Working from home can be a lonely life. Sure, you avoid rush hour traffic and can set your own hours, but the trade-off is less social interaction and more distractions.
So, if you’re buying a gift for someone who works from home this Christmas, why not splash a little cash and get them something they’ll really appreciate? Everything from body massagers to good quality chairs is an option. It just depends on how much you’re willing to spend.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, keep reading. Here are 10 gifts ideas for people who work from home.
1. Incense Burner
Buying an incense burner is an inherently Christmassy idea. After all, the nativity story claims that one of the three wise men gave Jesus some Frankincense as a gift.
On a more practical note, an incense burner has two clear benefits for someone who works from home.
- Depending which aromas you choose to burn, you can inspire creativity, relax your mind, soothe yourself to sleep, and a whole lot more.
- If you spend all day sat in an enclosed office with the windows shut, it’s going to start smelling a little “funky” by the time you power down your computer.
Check out the ceramic Shoyeido Incense Burner on Amazon.
2. SAD Lightbox
SAD is an acronym for “seasonal affective disorder.” In case you’re not aware, SAD is a type of depression that typically kicks in during Fall and Winter as the nights become longer and the weather deteriorates.
A SAD lightbox is a remedy for people who suffer from the condition, but it’s also a great way to wake yourself up in the morning. After all, if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends to meet deadlines, you’re going to need a little help.
The NatureBright SunTouch Plus model is a great option.
3. Massage Set
You might think your homeworking friend leads a life of luxury. Nothing could be further from the truth. Having an office, kitchen, and bedroom within a few yards of each other means there’s no motivation to get up and move around.
Exercise is an afterthought; physical issues are a very real problem.
While it’s no substitute for going for a jog, a massage set can at least ease some of the aches and pains of sitting down all day.
The Viktor Jurgen Full Body Massager is a handheld device that works on a person’s head, neck, shoulders, back, legs, and feet.
4. Cup Holder
Keyboards and food are a bad combination. Keyboards and liquids are an (expensive) disaster waiting to happen.
Of course, the obvious solution is to keep liquids well away from the computer. But we all know a typical homeworker’s desk is akin to the beverage fridge in a 7-Eleven.
So, if you don’t want to be buying the person a new keyboard next Christmas, get them a cup holder this year instead.
The Dreamfarm Spink Cup Holder has a suction cup on the bottom so it can never be knocked over.
5. Office Chair
Of course, the quality and price of chairs can vary drastically between brands. If the person you’re buying for is important to you, you might want to go for a top-of-the-range model.
Arguably, the best chair is the Herman Miller Aeron. They’re pricey but impressive.
6. Gym Membership
Sticking with the theme of physical health, why not buy the person a gym membership? It’s a not-so-subtle way to remind them that they need to venture beyond the perimeter of their property occasionally.
Again, gym memberships vary drastically in price. If you’re happy to send your buddy into a rough part of town, you can probably pick one up for a few bucks a month. If you want to send them to the local high-end spa, you can expect to pay near $100 per month.
7. Cable Management System
Despite tech firms’ best efforts, we still don’t live in a cable-free world. If anything, the number of cables around our machines is multiplying. Apple users know what we’re talking about (cough, dongles).
If the person you’re buying for is a neat freak, they probably die a little inside every time they see a mess of tangled cables.
You could give them a helping hand and alleviate some stress by buying them a cable management system.
There are lots of designs available, but in terms of value for money, you’ll struggle to beat the YOCOU Cable Management System.
8. Standing Desk
The jury is still out of the health benefits of standing desks. You’ll burn more calories, and some research suggests they can help stave off diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast cancer. Other research claims you’ll be at a higher risk of developing back, leg, or foot pain.
As with many things, the answer lies in moderation. Don’t suddenly go from sitting all day to standing all day — split your time between the two environments instead.
If you want to buy a practical-but-beautiful standing desk, check out the VARIDESK Pro Plus 36 on Amazon.
9. A Plant
While not “usable” in a traditional sense, a few office plants will brighten the place up no end. Let’s be honest, if you’re spending all day, every day in the same room, you want it to look nice.
If the person you’re buying for loves smart home technology, you could even buy a Click & Grow Indoor Garden Kit. It comes with smart soil, a water reservoir, and temperature controls. The person won’t need to have green fingers to stop the plant from dying.
Lots of seed cartridges are available. Click and Grow devices can grow everything from basil to cherry tomatoes.
Do people who work from home even bother to get dressed in the morning?
If your loved one is the type of person who spends all day in their pajamas in front of the computer, why not treat them to a new bathrobe? If they ever need to have a video conference call with colleagues, they’ll at least look semi-respectable.
Unsurprisingly, Amazon offers an abundance of bathrobes. If you want something that’s comfy and practical in equal measure, have a look at eLuxury’s Robes. They are made with Egyptian cotton and come in a variety of sizes.
What Will You Buy?
Which of the 10 gifts we’ve recommended will you buy this Christmas? Did anything inspire you or will you carry on looking elsewhere? Let us know, especially if you work from home. And if you’re looking for even more ideas, you might find some inspiration in this list of key habits for freelance success.
And if your gift recipient uses a Mac to work from home, take a look at these great gift ideas: