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11 Great Gifts for Freelancers Who Work From Home in 2018

November 23, 2018

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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 three years ago.

Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black Price: $65.99 Perfect for small spaces! Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black

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.

96 Count Variety Single-serve Cups for Keurig Brewers Price: $29.99 So many choices, so little time! 96 Count Variety Single-serve Cups for Keurig Brewers

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 Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/ MagSlider Lid Price: $34.99 Is it water or vodka? I'll never tell! YETI Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/ MagSlider Lid

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…

Kitchen Safe: Time Locking Container Price: $70.00 No more work from home weight gain! Kitchen Safe: Time Locking Container

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!).

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

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.

Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Price: $11.99 Sometimes I wear these when I'm not even listening to music so no one tries to talk to me at the coffee shop! Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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.

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

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:

90 Degree By Reflex - High Waist Power Flex Legging Price: $25.99 90 Degree By Reflex - High Waist Power Flex Legging

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.

PajamaJeans Women's Bootcut Stretch Knit Denim Jeans Price: They look like real pants but feel like pjs! PajamaJeans Women's Bootcut Stretch Knit Denim 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!

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity Price: $279.00 Essential for freelancers with pets! iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity

For hardwood floors, there’s also a robot mop!

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

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell in Satin Nickel, Works with Alexa Price: $99.99 Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell in Satin Nickel, Works with Alexa

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.

Score!

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:

Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter Price: Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter

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.

16-Inch Ultra Slim USB 3.0-Powered Portable LED Monitor w/ Case Price: $89.00 16-Inch Ultra Slim USB 3.0-Powered Portable LED Monitor w/ Case

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

Amazon eGift Card The perfect gift for any budget! Amazon eGift 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?

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16 responses to “11 Great Gifts for Freelancers Who Work From Home in 2018

  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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