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10 Gift Ideas for Those Who Work From Home

Dan Price Updated 13-12-2019

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.

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If you’re struggling for inspiration, keep reading. Here are 10 gifts ideas for people who work from home.

1. Shoyeido Ceramic Incense Burner

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Buying an incense burner is an inherently Christmassy idea; the nativity story claims that one of the three wise men gave Jesus some Frankincense as a gift. Ergo, why not check out the Shoyeido Incense Burner? An incense burner has two clear benefits for someone who works from home.

  1. Depending on which aromas you choose to burn, you can inspire creativity, relax your mind, soothe yourself to sleep, and a whole lot more.
  2. If you spend all day sitting 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. Burning incense can freshen up the mustiest of rooms.

2. Nature Bright SunTouch SAD Lightbox

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SAD is an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a form of depression that typically kicks in during Fall and Winter as the nights become longer and the weather deteriorates.

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The Nature Bright SunTouch Lightbox is a remedy for people who suffer from SAD, 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.

3. Viktor Jurgen Full Body Massager

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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.

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4. Dreamfarm Cup Holder

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Keyboards and food are a bad combination. But 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.

If you don’t want to be buying the person a new keyboard next Christmas, get your buddy a cup holder this year instead. The Dreamfarm Spink Cup Holder has a suction pad on the bottom so it can never be knocked over.

5. Herman Miller Classic Aeron Task Chair

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A high-quality office chair is one of the most critical items in any homeworker’s office—programmers who spend all day sitting will love this gift The Best Geek Gifts for Programmers: 20 Ideas for Coders and Nerds Looking for a gift for a programmer? Here are the best geek gifts, ranging from mechanical keyboards to standing desks and more. Read More . It can prevent back problems and improve your posture.

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 Classic Aeron Task Chair. 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 more than $100 per month.

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7. Bluelounge CableBox

Despite the 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 Bluelounge CableBox.

8. VIVO Standing Desk

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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 VIVO Standing Desk as a thoughtful happy medium.

9. Click and Grow Indoor Garden Kit

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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 buy a Click and 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.

10. Alexander Del Rossa Bathrobe

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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 the Alexander Del Rossa Bathrobe. They are made with 330GSM coral fleece and come in a variety of sizes and colors.

The Best Gifts for Remote Workers

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. One of these gift ideas for home workers is sure to be gratefully received.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, you might find some inspiration in this list of key habits for freelance success Want to Freelance Online? 8 Key Habits That Are Vital for Success Sleep, work, health, and finances are the four pillars for a freelancer. What tools can you use to have a productive day? Read More .

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  1. Gift Dino
    January 4, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    A high-quality chair is always a great gift for someone who works at home! It's one of those things that's always on the bottom of the always growing "to-do" list!

  2. Genuine Jobs
    November 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    That mini massage set is an absolute must! I think if no one else will, I'll buy it for myself this Christmas !

  3. Anonymous
    November 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I've got the headphones (the best noise-cancelling ones - and I don't play music, I'm talking about silence here - need batteries, so a battery-charger and/or some rechargeable batteries makes a good gift), the cable holders (including one which looks like a toast rack for cables coming out of my charging unit - which is just a black box rather than the stylish wood objet d'art above), and the lamp (LED, dimmable, and with a directional head). I have a load of books (but they're all on my Kindle, naturally...), but not the mug holder - I've learned the hard way not to put a mug of anything on my desk so I have a desk-height filing cabinet to one side within arm's reach. Massagers: one massaging eye mask (invaluable) - but I have exercisers. A WristWand, a Powerball, a Neckline (and those are just the ones on the desk - you should see the office...) So, all good (but I wouldn't give you a thank you for a lava lamp; there's retro and there's eternally naff...).

    What else I have, which I wouldn't want to be in the home office without:

    Birdfeeders - hanging outside the window and not only fascinating to watch but also stimulating thought

    Binoculars - a close-up pair (Pentax Papilio if you love someone) for looking at the birds (and squirrels) on the feeders

    A headphone rack - for the aforementioned noise-cancelling heaphones and a separate headset for the telephone; keeps the headphones off the desk and stops the wires tangling

    Labellers - not strictly non-office, but more than useful and I have two: one for paper address labels and the other for Dymo tape (you have to label all those cable holders)

    A SAD lightbox - a little portable one which doesn't take up much room and also incorporates a clock and timer, because we should all get out more - but don't - and if you have to pull an overnighter to keep that deadline you're going to need waking up when everyone else comes back online refreshed after a night in bed

    A digital microscope - again, not strictly necessary for the office and so makes a good gift; technically it's used for getting serial numbers of various valuable items onto a database, less technically I couldn't begin to tell you the uses you can find for a microscope once it's on your desk...

    An incense burner - if you're spending day and night in your home office, the air's going to need help

    Keyboard cleaning tools: soft brushes, air puffers, gummy specialist stuff, wipes - your hands are never away from the thing and it's just so easy to forget and take that first bite over it before...

    Anything which lifts things off the desk (monitor stands, writing stands, tiered file holders, keyboard drawers, pen, pencil, stapler etc. caddies) because, with all the above and work items too, you always need all the space you can get!

    • Tina Sieber
      November 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Great list of ideas. Thank you for sharing, Maryon Jeane!

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      I think you have just single-handedly written my Christmas present wishlist :-)

      • MaryonJeane
        November 18, 2015 at 7:53 pm

        Your wife is going to be seriously cash-strapped in the new year...

  4. Anonymous
    November 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    One of the best things I ever bought myself for my home office (I work from home two days a week) was a seriously good chair. That's a bit of a personal choice but it's still something I appreciate.

    Other things: Coffee shop gift cards and gym memberships. Because people who work from home still need to get out every once in a while.

    Finally, a bath robe. Because Skype meetings are a lot more professional when you can't see your telecommuting co-worker's bare shoulders.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 16, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      For me, a bath robe is part of my work uniform! I always joke that I am unable to write anything unless I have the robe on.

      But the chair....yes. I need to buy a new chair. Trouble is that the ergonomic ones are always so expensive.

      • Anonymous
        November 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

        @Mark ONeill,

        I had one of those Aeron monstrosities in my home office for a couple years. I hated the stupid thing. I never got it adjusted to the point that I was actually happy with it.

        Last year, I went out and actually auditioned a bunch of different chairs. I made special trips to . To my surprise, the big winner was a $120 chair I found at a Costco. For something I use every day, that thing has been an absolute bargain.

      • Anonymous
        November 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        In my book, you can't beat the Herman Miller Aeron, even after all these years. I was very lucky, after the dotcom die-off there were lots of nearly-new Aerons around being sold off as companies desperately tried to make some money back on anything which was actually worth something, so I scooped up a fairly high spec one at a good price. However I'd pay the full price tomorrow if I could because it is definitely worth it (how much does your chiropractor charge? how many days can you afford to spend lying flat on your back instead of earning? how many cheap chairs are you going to buy and throw out a couple of years later?). If you think you live in your bathrobe (I call mine a dressing gown, but then I'm a woman...), how many years do you think you're going to be living in your chair?

        • Mark O'Neill
          November 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm

          Oh I totally agree with you. There's just one major obstacle to buying a chair like that - lack of funds!!! ;-)

        • Anonymous
          November 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm

          You could beg, borrow, steal - or try marrying for one perhaps?

        • Mark O'Neill
          November 17, 2015 at 8:47 pm

          Ha! Ha! I am already married, so I think my wife might have something to say about that plan! ;-)