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 three years ago.
This is a good gift for freelancers who work from home 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!)
Plus, you could always get them some K-Cups if you need an additional gift idea now or in the future.
2. A Yeti Tumbler
If other freelancers are like me, we don’t like to be interrupted with having to go and get refills on our drinks in the middle of the day, thus a large Yeti tumbler that holds a lot of water will help us stay hydrated and cut down on time spent getting refills throughout the day.
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.
Tip: You may be able to get an iTunes gift card for less on Gift Card Granny!
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. 🙂
Tip: You may be able to get a Starbucks gift card for less on Gift Card Granny!
6. Leggings, Yoga Pants, or Pajama Jeans
I seriously live in leggings and 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 legging and yoga pants collection with these:
Or, if you are tired of them wearing leggings and 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 Plus, they come in like 27 colors!
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!
For hardwood floors, there’s also 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. A Video Doorbell
I invested in one of these video doorbells for my house earlier this year and it’s been life-changing. Seriously.
No more doorbells ringing during Skype and Zoom meetings with clients since I can turn off the indoor chime. This also means no more crazy barking dogs because they don’t hear the doorbell either.
9. A Standing Desk
I wrote a whole other post about the benefits of standing desks and comparing some of the best models out there.
If you don’t want to read it, that’s cool too. Here’s the best one I’ve found:
10. Portable Computer Monitor
If your work from home friend also works on the go from time to time, they may appreciate having a portable computer monitor.
Working with two screens has been life-changing for my productivity level and having one of these would mean that I could take that productivity with me when I travel and work from places other than home.
If I don’t get one of these gifted to me for Christmas this year, I’m buying one myself! 😉
11. 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?