Working from home can sometimes be more challenging than it seems. From setting up your home office and maintaining healthy habits to knowing when to switch off, there are a bunch of unique problems that come along with this new reality. There are high chances that you might be working remotely at the moment or know a family member or friend who does. This festive season, we bring you 9 gift ideas that are sure to make your favourite telecommuter’s life easier. This guide has it all, whatever your taste and budget!
This year has been pretty challenging, so if you want to go ahead and reward yourself with any of these products, go right ahead. We promise not to judge!
1. Noise Cancelling Headphones
This is the best gift you could give a working parent or anyone who has flatmates. A noise-cancelling headset enables the user to concentrate well for longer by tuning out distractions. They are also great if you want to listen to some tunes or even delve into your favourite podcast!
The Jabra Evolve 40 features a noise-cancelling mic and thick cushioned speakers. If your giftee doesn’t have noise-cancelling headphones and a great sounding microphone, this two-in-one device will make their virtual meetings a lovely experience. It also has some really fascinating features. Like a red ‘busy light’ to let others know when you’re in do not disturb mode, and a boom mic that folds away into the headband for storage.
With face to face interactions being replaced by video calls and conferences, a webcam is an integral part of any work from home setup. Most laptops do come with in-built webcams but are seldom of excellent quality. Even the high-end laptops do not offer even a 1080p resolution. Help your remote worker friend look better and more professional by buying them a high-quality webcam for their meetings.
The Trust Spotlight Webcam Pro has a sharp 1.3-megapixel camera with integrated dimmable LED lights for low light conditions. It also has a built-in speaker and a smart stand!
3. Office Chair
This one is a no-brainer. A good ergonomic chair is a must-have if you are working from home. If your giftee uses a dining chair or simply needs an upgrade, it is time to gift them a chair that they can use comfortably for longer periods of time. Using an ergonomic chair can help reduce back and neck pain and prevent any sort of discomfort. With all the options available in the market, buying an office chair can be hard work. Therefore, we have put together an office chair buying guide for you that will answer all of your questions.
Our NV Chair in Black is the perfect choice for your friend or even yourself because of its contoured back and adjustable lumbar support. It also features an optional headrest and comes with a 3-year warranty!
4. Sit-Stand Desk
This one simply could not be left out from this list. Ask the ones who have used a sit-stand desk, and they’ll tell you there’s simply no going back. A sit-stand desk has a host of benefits you may not be aware of. It reduces pain, improves productivity and lowers your risk of weight gain. These desks might be a bit on the pricier side but are definitely worth it. We also have an office desk FAQ article that might be worth taking a look at.
The Leap Sit-Stand Desk has dimensions of 1200 x 800mm, has an anti-collision software, an overheat electrical current protection and a memory button with three programmable memory positions. It also consumes low power, so it’s great for the environment too.
5. Wireless Charger
If your WFH friend uses a lot of devices that need to be charged, a wireless charger is going to be a saviour. A wireless phone charger is convenient, easy to use and best of all, keeps any desk clutter-free. We understand if you think of this device as being “unnecessary”. To that, we say, “Give it a shot!”. Your giftee will truly thank you for making their life so much more convenient.
The Mophie Universal Wireless Charge Stream Pad is sleek, stylish and makes charging your phone more effortless than ever. It includes the latest Qi technology and delivers up to 7.5W fast-charging speeds to your phone on contact. It is compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung, and other Qi-enabled devices.
6. Diaries and Planners
Diaries and planners are great everyday essentials for anyone who works from home. Remote workers need to stay on top of deadlines and projects while keeping track of chores and other daily activities. So if there’s one gift your telecommuter friend will be thankful for, it’s a planner.
The choices for diaries and planners are endless. If your friend works with a lot of deadlines and/or projects, the Sasco Super Compact Year Planner 2021 is a great choice. If you want something more accommodating of tasks, this desk diary will ensure you stay organised while keeping your desk space clean and tidy.
7. Dry-Erase Board
If trying the eco-friendly route is what you’re going for, this holiday season, a dry-erase board is the best gift option for your friend. If you don’t know what a dry-erase pad is, it is basically a small whiteboard for your desk. It allows you to jot down information quickly – like phone numbers, deadlines and reminders. A dry-erase desk pad doesn’t waste paper and keeps your desk clean and tidy.
It basically replaces the notebook, allowing you to wipe your slate clean at the end of the day and start the next day afresh.
If you sit cross-legged or let your feet dangle all day long, you risk developing a bad posture and ailments like varicose veins. If your WFH buddy doesn’t have a sit-stand desk or simply works really long hours, a footrest will be the ultimate workspace upgrade they need. A footrest may not seem that important to many of us, but it takes the pressure off your lower limbs and allows you to shift your weight.
The Kensington Solemate Tilting and Adjustable Footrest features a dual height adjustment and has an incline of up to 15 degrees. It also has a textured surface, so you don’t have to worry about your foot slipping off.
9. Workstation Assessment
A workstation assessment is crucial for anyone who uses a screen. So, if you’re looking for a thoughtful gift, book your friend in for a workstation assessment. A workstation assessment is a 30-minute consultation with a physiotherapist who assesses your work setup, identifies postural problems and guides you on how you can work pain-free.
Our individual workstation assessments are conducted by our partners at Spectrum Optimise. Our trained physiotherapist partners use video conferencing to undertake these assessments and then recommend necessary products that will help solve your posture issues.
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