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. The HELLO! Online team are no exception!
Our Senior Lifestyle Editor Karen Silas says: "With the pandemic - and lockdown - I, like millions of people, got a crash course in working from home. I was definitely not prepared to instantly re-create a comfortable, efficient space conducive to working in peace all day in my flat. But now, after transforming a spare room into a dual-purpose guest room and home office that I still use today, I have a great idea of what's not just essential - a laptop tray to work while sitting on the sofa, or noise-cancelling headphones for example - but also those little extras that make it so much nicer to WFH."
These days, 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.
How we chose the best home office gifts and accessories
- Price: We included home office essentials with a competitive price point, without sacrificing on quality. Where possible, we included products and accessories that were on sale.
- Personal experience: The HELLO! Online team are all hybrid workers, so we all have plenty of experience in decking out our home offices. We included only the products we love and can’t live without - we know they’ll make the best gifts!
- Reviews: Where we couldn’t test the products ourselves, we focused on reviews from verified shoppers - and we only included home office accessories and gifts that received a good number of consistently positive reviews.
- Variety: Some shoppers might want to gift something practical or techy, others might want something to brighten up a friend’s desk. We tried to include something for everyone.