8 great gifts for friends that work from home

by Shoeaholic No More

Christmas is coming! If you haven't already started your gift shopping, now is the time. I've heard in the past from friends and family that I'm a hard person to shop for. Personally, I don't see it. I have a very easy time shopping for me.

Some of my friends have also said that now that I'm a solopreneur and I work from home, they are even more puzzled about what to get me. That one makes more sense because I definitely agree that I'm harder to shop for now than I used to be.

In the past people would be pretty safe by giving me a scarf, a piece of "costume" jewelry, or a gift certificate for some of these things. But now that I'm under no real pressure to even change out of my pajamas most days, and rarely wear accessories when I do get dressed, it could be a real struggle to find a great gift for me for Christmas.

But, that's not the entire point of this post. I think it's actually quite hard to shop for a lot of solopreneurs who work from home. Unless you really know what these solopreneurs do for work and what they might want or need this holiday season, you might find yourself hurriedly shopping at the last-minute and still ending up with a gift you aren't confident about.

Luckily, I've got your back!

Serious brunette man using laptop at kitchen table

If you are shopping for me, or another solopreneur who works from home, here are 8 great gift ideas that will make you our favorite person of the year.

Single Serve Coffee Maker
A single serve coffee maker, like a Keurig or similar, was my celebratory "Yay I work from home now!" gift to myself after I quit my job last year. For the record, I bought this one.

The reason I think these are a great gift for solopreneurs who work from home is because they often work along, hence the term solopreneur, and don't really need to brew an entire pot of coffee. Or at least, they shouldn't brew and drink an entire pot of coffee!

This gift is one that will cost the recipient money in the future, which is usually not a good thing for a gift, I still think it's a great gift for someone who works from home. Plus, there are ways to save a TON of money on Kcups, making the future expenses of a single serve coffee maker pretty manageable.

Big Water Cup
This is what I asked my bestie to get me for Christmas last year. I was trying hard to prioritize my health by getting more exercise, eating better, and drinking more water. She got me one similar to this but with our college's logo on it. Go State!

Kitchen Safe
I am a big time snacker. I love snacks. That's why I think I'd like to try this Kitchen Safe that locks up your snacks (and whatever else you put in there) for a certain amount of time. Maybe it could finally help me stop snacking between meals and before bed...

I don't know whose brilliant idea this product was, but I bet they are a millionaire now. #brilliant

iTunes Gift Card
My mom gets me an iTunes gift card every year as a stocking stuffer, which I then add to my account so I can use the entire balance AND THEN SOME immediately. What can I say, I love music! I don't think I could get any work done in my home office without some music going in the background.

Of course, you should get the solopreneur in your life some earbuds too. This way they don't bother anyone when they choose to switch things up and work at the library or at a local coffee shop.

Starbucks Gift Card
Speaking of which, I know I'd love to get a Starbucks gift card so I can use that to pay for my coffee when I decide to work from there instead of at home. Sometimes you've just got to have a change of scenery to help your productivity level. Plus, seeing actual people instead of just on Skype is sometimes nice too.

*For the record, yes I'd love to work at a local coffee shop instead. But in my hometown there aren't any that are open in the afternoons. Plus, they don't have free WiFi.

Yoga Pants or Pajama Jeans
I seriously live in my yoga pants now that I work from home. I know, I know. It's stereotypical for bloggers who work from home. Whatever. They are just that comfortable! If you really want to get on the good side of a friend who works from home, contribute to their yoga pants collection.

Or, if you are tired of them wearing yoga pants but they can't seem to break the habit, get them some Pajama Jeans. I know they sounded dumb on TV a few years ago, but they really do look like jeans and feel like yoga pants! #winning

Robot Vacuum
Have a friend who works from home and hates cleaning? You should think about getting them a robot vacuum. Seriously!

I have a cleaning lady who comes to my house and does a thorough cleaning every other Friday. And yet, I've still thought about getting one of these to help me keep up with dog hair that seems to accumulate under the furniture in between her visits. For hardwood floors, they also make a mopping robot!

