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23+ Great Gifts for Virtual Assistants in 2019

November 20, 2019

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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

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. You can even control most of them with your smartphone!

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity Essential for virtual assistants 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 Because no one wants to mop the floor after a long day of freelancing! iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

It might seem crazy to you since you’d think that VA’s who work from home should be able to find 5 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

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell in Satin Nickel, Works with Alexa Because you're wearing pajamas and can't answer the door for just anyone. Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell in Satin Nickel, Works with Alexa

I invested in one of these video doorbells for my house last year 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 to take with them on the go for longer trips.

16-Inch Ultra Slim USB 3.0-Powered Portable LED Monitor w/ Case Because no one should ever have to work without a second monitor. 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.

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.

HSPRO Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones True Wireless Earbuds in-Ear Bluetooth Earbuds with Mic Kind of like Airpods...but cheaper! HSPRO Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones True Wireless Earbuds in-Ear Bluetooth Earbuds with Mic

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.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa For jamming out during your workday. Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa

6. Mouse and Mouse Pad

Every virtual assistant needs a mouse and a mouse pad. These two are pretty inexpensive and will certainly get the job done.

PS – I use this exact Microsoft mouse with my Macbook because it’s way cheaper than a mouse from Apple.

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse This comes in multiple colors. Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse

AmazonBasics Mouse Pad - Black Super basic. AmazonBasics Mouse Pad - Black

7. Laptop Cooling Pad

Is your virtual assistant guilty of working from the bed or couch? Then this 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. 😉

Havit 17 Inch Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad We're not here to judge. Havit 17 Inch Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad

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. 

USB Heated Mouse Pad Mouse Hand Warmer with Wristguard Keep those digits toasty! USB Heated Mouse Pad Mouse Hand Warmer with Wristguard

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 fits all of the criteria for great lighting while not being too bright. 

Ring Light Kit: Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand, Carrying Bag Create your own video studio! Ring Light Kit: Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand, Carrying Bag

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. 

LED Ring Light 10" with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder For video shoots on the go! LED Ring Light 10

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 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 markers! 

Quartet Glass Whiteboard, 4 x 3 feet Pretty and functional! Quartet Glass Whiteboard, 4  x 3 feet

Magnetic Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers (8 Pack) Plenty of colors for color-coding obsessed VAs. 😉 Magnetic Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers (8 Pack)

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 four years ago.

Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker Perfect for small spaces! Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker

This 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, 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 So many choices, so little time! 96 Count Variety Single-serve Cups for Keurig Brewers

12. A Yeti Tumbler

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 that holds a lot of water will help them stay hydrated and cut down on time spent getting refills throughout the day.

YETI Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/ MagSlider Lid 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 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

I wrote a whole other post about the benefits of standing desks and another comparing some of the best models out there.

If you don’t want to read that whole other post, that’s cool. Here’s a quick link to the best one I’ve found:

Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter Finally a standing desk converter big enough to hold all my crap. Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter

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 these stylish and functional laptop bags made the list of best gifts for virtual assistants.

Laptop Bag for Women Stylish and practical. Laptop Bag for Women

ECOSUSI Briefcase for Women Made of vegan leather. ECOSUSI Briefcase for Women

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.

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

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.

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

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, this is a great (and inexpensive) option. 

Aqua Notes Water Proof Note Pad For taking notes about all.the.things. Aqua Notes Water Proof Note Pad

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 this t-shirt and let them do it on their own terms. 

I'm My Own Boss / Funny Freelancer Quotes T-Shirt Because who doesn't want to advertise that they're self-employed?! I'm My Own Boss / Funny Freelancer Quotes T-Shirt

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.

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!

Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book Don't pardon my French. Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book

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…

Kitchen Safe: Time Locking Container 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

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.

90 Degree By Reflex - High Waist Power Flex Legging I have these and they are great! 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 They're not as lame as they sound. 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!

22. A Fake Succulent

Some of us have green thumbs, and some have black thumbs. But a fake succulent 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! 

Artificial Succulents set of 3 Realistic Fake Plants with plastic Pots For VAs with black thumbs. Artificial Succulents set of 3 Realistic Fake Plants with plastic Pots

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. 

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Herb Garden (Includes Basil Plant Pods), White Price: $99.95 Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Herb Garden (Includes Basil Plant Pods), White

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. 

Some of my favorites (shameless plug here!) are my $10K VA course and my Do The Work Live event for virtual assistants. 

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! 

If you are shopping for gifts for virtual assistants, here are some great ideas that will make you their favorite person of the year. #giftsforfreelancers #christmasgiftideas #freelancergifts #virtualassistant
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16 responses to “23+ Great Gifts for Virtual Assistants in 2019

  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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