9 Tech Gifts and Accessories for Remote Workers
According to a recent survey from the remote work website, Growmotely, 74 percent of professionals expect remote work to become standard, 97 percent of employees don’t want to return to the office full-time and 61 percent of employees prefer being fully remote. As remote work is the biggest draw for top talent, remote work is here to stay. Whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself, your coworkers or a friend who works from home, there’s someone you know who works remotely. From sustainable phone cases to neon modular backlit smart light bars for your home office, here’s our list of nine great tech gifts and accessories for remote workers.
1. Digital Notebook
When we are so used to being on our electronic devices all day, sometimes you just need a simple paper and pen. If you’re trying to be a little more eco-friendly, consider getting a digital notebook. With a digital notebook, you can do everything you can with a traditional physical notebook, like writing, sketching and taking notes. If you’re looking for a gift for a professional creative, academic or book lover, a digital notebook is a perfect tech accessory to edit PDFs, improve your writing process and read long-form articles.
2. Smart Home Device
From Google Nest to Amazon Echo, there are plenty of reasons to get a virtual assistant at home. Google Nest is best for making your home smarter than ever before. Check out their different packages like video, audio and home security. Amazon Echo offers a dynamic smart home routine along with dynamic voice tones. Whether you’re using these smart home devices to set a timer, ask about the weather or tell you a joke, make your work and personal life a little easier with a virtual assistant.
3. Home Security Camera
Give yourself peace of mind when you’re working from home by yourself or are away from home for extended periods of time with a home security camera. Home security cameras are also a great solution if you’re working from home with kids and want to keep an eye on your little one while you’re at your desk. They’re also a great solution for pet parents.
4. Wireless Accessories
If you’re still using a wired mouse, it’s time to upgrade to a wireless mouse. Don’t like to work from the same desk every day? You’ll want wireless equipment to make it easier to work remotely from just about anywhere. If you like to work in the backyard, on your apartment building’s rooftop or in a hammock at the beach, get an electronic keyboard that can attach to a tablet. Don’t get all tangled up with wired headphones. Get wireless earbuds instead. Just be sure to keep your AirPods protected with an AirPods case cover.
5. Phone Case
Don’t just get any kind of phone case. Get compostable iPhone 13 cases or purchase a sustainable Android phone case. Any remote worker on your list with a smartphone can use a new phone case that looks great and gives back to the Earth.
6. Lap Desk
One of the greatest benefits of working from home is that many remote workers can work where they want and when they want. That means you don’t have to be plugged into your desk Monday through Friday for hours on end. It might mean you’re on for a few hours in the morning, you take a long lunch or go for an afternoon workout, come back home and then work for a few more hours at night. Sometimes, you just want to lie in bed, put your laptop on your lap desk and watch Love is Blind while you’re finishing that project.
7. Espresso Machine
The days of water cooler and afternoon coffee talk are over. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a 3 p.m. espresso. Get an espresso machine as a gift for any remote worker. If you’re looking to bond with your coworkers over coffee, you’ll have your afternoon espresso ready for that virtual bonding sesh.
8. Cord Organizer
Few things are as annoying as electronic cords that seem to just take over your entire work desk. Get a cord organizer to stop that from happening. A cord organizer will help you keep all of your cords in order. Everything from your monitor plug to your laptop charger will all have their place. While you’re at it, label your cords, too, so there’s never confusion as to which cord belongs to which device.
9. UV Sanitizer
We wash our hands, our clothes, our dishes and even our cars. We can’t exactly wash our phones or other electronic devices. To keep them clean, get a UV sanitizer. Do research on different models to see which one is right for you. If you just need to sanitize your phone, get a small UV sanitizer. If you want to sanitize larger electronics, including tablets, or if you have young children, you can get a larger UV sanitizer that sanitizes phones, tablets and even baby bottles.