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Christmas and Holiday Gifts for Someone Working From Home

Abby Slutsky is responsible for purchasing most of the gifts in her household.

More people than ever are working from a home office--why not get them something to improve their day-to-day experience? Photo by Teona Swift from Pexels

More people than ever are working from a home office--why not get them something to improve their day-to-day experience? Photo by Teona Swift from Pexels

Although there was a gradual shift toward working from home across a number of industries before the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of the novel virus certainly accelerated this trend. Given the cost of commercial real estate, the occasional pilfering of office supplies, utility costs, and other expenses, it is likely that even after the pandemic, many offices will continue to let employees work at home.

So, if your spouse's (or friend's or daughter's) commute now consists of rolling out of bed and into their home office, you can buy a holiday gift that complements their new work-life balance. Here are my favorite work-at-home holiday gifts.

4 Great Gift Ideas for the Home Office

  1. Comfy Slippers
  2. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  3. Gourmet Coffee Machine
  4. Blue Apron or Other Meal Subscription

1. Comfy Slippers

One of the best things about working at home is that your feet can be comfortable—there's no need to put on dress socks or don uncomfortable dress shoes. Additionally, it is not necessary to polish dress shoes or worry about ruining them in bad weather or scuffing them on streets and sidewalks.

There are few choices in footwear that are more comfortable than a cozy pair of slippers. Especially in cool climates, enveloping your feet in warmth will make sitting in your office chair more comfortable. I love my Mishansha slippers, which are available in a variety of colors. I frequently wear mine with a robe, sweatpants, or other attire. Your recipient is sure to enjoy wearing them daily while they work in their office.

The gray ones I have do a decent job of hiding the dirt, but they are available in many other colors as well. Choose one that you think your friend, spouse, or significant other would like. (They are also a terrific gift for adult children that have now returned to the nest to work virtually.) Order them a half size larger than the recipient's customary size because they do run a little small, and they will wear them without socks.

These cozy slippers have a sturdy enough sole for an occasional walk in the garage or to the mailbox. The cushioned interior is pure comfort, and the faux fur trim adds a little style to these slipper booties. The moccasin-style appearance makes them look almost like shoes, and I have even worn mine to the market a time or two.

Notice the cushioned interior of these ultra-comfortable headphones.

Notice the cushioned interior of these ultra-comfortable headphones.

2. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Noise-canceling headphones can be an extremely useful gift for the at-home worker. Why not choose a pair that offers great sound and ear comfort?

If you are purchasing these for someone in your household, pay attention to the type of headphones they prefer. Some people prefer earbuds, while others like the comfort of having a headphone that sits on the exterior of their ear.

Last year, I bought my husband the Bose QuietComfort Headphones that come with a convenient storage case. These headphones fit comfortably because they easily adjust to the size of his head, and the padding is extra soft. He uses them more than ever for video conferences, and the noise-canceling feature really helps him concentrate on work.

These headphones are also perfect for traveling or working out. If the recipient is a night owl, these will be ideal for listening to videos while their significant other or spouse is sleeping. Once someone receives these headphones, they are likely to find even more reasons to use them than mentioned here. Although they were a gift to my husband, I have to admit I often steal them when he is not working, so I personally know how comfortable they are. The sound quality elevates my enjoyment when I stream programs on my computer.

A specialty coffee maker is just one of the many holiday gifts that is perfect for someone who works at home.

A specialty coffee maker is just one of the many holiday gifts that is perfect for someone who works at home.

3. Gourmet Coffee Machine

If your relative, friend, or spouse formerly worked at an office, they may have gotten used to stopping at the local coffee shop for an upscale caffeine-filled beverage on their way to the office. Chances are, they are not running out just to get coffee as often now that they work at home.

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They will probably be delighted to receive an upgraded coffee machine so they can make their favorite morning beverages at home. I have used the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker many times. It has a fold-away frother that even froths almond milk, which is often harder to froth than traditional milk. It makes delicious coffee and allows you to make a single cup or an entire pot.

My only complaint is that it does take up a decent amount of counter space, but if you use it daily, you will be happy keeping it out because it is heavy to take in and out of a cabinet.

4. Blue Apron or Other Meal Subscription

It can be difficult to balance working at home and helping your children, especially if they are currently receiving their education at home. Between having the kids underfoot, keeping up with your household cleaning, and working while minimizing distractions, cooking may fall off your radar. A food service that makes cooking meals effortless and saves trips to the grocery store may be just what your recipient needs. Between the pre-portioned, healthy meals and saved time, a meal subscription will be a gift that they really appreciate.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Abby Slutsky


Abby Slutsky (author) from America on November 18, 2020:

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on November 18, 2020:

Yes, they are my new favorite shoes now too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2020:

I think you are right about workplaces possibly changing forever. I like the sound of your gift ideas.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 18, 2020:

These are great ideas. I am currently working at my desk, wearing a pair of very warm slippers that I was once given as a gift.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on November 18, 2020:

Thanks for reading.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 18, 2020:

These are such useful gift ideas for at home workers. Sometimes the most obvious gift idea is the perfect one for a person. Plus most people love coffee.

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