The pandemic transformed millions of us from Starbucks-toting commuters into work from home pros – dressing smart from the waist up and doing our best to Feng Shui our bedrooms into something resembling an office space.
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While many of us have returned to the office, hybrid working means working from home continues at least some of the time. While some have taken the change well, others may be struggling. If you're looking for a gift for a home worker who could do with a bit of a pick-me-up, or even if you want to treat yourself, we've got you covered.
We've scoured the best online retailers for the best gifts for those working from home – whether you're after something to brighten up their desk space, a cool gadget that'll make their life easier or just something to make them smile – these are the home office must-haves they'll love.
Home office must have organisation products
Laptop tray, was £34.84, Amazon
Anyone whose working from home setup involves the sofa or bed at times will love this all-in-one laptop tray. There’s a slot for phone and iPad and a built-in mouse mat plus a place to store your pen. Meanwhile, the wrist pad provides a comfortable position to place your wrist while also preventing the computer from slipping off.
Hello Day marble notepad, £57.50, Amara
The elegant marble base of this gorgeous note pad is handcrafted in Italy’s Carrara region. Definitely one to elevate your list writing game!
Personalised spiral notebook, £5.49, CEWE
Brighten someone's day with a notebook featuring their favourite photo of their loved ones. This really will put a smile on their face!
transparent dry erase board two pack, £18.29, Amazon
Stylish and functional - this board is perfect for jotting down notes and to-do lists, and will look great on their desk. Just wipe it clean at the end of the day.
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Fun work from home office essentials to make them smile
Sorry I was on mute sweatshirt (other colours available), £42.43, Etsy
A zoom fashion essential if ever we’ve seen one! The struggle is real – so with that in mind, keep the next gift handy…
You’re on mute card, £5.31, Etsy
Everyone needs one of these on their desk to help colleagues out during those mic switched off zoom moments
World’s smallest vacuum cleaner, £12.00, Menkind
Hands up if you’re guilty of snacking at your desk and getting crumbs all over your laptop? Not a problem if you have this tiny vacuum cleaner.
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Top tech home office must-haves
Wireless noise-canceling headphones, ATH-ANC900BT, £259, Audio Technica
Sometimes you really do need to completely shut out the outside noises of home and tune into the sound that’s coming from your computer – whether it’s an important conference call, a presentation or even just some relaxing music to help you focus. If this sounds familiar, you’ll love the Audio-Technica ANC900BT wireless headphones. We were actually stunned at how effective they are at blocking out outside noise – and how light and comfortable they are to wear. You can easily switch to hear through mode, though, if you do need to listen out for the front door. After wearing these, you definitely won’t want to go back to in-ear style earpods – the sound quality is just on on another level!
Aqua Optima lumi chiller water filter, was £129.99 now £93.16, Amazon
Missing office catch-ups around the water cooler? The Aqua Optima lumi chiller offers cold, filtered water at the touch of a button. Keep hydrated while working from home with this easy-to-use gadget. No plumbing or installation required, just a single plug and you'll have access to a chilled glass of water.
Moshi Otto Q wireless charger, £44.99, Amazon
A wireless charger is a home office essential for anyone who has a device with wireless charging. This Moshi unit charges fast, looks great - we dig the slate grey, Nordic design, and it cushions your phone with its soft material finish, while a silicone surface ring and base keeps your phone securely in place.
MX Anywhere 3 wireless mouse, £79.99, Logitech
This amazing Logitech wireless mouse – available in white, pink or black - is designed to track on any surface – including glass, and even your duvet! Pair it with the brand's MK295 wireless keyboard – which features SilentTouch technology (this eliminates 90% of those annoying tappy click-click noises) for the ultimate work-at-home experience.
Trust Tyro all-in-one webcam with built-in mic, from £31.49, Amazon
Put an end to those awful fuzzy zoom calls where you look like an extra from the Walking Dead with this easy-to-use USB webcam with built in mic. You can clip it onto your computer or laptop or put it on the included tripod and it delivers full HD 1080p resolution, auto focus, crisp sound and automatic white balance for clear video in any light condition.
Clip on halo ring light, £11.99, Amazon
Ring lights are not just for influencers you know. Clip this onto your laptop or device before you connect to the conference call and you’ll see the difference in how you look.
Opencomm open ear bone conduction bluetooth headset, £159.95, Shokz
This headset from Shoks (formally Aftershokz) really is the ultimate bluetooth integrated headphones and mic set for working from home - especially if you have to keep an ear out for the kids or the front door while you're on a call or listening in. It uses fancy bone-conduction technology - that's basically sending sound waves through your jaw to reach your inner ear - so you get nice crisp sound and you can still hear things around you while positioned for maximum comfort. They're honestly so light and comfortable that chances are you'll forget you're wearing them! Available in black, slate grey or light grey, they make the perfect home office gift.
