This Christmas 2017 gift guide shares thoughtful gifts for work at home moms.
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Want to know why I think these amazing gifts are perfect for the work from home mom in your life? Keep reading!
I’ve been a work at home mom for nearly 4 years, so I pulled this list together from my experience plus tips from friends doing freelance, remote work and telework.
Great stocking stuffer ideas for work at home moms
Water bottle – Summer, fall, winter and spring… we’re always probably trying to get more sips of water into our day. I’m probably not the only one that has ended up with a desk full of wet mess after setting a mug or drink down, and promptly tipping it over. And, so we now have at least three of this particular water bottle in rotation right now.
I particularly like that the straw folds back in, so I can carry this beverage with me in my bag and on-the-go. I don’t test it by carrying it upside down, but I’m pretty careless with it, and so far, so good!
And, with fewer open top drinks at my desk, less frequent disasters 🙂 …
No spill coffee travel mug – Once in a while, I tempt fate with a hot mug of tea or coffee on my desk. But, more often, I use a travel mug like this.
Yes, I work at home, but guess who still runs the preschooler over to school in the morning? Yep, that’s me.
So, if I want a warm drink in the morning, it better be to-go. I’ve really started liking these versions with the open mechanism that I have to press. A little extra insurance for the beverage-at-the-desk hours as well.
One word of caution: if you are a bit absentminded, and these mugs or bottles may end up forgotten under a car seat or left, half drunk on a shelf… With all the straws and seals and components, there are just too many nooks and crannies and you won’t enjoy the cleanup.
So, just be extra careful to get these back to the kitchen, washed and drying… They’re worth it!
Looking for the Best Affordable Gifts for a Working Mom? Then you need to see this gift guide from Lexie Higgins of Mommy: Home Manager.
Tech Stocking Stuffers for the Working Mom
What work at home mom wouldn’t love these awesome tech surprises that make work-life easier and performance better?
Headset – I’ve used my same Plantronics headset for nearly four years now to go hands-free for both audio and video calls on mobile and laptop.
Unfortunately, my old headset is discontinued. There are a few available, but if you buy, be sure to get this attachment if you use an iPhone 5 or 6 or intend to connect to your laptop via a standard audio in portal.
Now, I don’t mind the wired setup, but some folks might want the more pricey wireless version.
I’ve shared a similar headset in the gallery above that’s actually in stock and has equally high reviews.
Quick reminder: If you are buying a headset, double check the equipment that will be paired with it, to be sure that no adapter is required for use with both mobile and computer.
Selfie Ring Light – Yes, really! For anybody doing video conference calls, recording video or streaming Facebook Live or Instagram Stories, you need some light! And, between low office lighting and overcast days, lighting can be so inconsistent.
This tremendously affordable trinket can significantly improve lighting, whether from a laptop in the office or mobile device around the house or on the go.
As a side note, I have mine perched on top of my laptop, and when not in use, I have it set to cover the camera. (Am I the only person who remembers those freaky stories of cameras being hijacked remotely? Ugh.)
Anyhow, this cute little light does double duty and covers my camera when not in use!
Lavalier Mic – Another affordable tech component for the work at home mom who needs to have professional audio quality for recorded content. Clip it on and go.
Smartphone Stand – Helpful for the mom needing a stand for her phone to make recordings at her desk, around the house/garden or on-the-go. Take a look at the product – it does require a surface to clamp on to, so a desk, table or chair would work. I don’t re-bend the arm constantly, I think it might not withstand that treatment for the longest time.
This stand does a great job for me, periodically being set up for recording and then tucked away when not needed. I use it to hold my iPhone 6 (with case.)
Quick reminder: There are so many variables in the tech that everybody has at home. I’ve used the products that I describe above with a Dell Inspiron PC (a few years old) and iPhones 5 and 6. (The selfie light and the stand should work for the majority of the phones on the market in 2017.)
Looking for the best gifts for working moms? Stop by Sincerely Onyi for another great gift guide.
