Working from home is great if you do it once in a while, but if you have to do it every day, then it gets a lot harder:
Working at home, alone, in an environment that isn't designed for work and where home blends with office can make you feel lonely, less productive, tired, stressed...
So if you know anybody who usually works from home and you're the one looking for ideas to improve your telecommuting time, here's a working from home gift guide full of ideas for you.
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Just in case you don't want to read the entire list now, here are my 5 top working from home gift choices.
- Noise cancelling headphones - to avoid noisy distractions.
- Smart coffee warmer - cos you always end up having lukewarm coffee if you don't have one of these.
- Focuster - to increase productivity so you can spend less time 'at work' and more time 'at home'
- Piggy Wrist Rests - cos they're just so cute! (and they help relieve RSI)
- An Ergonomic Chair - cos telecommuters spend most of their time sitting at their desk.
Best General Work From Home Gift Ideas
The Just Bento CookBook
Eating at home every day can end up being boring if you don't have a lot of time and all you eat are leftovers.
Get lots of healthy delicious ideas to spice up your lunch time with The Just Bento Cookbook and use the Bento Boxes at the office or out in the garden.
Laptop Lap Desk
One of the good things about working from home is that you can work anywhere you want: from the home office, the kitchen table or the sofa.
And having a comfortable laptop lap desk with room for a laptop and mouse makes things a lot easier.
And for those people that like to work from their bed, here's a multifunctional bed table.
Eye Caring Lamp
Lots of people have Echo Dots nowadays, but they're also a clever addition to the home office.
They can be used to play background music, set reminders and alarms.
But there are also a lot of Alexa Skills that make it useful at work, such as being able to add tasks to your Todoist, do a 7-minute workout, do guided meditations when you have a break...
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Best Work From Home Gifts for Productivity
Having two monitors is not something programmers and geeks do just because it's cool.
If you're working with lots of different apps, a browser, or even having to work on a couple of reports simultaneously, having two monitors can increase your productivity by more than 40% because you have all the information you need there.
Evernote Premium Subscription
One way to improve your productivity and keep the paper clutter to a minimum when you're working from home is to keep everything in one place. And Evernote is one of the best apps for that.
Evernote offers a FREE plan that will suit most people, but if you need to use it with multiple devices and want to make the most of its integrations to save time, consider getting their Premium Plan.
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Does being in front of a screen all day translate into being more productive? Or are Facebook and Twitter too tempting?
By automatically scheduling priority tasks, helping to avoid distractions and showing how you're spending your work day, Focuster helps you focus on your most important tasks to get more done!
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Most people working from home nowadays work electronically on digital devices.
But what about when you need to make notes when you're meeting with a client or your boss online? What happens when you can't open your laptop to write your notes?
The Livescribe Pen records everything you write and say, so you can then save your notes or recordings to your computer.
Warning: It works with special dotted notebooks only.
It's daft how much paper you end up using in the office to take notes which will, inevitably, end up in the bin.
With the Rocketbook, you can write using any Pilot Frixion pen, upload your notes to the cloud if you want to and then use a damp microfibre cloth, also provided in this kit, to delete them.
Check out the Fusion and Panda Planner options too!
Best Work From Home Ergonomic Gifts
I love ergonomic keyboards, they're not only better for you because they help you avoid repetitive strain injury, but they allow you to type quicker and more accurately than with a normal keyboard.
The Perixx is a good, affordable option for most users, but if you're looking for a top of the range option, check out this one.
You can't talk about ergonomic gifts without looking at an ergonomic chair.
Anybody with a dedicated home office space should consider adding an ergonomic chair to their office setup to avoid back problems.
There are plenty of affordable ergonomic chairs nowadays, and since you're likely to spend 6-8 hours a day sitting, it's a worthwhile investment.
Blue Light Blocking Screen Protector
Using a blue light screen reduces eyestrain and fatigue.
If you spend all day in front of the computer and your eyes are very tired at the end of the day, try one of these screen protectors (which also work as a memo board, btw) or check out some of these anti blue light glasses.
Best Work From Home Gifts for Organisers
These Magnetic Notes are an alternative to Post-It Notes.
They're eco-friendly, reusable, stackable AND wipeable!
They can be cut to any size too.
Monitor Stand and Organiser
Best Work From Home Gifts for Coffee Lovers
Best Work From Home Gifts for Fitness Enthusiasts
Teleworking means that you don't even have to get out of the house to get to the office.
For fitness enthusiasts and not-so-fit telecommuters, a Fitbit will provide the motivation to exercise and stay active.
This one by Lintelek is an option for those on a smaller budget.
Best Work From Home Gifts for Creatives
So there you are, my ultimate gift guide for people who work from home.
Getting any of these awesome home office gifts means that you're helping your telecommuter friend save time, stay organised, keep healthy so working at their desk all day is a much more pleasant experience.
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