Essential work from home products for the desk
Cambridge Adrienne glass bottle with straw, £9.95, Amazon
Remembering to stay hydrated through the working day will be so easy with this pretty reusable glass bottle. It features a bamboo top and environmentally friendly glass drinking straw which is a nice touch.
Ruark Audio R1 Mk4 Radio, £239, Ruark Audio
This sleek and stylish deluxe Bluetooth radio is an ideal working from home gift if you're really looking to splash out. It's 14 years in the making from sound experts Ruark Audio so you know it's going to be top notch - it features class-leading sound, DAB, DAB+ and FM tuners, a high-contrast OLED display with auto-dimming and a high-quality Bluetooth receiver so you can stream to it from your phone or computer. If you love music and radio to accompany you while you're working from home then this is the one! Available in Light Cream and Espresso finishes.
Oculamp Blue light blocking lamp, was £125 now £99, Ocushield
A portable desk light that promotes good health and restful sleep? Sign us up! This clever lamp is different as it's designed to be low on blue light, which is bad for your eyes and your sleep, tripping up the body clock by blocking melatonin. It has three settings depending on whether you want your work station at its brightest or whether you're winding down for the day. It's made by Ocushield, who also do a line of really stylish medical grade blue light-blocking glasses and screen protectors for every device on the market.
Peace Lilly Plant, £23.50, Bunches
Bunches have a beautiful range of house plants you can choose online and have delivered – they even offer plant subscriptions, so the gift recipient gets a gorgeous new plant every month. The Peace Lily, which arrives in a beautiful natural jute pot, is a great option. They naturally filter harmful toxins from the air and boost the humidity of a room by up to 5% - both of which help promote healthy sleep.
If you’re looking for something a big bigger, check out the strikingly Instagrammable Cheese Plant, which is said to alleviate stress and boost health.
Skull desk tidy, £34.95, Prezzybox
This golden skull desk tidy adds a goth touch to any home office desk – it’s a real talking point!
Mood 01. Candle, £28, Sunday Luxe
Looking for the perfect candle to compliment your to-do list? We've found just the thing. This calming candle from new British brand Sunday Luxe combines scents of soft floral, musk, vanilla and amber. Made from 100% eco soy wax, this will burn for 45 hours - perfect for seeing you through lots of busy working weeks. We love.
Home office must have coffee break gifts
You go girl mug, £9.50, Oliver Bonas
A hot brew tastes better out of a motivational mug. Other designs available
TOPL Smart Reusable Coffee Cup From £29, Toplcup
This is a home-office dream - a reusable coffee cup that's impossible to spill. If it's knocked over, the lid valve automatically shuts off - how clever is that? It offers an authentic coffee-drinking experience by releasing both taste and smell through ingenious technology, to deliver full flavour. And you can be sure you're doing your bit for the environment too since it's made from recycled and recyclable materials, including high-quality odour, scratch-resistant stainless steel.
Working from home snack box, £39.99, Prezzybox
A hamper filled with delicious healthy snacks – which can be personalised with a message. And the best thing is they’re all suitable for vegans.
Lavazza tiny expresso machine, £59, Lavazza
This tiny hero delivers café-standard expresso at the touch of a button. A home office must-have for anyone who's missing the morning coffee run.
Coffee warmer and mug set, £99.99, Amazon
If cold tea is the bane of your life, you can banish it forever with this handy stainless steel, spill resistant beverage warmer. Sip at your leisure, since it’ll stay warm for as long as you want it.
Home office health essentials
Back massager pillow, £34.99, Amazon
After a hard day's slog you deserve a back massage - so this Shiatsu back and neck massager pillow is just the ticket. It has four powerful deep-kneading 3D massage nodes and a heating function to relax overused and tight muscles.
Okany blue light blocking glasses three-pack, £12.74, Amazon
So many computer users swear by these glasses, which block screen glare and filter out blue light, which contributes to eye strain when staring at a computer for hours. They are also said to aid restful sleep. Says one satisfied customer: "Much to my amazement these have been such a help, I haven't had a headache in weeks. Getting three pairs of glasses is real value for my money."
Natura Bissé’s Diamond Cocoon Ultimate Shield, £91, Amazon
It’s not just your eyes that are affected by blue light, your skin is at risk too. This luxe mist protects skin against the damaging effects of blue light and also guards the face against particles of indoor pollution with the added bonus of leaving skin feeling supple and moisturised and looking more luminous. Apply after moisturising and reapply as needed throughout the day.
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