10 amazing gifts to give someone working from home
Updated: May 23
With everything going on in the world right now, I'll eat my hat if you don't know someone working from home at the moment. Whether it's a little treat to lift someone's spirits, or you want to buy a birthday, Christmas or anything else present that's going to make someone think of you fondly every day, read on my friend.
While there are undoubtedly lots of great things about WFH, it's a major adjustment for anyone. Most people who worked from home before 2020, will have done so by choice and with the necessary forethought to make it a comfortable transition.
Not this year though! With little to no time to prep and in often unsuitable spaces, many of us are adjusting to life's new office. Otherwise known as the bedroom, or living room.
Or shed, depending on how desperate you are.
In a silver lining of an injury a few years ago, I've had a couple of years headstart on the rest of you, in regards to making the switch to working from home.
Now, I can't promise a solution for your kid (or partner!) asking for a snack every five minutes or magic more bandwidth to your barely-coping modem, but I can make a couple of suggestions for great gifts that'll make whoever you're treating have a better day.
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1. An Aeropress
I'm not going to lie, I am a coffee addict.
I love the stuff. Filtered, iced, black, frothy. I love it all.
While I usually use my coffee habit to bribe myself out of the house at least once a day for a walk, I don't have the time or the money to feed my addiction solely through fancy baristas. Add national lockdown to the mix and really good coffee at home is a literal necessity.
An Aeropress is an affordable, stylish... miracle device in my opinion. Use it to brew a single cup of magic, as many times a day as you need.
All you'll need to keep it going a lifetime is a new stack of filters once in a blue moon and a steady stream of your favourite bean.
To make it a super special gift, why not add a bag of beans from the recipients favourite or local supplier. Not only will the smell remind them of happy hours in their best cafe, it's a great way to support local providers, who may not be able to open right now.
*Added bonus, they're super portable too. Once lockdown is over, an Aeropress is a perfect way to add a little luxury to a weekend camping.
2. A milk frother
Sticking to the topic of coffee, or hot chocolate if that's more your jam, a milk frother is a great gift for someone WFH.
While I'm happy to drink my coffee as it comes most of the time, there is something decadent about a creamy microfoam on your cup of joe.
And a bit of decadence is needed when you work from home. If nothing else, to take your mind off the fact you've not brushed your hair in three days, or that you no longer need to move off the settee to distinguish between your workday and chilling out.
There are lots of options on the market, from automatic to steam wand, handheld or manual. If you're looking to drop a little cash and guarantee a super deluxe microfoam every time, I'd go for the Nespresso Aeroccino3, but it's a little painful on the purse.
I've got a HAPAW handheld milk frother, which does the job just fine and comes in at less than £20 including delivery. Happy days.
3. A lovely lamp
Presents don't need to be practical, but there's no reason they shouldn't be.
The right light makes such a difference to a happy WFH environment. If you know someone working in a makeshift office space, you could gift someone a headache-free Monday-Friday, and if that doesn't earn you some brownie points, well... I don't know what will.
A design classic the Anglepoise Lamp is a great WFH gift and an ace present to anyone who loves to add a little bit of Skandi style to their interior design.
Image credit - @rubybell.creative
While the Anglepoise lamp pictured above is a timeless classic, there are lots of other brands making great Anglepoise style lamps to suit any budget.
*Prices correct at the time of writing.
4. A padded tray
The first rule of WFH is don't work in bed.
It's really important for so many reasons to have a separate space to work in. Ideally at a desk with a decent chair.
However, the temptation is too real when you're working from home, to do it in comfort.
While I'm not recommending it, if you're going to do it, you might as well do it in style.
I love the trays TROVE Homewares has on Etsy. Their solid tops are perfect to make sure your laptop doesn't overheat and their soft beanbag bottoms are comfortable on your legs, while also making it a nice sturdy base for your important electronics.
Plus, they double up as the perfect breakfast in bed tray.
(If you're going to do things you shouldn't in bed, you might as well go the whole hog and eat in there too!)
Image credit - TROVE Homewares
Something green is always a great gift, whether their WFH or not.
Thompson and Morgan do a great lucky dip set of three Skandi style houseplants that you can get delivered directly to the door of the lucky receiver.
Image credit - Morgan & Thompson.
The three plants are picked at random from a choice of Dracaena Fragrans (Corn Plant), Small Aloe Vera, Dracaena marginata (Madagascan Dragon Tree), Chamaedorea palm (Parlour Palm), Ficus Elastica Plant (Rubber Plant), Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plant), Succulent plant, Crassula, Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane), Codiaeum (Croton) Fatsia (Castor Oil), Peace Plant, Calatheas (Prayer Plant) Tradescantia & Asplenium.
6. A cosy pair of slippers
I'm living proof that it's not physically possible to work properly with cold feet.
A great gift for anyone, but especially someone working from home is a super snug pair of slippers. Whether they love a classic sheepskin moccasin, a stylish pair of felt Halfingers or something cheap and cheerful, they're a present sure to go down a treat.
Mine personally, like everything else in my life, are leopard print.
Image credit - @rubybell.creative
Gift some relaxing vibes with the Muji Diffuser, which uses ultrasonic waves to vaporise water and whatever essential oil you choose to add to the tank. The results? A delicious smell, a little moisture back in the air (especially important in the colder winter months) and it doubles up as a two setting ambient light to boot.
It's hard to pick a favourite essential oil, but I find zesty lemon an uplifting scent while I'm working.
Perhaps even more important for those of us suddenly working from home, with other people around! It's distracting being in a different environment, let alone if you're sharing a desk with someone working in a totally different industry.
Between Zoom meetings, editing, watching tutorials and scrolling social media, I'm surprised how much noise I make WFH.
A decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones will help you focus as well as heaps of other benefits such as shutting out the rest of the world, stopping feedback on calls and keeping you comfortable throughout the day.
I've got the Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones II, which are great quality, plus they're wireless, which is great if you're a pacer, like me!
9. Fitbit or Apple Watch
If you're anything like me, working from home will make you way less active than you used to be. From quite literally getting to work, to popping out on your lunch break, you'll find that the act of WFH will lead to a much more sedentary lifestyle.
It's so important to keep moving, for both your physical and mental health.
A great gift for someone who's started working remote is a FitBit of Apple Watch. There's something about tracking your progress that's so much more satisfying than usual. Plus, you know Instagram or it didn't happen.
10. Flower subscription
Finally, a gift that keeps giving. A friend of mine was gifted a year's delivery subscription from Bloom and Wild and I think it's such a lovely gift.
If you're spending lots of time at home, you might as well make it a space you love being in! I think as far as gifts go, it's extra special to get something that brightens up your day, month after month.
Image credit - @rubybell.creative