Working from home has become the new norm after the popularity of freelancing work. Freelancers work from their homes, and they are their own bosses. If you have a large friend circle of freelancers, what is a better way to show your love and care than gifting a perfect gift in 2023? With the right product, you can make their home workspace more comfortable, productive, and enjoyable.
Whether you’re looking to spend or stay on a budget, there is plenty of work from home gift ideas that can help your friends get through their day with a smile. From ergonomic office chairs to noise-canceling headphones, here are the best work from home gifts for the year 2023, that will make your friends’ WFH (work from home) lives easier and more enjoyable.
1. Ergonomic Office Chair
The perfect home office chair can make a huge difference in comfort and productivity. Ergonomic chairs are designed to support the spine and protect your back from getting sore. It can help you and your friends avoid the discomfort and back pain that often comes with sitting in a traditional office chair for long hours during work.
Ergonomic chairs come in different styles for around US$50. While some chairs have advanced features such as heat, lumbar support, and built-in massage (which can cost above hundred dollars), a simple ergonomic chair can still help your friend stay comfortable while working from home.
2. Stand-up Desk Chair
If your budget is high, you can go for the latest innovation in ergonomic furniture. It is a stand-up desk chair. These chairs have a height-adjustable seat that moves up and down to accommodate both sitting and standing positions.
These chairs have excellent adjustability. The height of these chairs could be easily adjusted from 23” to 30” with an adjustment lever. The comfortable flip-up armrests allow your arms to rest comfortably and your shoulders to be relaxed. The adjustable foot ring makes these seats more comfortable when your feet can’t reach the floor while working at an elevated position.
3. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Most things can disrupt productivity, like a noisy, distracting office environment. To help your friends tune out from annoying sounds, loud construction sounds, and other distracting sounds, get them a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
These headphones use sound cancellation technology to produce a sound wave that nullifies outside noise and keeps the user safe from getting distracted. With noise-canceling headphones, you can block out surroundings and focus on whatever task you need to get done. Most noise-canceling headphones start around $100. If you’re on a budget, consider gifting a pair of earbuds with built-in noise cancellation. Earbuds are much cheaper than over-ear headphones but still have the same silencing effect.
4. Wireless Mouse
A wireless mouse can help you and your friends are more efficient when working on their computers or laptops from home. The best way to reduce RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is to minimize mouse and keyboard use, but most of us have to use these peripherals every day.
If you are looking for a perfect gift for your remote-working friends, then a wireless mouse is a good option. A wireless mouse work on a small USB receiver that plugs into the computer. The receiver sends the mouse movement to the computer and allows the user to navigate the screen with ease.
Most wireless mouse available in the market are available for less than US$15, so this is an affordable gift. Plus, most wireless mouse come with an extra USB receiver, so you can avoid plugging and unplugging devices all day.
5. Standing Desk Converter
Standing desk converters are perfect for the work from home buddies who want to transition from sitting to standing while working. Stand-up desks come in a variety of styles and functions. Some have built-in drawers, while others are simple trays that provide a stand-up surface.
Some even have built-in cabinets and shelves for extra storage space. Stand-up desks are pricier than other gifts on this list, as they start at around US$150. But they’re a great investment that can help your friends stay fit while working from home and make them more productive throughout the day.
6. Wireless Keyboard
If your friends already have a standing desk converter, they might want a wireless keyboard to go with it. A wireless keyboard eliminates the risk of tripping over a long computer cord. Wireless keyboards usually plug into a USB port and communicate with the computer via infrared or radio signals. This means that, unlike a wired keyboard, a wireless keyboard doesn’t need to be in a particular place to work.
It can be moved from one end of the home office to another and still let your friend type with ease. Most wireless keyboards start at less than US$20. If you want to spend more, you can spend up to US$200 on a keyboard that has advanced features like programmable keys, backlit keys, and many more.
7. Monitor Riser
If your friends work with multiple screens on their computers, they might appreciate a monitor riser. These stands lift your computer screen to eye level and make it easier to switch between screens and focus on your work. They’re especially useful for WFH (work from home) people who work with multiple people on screen-sharing programs like Zoom or Google Meet.
Monitor risers come in different materials and designs, so you can find one that matches your home office setup requirements. If your home office setup is a mess, chances are your friend’s is too. Give them a gift that makes their home office look more organized and productive. Monitor risers come in a variety of styles and start at around US$20. If you want to spend more money, you can find a wooden monitor riser that adds a decorative touch to home office looks, but costs higher.
8. Writing Desk
If your friend is a blogger or writer, he/she might be spending a lot of time at home. To make the space feel more like a real office, give your friend a writing desk. Writing desks are usually smaller than full-size desks, making them perfect for the work from home people, who don’t want to take up a lot of space in his/her home office.
Writing desks come in a variety of styles and materials. You can find writing desks made from wood, metal, and even glass. If you want to splurge, you can even find writing desks made from marble.
9. Laptop Stand
If you and your friend like to travel with his/her laptop, a laptop stand can help him/her get more comfortable while working on the go. Laptop stands to keep your friend’s laptop elevated, so he/she can avoid getting neck or wrist pain from holding the computer in his her lap. Most laptop stands are adjustable so they can also be used while working at a home office.
Depending on the style, laptop stands can cost anywhere from US$10 to US$50. There are lots of different styles to choose from, so you can find one that matches your friend’s laptop and work from home setup.
10. Home Office Accessories
If you don’t know what kind of gift to give your friends who work from home, consider getting them some accessories that can help them organize their home office space. Here is a list of some items that are a perfect match for gifting:
- Keyboard organizers
If you or your friend loves to doodle or type, a keyboard organizer can help keep things tidy in the home office.
- Pencil cups
Find a decorative pencil cup for the pens, pencils, and other writing utensils that are difficult to find in drawers when you need these.
- Remote-controlled lights
Remote-controlled lights ad a beautiful ambition to the environment. These lights have many functions and you can even control them with your phone.
- A plant with a pot
If your friend’s home office is a bit barren, consider gifting them a plant with a pot to spruce up the space. This can be a great way to add some personality to the home office and help your friend feel more like he or she works from home.
- Painting with quotes
A wall-hanging painting is a perfect gift for filling up the blank space on walls. A painting with a motivational quote not only helps to fill the space but can also encourage your friend to work hard.
The work from home office is the new workspace, so you need to treat it as such. With the right gifts, your friends can create a more comfortable, productive workspace where they can work efficiently and always remember you.
A neat, clean, and decorative workplace help to enhance the thinking abilities of your mind. You can be more creative and productive if you work in a good space and having the latest gadgets equipped with technology is a blessing.
Now it’s time for choosing from ergonomic chairs and noise-canceling headphones to standing desks, wireless keyboards, and monitor risers, there are plenty of gifts that can help your friends create the perfect home office.