6 Work From Home Gifts for Remote Workers in 2023
A Gift Guide for Remote Workers, By a Remote Worker, Because the WFH Life is Here to Stay
According to WFHResearch, 40% of US employees work remotely at least one day a week. This means the chances you know someone who could use a boost to their work from home setup is high.
While working from home has its pros and cons, like being able to drink coffee in your pajama bottoms – but having to resist the ever-present allure of your bed – as TechCrunch’s brand marketer (who works from home), I juggle a lot of daily tasks and sadly, napping is never one of them. However, through trial and error, recommendations and a lot of Amazon returns, I’ve found the best work from home gear to stay focused and productive.
Here are my six work from home essentials to gift the remote worker in your life.
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40% of US employees work remotely at least one day a week.
Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
One of the main cons of working from home are the distractions. If your gift recipient lives in a city or has a roommate (as I do), I highly recommend wireless noise-canceling headphones. I use my AirPods for meetings, watching Instagram Reels – for research, of course – and moments when I need to be 100% focused on the task at hand.
POUT Ergonomic Laptop Stand
Sitting for eight-plus hours a day can wreak havoc on your body, and while standing desks are an option, they can be expensive. Instead, I’ve opted for an ergonomic laptop stand, and my neck thanks me every day.
There are laptop stand options for every price point, but my favorite alternative to a standing desk is the POUT – Eyes 3 Lift – Ergonomic Laptop Stand.
- 11 arm positions with a 0-180-degree range
- Four height positions: compact, sitting, standing, and eye-level while standing
- Designed to help alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain while working
- Weighs only four pounds, but can hold up to 22 pounds
- Folds down for carrying, making it a great gift for remote workers whether they work from home, a café, or the beach
LUXSURE Selfie Ring Light
While not every remote worker needs to film TikToks like I do, a ring light can be a great addition to anyone’s WFH setup. After all, what could be worse than having poor lighting in a Zoom call? While that may be a bit dramatic, a ring light is an easy way to help any remote worker look more professional on camera.
To add a little light to a remote worker’s life (quite literally), I suggest LUXSURE’s selfie ring light. The tripod height level is adjustable up to 60 inches and is paired with a 10.5-inch LED light that has three color modes and 10 brightness levels, making it easily customizable to suit anyone’s WFH preferences.
This ring light is also the perfect gift for any TikToker, YouTuber, or videographer in your life as LUXSURE’s ring light comes with a Bluetooth remote, two phone holders with adjustable degree ranges, a camera mounting option, and a detachable tripod stick.
Ello 64oz Water Bottle
To make sure I stay hydrated while working, I bought a 64oz water “jug” from Ello. It is one of the best WFH purchases I made and my top recommendation for anyone looking for a gift this holiday season, even if it’s not a very “fun” one.
- Comfortable side handle for drinking
- Large top handle for carrying
- Time markers on the side to make sure you’re staying hydrated
- BPA-free, leak-proof lid
- Dishwasher safe
Ello’s water jug is available in eight colors on Amazon for $15, making it a great gift for a buyer on a budget.
This is a slightly riskier gift since mouse and keyboard preferences can differ from person to person, but a wireless mouse is possibly the most essential work from home item, making it one of the best gifts. I suggest gifting an ergonomic mouse, like Logitech’s Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse.
- Available in different sizes: small and large
- Available for right-handed and left-handed users
- Elevates wrist to relieve pressure and realign arm and upper body for better posture
- Four customizable buttons
- Varying speed and precision scrolling modes
- Can connect to up to three devices for multi-device use
Logitech’s vertical ergonomic mouse is available for small to medium hands on Amazon for $70, and for medium to large hands, the Logitech MX is available on Amazon for $100.
Canva Pro Subscription
Canva, an online graphic design platform, is the first website I open in the morning when I log on and the last thing I close out of each day when I log off. It has helped me take TechCrunch’s social media presence to the next level.
Whether someone works in social media, graphic design, or simply needs to create beautiful presentations, a subscription to Canva Pro is a fantastic gift option – and significantly cheaper than other creative software suites.
With a handful of AI-powered “magic” tools, Canva is the perfect platform for any work from home employee that dabbles in the creative space.
To get the best bang for your buck, I recommend the yearly subscription of Canva Pro available exclusively on Canva for $119.99.
– but having to resist the ever-present allure of your bed –
for research, of course
Brian Heater’s full review
Bonus Gift Idea
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t shamelessly say to make sure the remote worker in your life is staying up to date with all of the latest tech news by having them follow TechCrunch’s social channels. It’s a free gift that keeps on giving – and who doesn’t like free gifts?
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