The pandemic has 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.
While some have taken the change well, others are struggling. If you know a home worker - or your fave colleague - 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.
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Home office must have organisation products
iBed lap desk, was £39.99, now £29.99, Firebox
Anyone whose working from home setup involves the sofa or bed at times will love this all-in-one lap storage solution. There’s a slot for phone or iPad and the wooden lid is the perfect size for a laptop and a cup of tea. Meanwhile, the compartment beneath has plenty of room for all your other essentials.
Very busy indeed weekly planner, £9.95, Joules
This simple but effective weekly planner will help you get your schedule in order.
Hello Day marble notepad, £79.95, Harrods
The elegant marble base of this gorgeous note pad is handcrafted in Italy’s Carrara region. Definitely one to elevate your list writing game!
Fun work from home office essentials to make them smile
Personalised Mum’s office sign, £12.99, Etsy
This fun sign is perfect to hang on the door when those important zoom calls are in progress. A home office must for anyone with little people! Can be personalised with any name of your choice.
Sorry I was on mute sweatshirt, £32.13, 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, £4.59, 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, £13.99, Firebox
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.
Huggable hand warmer, was £9 now £4, Urban Outfitters
Pop this cute ‘lil fella in the microwave any time you get chilly hands – not only does he deliver warmth but relaxation too thanks to the natural lavender contained inside. Perfect for those stressful ‘I’m on a deadline’ moments.
Sloan the sloth back massager, was £39.99 now £31.99, Firebox
After a hard day's slog you deserve a back massage - this sweet sloth is always happy to oblige. Just drape him over your shoulders and he'll get to work.
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Home office must have coffee break gifts
Working from home snack box, £39.95, 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 missing the morning coffee run.
Winning at Life green mug, was £10 now £7.50, Oliver Bonas
A hot brew tastes better out of a motivational mug. If this isn’t the one, check out the 'You go girl' version.
Coffee warmer and mug set, £42.99, 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.
Essential work from home products for the desk
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, 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. It’s part of Bunches new range of new large houseplants, just in time for House Plant Week, 11-17 Jan.
Skull desk tidy, £29.99, Prezzybox
This golden skull desk tidy adds a goth touch to any home office desk – it’s a real talking point!
Mood 01. Candle, £38, 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.
Top tech home office must-haves
Aqua Optima lumi chiller water filter, WAS £109.65, NOW £94.13, SAVE £15.52, 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, £44.95, 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, £59.22, 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, £9.99, 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.
Home office health essentials
Okany blue light blocking glasses three-pack, £15.99, 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, Lookfantastic
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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