Some Comfy Chair Time for Work From Home Moms
Most of the time, you’ll find me sitting in my office during working hours. There’s not much that keeps me more productive than dual monitors!
But, every once in a while, I need to switch things up, and you’ll find me trying to get some work done in a comfy chair or on the couch.
These tools can also be useful if I’m trying to get some work done while keeping an eye on our kids in the playroom (they’re older now, so it’s really just a referee that they need!)
Lap desk – If you also want to take your laptop or tablet-keyboard out of the home office for any length of time and onto the couch, consider a lap desk.
The two options you see above are super-customized to specific needs – one for laptop users and the other with an extra cut-out for a tablet.
Check out the little niche for a phone or other gadget, so if a client (or school) calls, the phone is right at hand!
Side table – if you’re setting up shop somewhere less ‘decorated’ (like the basement playroom where I sometimes end up), you’ll want a side table for those drinks and other odd and ends that don’t fit on the lap desk. (I always seem to have a beverage or notepad with me, too.)
I’ve got a beat up, hand-me-down side table, and that does the job for the playroom… but something like this would look way better!
Mermaid blanket – I always seem to have a chill while working in the office, so I often walk into the next room and grab my old bathrobe. Before video calls, that old thing has to get tucked away (or used as a lap blanket!)
Snuggling up in an adorable blanket like this is one of the perks of working from home. Also, I’m jealous of my youngest, who recently received one of these for her birthday… and won’t share with mom! 😉
Need some more ideas for the best gift ideas for working moms? Visit Polly Flynn of A Lively Mind for more great suggestions!
Tech Gifts for the Work from Home Mom
Second Monitor – Since adding a second monitor to my workstation well over ten years ago, in my previous life as an office employee, I’ve rarely worked for more than a few hours with a single screen.
I have an HP monitor paired with my Dell PC, although I’m linking a more updated and in-stock model here. I also had to buy an HDMI cable (I use the Amazon basics version, and it’s done a great job for me, going on 3 years.)
So many reasons why the multiple screens rock, but for any professional who needs the ability to reference multiple documents or programs at one time, adding a second monitor increases productivity tremendously!
If you don’t have one, add it to your wish list! I can’t imagine you’d regret it!
(Side note: if you’ve ever added a second monitor and regretted it, please let me know! I seriously cannot think of a reason!)
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse – I don’t see myself returning to a desktop computer again… Hello, losing documents when the power flickers? when your pet or child hits the cord? No, thank you!
But, I also don’t intend to use a laptop keyboard to write all my posts or client work. Another product that’s been in my office for nearly 4 years: my Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse combo.
Currently, I have the non-ergonomic version (pictured above), but I’ve got the ergonomic keyboard and mouse on my own wish list. If only I’d just spent the few extra dollars in the first place, I wouldn’t be shopping around for carpal tunnel wristbands and splints this week.
Portable Battery – These are great gifts for anybody on your list nowadays. Powering down a device during the day is a rare occurrence, and losing connection due to a low battery can really crash your productivity during a work day.
With my mobile device as my primary means of staying in contact with schools and daycare, I rely on my portable battery to keep my device charged during long meetings or running errands.
(Definitely have a car charger, too! Prices change all the time, so take a look at this list of highly-rated USB car chargers, many under $10.)
At such reasonable prices, you really can’t go wrong with this gift. I’ve started setting a few of these in various bags and drawers, so that they are available when they are really needed!
Printer Ink – I am shocked at the price each time I order ink cartridges. The gallery features the cartridges I order for my HP printer, but just check which cartridge is compatible with the printer, and get some ink ordered.
Everybody needs to print sometime, even if it’s mostly school or family stuff!
Well, that wraps it up — Those are my top picks for gifts for work from home moms. I hope this gift guide gives you some wonderful gift ideas for the working mom.
Do you have some more ideas for the work at home moms in your life? Are you a work at home mom that sees something missing? Tell me your favorite must-haves, and let’s add them to this list and make gift-giving easier for our loved ones!
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