Whether it’s because of a global pandemic keeping everyone on lockdown, because of health reasons or because they’re stay-at-home parents, people have all kinds of reasons for working from home.
Some people enjoy it, while others would prefer to work outside the home if circumstances allowed.
Regardless of whether they love it or hate it, these must-have gifts will certainly make working from home easier and much more pleasant.
30 Must-Have Gift Ideas for People Working from Home
For the Easily Distracted: Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones
If your friend is easily distracted by cars driving by, airplanes flying overhead, the dog barking or the kids playing, these noise canceling headphones by Beats can be a godsend. They come in six different colors so you can buy a pair that suits your friend the best.
More importantly, though, these high-performance wireless headphones feature ANC (active noise canceling) that blocks external noises. They connect to both iPhone and Android products using Bluetooth and have the hands-free “Hey Siri” feature for asking quick questions or giving commands.
They can last between 22 and 40 hours before needing a recharge depending on whether or not the ANC feature is in-use.
For Clearer Communication: 1080p Webcam with Privacy Cover & Microphone
Communication is key for many at-home workers, especially if they have to report to someone else. There are tons of great options for communicating with others online, many of which are free. However, things like Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts don’t do a lot of good if your friend doesn’t have a good webcam.
This 1080p webcam will ensure he has crystal clear picture and great sound. It also comes with a privacy cover for moments when your friend wants to make extra sure no one is peeking in on him without his knowledge.
For a Stronger Connection: 1200Mbps WiFi Wireless Signal Booster/Range Extender
Although most people who work from home have home offices, that doesn’t mean they always want to work in them. Sometimes people just need a change of scenery. They may want to work out of their bedrooms, on the front porch or outside in the backyard.
A good, strong wireless internet signal is imperative for this. This WiFi range extender can boost your friend’s signal up to an extra 1292 square feet. For an average-sized two-story home, this should be enough to boost coverage over the entire house and surrounding outside areas.
For the Fitness Nut: DECELI Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser
Sitting at a desk all day can get boring, even if the desk is in the comfort of one’s own home. If you have a friend who loves being active and gets antsy just sitting around, buy her an under-the-desk bike pedal.
This will allow her to work and exercise at the same time. It even comes with a digital display to let her know how long she’s been pedaling, how many calories she’s burned and more.
For the Disorganized Friend Who Needs Some Help: Jerry & Maggie Desktop Organizer
This sturdy wooden shelf comes in sleek black or white and looks great on any desk. It’s made of all-natural wood, making it both durable and odor-free. It’s lightweight and can be arranged to fit your friend’s desktop needs.
It provides five unique spaces for organization. It can hold pencil holders, books, files, documents, candles, potted plants and just about anything else your friend might need close at hand.
Keep it Confidential: AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/Credit Card Shredder
People who work from home have to be especially careful to keep confidential information confidential. Part of this involves disposing of unnecessary, erroneous or out-of-date paperwork. Buy your friend a personal shredder that allows him to shred up to eight pages at once, credit cards and other thicker items.
It can run for three solid minutes before needing a break. It also has an alert in case of overheating.
Heat Her Up: Sunbeam Throw Blanket
Sometimes sitting around at a desk, even at home, can get super cold. When your friend works from home, though, the temptation to get up and go snuggle in her warm, comfy bed can be overwhelming. Buy her this Sunbeam heated throw instead.
She can keep it lying on her chair and grab it anytime she starts feeling a chill.
It’s made of fleece and has three different heat settings. It’s also machine-washable and can be dried in the dryer.
Furthermore, it has a three-hour auto shutoff so she doesn’t have to worry about it overheating or causing a fire.
For Maximum Comfort: OFM Essentials Collection High-Back Ergonomic Swivel Chair
Anyone who makes a living sitting at a desk all day can tell you the value of having a good desk chair with excellent back support. Help your friend out by giving him exactly that. These racing style leather desk chairs come in seven different colors and feature 360° of swivel, flip-up arms, center tilt control and adjustable height levels.
It’s also suitable for people up to 275 pounds and is upholstered in SofThread leather. Bonus: It also makes an exceptional gaming chair after the work day is done.
Sharing is Overrated: Keurig K-Classic Single-Cup Coffee Maker
One of the worst parts about working from home is missing out on all the delicious office coffee. With this Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, though, your friend won’t have to miss out on anything. She can make any type of coffee she likes with single-serve Keurig pods.
The large reservoir will allow her to make up to six cups a day without having to refill it. The very best part is she won’t have to share it with anyone else if she doesn’t want to do so.
