. An excellent gift for someone who works from home is a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones to help them block out any unnecessary distractions, be it their pets or their neighbours. Even better, you can recommend some motivational background music to help them pumped up throughout their workday.
A Bluetooth speaker
If the person who works from home lives alone or has a home office, a good and affordable gift is a Bluetooth speaker to help them set the right ambience for their home office. Setting the right mood is often the first step in getting in “the zone” for productivity, so this gift is great to assist them in creating a home office haven. We recommend the Daily Life Sounds playlist to go with this gift to help them connect with nature and transform their home office into an inspiring, productive zone.
Laptop stand and detached keyboard
Working while hunched over a laptop for 40 hours a week (maybe more) is not beneficial for your back and neck. Your neck is continuously bending down, your back curved to support you in looking down at your laptop. This posture is why many people who work from home suffer from chronic back and neck pain.
A great working gift that can solve this problem is a laptop stand that can prop up their laptop to eye level, allowing them to sit up straight without straining their eyes. You can add a detached keyboard to complete the set and help them set up an ideal work-from-home station.
Office chair with back support
Along the same line, another great home office gift idea is an office chair with back support. This item is an excellent addition to any office since it removes the strain on your back and neck and makes sitting down for eight hours every day immensely more comfortable. A good office chair with back support can remove back pain and maintain their physical health in the long run.
Standing desk (might be one of the most useful gifts for people that work from home)
According to the NHS, sitting down too much can be a risk to your health. It is even linked to being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and early death. However, if productivity is on the line, a standing desk is a great gift idea for a person who works from home. This gift will help them maintain their productivity level while still putting their leg muscles to work and help them keep their physical health in check.
Without the commute, the walk to the cafeteria or the elevator, many of us are moving very little while working from home. This idleness is not only unstimulating for our mind, but also dangerous to our bodies as well.
A gift idea for someone who works from home is a fitness tracker, which can help them track their steps, sleep, and calories burned every day. Most fitness trackers even have the feature to remind the wearer to move when they have been idle for too long. A fitness tracker is truly a gift that gives back, as it allows the receiver to keep their health level in check over the long run.
Another affordable gift for a home office is a desk organiser to keep their desks clutter-free since our homes are often filled with distractions. Working from home requires a tidy workstation to reduce distractions and enhance focus, so a desk organiser is a great addition to help keep their desk tidy and clean.
Some green to spruce up their work station
If you do not have time to go out and explore nature, bring nature into your home office. Being bound by four walls all day every day can be exhausting, and a person who works from home may not have the time to get all the fresh air that he or she needs. So, why not bring fresh air to them?
One or two potted plants can add a touch of nature to their workstation and keep their mind refreshed. Plants also help a naturally calming effect to help them reduce stress levels and manage burnout, perfect for remote workers.
A spa voucher (might be one of the most pleasant gifts for people that work from home)
Remote workers often suffer from depression and burnout, so self-care is especially important to help them maintain their mental health. A relaxing spa day is not only good for their bodies, but it can also help them take a proper break from their work, without checking their emails, and let go of the tension in their bodies in mind. Depending on the person, you can buy them a massage, a facial, a mani-pedi, or any relaxing treatment to help them wind down after work.
An event ticket
Working from home is often deeply lonely since the person who works from home doesn’t get to have “watercooler conversations” with their coworkers. Extroverted remote workers may crave some human connections after a long period of working in isolation, so a great gift for someone who works from home is a ticket to an event, be it workshops, classes, or even a concert ticket.
These types of activities may help them load up on that much-needed human interaction, with the added bonus of the memories you’ll create together!