The holiday season is upon us once again, and that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your work friends and colleagues. However, if you work remotely like so many others, this can be a tricky proposition. What do you get someone who’s so far away from you? If you can’t give them a physical gift or visit their home for Christmas, what options do you have left? Fortunately, there are plenty of remote worker-friendly ideas out there that are perfect for the coworker in your life who spends all day on a computer. Remote work presents some unique challenges and restrictions that other people in the office don’t necessarily have to deal with; however, by thinking creatively and exploring the various possibilities available to you, there are plenty of ways to let them know how much they mean to you without leaving your desk. Here is our ultimate guide to the best remote work gifts for coworkers and co-founders!
A Remote-Friendly Coffee Maker
Depending on your office setup, you might not have a big opportunity to give out coffee in person. However, a remote-friendly coffee machine is an excellent gift. This can be even more helpful if you have some non-remote employee friends who are looking to support your remote workers in a fun way. If you have a specific coworker in mind who you know drinks a lot of coffee already, a coffee machine is a great way to support their habit and show that you’re thinking about them. Some good choices for remote-friendly coffee machines include the Nespresso Inissia, the Keurig K-Select, or the Hamilton Beach 2-in-1. All of these options are easy to use, don’t take up much counter space, and will let your coworker make their favorite hot beverage at the touch of a button.
An Office Plant
If your office is anything like mine, it’s full of a lot of tech and people. Plants are a perfect way to bring a little bit of nature into the mix and help things feel more home-like. They’re also a great gift for your coworker if they have a window in their office, since they can watch the plant grow and thrive over time. Having plants in the office has been proven to improve air quality, decrease stress, and have other health benefits like improving cognitive function and increasing productivity. If your remote co-worker has a specific plant they like, that’s a great gift idea since you can get a version of it that’s easy to care for and doesn’t need sunlight. Otherwise, there are lots of options for remote-friendly plants that can grow even in low light, like Spider Plants (truly the gift that keeps on giving), or you could try a Bromeliad plant or a Cacti plant. Any plant will be a great gift for your coworker with a remote-friendly twist!
A Collaboration Platform
If your coworkers are also your co-founders, a collaboration platform like Asana or Trello is a great way to stay connected, even though you all might be in different parts of the world. These tools are specifically designed for remote teams, so they’re perfect for the remote workers in your life who may also be working with other people who are not in the same physical office. Collaboration platforms are perfect for remote workers because they allow you to stay connected to your team without the need to be in constant communication. This means you can still stay productive even when you don’t have time to jump on a call or engage in other types of regular communication.
A Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is rich, decadent chocolate cake for remote workers, except it’s not remotely decadent or chocolatey at all. A virtual assistant is the remote worker’s dream gift, especially if they work in the creative fields, like marketing, copywriting, or design. A virtual assistant can help you with administrative tasks like booking travel, creating and following up on appointments, transcribing recordings, managing your calendar, managing your finances, and more. With a virtual assistant, you can eliminate all the low-value tasks that take up your time but don’t pay the bills, and funnel that energy into your creative work. You can find virtual assistants on sites like Upwork, Guru, or Virtual Staff Finder. Alternatively, you can use a services like Fancy Hands or Zirtual, which are geared towards the remote workforce.
A Headphone or Speaker System
If you have a coworker who spends a lot of time in the office, a nice speaker system or high-quality headphones can be a great gift. A speaker system is a gift that keeps on giving over time as they can be used to listen to music or podcasts while they work, but also as a way to create a more social environment in the office. A good set of headphones will provide the remote worker in your life with a way to tune out their surroundings for long stretches of focused time, plus, you won’t have to listen to their music if it’s not your cup of tea.
A Standing Desk or Monitor Stand
If you have a coworker who spends a lot of their day at a desk, a standing desk or a monitor stand can be a great gift. A standing desk can help your remote coworker avoid some of the health issues that come from sitting for long periods of time, like back pain and muscle strain. A monitor stand can help your coworker avoid neck strain and eye strain, which are common issues for people who spend a lot of time in front of the computer. A standing desk or monitor stand can also be a way for your co-worker to show off their personality by adding a little bit of decor to their workspace.
The ultimate guide to the best remote work gifts for coworkers and co-founders. A remote-friendly coffee machine, an office plant, a collaboration platform, a virtual assistant, a headphone or speaker system, a standing desk or monitor stand. These gifts can be used to show your remote coworkers that you care.