Some people are all business, and given they can work from home, that is totally fine. So consider a gift that lets them think of work in positive way.
The Covid pandemic may well be over, but working from home has changed the way many of us live, and it won’t go back in that bottle.
Good. Keep it out. Working from home works well for so many of us, providing a working life balance that can’t be replaced, and allowing you to still come into the office for the important things from time to time.
If you know someone who loves working from home and wants to keep that genie out of the bottle, there are gadgets that can keep their time happy and productive, and may make them feel you’ve thought about something that matters to them on the day-to-day.
Not just a pair of socks or a book, WFH gadgets for WFH fans and tragics might just make the holiday season a little bit nicer than any other gift out there.
Logitech MX Master 3S
A mouse mightn’t seem like the best holiday present, but much like how Charlotte weaves “some pig” above Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, Logitech is basically projecting “some mouse” above the MX Master 3S when you see what it can do.
Not just “another mouse”, this mouse comes with fast and accurate tracking, quieter clicking, many mappable buttons handy for creating macros on different apps, and a way to make the mouse jump across up to three computers, handy if a working desk has more than one open.
One of our favourite wired pair of headphones has seen an update this year, as Australia’s Rode NTH-100 received a microphone to making sound while working not only truly comfortable, but also delivering great audio as you speak.
Rode already makes some of the best microphones in the world for recording, and so it makes sense to see Rode tackle a boom mic for work on its excellent NTH-100 headphones, which is what the NTH-100M are made for.
Jabra Evolve 2 65 Flex
A pair of headphones made for work, Jabra’s Evolve2 range is basically its gear built for offices, whether they’re at home or on the go. That versatility more or less is what the 65 Flex is built for.
This pair of headphones folds up for easy packing and comes in a felt case, while offering noise cancelling microphones and a boom mic to cut out sounds of the world behind when talking through them, handy if you’re working from outside the home or office. There’s even a red light that can light up to stop someone from coming over, almost like a traffic system of sorts.
Belkin Connect Pro Thunderbolt 4 Dock
Work computers are typically laptops with a slim amount of ports, but a dock can change that.
In fact, Belkin’s Connect Pro TB4 Dock can supply power to a laptop’s standard Thunderbolt connection and offer USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4, while splitting out the connection to cover Thunderbolt, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2, and SD card reader, and sound. It’s basically an upgrade to turn a laptop’s ports into something more like a desktop.
Mobile Pixels Duex Lite
If you know someone who might have to come into the office every so often, but works at home with two monitors, you may want to consider a way for them to keep that dual-screen approach and take it with them to go.
And that is something technology can assist with. Mobile Pixels offers a second screen in its “Duex” range that allows you to magnetic mount an extra display to the back, slide it out when you need it, and plug it into your laptop, extending the display.
A solid phone made for work, not play, the Motorola ThinkPhone echoes the Lenovo laptop designs released by Motorola’s owner, Lenovo, and that’s not all.
Armed with fast hardware delivering solid performance, a great OLED screen, water resistance and military-spec durability, plus software that makes it designed to work with Windows PCs, it’s basically a work phone for someone who loves their Windows working life and wants a phone to match.
Apple iMac (2023)
Price: from $2199
An all in one computer you plan to never take from the home office could just make remote work a treat, and if you know that person, you might want to look at something with a splash of colour.
Not just a splash of colour, but a good deal of speed, too, which is what the 2023 iMac update offers: colour and a new processor, which basically makes it one of the fastest (if not the fastest) all-in-one desktop of the bunch.