Get Them Out of the House: DYYTRm Solar Backpack
Sometimes working from home can get a bit tiresome. With this laptop bag and the mobile hot spot on his phone, your friend can pack up his work and take it with him somewhere more scenic. It’s lightweight and perfect for anyone.
In addition to being durable and well-made, the laptop bag is also charged by the sun, so your friend can charge his phone and other small electronic devices as often as he needs to while he’s out.
It’s perfect for both hiking and camping and has built-in low temperature charging, short-circuit protection, radiation protection and protection against overheating.
Salty and Sugary Snacks: Blue Ribbon 50 Count Snack Box
If you’re looking for something fun and lighthearted to give your friend, you can never go wrong with snacks. It doesn’t matter what type of jobs people have or where they work, everyone needs snacks, and this box has a little something for everyone.
There are fruit and nut bars, animal cookies, Cheez-Its, Rice Krispies treats, Air Heads, fruit snacks and so much more.
Whether your friend has a sweet tooth or a penchant for salty snacks, this box has him covered.
For Speedy Correspondence: DYMO Label Printer & Digital Scale
If your friend’s work-from-home job involves mailing letters and/or packages or corresponding with clients via snail mail, a postal scale and printer can actually be a very thoughtful, not to mention useful, gift.
This one from DYMO is exceptionally good.
It allows your friend to switch seamlessly between two different label rolls for different printing needs. It also prints using thermal technology, so there’s no need to buy or replace expensive ink cartridges.
In addition to printing postage labels, your friend can also customize labels.
When He Needs a Lighthearted Break: Speks Original Nickel Set of 512 Magnetic Balls
Even if your friend works from home, he’s occasionally going to need a break. These magnetic balls are perfect for those times when things are a little hectic and he just needs to take 15 minutes to get his mind off work and relax.
Speks are super fun for people of any age.
These magnetic balls will allow your loved one to build and sculpt things when he’s feeling creative and smash or crush them when he needs a bit of physical stress relief.
They’re perfect for people who enjoy fidgeting or just taking a few moments out of each day to play. This kit comes with 512 magnetic balls, a carrying case, a metal base on which to build, a splitter card and a book of ideas to get him started.
For Knotted Backs: Comfier Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager
Sitting in a straight-backed desk chair all day – even a comfortable one – can be extremely tiresome and hard on the back and hips. Knots can pop up in the oddest places and make sitting an absolute nightmare.
Buy this amazing shiatsu neck and back massager for your loved one to help take care of all those knots, aches and pains. It also has vibrations and adjustable heat settings.
Everyone Needs an Assistant: Echo Dot 3rd Generation with Clock
Just because your friend or loved one works from home alone doesn’t mean she doesn’t need her own personal assistant. The Amazon Echo Dot can fulfill that role. With this device, she can check the time, play her favorite music, find out what the weather is, call clients and order her favorite delivery food without ever leaving the comfort of her desk chair.
The Echo Dot can also connect to any smart devices she has in her home. This will allow her to work her thermostat, control her lights and so much more. It’ll also connect to her music accounts, such as Pandora and Spotify, and her Audible account to listen to her audio books.
Alexa also has numerous other skills and helpful features.
Keep Him Hydrated: Giotto Large Gallon Motivational Water Bottle
You might think being at home all day would make it easier to stay healthy, eat right and drink enough water. The truth is, sometimes it’s harder. When people work from home, they sometimes have workdays that are much longer than eight hours.
They get caught up in doing something and end up sitting in front of their computers hours longer than they should.
You might not be able to get your friend up and moving, but you can inspire him to drink enough water each day.
This water bottle from Giotto comes in several different colors and holds a whole gallon of water. More importantly, it has a timeline printed on it that shows your friend exactly where he needs to be in his water drinking by certain hours each day.
It is by far one of the easiest ways to drink an entire gallon of water in a day.
For the Friend with Cold Feet: Brightown Portable Ceramic Space Heater
If you have one of those friends whose feet always seem to be freezing, this portable ceramic space heater is the perfect gift. It’s small enough to fit right underneath her desk or anywhere else she needs it.
It has two heat settings – 750 and 1500 watts – and one setting for a fan in case she ever gets warm instead of cold. (Yeah right!) It oscillates and can heat up to 200 square feet in a very small amount of time.
It’s also incredibly safe. It’s made from flame-retardant, heat-resistant material that’ll keep her from getting burned if she accidentally touches it. It also has tip-over protection that shuts it down immediately in case it’s knocked over and overheat protection that’ll shut it off if it gets too hot.
