More and more people who have the option to work from home, do so all of the time according to recent research.
Here at The Good Body we conducted a survey to understand how that impacts on an individual’s wellbeing.
We found that 87% of respondents felt that working from home had both a positive and a negative effect on their health.
The challenges highlighted fell into the below categories:
- Isolation and Loneliness
- Procrastination/Lack of Motivation
- Poor Work/Life Balance
- Eye Strain/Headaches and Migraines
- Mental Health Challenges (Depression, Anxiety)
- Sleep Issues
- Musculoskeletal Issues (Back and Neck Pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/Repetitive Strain Injury
Best Gifts for People Who Work from Home
In this gift guide we’ve addressed the challenges faced with innovative product solutions that those who work from home will appreciate.
3. DeskCycle Under Desk Pedal Exerciser
Get their legs working as much as their brain
An under desk exerciser is a great way to help someone stay fit while working from home.
Choose from eight calibrated resistance settings, so they can work up from easy to challenging.
It ships with a separate LCD display for their desk, so they can monitor how much time they’ve spent using the exerciser, as well as the distance traveled and the amount of calories burned.
5. Therabody SmartGoggles
Smart relief for tired eyes
This pair of SmartGoggles from Therabody has clever hidden tech that works to lower the heart rate, reducing stress and anxiety.
Choose from three customizable modes, Focus, SmartRelax and Sleep, all of which use a combination of vibration, massage and heat.
When you opt for Smart Relax mode, you get a personalized vibration pattern designed to soothe the mind, releasing the facial tension associated with headaches and migraines.
8. Vivo Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter
Give them all the benefits of a standing desk
If you don’t have the budget to splash out on a standing desk, then take a look at this Vivo Standing Desk Converter.
For a really great price it can be placed on a desk then adjusted to reach the height of the user. You have two levels, so you don’t compromise on desk space either.
Users of the Vivo standing desk converter rave about the quality, and how easy it is to put together.
10. Aura Carver Digital Frame
Memories in glorious HD quality
More than two thirds of respondents in our research mentioned that isolation and loneliness was a real issue.
With this Aura Carver Digital Frame your loved one can receive photos and videos from anyone, anywhere in the world, and enjoy them on the screen in glorious HD quality.
It’s a great way for people to feel connected while working alone at home.
11. The Mindful Life Journal: Seven Minutes a Day for a Better, More Meaningful Life
Encourage mindful living day by day
Describing the busy pace of life as a raging river, the activities in this mindfulness journal encourage your loved one to go against the stream to embrace a more peaceful way of life.
All they need is seven minutes per day.
They can take this time to express gratitude, reflect on how they’re feeling or answer a quick mindfulness prompt to reassess their priorities.
12. Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle
Give their water bottle a glow up!
This smart water bottle from Hidrate glows to remind you to take a drink.
Syncing with an app on your smartphone it cleverly monitors your water intake at the intervals you set, and if you miss one it begins to glow to grab your attention.
It can be taken apart so it’s easy to clean and has a long-lasting replaceable battery, which is handy as many commented that the bottle had quickly become an essential item.
14. Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Heat
Turn their office chair into a relaxing massage chair
Snailax’s shiatsu pad delivers an intense neck massage through four nodes that penetrate deep to help unwind tight muscles.
When it comes to the back, choose the soft rolling setting or experience the pleasure of massage nodes traveling up and down your spine, using the ‘Spot’ feature to target the source of the pain.
Add in the soothing heat function and you have a chair pad that’s the perfect gift for someone who is feeling stressed out.
16. Heart Bouquet Puzzle
A beautiful way to distract a busy mind
Gift your loved one a different way to spend their lunch break, by treating them to this beautiful heart-shaped puzzle.
It might not have been what you had in mind when shopping for a gift for someone who works at home, however it’s such a good way to enjoy unplugged relaxation.
Plus completing jigsaw puzzles has been shown to help improve your short-term memory and boost your problem solving skills.
19. Mindful Moment Magnetic Sand Hourglass
Rest your mind for just a minute
Containing granules of iron, you can watch this hourglass as they fall in different formations thanks to the hidden magnets.
For just 60 seconds each day they can take a break from their screen and simply watch the sculptural shapes being created, allowing their mind to calm a little.
It’s a wonderful present option for self-care or treat for a passionate meditator to add to their meditation toolkit.
20. Coccyx Seat Cushion & Lumbar Support Pillow
Add a little more cushioning to their office chair
Sitting for long periods can really impact on your posture and lead to back and neck pain.
Help correct their posture and improve the comfort of their office chair with this coccyx seat cushion and lumbar support pillow.
Made from 100% memory foam it can fit on to any office chair. The ergonomic design means it supports your lower back, while providing relief from tailbone pain.
22. Work from Home Survival Kit
Must-have items for their home office
In this kit they have a ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign to avoid video call interruptions, plus a webcam cover if they don’t want to be seen!
