Today, there are more people working from home than ever. In a 2015 Gallup poll, 37% of workers said they have worked remotely at one point in their career. Working from home can be a wonderful thing, but it presents its own set of unique challenges. Office gear that was once only needed at the workplace now needs to be present at home, along with the dedicated space and accommodations to make it happen.
If you have a remote worker on your Christmas shopping list this year, here are some gifts they’re sure to appreciate.
If you don’t have a dedicated office space, working at home can be a challenge. Is your giftee working on the couch? Using a kitchen chair to pound out product at the kitchen table? A lot of remote work is done sitting down at the computer, which is why offices invest in somewhat comfortable chairs for their workers. Do your giftee one better by getting them an amazingly comfortable chair that will help them focus and be more productive.
Herman Miller has a large selection of chairs at a wide range of price points. They’re designed for comfort and productivity, some even being engineered to increase blood flow. They’re incredibly customizable, from the armrests to reclining abilities, and come in a wide range of patterns and colors.
Some people work remotely for an employer, but an increasing number of people are working for themselves as freelancers. Where a company would provide you with a professional looking set of business cards, freelancers have to provide these things for themselves. While there are budget options, they often aren’t high quality. Moo offers great looking business cards at a moderate price. Prices are made even better when you use promo codes. Besides looking good, they’re also tech forward, with their latest line, Business Cards+, incorporating NFC technology.
If you’re working from home, you’ll be able to achieve almost everything digitally. Part of that is converting analog records into digital ones, though. Whether you’re scanning contracts or other important documentation, your giftee is sure to need a scanner. If they don’t already have one, you don’t have to spend a lot to provide. Lots of great scanners come at a low price point. For example, the Epson Perfection V39 Flatbed Color Scanner at Best Buy goes for $69.99. At the lower end of the price range, you’d think it was of cheaper quality, but has a 4.6 star review from happy customers. Not all technology is out-of-this-world expensive.
If you’re working at a desk, it doesn’t really matter where that desk is located: you need to get up and moving every once in a while to stay healthy. FitBit have been all the rage in recent years. In office environments, people get competitive with them, seeing who can log more steps or keep better stats. Someone working at home misses that element of competition, but can still benefit from the monitoring. It serves as a good reminder to get up and be active, when the only person you’re accountable to is yourself.
When you’re buying for a remote worker, helping them build their home office is sure to be appreciated. While they probably don’t miss their commute, there are aspects of office life that they surely miss if they’re not yet established at home.