8 great gifts for friends that work from home
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!
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!
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
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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