I can’t believe I’m saying this but… the holiday season is officially here! And after a year as challenging and stressful as 2020, we should all try to make the holidays as special as possible – no matter how dire things still feel.
One of the biggest changes in 2020 was the shift to remote work. In fact, 74% of companies plan to permanently shift employees to remote working after the pandemic ends. It’s safe to say that the remote revolution is far from over.
With this knowledge in mind, I have compiled an awesome holiday gift guide for remote workers and digital nomads! The gift options are endless – from electronics to desk supplies to travel gear – and any remote worker will love these items, whether they’re working from home or traveling from place to place!
Holiday Gift Guide For Remote Workers
These wireless noise-canceling headphones from Sony are perfect for remote workers who work in an office or regularly travel. The built-in microphone is great for making phone calls, and the 30 hours of playtime is perfect for long flights.
For a more affordable option, check out these headphones from Cowin. It has the same features as the Sony headphones for just a fraction of the price!
It can be challenging to stay motivated and on-task while working remotely, so having a planner is extremely beneficial. This is a very affordable yet useful gift to get for any remote worker!
Blue light-blocking glasses
I absolutely LOVE these! I bought these glasses during quarantine after my eyes started hurting from staring at a screen all day, and I’ve totally noticed a difference in my eye pain and sleep quality. And bonus – they’re super cute!
Whether you’re doing work on the couch or on the plane, a lap desk will make your workspace that much more comfortable. I particularly like this one – it fits up to 15.6″ laptops, has a cellphone holder, and includes a mouse pad.
I don’t know about you, but I’d love to unwrap one of these on Christmas day!
This little gadget is a game-changer for anyone with a MacBook Pro/Air who uses multiple devices simultaneously.
I use this all the time to connect my charger, external hard drive, and SD card to my laptop when editing images and videos. Without this adaptor, I wouldn’t be able to do that without having to get a desktop! Needless to say, this is extremely helpful for any remote worker, especially those in the creative space.
I don’t know what I would do without my Bluetooth speaker. I take it everywhere I go! Personally, my go-to brand is JBL (the JBL Charge 4 is my all-time favorite), but if you want something more portable and budget-friendly, this is a great option.
It’s lightweight, water-resistant, and apparently has decent volume for such a small size!
For the Office Worker
In my opinion, the fewer cords you have in your office, the better! This noiseless Bluetooth mouse has a sleek design and is compatible with PC, Android, and Mac devices.
It’s often the most practical gifts that make the biggest difference in someone’s day. An ergonomic laptop stand is one of those things.
It elevates remote workers’ laptops to eye level, preventing the inevitable neck and back pain that occurs from staring down at a screen all day. Highly recommend this Amazon best-seller!
Ergonomic desk chair
Having a comfortable desk chair is more important than you might think. You’re spending half your life in this thing – it better be serving you!
There are tons of great options out there depending on specific preferences and budgets, but this one and this one are rated highly across the board. For a more comprehensive list, check out this article.
Essential oils and/or a diffuser
I absolutely live for my oil diffuser. It’s the perfect way to infuse (literally) whatever vibe you want into your workspace. I usually use citrus scents in the morning to wake me up, and then more soothing ones in the evening to relax. I truly think this is an amazing gift for anyone working from home!
This holiday gift guide wouldn’t be complete without some good ole stocking stuffers!
Go to town with office supplies and decorations – here are a few ideas:
For the Digital Nomad
This portion of the holiday gift guide is for digital nomads – AKA, remote workers who travel around the world while earning an income online!
The last thing any traveler wants are bulky books taking up space and weight in their carry-on. A simple solution? This lightweight, water-proof Kindle.
I have heard such incredible reviews of the new Kindle Paperwhite, from its high-res images to its massive battery life. It’s definitely a memorable gift for any book lover!
Universal travel plug
This is an absolute necessity for remote workers traveling to various countries. And for less than $20, this universal travel adaptor is one of the best gifts you can give to a digital nomad!
This gadget is the ultimate portable power source that any digital nomad would die to have.
Not only can it charge your laptop, cellphone, and tablet, it can also jump-start a car, boat, or motorcycle. It literally includes jumper cables with your order. What more could you need?!
If you want something slightly more affordable but still practical, consider getting a portable charging iPhone case. This is a game-changer for digital nomads who may not have access to an outlet for extended periods of time!
A laptop bag a practical gift that digital nomads use on a regular basis, whether they’re getting on an airplane or heading to a nearby coffee shop. Be sure to get one with multiple pockets and organizers (like this one from Amazon) so they can store large and small gadgets in one place.
This is essential for anyone traveling with their laptop to ensure that it stays clean and intact. I particularly like this laptop sleeve because it’s shock-proof and water-resistant:
I also love this one because not only is it waterproof, but it also has a front pocket that could be very handy for storing smaller notebooks and electronics.
This is a cute budget-friendly gift for all the travel lovers out there. It keeps your passport safe and secure, and if you get one like this, you can store other important cards with it too. It’s a super convenient thing to have on the road!
A classic Moleskin notebook – great size (not too bulky) with a durable structure and material.
You can never go wrong with a good book, especially for new remote workers or aspiring entrepreneurs. Here’s a great list of reads that I’ve either read myself or are on my list to read!
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Work At Home by Caitlin Pyle
Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup
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