Gift Ideas for Friends and Family Working From Home
September 15, 2021
Working from home has its advantages. It can be nice to skip the stress that tends to come along with a daily commute. There may be less distractions as well.
One of the appealing things about working from home, though, is that people can spend the day in their casual apparel, working from the comfort of their couch, outside in the backyard, or even at a local coffee shop, park, library, etc.
For others, self-discipline, organization, and detailed planning may come into play to successfully work from home, as well as the right tools and equipment to help get job tasks and assignments done on time. Many of these necessities were most likely at an arm’s length within a traditional office, but they might not be so obvious to have in a home office.
Most of the items suggested below are reasonably priced, showing that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on a gift. However, if you’re looking for bigger-ticket items to splurge on for close family members or friends, a few of those items have been included, as well.
As you shop for your friends or family, keep in mind those who have made the transition to fully working from home, work from both the office and home, and even those who have always been remote workers. You can use this gift guide to help find gifts for people no matter their work arrangement.
For the Ultra-Organized Remote Worker
While some people don’t mind a messy or cluttered workspace and can still pull off their job without a hitch, others take desk and office organization very seriously. If you have a friend or family member who happens to be an ultra-organized remote worker, consider gift ideas useful to them as they spend time arranging things in and around their home office.
Desk organizers, trays, and other desk accessories are meant to keep things neat. You can also give them a gift set of items that are helpful for planning meetings, scheduling their day-to-day appointments, tasks, and events, making to-do lists, and taking notes.
Here are some creative gift ideas that can make the organized remote worker in your life smile:
Choose from various shapes, sizes, and styles of wall shelves with cubbies, hooks, and other storage capacities.
You can also look for desk-organizing accessories that have corresponding products in the same color or style. That way, you can add a couple of these smaller, less expensive matching items to complete the perfect gift. If there’s one thing an organized person loves more than an uncluttered space, it’s an uncluttered space that matches and looks put-together with a theme.
For the Trendy Remote Worker
Everyone has that friend or family member who always stays on top of trends and strives to have the most of-the-moment, fashionable decor and accessories. This can be true, too, when it comes to an at-home office space.
Whether they prefer cute and colorful or chic and stylish, here are some great home office gifts for those trendy types:
Decorative sign decor can be ideal for displaying messages, quotes, ideas, and reminders.
Remember that just as an organized remote worker may love a matching set of desk accessories, a trendy one will too. Look for rose gold or bronze accents, black faux leather, florals, and other colorful items. There are also various decorations, such as wall art, area rugs, artificial plants, and a desk lamp or clock, that can spruce up any home office environment.
For the Techy Remote Worker
One technology that’s now found in many accessories and electronics is Bluetooth. This makes working from home easier for many, as you can stay connected to your phone or computer when moving around your home.
This, along with many other digital advancements, makes remote work much more feasible for many businesses and their employees. The tech lovers in your life understand this and may appreciate receiving gifts that help keep them at the forefront of the digital world.
If you’re shopping for someone who loves learning about and having all the latest technological gadgets at their fingertips, here are some gift ideas to consider:
Look for smartwatches that feature GPS, Bluetooth, and wireless LAN.
A portable USB lamp can clip to various devices, such as a laptop, tablet, computer monitor, keyboard, and even a desk or book.
Gift Ideas for Hybrid Workers
Many employees have also transitioned to a hybrid work environment, where they work partially from home and in the office. These employees often have an increased need for portability and accessories that make taking their work with them easier.
Consider the following gift ideas for hybrid workers to make life better between home and the office:
A laptop docking station makes it super easy to set up and disconnect a laptop in different places. For example, their mouse, keyboard, or external storage stays connected to the station at work, so they can simply plug their laptop in with one cord.
Who doesn’t love a nice set of headphones? Whether they’re on a conference call or just listening to music on their way to the office, a good set of earbuds or wireless headphones is a must-have.
Comfort Is Key When Working Remotely
Sitting at home all day at a desk or on the computer can wreak havoc on the neck, back, and the employee’s well-being. It’s important for remote workers to remember to take breaks. Whether that means getting up and walking around the house or going outside to visit a local coffee shop, walk the dog, or meet a friend for lunch, breaks are essential to the workday and can help balance the work-from-home life.
It’s also important for remote workers to create a desk environment that allows them to work in comfort while in their office for long periods. An ergonomic office chair is a key component, and while splurge-worthy, it can aid in having a much more relaxed and enjoyable work environment. Or consider big and tall chairs that provide a sturdy back, wider seat, and higher weight capacity.
A standing desk is ideal for someone whose job requires them to be at their desk or computer for longer periods. These desks allow people to switch back and forth between sitting and standing while working throughout the day. There are also standing desk converters, essentially risers that can be mounted to any desk and adjusted to the proper height whenever the worker wants to stand.
A lap desk is also a great gift for someone who likes to take their work on the go, whether outside or to another room in the house. It can even be paired with an insulated, stainless steel water bottle that fits in the lap desk’s cup holder, so they never have to leave their water or coffee behind. Or, if they prefer their coffee at their desk, why not give them their favorite coffee or flavored K-Cup® pods with a new coffee mug.
There may be no dreaded commute at the end of a hard day’s work at home, but that doesn’t mean your friends and family working remotely don’t want to be comfy. Consider presenting them with a neck and shoulder wrap, which heats up in the microwave to provide heat therapy for sore, tense, or tight muscles. This gift, coupled with a foot massager, just might be the best present you could get for someone working from home.
These are gifts that anyone working from home can appreciate and some they may not have known they needed.
Start Your Search for the Best Remote Worker Gift Ideas
These gift ideas for friends and family working from home are just the start. There are so many more options out there, which can be a little overwhelming. If you’re still stuck on what to get, a gift card is always a safe bet.
Alternatively, think about what the person has in their home office and how you can enhance their experience. Do they have beautiful artwork to put on the wall but still haven’t purchased a nice picture frame? Are there any accessories they need to use with one of their digital devices, such as a digital subscription or a mobile app?
You could also create a gift basket with their favorite office snacks, like chocolate, granola bars, chips, pretzels, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and their favorite six-pack of beer and bottle of wine for an “after-work happy hour” treat. Gift-giving can be a lot of fun if you think outside the box and get creative with it.
Shopping doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. When you consider the variety of items listed here to buy for your friends and family who work from home, there are countless options available that will make them happy — and their work-from-home life much more comfortable.
About the Author
Shaina Wizov is a lifestyle blogger and social media influencer with a background in journalism and media studies. Follow her at @takeabiteoutofboca.
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