Christmas is coming! This 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’ve become a much harder person to show for since I became a virtual assistant and started working from home.
(Personally, I don’t see it. I have a very easy time shopping for me.) 😉
But I get the frustration when you don’t know what to get someone for Christmas.
That’s why I’ve put together this guide full of great gifts for virtual assistants.
You’re welcome! 😉
Read on to find out the best gifts for virtual assistants.
- Why It’s Hard to Shop for Virtual Assistants
- Technology Gifts for Virtual Assistants
- Office Supplies for Virtual Assistants
- Gift Cards for Virtual Assistants
- Creative Gifts for Virtual Assistants
- Business Investments for Virtual Assistants
- The Bottom Line: Gifts for Virtual Assistants
Why It’s Hard to Shop for Virtual Assistants
For virtual assistants who work from home, there’s typically no real pressure to change out of pajamas most days, and even when we do get “dressed up” (AKA we put on jeans) we rarely bust out jewelry and accessories.
Because of that, it may be harder to find gifts for virtual assistants.
Most of the old stand-by gifts for women don’t make sense if the woman works from home.
Plus, unless you really know what these virtual assistants actually 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 need a gift for a virtual assistant, here are some great gifts that will make you their favorite person of the year.
Technology Gifts for Virtual Assistants
Since virtual assistants work online, technology is like a BFF. With that in mind, here are some tech gifts that can help make life just a little bit easier.
1. Robot Vacuum or Robot Mop
Have a VA 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 at picking up everything, including pet hair. This new one is even compatible with Amazon Alexa.
For hardwood floors, there’s a robot mop that’s compatible with Alexa too.
It might seem crazy to you since you’d think that VA’s who work from home should be able to find five minutes to vacuum. But, the truth is, we still have to work and most of us prioritize our work over housework.
I’ve also found that my focus and productivity are WAY better when my house is clean, so a gift like this could actually help me get more work done.
2. A Video Doorbell
I invested in a super fancy video doorbell like this one for my house a couple of years ago and it’s been life-changing.
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!
3. Portable Computer Monitor
While most VAs primarily work from home, sometimes we like to take our business on the go.
However, my biggest hang-up with working from places like coffee shops or a drop-in desk at a co-working space is that I don’t have a second monitor. (My daily at-home set up includes an external monitor connected to my Macbook.) Without it my productivity plummets.
If your VA is also used to having a second monitory at home, they may appreciate having a portable computer monitor like this one to take with them on the go for longer trips.
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.
4. Earbuds with a Mic
Earbuds are so frequently used by virtual assistants that most of us have multiple pairs. BUT this gift still made the list because what VA doesn’t want the latest and great earbuds without any cords?
Earbuds are great so that a VA doesn’t bother anyone when they choose to switch things up and work at the library or at a local coffee shop. Plus they are used frequently for watching videos, listening to music, and having calls with clients.
5. Amazon Echo Dot
Who doesn’t love cranking up some music while working from home? With the Echo Dot your virtual assistant can do just that and more.
They can also use it to answer questions, read the news, keep track of their schedule, set alarms, and more.
6. Mouse and Mouse Pad
Every virtual assistant needs a mouse and a mouse pad. These two things are pretty inexpensive gifts and will certainly get the job done and be appreciated by your VA.
Here’s a fun round mouse pad with lots of color for your VA’s home office.
PS – I use this exact Microsoft mouse with my Macbook because it’s way cheaper than a mouse from Apple. 😉
7. Laptop Cooling Pad
Is your virtual assistant guilty of working from the bed or couch? Then a laptop cooling pad is a must-have item to help their laptop avoid overheating.
Don’t worry, we’re not here to judge you if you too enjoy from working from bed. 😉
8. Heated Mouse Pad Hand Warmer
If your VA is anything like me, they most likely get cold in their home office (or any office in general). Keep their hands, and their heart, warm by gifting them this heated mouse pad hand warmer.
9. Ring Light
For freelancers who create video content, lighting is everything. But, it can be really hard to find the perfect lighting that keeps you from looking washed out or too dark.
A handy dandy ring light kit like this one fits all of the criteria for great lighting while not being too bright.
