Working from home is the latest trend for employees in nearly every industry, from tech support to engineering to startup meal services. While there are certainly perks to working in the comfort of home and pajama bottoms, there can be a significant learning curve, too.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Gifts Ideas for Your Newly-Remote Employees
- Gifts for Parents Who Are Working From Home
- Funny and Amusing Gifts for People Who Work From Home
- Super-Practical or Helpful Gifts for Remote Workers
- DIY Gift Basket Ideas for People Who Work at Home
Support the employees, coworkers, friends, and relatives you know who are adjusting to life and work from home with fun, inspirational, and practical gifts for people who work from home.
Gifts Ideas for Your Newly Remote Employees
Welcome a new hire onto the team with a gift from afar. Even though there won’t be an in-house onboarding meeting, a lunchtime get-to-know-you, or a casual meet-and-greet, you can still make your employee feel welcomed and part of the team.
1. Personalized phone or tablet stand
Get your new hire a stand to place a tablet or phone on. Personalize it with your new hire’s name, your company logo, and a phrase like, “Welcome to the team!”
Try sending this Lamicall Tablet Stand that's compatible with iPads and e-readers.
2. “Thanks for being awesome” sticky pad set
Everyone needs sticky notes. Get your new worker a pad and holder with an inspirational message on the side, like this Thank You Sticky Note set.
Include a nice pen and a note welcoming your new hire to the company.
3. Tumbler and notepad
Think of this as a work-from-home kit. Personalize both items with a company logo and include a note welcoming the new team member to the team.
You can find large, custom insulated tumblers on Amazon.
4. Charging pad and Bluetooth speaker
Your employees will be on their devices more than ever. Get them a wireless charging pad, like this Anker 15W Max Wireless Charger with USB-C, to keep their phone topped up and a wireless Bluetooth speaker for all those meetings you’ll hold.
5. Candle and wine glass
Personalize these items with a phrase such as “teamwork makes the dream work” for the candle and “cheers to joining the team!” for the wine glass.
Gifts for Parents Who Are Working from Home
Parents who work from home deserve something extra special as they navigate client calls, meetings with the boss, helping their kids, and generally keeping the house running smoothly and in order. This job is certainly not for the faint of heart! Show someone you care by giving one of these thoughtful gifts to the work-from-home parent you know.
6. Noise-cancelling headphones
This gift will be especially welcome for the parent who has multiple kids at home.
Give your colleague their own slice of silence with headphones (we like this Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones) that help them concentrate on the task at hand.
7. Mug warmer
Between getting everyone ready for the day, pre-making lunches, dressing for Zoom meetings, and setting up kids on Skype school, getting a chance to drink a still-hot cup of coffee isn’t likely.
Give your teammate a mug warmer, like this VOBAGA Coffee Mug Warmer, and the gift of hot coffee or tea all day long.
8. Desk organizer
Going from a private office or cubicle to a kitchen table or makeshift “desk” isn’t ideal.
Help work-from-home parents organize work documents, outgoing mail, and children’s homework organized in one place with a desk organizer that has plenty of space for filing, sorting, and storing paperwork of all types.
We like this Jerry & Maggie - Desktop Organizer Office Storage Rack from Amazon.
9. A cube bot
This is a robot made of wood (see this Areaware Cubebot) that can transform from a cube into a robot and back again.
It’s the perfect fidget gift to endure all those long meetings. Let’s face it, it will work great to keep the kids entertained, too!
10. Mug and tea
All people need something to keep them going. Black tea for the caffeine addicts, green tea for the super health-conscious, herbal for those who just enjoy sipping a good brew.
Personalize the mug, like this custom mug with a photo, to say something fun and witty, such as, “You are mighTEA awesome!” Be sure to include a card with a “thinking of you” message so they know how much you care.
Funny and Amusing Gifts for People Who Work from Home
Laughter is the best medicine for the strain and stress of working from home. Give your friend, coworker, boss, or loved one something to laugh or smile at.
11. Demotivational quotes desk calendar
This is perfect for the person you know who has a quirky, sarcastic sense of humor.
For the right person, it’ll be a hit. Your coworker can mark off important dates and reminders about work while reading quotes like, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man weary, dreary, and demoralized” and “If you can’t learn to do it well, at least learn to enjoy doing it badly.”
