As 2021 comes to an end and we reflect on the past couple of years, one thing is for certain: remote work isn’t going anywhere soon. For many of us, that’s a relief, as remote work has given us greater flexibility, decreased our commuting time, allotted us more time with family, and more. But whether someone’s been working remote for 10 years, or is just finally getting into the swing of things, there are plenty of tools and desk accessories that can make their workday just a little bit smoother. So with the holidays season upon us, what better gift to get someone than a fun and useful work from home gadget?
To find out what items people are actually using right now, we asked Hive teammates (yes, we are a remote-first organization!) to share the things they couldn’t live without in their home workspace. From standing desks to headphones, we are bringing you the trendiest work from home essentials with our Hive stamp of approval. Read on for our best work from home gifts this year.
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1. Body Back Trigger Point Massage Tool
“A cheap self massager is a great tool to relieve back pain and such from sitting at a desk all day.” — Eric Typaldos
This massage tool is designed to bring the power of Trigger Point Therapy right to your home. The Body Back Buddy offers 11 knobs and in 3 different shapes that are designed to mimic the thumbs and elbows of therapists. Whether you need help with deep tissue problems or would like a more gentle massage, this is one of the easiest ways to relieve muscle pain and discomfort right at home.
Where to get it: Amazon, $29.95
2. Back Relief Lumbar Pillow
“It may seem a little pricey for a pillow, but this is what saved my back mid pandemic.” – Nicole Halpert
Back pain doesn’t have to be synonymous with working from home, and you don’t necessarily need to invest in a pricey office chair to keep yourself aligned. With a patented shape developed by in-house ergonomists, the Back Relief Lumbar Pillow is scientifically designed to relieve back pressure and improve sitting posture on any chair, sofa, or seat that you may find yourself working from. It’s an easy way to instantly add satisfying lumbar support that improves comfort and also enhances productivity.
Where to get it: The Cushion Lab, $64
3. BESIGN Ergonomic Laptop Stand
“A laptop stand was super nice for both freeing up desk space under my laptop and getting all my screens at a roughly equal height.” — Alex Schuler
This ergonomic laptop stand can be adjusted for the height and angle of your laptop, helping minimize neck fatigue and prevent neck pains. No tools are needed for adjustment, simply push or pull depending on whether you want it to go up or down. BESIGN has many products in its Amazon store, but this particular stand is compatible with all laptops from 10′ to 15.6′ inches, including Macbook Air 13, Pro 13 or 15, Lenovo ThinkPad, Dell, HP, Chromebook, and many more.
Where to get it: Amazon, $25.99
4. Ember Mug
“I have a Hive branded Ember Mug and its simply amazing for keeping my drinks warm through back to back calls and other distractions.” – Dee Miller
Even when working 20 feet from your kitchen, nobody wants to get up every 10 minutes just to reheat a cup of coffee. And what about those days with back to back Zoom calls all morning? Ember Mugs have taken off in recent years, and for a very good reason: they are the World’s first ever temperature-controlled coffee mug. Thanks to Ember’s patented technology, you can set the precise temperature of your hot beverage to keep it warm from the first sip to the last drop. And while we can’t get you a Hive branded mug, you can absolutely find these gadgets across the internet.
Where to get it: Ember, $99.95
5. Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer
“I never acquired anything to assist me in being more comfortable at home. I thought it was just WFH for 2 weeks, after all! But this coffee maker was a new purchase after going out *every morning* for coffee for 9 months. It’s simple, no fuss, and easy to brew. Plus it has great retro vibes.” – Erin Gouveia
There are lots of coffee-makers out there, but this one is just as pleasant to look at as it is to use. And when you’re working from home all day, the visual appeal definitely goes the extra mile. Plus, using the artisan pour-over brewing method, this user-friendly machine is ideal for brewing cafe-quality coffee right at home.
6. Tronco Glass Tumbler With Bamboo Lid
“A nice glass water cup is incredibly useful for making sure I drink enough water, but also don’t spill it all over my laptop.” – Dee Miller
What makes this tumbler special? It’s made from borosilicate glass to ensure pure taste and no flavor transfer, has a silicone sleeve to prevent condensation, and has a bamboo lid to keep your beverages contained. It also comes in over 40 colors and several different sizes — no wonder it has over 30,000 great reviews on Amazon! And not only will this tumbler help you stay healthy and hydrated, but it’s also good for the environment.
Where to get it: Amazon, $15.99
7. Cork Board & Push Pins
“To-do lists work great, but sometimes I need that extra push to get something done. I like using a cork board for my most pressing actions that I truly don’t want to forget and I need a constant reminder of. And because it’s right there in front of me at all times, it’s very hard to avoid.” – Zuzanna Wilson
This cork foam board is lightweight and sturdy enough for hanging on the wall, making it an easy-to-use alternative to traditional, heavy cork boards. It has a cork surface on one side and a white foam backing on the other side, giving you two different options for displaying your work depending on the type of project.
8. Lap Desk
“This lap desk was one of the most useful impulse purchases I made at the beginning of the pandemic. I like to move around the apartment throughout the day, and this is a simple and comfortable way to sit and work from the couch. Plus, it’s small enough to tuck behind a side table or store in a basket so it’s always close by.” – Addison Goff
Where to get it: Amazon, $17.99
The LapGear Sidekick has a smooth surface that is ideal for keeping your laptop cool and stable while you work. It holds devices up to 15.6 inches, and is equipped with a phone slot and non-slip silicone strip to keep your laptop from sliding off the surface. And with a cushion that conforms to the shape of your lap, this desk is the most comfortable and useful work from home tool you can wish for.
So there you have it! We’ve shared some of the best work from home gifts that Hive employees couldn’t live without in their home offices. Whether you’re looking for something practical, indulgent, or fun, there’s bound to be something on this list for every remote worker in your life. Do YOU have a favorite tool that helps you work from home? If so, share it below in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.