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
The FOCUSED Calendar: This year calendar is a fantastic way to get a bird's eye view of what's going on, as well as plan out a year's worth of projects. I have one on my wall right now!
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:
These are especially good since macOS Catalina came out, since we'll see more iOS apps on the Mac.
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.
Good Clothes. Working from home means being comfortable. Sweats and t-shirts are great, but it's also good to have some nice clothes for when you need to go out. Here's a bit of both.
Shirts: UNTUCKit. I have recently started to upgrade my wardrobe and UNTUCKit has been at the heart of it. Their shirts are perfect for me, and look great!
Customized Outfits: Stitch Fix. This is a great subscription box services that seems to get it right every time. My wife had it for a while and loved it. And now they have boxes for men, and kids too!
Unmentionables: Mack Weldon. Seriously. Their boxer briefs, undershirts, and everything else they make are incredible. I'm a huge fan. For Women (since Mack Weldon currently only makes men's clothes), I'd recommend meUndies.
Socks: Darn Tough Socks. These are the best socks ever.
For the Office
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.
I've also been big into National Parks prints lately. You can get some cool posters from Parks Project.
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.
If you're looking for something more affordable, the HON Chairs are popular.
NFC Tags: These are a great, affordable way to automate certain things (like turning on lights, starting playlists, etc). With Siri Shortcuts and other smart devices, these can be a lot of fun for the home office.
Tech & Accessories
I recently picked up the AirPods Pro and love them. They're always in my pocket and for the time being, are the only noise cancelling headphones I keep with me.
That said, Apple Airpods are still fantastic if you don't need the bells and whistles of the Pro versions. If you're looking for small, wireless, unobtrusive headphones that just work, these are it.
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.
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 (or who you're shopping for) are more of an earbuds person, these are excellent and just under $25.
Backups & Storage
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.
Smart Phone Gear
My favorite Qi Charger, that I've used, is the Twelve South Hi Rise. It's fast and doubles as lay-flat charger, so you can travel with it or use it with your AirPods.
Qi Charger Stand - If you're looking for something a little more affordable, this is what I use on my night stand. It doesn't need to be fast, and I'm not traveling with it.
When it comes to cases, I need the thinnest, and that's Peel. Lots of colors, including clear, to show off that Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro.
If you want a little more protection, I've been using the Caudable Lucid Clear. It's thin and can withstand drops of nearly 7ft.
If you want more colors, or higher drop protection, I recommend checking out tech21.
When it comes to portable power, Anker is the best in the business. You can't go wrong with anything they make. Here are a few of my favorite Anker products.
- Anker PowerCore Slim (pictured left). It's light, portable, and packs a big charge in a small device. USB and USB-C.
- Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W. This beast can charge a laptop! I once used it on a week long trip to charge my iPhone at night and it never had to be recharged. Great if you need a lot of power in a relatively small package.
- Wall Charging 5-Port Hub. Traveling with a lot of devices gets a lot easier with this in your bag.
- Anker 30W PIQ 3 (pictured below). This USB-C wall charger is impossibly slim and still 30 watts. It's replacing all of my other giant bricks.
Along with charging devices, you should make sure you have the right cables. Here are a few I make sure to always have on me:
Lightning to USB (iPhone, iPad, Airpods)
Lightning to USB-C (iPhone, iPad, Airpods - faster)
USB-C to USB-C (iPad Pro, MacBooks, most Android/non-Apple Smartphones)
USB to USB-C (A good, versatile, likely to work cable)
Hello Fresh: Working from home can mean it's tough to leave the house. A meal box subscription is the perfect way of saying, "You don't have to Doordash everything."
There are lots of meal boxes out there, but I've heard the best things about Hello Fresh. These are especially good for households of 1 or 2.
last updated: Nov. 2019 | Contains affiliate links