We like this Demotivational 2021 Wall Calendar that covers 16 months.
12. Motto of the day cards
Think your friend might need some motivation to keep up the grind from home? Get motto of the day cards. Each day a new phrase encourages your friend onward and upward.
They’ll read phrases such as, “Be awesome today,” “There are no ordinary days,” and “Trust your crazy ideas.” Everyone needs some encouragement and this just might be the push needed. You can buy something like this Motto of the Day Card Set for your colleague's desk.
13. You rock stress reliever
This squeezable stress reliever looks just like a rock (take a look at TOTWAY Rock Stress Ball), it says, “You Rock” on it and it can take all the de-stress squeezing you can give it.
14. Funny work journal
What’s funny about a work journal? Everything when a quote like this is on the front, “I’ve survived another Zoom meeting that should have been an email.” Or, like this funny work journal that says "things I wanted to say at work but can't."
Now your work friend has somewhere to doodle all while looking like they’re recording all-important meeting information.
15. Before work/after work mug and wine glass set
Funny, amusing, and poignant all in one, the coffee mug contains the “before work” wording and the wine glass is etched with “after work” for obvious reasons.
If you’d rather get a mug, by all means, give one with a phrase like, “Day drinking from a mug to keep things professional.”
You can find a full "before/after work" mug and wine glass set on Amazon.
Super-Practical or Helpful Gifts for Remote Workers
There’s nothing like getting a gift that you actually need. Check your friend or coworker’s office setup and ask whether one of these gifts is needed.
16. Standing desk
Help a work-from-home guru stay in shape by switching up their workstation. Standing helps increase blood flow, memory, and a whole host of other health benefits.
You can buy them a simple, adjustable standup desk like this Flexispot Electric Height Adjustable Desk.
17. Desk mat
Whether working at a desk or at the kitchen table, a desk mat, like this Kangaroo Original Standing Mat Kitchen Rug, will keep coffee spills from leaking through, prevent a pen from scratching too heavily and etching the work surface, and help support those wrists while your coworker types all day long.
It’s the ultimate multiuse tool for a work-from-home desk.
18. Wireless charger
Remote workers use their personal devices more than ever. Give them a wireless charging dock, like this Anker 15W Max Wireless Charger with USB-C, for their tablet, phone, smartwatch, and AirPods and keep them working at max capacity.
19. Wireless keyboard and mouse
A wireless keyboard and mouse means you can set your laptop at the proper screen height and keep your hands and arms ergonomically placed, too.
You can even buy a set, like this Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo.
20. Gift cards
Know someone who has an at-home office set up perfectly? Give your coworker a work-life balance instead.
Get your coworker gift cards for a favorite coffee shop, a restaurant in town, or a night out with their significant other. It’s not exactly work-related, but that’s the point. The best part about it is that digital gifts can be sent and received instantaneously.
DIY Gift Basket Ideas for People Who Work at Home
Nothing says, “Thank you,” “I appreciate you,” or “I care” like a well-timed gift basket. Baskets don’t have to be off-the-charts expensive to be amazing.
Here are several gift basket ideas you can easily do yourself. If you’re giving one of these to an employee in recognition of her hard work, be sure to include a thank you note!
21. Coffee and tea gift basket
Fill up the basket with bags of coffee, fun boxes of tea, tea cookies, and biscotti. They’ll be all set to work from home and, thanks to you, they go from surviving to thriving.
Tip: If you don't want to make a custom basket, send this Starbucks Coffee and Teavana Tea Gift Basket straight to their door.
22. Healthy snack crate
People who work from home already have a lot on their plates without having to figure out mid-day snacks for them and the kids.
Put together a fun crate of healthy snacks (or send a pre-made basket of healthy snacks) for the whole family to enjoy while they’re hard at work and school. Make sure to throw in a few fun goodies, as well! Life can’t be all work and no play.
23. Work survival gift basket
Include essentials for the work-from-home employee that recently transitioned to an at-home office.
24. Healthy lifestyle gift basket
Staying active and healthy will help work go well all day long.
25. Office in a basket
Work from Home Made Easier
Transitioning from office space to home office space isn’t always easy. These inventive, fun, and practical gifts will help the work-from-home employee you know make the best of their changing circumstances.