According to this CNBC news report from last year, at least 70% of people around the world work remotely at least one day a week. (For some of us, it’s every day of the week!) I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas for 2019 to give to the work at home people in your life.
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Heated Eye Mask - No, the mask doesn't glow like that. :) It’s like a mini spa for me right at my desk because it plugs into my laptop using a USB connection. I use this at night (with a power pack), during the day, and whenever I’m getting a sinus headache or tension in my eyes after staring at a screen too long. The lavender insert still has some aroma after having this almost a year now.
MaxGear Business Card Holder - Of course I got this card holder in purple! When you’re out and about, you need to always have business cards on hand. Yes, they are still important! This card holder is fantastic, sturdy and still maintains a low profile for your purse or pocket.
Cosco Folding Hand Truck - If your favorite work at home person is a consultant that sells products, they need this! I keep mine in the back of my SUV for everything. It folds up neatly and doesn’t take up too much space. And it HAULS. Not only have we used it for moving boxes around, it’s great for grocery shopping at Costco, and I even use it to carry in my cats in their carriers for trips to the vet. (They’re large cats, and I have trouble carrying them. Not anymore!). So if your virtual worker has lots of products (think Avon, Pampered Chef and more!), this dolly is going to be a great help.
Body Buddy - Okay, this looks bizarre, and you probably think it’s just weird, but hey - it probably is. But, it works. If I’m sitting at my computer for too long, I get a terrible ache in my back and shoulder area. But, with no in-house masseuse, I’m left in pain. Not anymore! This little device helps me work out the knots that I can’t reach. It’s great for anyone suffering with muscular aches.
Exerpeutic Folding Exercise Bike - This little bike has been great for breaks - I walk away from the computer and can hop on the bike for some much needed energy. I love that it folds up and can be easily stored in a closet, though mine just sits in the living room and doesn’t take up any room. It’s a nice, affordable way to get some exercise during the work day without having to trek to a gym or leave your home office.
TP Link Port Hub - When I bought my newest laptop, I wasn’t thinking about how many ports I needed because my previous laptop had plenty. This one - just two. And considering I have a wireless mouse, keypad, keyboard and headphones, two ports wasn’t going to cut it. This port hub has saved me a lot of hassle for a cheap price. (We got my son one, too, for all his peripherals.) Great, affordable techie stocking stuffer!
Bionaire Office Heater - This little desk (or floor) heater has been awesome for me. My office is cold. Really cold in the winter months, and I needed something small and effective because I don’t have a lot of space. It’s great on heat, and has a motion sensor that if it doesn’t sense anything after a certain time period (I think 20 minutes) it automatically shuts off. An office heater is a must for a cold, drafty room.
Earth Therapeutics Comfort Wrap - This is the second “rice wrap” I’ve owned. I’m all about comfort, warmth and relaxation when I work. Heat it in the microwave, hang it around your neck at your desk, and relax as you get your work done. It’s also great for headaches and other body aches. (And to be honest, I’ve even used it as a bed warmer on those cold winter nights when the sheets are freezing!)
I Want to Work From Home! (but don’t know how) - I would be remiss if I didn’t include our eBook here, a great start for the person who thinks they want to work from home, but doesn’t have any idea how to do it or where to start. (It makes a great, last-minute gift you can send electronically!)
And if none of these seem exciting, why not just take your friend or family member out to breakfast or lunch during the work week? When you’re working at home, you don’t get all of the social time you’d normally get at an office, so it’s nice to get together with people face to face and chat!
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