Working from home is here to stay, which is why it’s important to up your gift game for remote employees. If you’re not sure what to give your employees now that you’ve helped them get their home offices set up, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this list of 10 gift ideas for employees working from home in 2022, from corporate swag to charging stations:
Custom Office Swag
Just because your employees aren’t working from home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t give them personalized company swag. If anything, having everyone working from home means that building camaraderie through things such as corporate swag is more important than ever. To make sure that you’re not just sending them things that will end up accumulating dust in a forgotten closet, choose practical items such as custom pens and custom mouse pads that your remote employees are sure to have a use for.
Basic Office Supplies
One of the unfortunate trends of remote work is that employees are now responsible for purchasing basic office supplies that used to be bought by their employer, such as printer ink, paper, and more. To prevent this from being a burden on your employees, ship these items to them directly or give them a stipend so they don’t have to foot the bill on their own. Encourage them to buy fun stationery and office supplies that reflect their own tastes, since they’ll be the only ones using them.
Restaurant Gift Cards
Remote work makes it difficult to cater lunches for the office, especially if your employees are spread out across different cities or countries. However, that doesn’t mean that your employees still have to miss out on free lunches. Consider presenting them with gift cards to their favorite local restaurants so that they can order in their favorite meal. You can even have your team eat lunch together over Zoom to turn it into a bonding event.
Not every employee wants to work from home all the time. If your company is 100% remote and doesn’t have a physical office at all, some of your employees might benefit from a subsidized membership to a local coworking space. Most coworking spaces offer different packages that range from a couple days a month to a full-time membership, so you can pick the one that makes the most sense for your employees.
Flowers or Plants
Plants make us happier; it’s just science. Given how many people have gotten into houseplants lately, your employees are unlikely to say “no” to a nice bouquet of flowers or another addition to their at-home greenhouse. Flowers are usually more colorful, but they don’t last as long as a houseplant, which can keep going indefinitely with proper care. Choose low maintenance houseplants if you decide to go that route so that your employees don’t feel saddled with more work by your gift.
Noise Canceling Headphones
Pretty much every remote worker knows the pain of trying to take an important video call while deafening background noise drowns out every word. A good pair of noise canceling headphones can literally make the difference between being able to take calls and not in certain scenarios, which is why they’re the perfect gift for employees working from home. A good pair of noise canceling headphones can get expensive, which is why they make a great work anniversary or end-of-year gift.
If you’ve already exhausted all the obvious gifts for employees working from home, mug warmers are a more unique option to explore. Most office workers have made themselves a cup of coffee and then gotten distracted by a work task, only to find the beverage stone cold by the time they return. You can prevent this from happening by giving them a mug warmer. These puck-shaped devices plug into a power source and keep a mug at the perfect temperature for hours on end, ensuring that hot beverages are ready to sip no matter how long they’re been sitting.
At home, desk chairs aren’t always the most comfortable, and even the best office chairs will lose their cushion over time with constant use. Give your employees’ office chairs new life with chair cushions, which are available in both lumbar and seat versions. These cushions are usually made of memory foam and conform to your body, creating a super comfy seat that can make a huge difference in comfort.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that you can never have enough power outlets to charge all your work devices. That’s why we love the idea of giving a streamlined charging dock to employees who work from home. These docks eliminate annoying clusters of wires and make it simple to charge multiple devices at once, including phones, headphones, and smartwatches, without taking up too much of the desk’s precious real estate.
Blue Light Glasses
Working from home often means staring at screens for hours and hours without a break. Unfortunately, all that blue light isn’t great for our health, and it can cause eyestrain, dryness, and irritation. That’s why blue light glasses that block the light from the screens are a fantastic gift idea for employees working from home. These non-prescription glasses are quite affordable, especially if you buy them in bulk, making them a great gift option if you have a lot of remote employees.
What are some other of your favorite gifts for employees working from home? Let us know in the comments below!