Christmas is coming! Which means, if you haven’t already started your gift shopping, now is the time.
In the past, I’ve heard from friends and family that I’m a hard person to shop for. Personally, I don’t see it. I have a very easy time shopping for me. 😉
But now that I’m a freelancer and I work from home, some have said they are even more puzzled about what to get me.
I’ll admit it, since I’ve been a full-time freelancer for the past couple of years, I’ve gotten some great gifts and some not-so-great gifts too. I definitely agree that it’s harder to get gifts for freelancers who work from home.
Why It’s Hard to Get Gifts for Freelancers
In the past, a safe gift for me would be a pretty scarf, a piece of costume jewelry, or a gift certificate one of my favorite stores. But now that I’m under no real pressure to change out of my pajamas most days, and rarely wear accessories when I do get dressed, it could be a real struggle to find a great gift for me.
But, that’s not the entire point of this post. I think it’s hard to buy gifts for freelancers who work from home. Unless you really know what these freelancers do for work and what they might want or need this holiday season, you might find yourself hurriedly shopping at the last-minute and still ending up with a gift you aren’t confident about.
Luckily, I’ve got your back! 🙂
If you are shopping for me, or another freelancer who works from home, here are 8 great gifts for freelancers that will make you our favorite person of the year.
1. A Single Serve Coffee Maker
A single serve coffee maker was my celebratory “Yay I work from home now!” gift to myself after I quit my job two years ago.
The reason I think this would be a good gift for freelancers who work from home is because they often work alone and thus they don’t really need to brew an entire pot of coffee. (Or at least, they probably shouldn’t brew and drink an entire pot of coffee!)
One thing to note is that this gift is one that will cost the recipient money in the future. Usually this is not a good thing for a gift, but I still think it’s a great gift for freelancers who work from home. Plus, you could always get them some K-Cups in the future as another gift.
2. A Yeti Tumbler
This is what I asked one of my friends to get me for Christmas last year. I was trying hard to prioritize my health by getting more exercise, eating better, and drinking more water. Of course, the one I got was purple, but it’s still very similar to this.
Yeti tumblers will keep drinks hot or cold for hours. Hopefully if the freelancer in your life is trying to get healthy, they’ll use it for water instead of another type of beverage. 😉
3. A Kitchen Safe
I am a big time snacker. I love snacks. That’s why I think I’d like to try this Kitchen Safe that locks up your snacks (and whatever else you put in there) for a certain amount of time. Maybe it could finally help me stop snacking between meals and before bed…
I don’t know whose brilliant idea this product was, but I bet they are a millionaire now. #brilliant
4. iTunes Gift Card
My mom gets iTunes gift cards for our family of four every year as a stocking stuffer. The day after Christmas, I immediately add the balance to my account and use it up (and then some!).
What can I say? I love music!
I don’t think I could get any work done in my home office without some music going in the background.
Of course, you should get the freelancer in your life some earbuds too. This way they don’t bother anyone when they choose to switch things up and work at the library or at a local coffee shop.
5. Starbucks Gift Card
Speaking of which, I know I’d love to get a Starbucks gift card so I can use that to pay for my coffee when I decide to work from there instead of at home.
As a freelancer who works from home, sometimes you’ve just got to have a change of scenery to help your productivity level. Plus, seeing actual people instead of just on Skype is sometimes nice too. 🙂
6. Yoga Pants or Pajama Jeans
I seriously live in these yoga pants now that I work from home.
I know, I know. It’s stereotypical for freelancers who work from home. Whatever. They are just that comfortable!
If you really want to get on the good side of a friend who works from home, contribute to their yoga pants collection.
Or, if you are tired of them wearing yoga pants but they can’t seem to break the habit, get them some Pajama Jeans.
I know they sounded dumb on TV a few years ago, but they really do look like jeans and feel like yoga pants! #winning
7. Robot Vacuum
Have a friend who works from home and hates cleaning? You should think about getting them a robot vacuum. Seriously!
The new ones are way better than they used to be. You can even control most of them with your smartphone!
I have a cleaning lady who comes to my house and does a thorough cleaning every other Friday. And yet, I’ve still thought about getting one of these to help me keep up with dog hair that seems to accumulate under the furniture in between her visits.
For hardwood floors, they also make a robot mop!
It might seem crazy since people who work from home should be able to find 5 minutes to vacuum. But, we still have to work. Plus, maybe I’m just OCD, but I can’t focus on work when my house is a mess. So, a gift like this could actually help me get more work done.
8. Amazon Gift Card
If all else fails, you can always get your freelance friend an Amazon gift card. It might seem impersonal to you, but trust me, they’ll love it! This way they can order anything they way without having to actually put on clothes and leave the house.
Plus, you can get it any amount, so it’s a perfect fit no matter what your budget is!
What’s one of the best gifts you’ve gotten as a freelancer?