Connecting with Others
Working from home means you spend most of your time communicating with other via email or on video calls. Here are some gifts to help with both
Comforts of Home
Working from home also means you need to be comfortable. It also means never having to put on real clothes. Slippers, PJ Pants, a solid desk chair, and a really good coffee maker are all excellent gifts to make sure your remote worker is comfortable at the home office.
When you work from home, you are your own Barista, so good coffee and a coffee maker are a must! I have fully assimilated to the Aeropress lifestyle and love it. I would strongly recommend that - makes great coffee, and is super affordable.
If you're looking for something more heavy-duty, a Nespresso won't let you down.
If you're buying beans you should also have a good coffee grinder. You can't go wrong with this one: Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder.
Drift Away is a subscription service that will personalize beans based on your tastes. Perfect for your friends and family who love coffee.
Comfy Clothes! Working from home means being comfortable. Sweats and t-shirts are great, but here are some less-thought-off comfy things:
Tech & Accessories
The Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Cancelling headphones are fantastic. Whether you work from home, an office, or a coworking space, these will help you focus. And they're great while traveling. I never leave home without them.
If you're looking for good, sub-$200 headphones, I recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s. They are light-weight, block out most noise, and sound incredible. They are also one of the few sets of headphones I can wear for a long period of time without getting a headache.
I absolutely love my Apple Airpods and take them everywhere with me. And lately they've been discounted like crazy. If you're looking for small, wireless, unobtrusive headphones that just work, these are it.
If you (or who you're shopping for) are more of an earbuds person, these are excellent and just under $25.
Cloud / Off-Site Backups: Another important aspect of working online is having solid off-site backups - especially if you work from home. There's only one service I recommend for this, and it's Backblaze.
Portable Hard Drive: With "the cloud" there's less of a need for portable storage, but I still like to have some on me. Here's a few good suggestions:
Network Area Storage
I've been considering this for my home office: the Synology 2 Base Storage NAS. Working across multiple devices and platforms, it would be nice to have a central, network connected drive for me to access. If you work from home, this can be especially nice.
Just a heads up that this the bay only - so you'll have to get some hard drives too. For the total cost, I know some folks who've also on the route of a Mac Mini as their home server. But with the new price hike/refresh, I'm still going with this.
last updated: Nov. 2018 | Contains affiliate links