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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.
Online Courses are becoming increasingly popular, so a gift card or membership is an excellent option for the web designer or developer you have in mind. Here are some of my favorites:
Communities & Memberships
Aside from online courses, communities are a great place to exchange ideas and get advice. Here are a few on my favorite paid communities:
last updated: Nov. 2017 | Contains affiliate links