Keeping Comfy: THE COMFY Original Oversized Wearable Sherpa Blanket Hoodie
One of the best things about working from home is the ability to remain as comfortable as possible working in pjs, house shoes or t-shirts. Give your friend a little extra comfy with this oversized Sherpa hoodie that’s so comfortable, it’s actually called the comfy.
It comes in several different colors and patterns and is large enough to fit almost anyone. It’s also machine-washable.
A Very Convenient Cup: Cosori Coffee Mug Warmer & Mug Set
There are few things worse in the life of a coffee drinker than picking up his favorite mug, taking a big swallow and tasting lukewarm or even cold coffee. Eliminate this problem for your friend by buying him this awesome mug and mug warmer set.
Both the mug and the warmer are made of stainless steel, so they keep beverages very hot and are also easy to clean. Your friend can set the temperature of the warmer to his perfect beverage temp to keep his drink just right all day long.
Everything She Needs: Rose Gold Office Supplies Set
This is a great gift for a friend or a loved one who works from a home office, especially if she’s just getting started and may not have everything she needs. This office supply set covers all the basic needs.
It includes a stapler, staples and staple remover, a tape dispenser and 12 binder clips.
In addition to being extremely useful, this particular set is also really beautiful. All the supplies are made from sleek rose gold and transparent materials for a very chic look.
Even the staples are rose gold!.
Make Cleaning Easier: Cordless Electric Rechargeable Keyboard Vacuum
If your friend’s work-from-home job requires sitting at a computer for most of the day, this keyboard vacuum is an absolute must-have. When someone sits in front of a screen all day, it isn’t uncommon for that person to have their meals there, bite their fingernails, pet a lonely pet that jumps up into her lap and all kinds of other things.
For this reason, keyboards can quickly become full of gunk. Crumbs, pet and human hair, nail clippings, fuzz from clothes – all these things can become trapped underneath the keyboard keys, making it harder for your friend to type.
This high-power, rechargeable vacuum designed specifically for keyboards, though, will take care of all of that. In addition to powerful suction, it also acts as an air blower (think “canned air”) as well.
Help Keep Him On-Task: Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar Kit
People who work in offices or in other jobs where they’re surrounded by people have a lot of help keeping on top of things. However, for your friend working at home alone, he has only himself on which to depend.
Make it a little easier for him to keep up with his scheduled appointments by buying him this dry erase magnetic calendar.
It can stick to any magnetic surface and is completely blank, which will allow your friend to reuse it week after week for months and even years at a time.
It’s extra thick and stain resistant. It also comes with five markers and an eraser. It’s color-coded so that your friend can check his schedule at a glance, and it’s made so that he can schedule up to six weeks worth of appointments at a time.
To Limit Distractions: Do Not Disturb/Welcome Sign for Home Office
If your work-from-home friend shares her workplace with kids or other people who are apt to barge into her home office without warning, this Do Not Disturb sign is the perfect thoughtful gift. It can be easily attached to any surface using either the magnetic backing or the adhesive backing.
The sign itself is easy to use. She simply has to slide it from one side to the other to let people know if she’s busy and can’t be disturbed or if it’s safe to enter after knocking.
It even comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
So if for some reason she doesn’t like it, which isn’t likely, she can send it back for a full refund.
Make Sure He Looks Good: HY Portable Folding Table Mirror
This portable folding mirror is the perfect gift for any loved one, male or female, who works for home and has to hop in front of a webcam for meetings fairly regularly. When people work from home, it’s easy for them to fall into the routine of waking up, rolling out of bed and plopping down in front of the computer immediately.
This mirror, which is conveniently foldable and portable and can be placed anywhere on a desk, is perfect for your friend to check and make sure he brushed his teeth or his hair before logging into a meeting.
A quick glance to the side, and he’ll know right away if he can log on with confidence or if he needs to postpone five minutes for a quick and much-needed face wash.
Make Graphic Design Easier: XP-Pen StarG640 OSU! Ultrathin Drawing Tablet
If your friend or loved one’s job involves any type of graphic design, animation or longhand writing, this drawing tablet from XP-Pen is perfect. It hooks directly into his computer and comes with a stylus and 20 replaceable nibs.
The 6×4 inch size gives him plenty of room to draw, doodle or e-sign his name. The stylus is also battery free, so he never has to worry about recharging it or running out of battery life right in the middle of something important.
The stylus is also equipped with something known as “one-click toggle,” which will let him seamlessly switch between pen mode and eraser mode in less than a second. It’s designed to be used by both right-handed and left-handed users and is compatible with most computer operating systems.
