In addition to my usual Gift Guide For Men, I wanted to offer up another list that I think could help many people improve their work habits.
More than ever, people are breaking away from the typical office space to work remotely.
Whether that’s a coworking space, coffee shop, or from your own home, the “office” is where ever you make it.
I have been working remotely for the last five years. During that time, I’ve managed to cobble together a host of items that I just can’t live without.
If you know someone who works from an unconventional space, you might want to pay attention to this list.
Honestly, The Side-Winder is one of my favorite items in my bag. It may seem small, but this guy is a lifesaver (and a battery saver).
The days of fumbling with long cords are over. You just pop your computer charger in and wind it up. It really comes in handy when you have to work in a space where you can’t spread out.
The only caveat is that it’s Apple only.
Six-pack of st@rtup day passes
I’ve written, IG-ed, and talked about my love for st@rtup many times. I couldn’t imagine working from anywhere else. Yes, sometimes I need to take my work show on the road, but those days are few and far between.
A host of perks like Elementary Coffee, ZerØday beer on tap, and parking(!!) along with a fun, motivated group of coworkers make this a perfect work home.
Give the wayward worker in your life a six-pack of day passes so they can experience what it’s like to cowork with me!
Dependable + spacious bag
For the most part, what I take to work is whatever I can fling on my back on a given day — computer, chargers, notebooks, etc.
I used to have a messenger bag that worked, but I needed more.
Enter in Kopack.
The first thing that drew me to Kopack was the look. It’s subtle yet still stylish. Plus, there is so much storage, and it all stays pretty hidden.
You have a padded spot for your laptop, a USB for portable charging, and plenty of padded pockets inside.
Plus, it’s super light.
Affordable Wireless headphones
Because I tend to move around a lot or just get up and stare blankly out the window while having writer’s block, I prefer wireless over traditional headphones.
You can go in so many ways here — Air Pods, Beats, Bose, and on and on.
I haven’t splurged on those yet because I don’t feel like I need to do that. I love the Soundpeats I found on Amazon for just $30.
Whether I’m listening to my favorite podcast or bumping to music, they always deliver.
You don’t need to bust the piggy bank open for decent wireless headphones.
Add a bonus gift and pay for their Spotify or Apple Music for a few months!
Gift cards galore
We’re called remote workers for a reason. Our office is wherever there is wifi, and sometimes even that doesn’t matter.
This means working from coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries can be a regular occurrence. That can get expensive.
Lend us a hand, get us a gift card, and you’ll probably get tagged in an IG story thanking you.
In addition to the above essentials, there are a few smaller items that you can gift them to make life just a tad bit easier.
- Notebooks – We all need a proper place for ideas + notes. Check out local company Story Supply Co.
- Business card holder – Now that I have a holder for my cards, my usual before I leave the house ritual is “phone, wallet, keys, cards” to make sure I’m ready. Local leather-working company Owl Creek Supply has a few wallets that can double as business card holders.
- Travel mug – Remote workers drink a lot of coffee. Help them keep it hot and fresh for as long as possible. It also helps save some money! I have had my eye on this Elementary one for a while.
- Portable charger – The boss would say I should use mine more, but this is definitely essential.
Okay, now get to work. That deadline is closer than you think.