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8+ Great Gifts for Freelancers Who Work From Home

November 14, 2017


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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.

Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black Price: $67.97 Perfect for small spaces!

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.

96 Count Variety (10 Amazing Blends) Single-serve Cups for Keurig K-cup Brewers - Premium Roasted Coffee (Variety, 96) Price: $33.95 So many choices, so little time!

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 Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/ MagSlider Lid Price: $29.99 Is it water or vodka? I'll never tell!

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

Kitchen Safe: Time Locking Container (White Lid + Clear Base) - 5.5" Height Price: $54.90 No more work from home weight gain!

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

App Store & iTunes Gift Cards, Multipack of 4 Price: $100.00 Because life is better with background music!

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.

Panasonic Wired Earphones - Wired , White (RP-HJE125-W) Price: $39.99 Sometimes I wear these when I'm not even listening to music so no one tries to talk to me at the 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.

Starbucks Gift Card $25 - Packaging may vary Price: $25.00 Caffeine is the only thing keepin' me awake!

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

Danskin Women's Sleek Fit Yoga Pant, Black, X-Large Price: $30.00 A work from home wardrobe staple!

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.

PajamaJeans Women's Bootcut Stretch Knit Denim Jeans in Blue Indigo,LRG (12-14),Denim Price: $39.99 They look like real pants but feel like pjs!

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!

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity Price: $374.99 Essential for freelancers with pets!

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!

iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop Price: $299.00 Because no one wants to mop the floor after a long day of freelancing!

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

Amazon eGift Card Price: $50.00 The perfect gift for any budget!

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?

If you are shopping for gifts for freelancers who work from home, here are 8+ great ideas that will make you their favorite person of the year.
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16 responses to “8+ Great Gifts for Freelancers Who Work From Home

  1. “I have a very easy time shopping for me.” – Me too!! 😉 These are some excellent ideas. One thing I really missed when I left Corporate America was the free java. And for some unknown reason, I cannot make a pot or cup coffee that tastes great on my own. Thankfully, my apartment actually has a free coffee bar with a Keurig, otherwise I would have had to bite the bullet and buy one too. And the end of the day, it’s still cheaper and more convenient. Basically yes to everything on this list. I’m not sure if my cat, Max, would be able to handle the robot vacuum though. But maybe he’d ride it like in that viral cat video and become famous, so I could just live off him and his fame. LOL!

    1. I know! I WISH my pets would do something cute and cool enough to become famous. They are such freeloaders! I’m glad to hear you agree with everything on the list. These are definitely things I’d want for Christmas if I didn’t already have most of them. (Luckily I got some for Christmas last year, though I did buy a few of them for myself too!)

  2. These are all awesome. Even as a solo practitioner that goes to the office everyday, these are business friendly gifts for anyone. Just because it’s not a very precise personal item (a gold houndstooth plate that I have no use for) doesn’t mean it wasn’t a personal gift. I.E. someone getting me a Starbucks card is trying to help me stay out of debt 🙂 !

    1. That’s a good point Rachel! I know how you love your Starbucks! 🙂 I definitely think giftcards can still be a “personal” gift if you know the person loves a certain store and will appreciate the gift card. No shame in buying giftcards in my opinion. I love to get them for people and from people too.

  3. I’m planning on getting my wife one of those Amazon echos so that she has someone to “talk” to throughout the day. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them and think she’ll get a kick out of having a “co-worker.”

    1. I’m thinking about getting one more pair for myself when they go on sale (unless I get one for Christmas) so I have a pair for everyday of the week, haha. 🙂

  4. Great post, especially with the Christmas coming up! I really liked the idea of the “snack safe”. I think that is the one thing we are all guilty of when we spend most of our time at home.

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