Christmas is right around the corner which means it’s time to start buying Christmas gifts. While we’re able to go out now, the COVID-19 pandemic did have lasting effects on the workplace like making work from home and hybrid work setups a thing. At this point, a lot of people in industries like tech and marketing are working exclusively from their homes.
Which means a lot of their time is spent in their homes.
So what do you get someone who doesn’t leave home that much? Stuff for their home office duh! Here are some Christmas gift ideas that the WFH-er in your life will appreciate.
Antlion Audio ModMic So They Don’t Have to Shout During A Meeting Like They’re In a Seance
A good mic and headphone set make the difference between a frustrating Zoom call where you have to keep asking your co-workers whether they can hear you and one where you can talk like a normal person. I personally recommend the Antlion Audio ModMic. While it’s a little pricier compared to other headsets that come with the mic, the quality is just soooo good for the price.
I’ve personally used this same Antlion ModMic for the past two years and so far so good. It’s the best-sounding mic I’ve tried at this price point and after years of accidental drops and yanking, it’s managed to hold up until 2022. If you get a good friend one now, it’s probably going to last them for the next few years as well.
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Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam For Joining Said Boring Meeting That Could Have Been An Email
Speaking of quality work from home gear that lasts, the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam emerged during the lockdowns as the best budget webcam for both work and classes. It’s a 1080p camera that fits at the top of your monitor, meddling seamlessly with the monitor border so it doesn’t look out of place. It also has two built-in microphones on the sides of the camera that will work in a pinch if their mic fails (and when that happens, get them that Antlion ModMic!).
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A Cute Little Ringlight That Fits On Your Monitor
Let’s just make this a whole video conferencing starter kit buying guide because look at this bright, tiny ring light. It’s lightweight, fits easily on even the smallest desks (no tripod needed!), and is just bright enough to even out the lighting in your home office (that’s code for kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc. etc.).
An Insulated Tumblr for All the Coffee and Tea They’re Downing While WFH
A closely held personal belief of mine is that coffee runs the world economy because how else are most of us staying awake and sane throughout the workday? If the person you’re getting a gift for is not a coffee person, they probably have tea or hot chocolate instead. Either way, having their warm drink go cold because they’re stuck answering the world’s longest email thread (that would have ended if anyone bothered to read from the top) is not the best way to start the day.
So let them have a single moment of peace in the morning with a warm drink in an insulated cup.
A Mechanical Keyboard So Their Hands Don’t Break From All The Typing
Writers and programmers are in completely different fields, but if there’s one thing we share it’s the need for a good keyboard that feels great to type with and is easier on your hands…okay, fine, the jury is still out on whether mechanical keyboards are actually better for your hands. That said, they’re satisfying to work on and come in a greater variety of configurations than the average membrane keyboard.
And honestly, I never got hand cramps churning thousands of words per month while using a mechanical. Can’t say the same for a membrane keyboard.
This brings us to the RK61. This cheap yet reliable mechanical keyboard can connect to your gift receiver’s device via cord or Bluetooth and the 60% keyboard size means they get access to all the important keys while having less keyboard to reach across for keys.
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This Spacious Leather Deskmat To Keep Coffee Stains Away From Your Desk
Desk mats, people. Your gift receiver will need them so they don’t have to think about those pesky coffee stains. They’re also great for helping keep their desk clean from all sorts of spills and stains that will eventually happen if they keep working from home. It’s only a matter of time, trust us on this.
This leather desk pad covers will cover most of their desk so they won’t need a separate mousepad. What we like about this one especially is that it has a non-slip bottom and is waterproof.
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A Seat Cushion to Save Your Butt and Back
After hours of sitting at home, your friend/family member is going to feel like their tailbone is about to snap off. Or at least, their butts going to feel really sore. This Christmas, have them remember you as the one who literally saved their ass with this seat cushion. It’s got grooves where your legs and thighs go so it’s more comfortable versus just sitting on your pillow and the memory foam makes it firmer so it keeps its shape.
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A Christmas Gift With A Small Footprint But Big Impact
Instead of giving your hard-working work from home-r a headset, why not give them a Pebble speaker instead? Okay, you’re thinking a headset would be better right? But imagine this: 8 hours of constant headphones wearing. You’re going to go deaf eventually. Save them the trouble with these tiny speakers that have enough volume and good sound quality for both video calls and jamming out to.
These speakers also come in white so if you know what color setup the person you’re giving it to has, choose which color matches.
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