It’s old news at this point, but a lot more of us are working from home these days. Whether they’ve been doing it for years or are new to the home office life, odds are there is someone on your list who is working remotely this year. While the circumstances around it might not be ideal, it does open up a lot of great gifting opportunities. Silver linings, right?
From home office furniture to health and fitness tech, there’s a ton of gift options for the non-commuter in your life. Here are just a few work-from-home gift ideas if you’re in need of a little inspiration.
Keep them comfy and aligned with an ergonomic office chair
If your loved one is working from home, it’s likely that they already have a chair to use. But is their chair everything that it could be? For some, the transition to working from home may have been sudden, and they might have started using a temporary chair that ended up being not so temporary. If someone you know is still using a dining chair, folding chair, or even a bar stool at their workspace, then do their spine a favour by gifting them an ergonomic office chair.
An ergonomic office chair is designed to be adjustable, so you can fine-tune its dimensions to promote perfect posture and comfort for long days at the desk. They usually have a high back to provide the head and neck support to power through virtual meetings, have armrests, and the seat height can be adjusted with a gas lift.
The great thing about gifting an office chair is that there’s a ton of variety to fit any kind of space, style, or budget. From a simple ergonomic task chair, to the most decked out gaming chair, you’re sure to find something for the home office dweller in your life.
Help them keep their fitness goals on track with a smartwatch
Even with the right office chair keeping your body in ergonomic comfort, it’s not the best idea to stay sitting all day, every day. This is even more important for people who work from home and don’t even have a commute to get them on their feet. If you know someone who’s looking to be more active while working from home, you might consider gifting them some wearable tech.
Smartwatches and fitness trackers can usually track heart rate, calories burned, and steps taken. Some allow you to set daily fitness goals and workout reminders to help keep you on track, while others display text, call, and e-mail notifications, so you can keep an eye out for that next important message with just a glance at your wrist.
Help them stay productive at work with noise cancelling headphones
Not everyone has an ideal workspace when it comes to working from home, which can make staying focussed on your work a challenge. If your giftee is frustrated with noisy interruptions from kids, roommates, or pets, then consider getting them noise cancelling headphones this year.
If I were in the market for new headphones to use in my home workspace, I would look for over-ear headphones for comfort so you can wear them for your entire workday without getting sore ears. I would also look for Bluetooth connectivity, so you can discretely head to the kitchen for another cup of coffee while still staying connected to your phone call.
Spice up their home office with small appliances
One of the best things about working from home is that you have more freedom to choose what you can have for lunch… and one of the worst things is that you have to make it all within a brief lunch hour. Luckily, there are lots of small appliances that your loved one can use to make the most out of their work-from-home meals.
Consider a drip coffee maker. Some coffee makers are programmable so any home office worker can set up their coffee then set it to brew at a later time. Don’t have time to make a fresh pot during their coffee break? They can set it ahead of time so it’s hot and ready when they need it! Plus it has a warming plate to keep their coffee hot for hours so they don’t need to keep brewing new pots.
Or give the gift of low-effort meals with an air fryer. With an air fryer, your giftee can cook healthy meals in a snap. Air fryers can mimic the effects of deep frying with only a fraction of the oil (or sometimes none at all) for healthier fried meals that are still delicious and crispy, right at home on their lunch break.
Keep their home office humming with computing accessories
But maybe the work-from-homer in your life is a bit trickier to shop for, and you’re not sure what they’d get the most use out of. In that case, a handy new computing accessory is a safe bet for almost anyone with a home office.
Wireless mice and keyboards can help simplify any home office. Some mice promote optimal comfort and allow you to keep the physical mouse in place while controlling your on-screen cursor with just a scroll of your thumb. That means no running out of desk space when dragging a file across multiple screens, or accidentally knocking over your coffee cup.
Look for a keyboard with customizable backlit keys to provide better visibility in dim lighting and look super cool doing it. Some come with a built-in wrist rest to keep any home office worker comfortable and in ergonomic harmony.
Give the gift of better home office Wi-Fi
A lot of major work-from-home frustrations come from using a home network for business needs. Sometimes a home Wi-Fi setup just doesn’t cut it for downloading giant data sets and constant video calls.
But you can make it better for the home-worker in your life with a whole home mesh Wi-Fi system. These systems provide complete Wi-Fi coverage for even the largest of homes, so your giftee could video chat from their hammock and no one would know (as long as they put up a Zoom background).
Or if they just need a little boost to their home office from their router, you could give them a range extender. They can plug into any regular electrical outlet to increase their Wi-Fi range.
Brighten their video calls with a ring light webcam
Does your loved one look like Darth Vader in their video calls? They don’t have to if you get them a ring light webcam.
An invaluable tool of influencers and vloggers, a ring light makes any video (or video call) better. Ring lights brighten your face without casting shadows on your features so you can always look your best on camera, and not like you’re about to tell a spooky campfire story. And when you combine that with an HD webcam, they’ll be entering any virtual meeting with confidence.
Make their home office the best it can be
From office chairs, to appliances, to a simple computer mouse, there are a ton of working-from-home gift options out there for any type of worker or lifestyle. Consider your loved one’s current home office setup, and whether there are any pain points that could be solved with a little home office tech.
And if you’re still looking for ideas, explore BestBuy.ca for the latest and greatest tech gifts. Happy gifting!