Four Kitchens is a well-established fully distributed company. Without a home office, Web Chefs have learned a thing or two about working together even when apart. This year’s gift guide features some of our favorite tools that help us collaborate and serve clients. If you’re still looking for the right gift for the digital nomad in your life, we’ve got you covered.
For the home
Eve Room – Indoor Air Quality Monitor – People who work from home spend a lot of time…at home. Make sure the air they breathe is safe and comfortable. This model works with Apple HomeKit so it’s user can “Ask Siri” about the quality of the air.
Wemo Mini Smart Plug – Who doesn’t want a home that works smarter, not harder? Simplify life with smart plugs. Instead of constant interruptions to turn appliances, lights, and devices off and on, your work from home buddy can use these WiFi enabled helpers to turn things off and on with the sound of their voice or program a schedule.
For the office
Lamicall Cell Phone Stand – Stuff a stocking with this cell phone stand. An organized desk is more conducive to a productive work environment so having a place for all items is necessary.
Dust-Off Compressed Gas Duster – Help keep keyboards and computer mice free of dust, lint, and other contaminants. It’s just compressed air in a can, but it helps keep keyboards clean.
Fovitec StudioPRO Double-Sided Pop-Out Backdrop – Here at Four Kitchens, almost every meeting is virtual, and almost every team member is at home or on the go. Valuing face to face communication as much as any team-oriented workplace, we rely on the oft-neglected art of video conferencing. A green screen and using the virtual background feature included with Zoom Video Conferencing can add a touch of professionalism or fun to any meeting.
Rode PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm – If your buddy uses a microphone for calls but still wants to maintain a clean desk, a boom arm will do the trick.
Grovemade Desk Collection – The Grovemade Desk Collection features natural materials, clean lines, and thoughtful design. Using materials like wood, leather, and felt, Grovemade’s collections will turn a cluttered desk into a beautiful and ergonomic space.
ErgoChair 2 -Autonomous’ ErgoChair2 is built for flexible, full-body support in any seated position. The support and resistance can be tailored to suit anyone’s needs.
For the individual
Fidget Cube – Sometimes you’ve got to fidget to focus. Each of the cube’s six sides features something to fidget with.
QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II – Turn any home office into a fortress of solitude. QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II are the best from Bose. They’re engineered with world-class noise cancellation and direct access to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for simple voice control on the go.
Memberships and subscriptions
RescueTime – For just $9 a month, you can give a gift subscription to RescueTime.com. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive. It tracks time spent on applications and websites, giving an accurate picture of how workdays are spent.
Gym Membership – As inexpensive as $10/month to as lavish as you’d like, gift someone who works from home with a gym membership. While it’s great working from home, sometimes you just need to get out and see other humans.
Still stumped for ideas? Check out some of our past gift guides.
2015 Gift Guide: UX Designer Edition
2016 Gift Guide: UX Designer Edition
2017 Gift Guide: Developer Edition
2017 Gift Guide: Design and UX Edition
Is there something we missed that makes your work from home life easier? Comment below.
Whatever gifts you decide on, either for yourself, a friend, or a loved one, Four Kitchens wishes you the happiest of holidays and a successful New Year.
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