Gifts for People who Work from Home

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

A Good Webcam

Using a good webcam is clutch for video calls, and the Logitech C920 falls perfectly between price and quality.

If you want to go for an upgrade, or your giftee is a streamer, the C922 might be the killer gift.

A Good Mic

Along with that, a good mic is also important. I've long recommended the Blue Yeti, which I feel also hits the sweet spot between affordable and quality.

The ATR2100 is also a solid affordable mic. If you want to see more recommendations, check out my Podcaster's Gift Guide.

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Productivity Apps

For digital communication, there are a lot of apps that I love. You could grab an App Store Gift Card so that your giftee could grab some of these:

Omnifocus 3 (task management) | iThoughts (Mind mapping)

Evernote (note taking) | Ulysses (writing)

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.

Coffee!

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.

Beans

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.

The Beans

Drift Away is a subscription service that will personalize beans based on your tastes. Perfect for your friends and family who love coffee.

Home Decor! Decorating a home office can be a lot of fun! While pretty personal, Ugmonk usually has something for everyone, from picture to desk stands and more.

If it were me, shopping for Star Wars Wall Art would be a good bet too!

Desk Chair! A good desk chair is important for someone who works from home. Steelcase, while expensive, make the best.

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

Headphones

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.

Storage

External Hard Drive: Everything we do is computer-based nowawadays, so a solid external drive is necessary. I've used the Western Digital My Book for as long as I could remember. If you need more space, the 8TB model should do the trick.

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:

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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.

 

Smart Phone Gear

Qi Charger Stand - Wirelessly Charge a phone that supports Qi Charging

Cases and chargers from Peel. Super thin clear case and Qi Charger shown here. Added bonus: use JCasa20 for 20% off.

Handheld Phone Stabilizer for shooting movies

Travel & Accessories

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

Pretty much every year, I get myself a new bag. I love this one because it's got places for a laptop and iPad, lots of compartments for chargers and miscellaneous wires and tools, and a hard case pouch for fragile stuff. Check it out

Tech Travel Grid

Travel Grid

I also changed things up a bit since I like to switch between bags. Earlier this year I wrote up how I'm using this tech grid to make sure I don't forget any important cables/gear between bags. It has served me quite well!

The exact pouch was a gift I got from a speaking engagement, but here's an unbranded one (exact match). This one also looks really good.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger. This is usually my go-to.

eBags TSL Mother Lode Weekender Convertible. A great bag/luggage company. This is my new 2-3 day trip bag. It's great because it can slim down and be a nice messanger-esq bag too.

Proof Laptop Messenger Bag by Timbuk2. Seriously everything by Timbuk2 is great.

Spare Charger. This varies based on the device of-course, but this looks like a good resource if you need it. Amazon also has tons.

Portable Battery Charger:  Intocircuit Power Castle Dual USB Portable Charger (see more options in Web Designer's Gift Guide)

Ear Buds: JLab Epic2 (Bluetooth) | Brainwavez Delta (wired)

Coffee Gift Card: Starbucks | Dunkin Donuts | Panera Bread | Your local coffee shop also works!

Relaxing at Home

Working from home means finding your own recreation. Here are some ideas to pass the time when your remote worker needs to get the juices flowing or just relax a bit.

Get Out of the House!

Working from home means finding your own recreation. Here are some ideas to pass the time when your remote worker needs to get the juices flowing or just relax a bit.

Treat Them to Dinner

Send Them to the Movies

Try an
Escape Room

last updated: Nov. 2018 | Contains affiliate links