Earplugs block out the household background noise, while the conference call bingo card keeps them going through endless Zoom calls.
The “pajamas or pants” coin helps them decide their outfit for the day, with the desk yoga guide keeping them fit and well as they work.
23. Standing Desk Balance Board
Help them work out while they work!
With a rubber disc on the bottom, this gift acts as a balance board engaging their core and getting their whole body moving as they stand and work.
It is just enough of a challenge to have an impact on their body, without distracting them from the day job.
Once they’ve mastered the beginner level they can add more air to the rubber cushion to increase the difficulty.
24. Gaiam Dual Finger Massager
Relaxation for their fingers!
Typing on a keyboard causes continuous pressure to be applied to the fingers, which can cause pain.
This Dual Finger Massage has two purposes, on one side there are double massage rollers to stimulate circulation and roll out any stiffness. The other side has just one roller for targeting niggling pains.
Despite being a low cost device, those who use it regularly described how powerful it was for finger pain, particularly those with arthritis.
25. Bestinnkits Smart Coffee Warmer
Never waste a cup of coffee again
No need to switch it on, just place your cup on the disc and it’ll quickly get coffee back up to the perfect temperature.
Unlike other coffee warmers on the market, it plugs in to the wall, as opposed to being USB powered.
This means it can reach higher temperatures, plus you can keep it a safe distance away from that all-important presentation!
26. Ocushield Anti Blue Light Glasses
Help your loved one sleep better
Choose these anti blue light glasses from Ocushield, and 99% of the harmful blue light will be blocked before it reaches your loved one’s eyes.
This keeps their eyes feeling fresh and allows them to focus for longer.
Approved by the FDA, anti blue light glasses also help with sleep, by allowing naturally occurring sleep hormones to do their work (rather than being restricted) — making them a perfect sleep gift.
27. Upright GO2 Posture Corrector
A handy reminder to sit up straight!
Pop this little device between your shoulder blades and sync it with your smartphone. If you start to slouch the GO2 will gently vibrate to remind you to straighten up.
It serves not only as a reminder to sit up straight, but can also improve your core strength.
It’s a great gift for someone struggling with neck or back pain, as poor posture can be the root cause of many different issues.
28. CraveBox Healthy Care Package
Brighten up their daily snack break
When you work from home you can often find yourself making regular trips to the fridge when you need a break!
This selection from Cravebox has 30 different nutritious items to choose from. Inside the box you’ll find popcorn, veggie treats and a range of snack bars.
The Cravebox packaging also looks great, making it the ideal gift for a real health nut.
29. Asakuki Premium Essential Oil Diffuser
Fill the air with the soothing scents of essential oils
The benefits of essential oils are well known, with individual fragrances noted for their impact on various health problems, particularly sleep issues.
With a stylish wood-effect base, the Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser has a color changing LED light to add to the relaxing ambience.
With a clever auto shut-off feature, the diffuser will stop when the water runs out so it’s safe to use anywhere in the home.
30. Manduka PRO Yoga Mat
A yoga mat that ticks every box
Yoga has so many advantages for your health, and is easy to take up as home-based exercise.
Manduka are renowned for creating the highest quality yoga gifts and products, and their PRO Yoga Mat is no exception.
It delivers on density, has a textured surface and with a 6mm thickness it provides more cushioning than many rivals that we’ve compared it with.
31. Headspace Subscription
Let them discover the power of meditation
Headspace is an app your loved one can download to have daily guided sessions on their phone.
There are many different meditation apps to choose from, however Headspace prides itself on building sessions based on thorough scientific research and a deep understanding of mindfulness practices.
Within the app there are different meditations designed for everyday life including reflections focused on stress and anxiety.
32. Cloud Massage Foot and Calf Shiatsu Massager
A real treat for tired feet
Encourage the person you’re shopping for to unwind by slipping their feet inside the Cloud Foot and Calf Massager.
At an angled position, it allows you to sit in a more natural way, so you can relax back and enjoy an intense foot and calf massage rather than sitting upright.
Plus you get air compression, heat and vibration to further the relaxing experience.
33. Masala Chai tea
Pour a cup of relaxation
For someone who struggles with daily chronic pain, working at home can prove difficult.
Masala Chai is one of a number of teas shown to have a positive impact on pain, so it could help to ease their discomfort.
Adagio teas pride themselves on selling only the finest blends. Their gourmet teas are full of flavor, and will add a little variety to the standard coffee break.
34. Commuting from Home Mug
The perfect home working mug
This mug is the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who does the long commute from their bed to their home office!
Based on the design of an urban transit map, it has lots of fun stops such as the Couch, Coffee Maker and Fridge – all the places your homeworker loves to visit.
It’s the perfect gift for the holidays, with shoppers loving how it made them smile every time they used it.
Time to Get Them Outside
Now you have a great gift they can use at home, what about something that gets them outside?
We have range of wonderful ideas in our gift guide for walkers.