'Tis the season to spend work hours holiday shopping online. If you're looking for the
best gift ideas for people who work from home — which, you know, is now pretty much all of us — the internet is your holiday gifting oyster. You’ll be able to find something for everyone and snag a few things for yourself. Truly a win-win.
This year had most of us
learning how to work from home, some of us for the first time ever. That switch can be tricky, especially if you're used to going into the office. Do you commit the professional sin of working from bed? Do you ignore the comfort of your couch and work at your kitchen table? Do you turn on Selling Sunset as background noise while checking emails? The answer, at least to the latter, is yes.
While there is no one perfect way to work from home that works for everyone, there are ways we can make at-home work a little easier. From decor to make your home office cozier to useful tech gear to help make you as productive as possible, here are 25 gift ideas for people who work from home. They are second only to the elusive cure for Zoom exhaustion.
We only include products that have been independently selected by Bustle's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. 1 Noise-Canceling Headphones
If you know someone who's got a full house of people working from home or remote learning, some noise-canceling headphones are a lifesaver. I've been using these
Jaybird Vista earbuds for months and they're comfortable, hold a charge well, and do a great job of minimizing background noise. 2 Bluetooth Speaker
If you know someone who needs a little bit of background noise to concentrate, a Bluetooth speaker will be a lifesaver. This Bose Bluetooth speaker will let them respond to emails while quietly listening to "WAP."
3 Their Favorite Coffee
There is no greater gift than caffeine. If you don't know their favorite coffee, a coffee subscription box or a multi-pack of coffee like this one from
MochaBox gives them a little bit of everything. 4 Comfy Pants
If you know someone who's looking for the comfiest of comfy pants, these long
Jambys are what they seek. I've been living in a pair for a couple months now, and I don't know how I functioned comfortably before. 5 Greenery For Their Space
A little bit of greenery can go a long way, especially in the winter. Companies like
Lively Root will safely ship a houseplant right to your doorstep, complete with care tips and tricks. 6 Personalized Candles
You can never go wrong with a candle.
Homesick lets you add personalized messages to the jar so you can say "hey" every time your friend lights their candle. If you're looking for even more candle options, check out The 125 Collection. They've got dozens of candles with 80-hour burn times in delicious scents, but it's the pithy sayings on each candle that will grab your attention. 7 Free Lunch
There is such thing as a free lunch and it exists in the form of a gift card to Postmates, Uber Eats, Doordash, and the like. For bonus points, get them a gift card to their favorite local delivery place.
8 A Cozy Sweatshirt
Work-from-home fashion is all about comfort and nothing says comfort like a cozy sweatshirt. This fleece zip-up from
Black Pepper Paperie Co. is a leveled-up version of whatever old college hoodie you've been living in since March. 9 “Get Sh*t Done” Mug
If you need anything in the realm ofstationery, you'll want to peruse
Effie’s Paper on Etsy. This mug is a personal favorite of mine. 11 A Cute Ass Throw Pillow
Who among us hasn't felt a tinge of shame from what's visible in our Zoom background? Get your friend a cute throw pillow like this one from
Jungalow and free them from the burden of blocking out their background with blankets. 12 New Art Prints
If you have a good sense of your friend's artistic taste, a new art print for their home is a great way for them to spruce up their space. Even if you don't know their taste, you'll be able to find something they'll love from
Jade Purple Brown. 13 "It's Good You Are Here" Wall Pendant
For the person who needs a little pick-me-up after months stuck inside, these canvas wall hang from
Rayo and Honey will be a sweet reminder that you're thinking of them. 14 A Catchall Container
Do you know someone who relies heavily on having an office junk drawer? Get them a
cute catchall container so they can keep the odds and ends they need handy and organized. 15 Lap Desk
Give someone the gift of full permission to work from bed with a lap desk. It's the perfect balance of professionalism and refusing to get of our your pajamas.
16 Ring Light
For the friend who has terrible lighting in their apartment, a ring light will be a lifesaver for any and all future video calls. Also, bomb Instagram photos.
17 Accessory Pouch To Stay Organized
If a catchall container isn't their style, get them an accessory pouch that's equal parts fun and functional. You can even pack it with their favorite pens — yes, we all have favorite pens now.
18 Leather Cord Keepers
These leather cord keepers are a simple and stylish solution to tangled chargers or headphones. Basically, you'll be helping your friend keep their sh*t together.
19 To-Do Memo Pad
Do you know someone who's constantly taking notes on random scraps of paper, napkins, their hands? Get them a memo pad. Bonus points if it's got dogs on it.
20 A New Notebook
Something about a fresh notebook just makes you feel more productive. In other words, getting someone a notebook is like giving them the illusion of productivity.
21 2021 Wall Calendar
A wall calendar is a great gift for someone who could use a little art in their space but you're not quite sure of their style. Plus, it'll remind them that this hellscape of a year is almost over.
22 Fancy Soap
Okay, this really has nothing to do with working from home, but nice soap is one of those things that we all want but never get for ourselves.
Soap Distillery has bars of soap inspired by different cocktails so it feels like happy hour every time you wash your hands. 23 Tea Pot
For the friend who goes through multiple cups of tea in a day, a cute teapot is perfect.
KSM Candle Co. has colorful porcelain teapots that'll brighten up any kitchen. 24 Jeni's Ice Cream
After a long day of work, there is no joy like opening up your freezer and seeing a fresh pint of ice cream. And if you really want to tell someone you love them, get them Jeni's.
25 At-Home Happy Hour Kit
While you may not be able to treat your friends and family to happy hour drinks, you can still "cheers" them from a safe distance with an at-home cocktail kit.
If all else fails, you cannot go wrong with a gift card to their favorite coffee place. Caffeine is the greatest gift of all.