From the world’s smallest vacuum to a wearable blanket, we’ve taken care of the gift ideas to get your work-from-home friend. Make your remote worker friends’ lives a little comfier with these 10 thoughtful and reasonably priced presents.
This holiday season, a token of wellness could go a long way for your work-from-home loved ones. It can be challenging to unplug as we live in an ever-changing climate. Show extra appreciation with these functional, affordable, and unique office gifts.
1. Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager
Like a 24/7 masseuse, no appointment is required. This back massager will help untangle those stress-induced knots at the convenience of their own home for $45.99.
2. LapGear Designer Lap Desk
Perfect for the days when they feel like taking that zoom call from bed. This functional lap desk can be tucked away in the corner of their bed with cushioned patterning. You can also explore different styles and designs on their website if you feel like treating yourself to one, too, for $34.99 who wouldn’t want to?
3. Foot Rest
This cushioned footrest takes care of feet comfort and good posture simultaneously. It can help improve tense muscles that might’ve developed from slouching in front of a desk. The footrest is adjustable for height and ensures upright seating for maximum comfort for $45 on ErgoFoam!
4. The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal
Time is of the essence for your busy friend who can get caught up in back-to-back meetings. Share the gift of building healthy habits and practicing mindfulness with this efficient 5-minute gratitude journal. Having a check-in system beyond your work calendar is an important method to balance the demands of your personal and work life. Check out our list of the best health and wellness books that could pair well with this $8.99 gratitude journal.
5. The Comfy Oversized Microfiber & Sherpa Wearable Blanket
Familiar with the feeling of not wanting to leave your cozy comforter on the coldest mornings? With this wearable blanket, you don’t have to. Add a layer of comfort for your friends' remote work days or any other occasion for $49.99.
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6. The Sunset Lamp
Have the changing seasons and earlier sunsets got you feeling down? There’s a high chance your work-from-home friend feels the same. Create a soothing ambiance for their remote office environment with this unique gift. Its multipurpose use and changing color wheel will make them second guess having a regular desk lamp during those long work nights. Prices start at $19.99.
7. World’s Smallest Vacuum
For those pesky crumbs while working through lunch breaks or the dander from a furry friend distracting them from work. This tiny vacuum makes for a convenient and compact gift that will speedily tidy up their desk space only for $17.99.
8. Levoit Core Mini Air Purifier
Combat allergy season flare-ups by helping keep their space clean with this mini air purifier. Conveniently compact in size, it’s functional in any kitchen, bedroom, or home office space.
9. Gel Enhanced Memory Foam Seat Cushion for Office Chair
One in 4 Americans spends more than 8 hours of their days sitting. Sitting for long periods can increase your risk of developing conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A memory foam cushion can help increase comfort while clocked in, but don’t forget to prioritize getting steps in throughout the day for $40.
10. We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game
Add a purpose-driven card game to your friend's game shelf. The We’re Not Really Strangers card game aims to empower meaningful connections to deepen your existing relationships and create new ones. We love a classic board game, but try taking a wellness approach to your next game night for only $25.
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Gift Shopping Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some additional tips to consider when browsing for gift ideas.
What could/do they need?
Maybe the person you’re shopping for has all 10 ideas we mentioned already. If that’s the case, you’ve got a tasteful friend. Besides the point, reflect on what gifts would be the most relevant and functional to them. Gift cards to their favorite brands are a great option that can even be gifted virtually, with no extra wrappings needed.
What’s their style?
Get to know the trends and likes/dislikes of the person you’re gifting. The last thing you want is for your gift to go unused because it clashes with their kitchen ambiance. Many of the gifts we listed have different styles and colors. Take the extra step in amplifying their personal style.
What’s your budget?
As much as we’d love to spoil our friends with grandiose things, you don’t want to spoil your own savings. Thoughtfulness goes a long way during the busy holiday season. If the above gifts don’t work for you, think of things like letters, drawings, arts and crafts, and even going for a walk with some hot chocolate that can serve as a great and budget-friendly gift option. Memories are just as important (and free).
Prioritize spreading the gift of health and wellness in every season. The holidays can range from feeling like a busy, exciting, or lonely time for some. Make sure to check in with your work-from-home loved ones and show some extra appreciation with these gifts that’ll guarantee a smile.
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Regine Roquia is a Masters of Public Health Candidate at New York University studying Public Health Policy & Management. She is passionate about creating the culture she wishes to see by working to increase health literacy.