If space is a concern, or if your VA primarily creates videos using their phone, you can give them a ring light that fits around their phone instead.
Office Supplies for Virtual Assistants
Office supplies are a girl’s best friend. Sorta. Or at least they are if you’re me.
(I love office supplies!)
10. Fancy Dry Erase Board
With so many ideas and tasks to track, a good-sized dry erase board is a virtual assistant’s best friend. They can track and write down anything and everything, and it can look really nice in an office space.
Just don’t forget the multi-colored markers for color-coding of course!
11. 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 five years ago.
A single-serve coffee maker is one of those good gifts for virtual assistants 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 this one is extra small in case they don’t have much extra space.
You could always get them a big variety pack of K-Cups too if you need an additional gift idea now or in the future.
12. A Yeti Tumbler or Bottle
If other VAs are like me, they 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 or bottle in their favorite color that holds a lot of water will help them stay hydrated and cut down on time spent getting refills throughout the day.
Yeti tumblers will keep drinks hot or cold for hours. Hopefully, if the VA in your life is trying to get healthy, they’ll use it for water instead of another type of beverage. 😉
13. A Standing Desk
If you don’t want to read that whole other post, that’s cool. Here’s a quick link to the best motorized, adjustable standing desk I’ve found.
The bottom line is, a standing desk is not only trendy, it’s actually really good for your health.
14. A Laptop Bag
Virtual assistants who work from home will want to venture out eventually. When they do, they’ll need something to carry their laptop in.
That’s why a stylish and functional laptop bag made the list of best gifts for virtual assistants. Here’s one laptop bag that I’ve been eyeing.
Gift Cards for Virtual Assistants
Not sure what to get as a gift for a virtual assistant? A gift card to one of the following places is always a good option.
15. Starbucks Gift Card
As a virtual assistant 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. 🙂
That’s where a Starbucks gift card would come in handy.
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.
Tip: You may be able to get a Starbucks gift card for less on Gift Card Granny!
16. Amazon Gift Card
If all else fails, you can always get 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!
Creative Gifts for Virtual Assistants
These gifts will take you outside the box.
17. Waterproof Notepad
I don’t know about you, but I have some of my best thoughts in the shower. If you want to get a cute gift that could also make a difference in productivity, a waterproof notepad like this one is a great (and inexpensive) option.
18. Freelancer T-Shirt
T-shirts can be both expressive and comfortable. And I love anything with a funny quote. If the virtual assistant in your life wants to show off that they’re their own boss, get them a t-shirt like this and let them do it on their own terms.
19. Adult Coloring Book
Letting off steam can be helpful for everyone. And even when you work from home, you can get frustrated, overwhelmed, and even angry from time to time. And that’s where an adult coloring book comes in, especially one like this.
It’s a great way to relieve stress, take your mind off things, and enjoy a childhood pastime without feeling guilty. I know plenty of virtual assistants who would love this!
20. 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
21. Leggings, Yoga Pants, or Pajama Jeans
Most virtual assistants I know, including myself, seriously live in leggings and yoga pants since they work from home.
I know, I know. It’s stereotypical or those 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 kind of 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!
22. A Fake Succulent
Some of us have green thumbs, and some have black thumbs. But a fake succulent like this one is cute enough and easy enough for us all to take care of.
All it will need is a little dusting from time to time, but it’s a great way to brighten up any space that a virtual assistant calls their office!
23. An Indoor Garden
For the freelancer that does have a green thumb, but doesn’t have time to keep up with a full-fledged garden, you can gift them this indoor garden that can grow everything from fresh herbs to flowers.
Business Investments for Virtual Assistants
While a gift is always appreciated, sometimes a virtual assistant wants to invest in their business and may not be able to afford to, or will put gifts for others in the front of their mind before their own interests.
So, if you know the virtual assistant in your life is looking to invest in their business, you can help them out by getting them items that can take their business to the next level.
The Bottom Line: Gifts for Virtual Assistants
Buying gifts for virtual assistants doesn’t have to be hard. It’s the thought that counts. But the items on this list sure would be appreciated!