Working from home may seem ideal, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Whether it’s learning how to manage your time efficiently outside an office environment, handling distractions, or unplugging at the end of the day, these skills don’t always come naturally and plenty of people have to experience a touch of trial and error before figuring out what works for them. If you’re eager to help them out, you’re in the right place.
Buying a gift for a loved one who is just figuring out how to be productive from home can go a long way towards showing you care about their well-being. And if that loved one is a man, we have a few options that will enable you to ease his struggle. For ideas and inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for men who work from home.
Noise Canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones go a long way toward minimizing distractions and helping you focus on the task at hand. They block out ambient sound and increase your chances of doing quality, deep work regardless of your surroundings. Whether you’re working from your home office or spicing things up by responding to emails from a coffee shop, noise-canceling headphones are a godsend. You can use them to block noise, listen to relaxing sounds, or even catch up with your favorite podcasts when you’re on the go. All in all, they should be part of any professional man’s arsenal.
Just because more of us are working from home doesn’t mean we should slack off when it comes to exercise. According to Wareable, a fitness tracker will help you monitor your health and figure out if you’re getting your steps in, as well as encourage you to get that workout out of the way before you start your workday. Some of the most popular fitness trackers on the market include Fitbit and Apple Watch, but you can find more affordable options if you’re on a budget. The best part is you can set them to notify you every hour or so to get up from the desk and take a short walk around your apartment to get the blood flowing.
Skin, Grooming and Hair Products
When you spend the entire day in, taking care of the way you look might not seem like a priority. After all, you won’t run into anyone, so you might be tempted to slack off on the appearance front. That’s a big no-no, as it can lead to a drop in self-esteem and negatively affect your mood and, consequently, your productivity. Investing in quality skin, grooming and hair products increases your chances of actually using them. You’re more likely to apply that moisturizer if it gets absorbed quickly and leads to noticeable better skin. According to MensHairstylesToday, there are many short business professional hairstyles that are easy to maintain at home for a clean-cut look.
Complete Set of Barware
Do you know how in movies executives who work in lavish offices always seem to have a fully stocked bar around? They use it to entertain guests or pour themselves a glass of whiskey after a stressful day. With the right tools, that could very well be you. A complete set of barware enables you to mix drinks and cocktails, either for yourself or for friends. Just make sure this gift doesn’t lead to day drinking (or at least not too often).
Quality Coffee Maker
For people who can’t articulate words before they’ve had their morning cup of joe, a quality coffee maker is a must-have. Especially if you’re used to getting your coffee on the way to work and never really bothered to store the essentials at home… until now. For amazing results, invest in one with a timer, so you can wake up smelling the most magical beverage in the world. Or, consider buying a coffee machine that makes cappuccinos or other fancy coffee drinks so you can resist the temptation to hit Starbucks in the middle of your workday for a shot of caffeine.
Smart Casual Outfit
Here’s the bad news: working in your pajamas is not recommended. You might get away with this unconventional attire for a couple of days, but it’s not sustainable in the long run. You need to look the part to maintain optimal levels of productivity when working from home. The old saying “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have” applies when working from home as well. We’re not saying you need to put on a tie every day, but wearing a smart casual outfit will help you feel more professional. If you have a Zoom meeting scheduled, even better. Smart casual can be defined in many different ways, but it obviously has a casual feel with a stylish look.
A useful tool in the grooming department, a beard trimmer is a must for every man keen to maintain facial hair. Let’s face it – when you work from home, shaving every day might become less of a priority. In fact, this can be the perfect time to experiment with facial hair and try a new look. Enter the beard trimmer. The good news is that modern beard trimmers are intuitive and come with a range of settings you can use for everything from general hair trimming to precision touch-ups. If you don’t want to invest in clippers, you can even follow this guide by MensHairstylesNow and give yourself a haircut with a trimmer.
When working from home, the temptation to snack on unhealthy food can be hard to keep in check. After all, the fridge is right there! You don’t need to run to the vending machine or the cafeteria whenever you’re feeling peckish. As a result, having some healthy snacks around can do wonders when it comes to maintaining weight. When purchasing them for a loved one, arrange them in a gift basket to really make an impression.
There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of standing desks. According to health sites like Healthline, this type of desk can lower the risk of weight gain, boost energy and improve mood. You’ll suffer through an adjusting period, but if working from home is your new normal a standing desk is worth looking into. Sitting might not seem like a health issue, but it obviously leads to a more sedentary life. A standing desk can fix that. Just make sure you get one that’s height-adjustable.
Everyone has days when they don’t feel motivated to get things done. So when that smart casual outfit seems less than appealing, having cozy loungewear will provide a sense of comfort that might be reason enough to get out of bed. As for all other days, there’s nothing like changing from your work clothes into a soft pair of sweatpants and a fleece-lined hoodie to reward yourself for a job well done and signal to your body that it’s finally time to relax. And if you’re looking for a classy idea, a decadent robe definitely makes the list of the best gifts.
Apple iPad Pro
More on the expensive side, an Apple iPad Pro is an investment in your productivity. It’s easier to carry around than a laptop and helps you keep stay on top of work even if you’re traveling or working away from your desk. You can just as effectively manage your workload using the iPad as you would from a computer without having to purchase new software. Plus, it’s versatile, reliable, and more secure. Not to mention the fact that it makes for a memorable gift, especially if the man you’re buying it for is an Apple enthusiast.
Under Desk Elliptical
When working from home cuts into active time, an under-desk elliptical will do wonders – it keeps your legs moving even when you’re sitting in one spot. You might not get in as sweaty a workout as you’re used to, but it’s better than doing nothing at all. All in all, it’s an ingenious and thoughtful gift that every man looking to stay in shape will appreciate. Add the fitness tracker we’ve mentioned before into the mix and you’re basically offering a complete solution to burn calories while simultaneously finishing up an overdue report.
Keeping track of your tasks and projects using an app has become the norm. However, if you’re old-school and prefer to write things down, a planner enables you to stay organized and set clear priorities for the workday. Whether you want to try bullet journaling or use a planner that already comes with inspirational phrases, goal tracking and other features, there’s plenty of choice on the market. When purchasing a planner as a gift, make sure it suits the recipient’s personality. Colorful stickers don’t always go well in a professional environment.