It might seem crazy since people who work from home should be able to find 5 minutes to vacuum. But, we still have to work. Plus, maybe I'm just OCD, but I can't focus on work when my house is a mess. So, a gift like this could actually help me get more work done.

If all else fails, you can always get your solopreneur friend an Amazon gift card or some flowers to beautify their office space. It might seem impersonal to you, but trust me, they'll love it! Anything to not have to actually put on clothes and leave the house, lest we be featured on the People of Walmart.

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One for every reason you're saving.

Since savings accounts are free — and sometimes even incentivized by the bank where you open them — the only reason not to have multiple is if you find that you're unable to keep track of them. Otherwise, keeping an account per savings goal accomplishes two purposes: 

1. It gives you an exact count of how much money you have allotted for a specific goal.

2. It keeps you from dipping into savings you've mentally, but not technically, attributed to one goal for another (like "accidentally" using your emergency savings for a mid-winter trip to Barbados).

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At least two.

Let's go ahead and assume you're already on board with the need-a-credit-card-to-build-credit-and-make-major-purchases rationale and that we're all clear on the fact that a credit card does more harm than good if you don't pay your bill in full each month. Having only one means if your card gets lost or stolen — which is more common than you might think — you'll be in a tight spot for a while.

After two, it's up to you to decide how many cards you can handle responsibly.

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20% of the house price.

By putting down 20% of the price, you avoid the monthly cost called private mortgage insurance (PMI), which the bank requires in the case that you aren't able to meet your payment obligations. This means you will pay more over the life of your loan than if you didn't have it.

However, if putting 20% will wipe out your savings, it's less risky to accept paying PMI until you can refinance when you have more cash. "I would much rather see people put 5% down, wipe out all their other debt with cash, and still have three months of emergency savings versus putting 20% down on a house," writes CFP Sophia Bera.

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Three months of living expenses, at the very least.

Emergency savings aren't usually measured in terms of dollars — rather, it's months of living expenses that money could cover. For that reason, everyone will have a different dollar amount, and everyone will have a different need. The most basic emergency fund, for a healthy person without dependents who lives well within their means, is three months of living expenses. Some experts even recommend that every person blow straight past three months, and sock away at least six months' worth of savings no matter their situation.

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At least a month of net (take-home) pay.

If you're living within your means, a month of net pay should comfortably cover your monthly bills. If you're sitting on months' worth of cash, move it somewhere that earns interest, like a high-interest checking or savings account through an online bank like Ally, or into investments.

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As much as you reasonably can.

Financial planner Carl Richards points out that the right amount of money to save is different for everyone, depending on your goals. If you want to retire a millionaire, for instance, you'll probably need to be saving more than someone whose primary savings goal is a new car. Start by establishing a goal, price that goal out, and work back.

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Yes, if you have any kind of dependent counting on your income to live.

And your kid almost definitely does not. The only concrete exception is if your child works, like a child actor, and the family depends on their earnings. If your child isn't at risk for illness, you're looking for costs to eliminate, and you're financially stable enough to cover the bills should a medical emergency arise, life insurance policies for your smallest family members probably aren't necessary.

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Compound interest is when the interest earned on an investment earns interest on itself.

CFP Sophia Bera explains it:

"If you had $1,000 in cash and just hid it in a drawer, it would still be $1,000 — and thanks to inflation, over time that $1,000 would be worth less. But if you invested it and earned an average return of 7% , in one year you'd be sitting on $1,070. In the next year, you'd earn 7% not just on the original $1,000, but on that $70 in interest, too — which means at the end of year two you'd have $1,145."

That's the mathematical explanation. The non-math explanation, and why you should care, is: Compound interest is the reason it's so important to open retirement savings accounts as early as possible. Because of it, a little money contributed today will ultimately earn more than a lot of money contributed tomorrow.

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If you glossed right over that explanation of compound interest, scroll back up real fast. There's no such thing as "too early" to start saving for retirement. Even if you can only contribute 1% of your income right now to an IRA or 401(k), it's in your best interest to do it. You can always bump up that number in the future.

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