If your friend has Windows 7/8/10 or higher or Mac 10.10 or above, he’ll be able to use this drawing tablet. It also comes with a one-year warranty and lifetime tech support for ultimate peace of mind.
Convenient Storage Option: Hirsh SOHO 3 Drawer File Cabinet
If there’s one thing people never can have enough of, it’s storage space. This sleek, modern filing cabinet includes three multiple-sized locking drawers for all your friend’s storage needs. The cabinet is very sturdy and durable and weighs a little less than 25 pounds.
Its dimensions are 27.32″ H x 14.25″ W x 18″ D. It is also TAA compliant.
Setting the Mood: Old Factory Scented Candles Coffee Shop
Another great thing about working from home is that your friend doesn’t have to be sensitive to the needs of others. For those people who love to burn candles while they’re working, this is a huge plus.
Burning a pleasant-smelling candle in the home office is a great way to settle the nerves and get in the right headspace for working.
These coffee shop-scented candles from Old Factory are some of the most aromatic and amazing candles available.
In fact, the entire Old Factory line of candles is perfect for your friend’s home office. If she’s not into coffee, there are other options, including Fall Harvest, Happy Holidays, Winter Wonderland and more.
These candles aren’t just for your female friends either. Scents like Old Time Barber Shop and Man Cave are perfect for your male friends.
For Those Who Enjoy a Smooth Flow: Uni-Ball Signo 207 Retractable Gel Pens
Anyone whose job requires any amount of longhand writing can tell you the importance of having an excellent pen. These retractable gel pens from Uni-Ball are absolutely top-of-the-line. This pack comes with ten black pens and five blue ones.
No matter which color your friend uses, she’ll be amazed at how smooth and deep the color looks.
The ink is acid-free, archival-quality and specially designed to trap itself in paper, making it look amazingly deep and crisp.
It also prevents document alteration and check washing. It’s water-resistant, fade-resistant and quick-drying. The pens also just look great, with metallic accents and textured grips.
For Stress Relief: CozyBomB Desktop Punching Bag
Anyone who thinks working from home can’t be stressful is dead wrong. Ask any of your friends who work from home, and they’ll tell you they can get just as stressed out at home as they ever did working from another location.
If your friend is the type who likes to work through stress in a physical way, buy him this desktop punching bag. Although it’s marketed as a “gag gift,” it’s actually a really effective and helpful tool for getting through a stressful day.
Punching it also burns calories, so it’s truly a win-win.
After a Hard Day at Work: Etched World Decanter Whiskey Globe
Finally, one of the best things about an at-home job for many people is that they don’t have to waste time driving to the bar after a particularly bad or particularly good day at work. With this gorgeous, unique whiskey decanter, your friend can close up his laptop, kick off his shoes (if he was wearing any to begin with), lean back in his chair and enjoy his favorite drink.
The decanter itself is beautiful and has an antique ship etched into it. It also comes with four glasses etched with maps of the world and a box of whiskey stones which can be frozen and used to keep his whiskey cold without watering it down with melted ice.
In addition to being useful, this gift also makes a great centerpiece for any room or home office. For many people, there’s no better way to celebrate the end of another work week.
Picking the Perfect Present for a Home Office Worker
Today, more Americans are working from home than ever before. According to one of the most recent studies conducted in 2017, 5.2% of all Americans work solely from home.
That may not sound like a lot until you realize that 5.2% of the American population is over 17 million people. Additionally, another 43% of Americans generally work from home several times a month.
With this many people working from home, it’s very likely that you’ve had to or will have to buy a gift for an at-home worker at some point. The key is to buy them something that makes their lives easier. Despite what many people think, there are disadvantages to working from home.
A good gift is one that helps combat those disadvantages.
For instance, if your stay-at-home dad friend tells you about how he is starting to get bummed out because he never really has conversations with anyone over the age of three, buy him something that allows him to communicate with his friends and family more easily.
If your freelancing sister complains about never having time to exercise like she wants, buy her something physical she can do at her desk.
Anything that makes people enjoy their at-home jobs more is going to be a top-class gift. Plus, there is so much out there from which to choose. Make sure your gift is thoughtful, serves a purpose (even if that purpose is simply to make your friend laugh) and makes sense for your friend. That’s really all it takes to give a great gift.
So, did your favorite work-from-home gift make the list? If you have any more fun, innovative gifts that you feel should have made it to our list but didn’t, please let us know in the comments.
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