The holidays are meant to offer overworked and exhausted employees and businessmen a chance to unwind. Except, that’s when everything seems to pick up the pace, isn’t it? And for some reason, those who work from a home office find it even harder to get a gap.
Entrepreneurs and freelancers are often relegated to home office space. And, with location independence becoming a buzz word, many office-bound employees are making the shift to their home office. That’s brilliant (and an incredible luxury for some). But, just what do you get for the guy who loves working – and does it in the same building that he sleeps? It’s just a little different than the gifts you’d give the same guy that works in the office.
If you’re shopping for a man that works from a home office, you’re going to want to take a look at this list. It’s got useful and aesthetically pleasing gifts that will delight any man. (And maybe a few women too.) Some of these are just too sexy to pass by – and don’t worry, we’ve covered prices to suit every budget. If you don’t work from home yourself, you’ll probably want to after checking out these gifts.
From WiFi enabled (to print from your phone) to sleep capabilities (to save your home's carbon footprint), you'll fall over yourself to have one in your home office. Plus, you only ever need to replace the individual color cartridges; no more tri-color replacements because you've used only the yellow. Bonus.
The Epson LabelWorks LW-400 Label Maker has a backlit display that makes it easy to create labels even in low light conditions. You can store up to 50 files. It also has 14 fonts and many different bar codes.
It's time to get a good, comfortable chair with this True Innovations Sport Mesh Mid-Back Chair. This chair is ergonomically shaped for tremendous back support. It features padded armrests help relieve shoulder strain; waterfall seat cushion which reduces stress on the legs; tilt control for perfect positioning and comes with a 3-year warranty.
You lost that account? Take it out on this punching bag instead of your neighbor. The rubber suction cup will allow you to attach it to any wooden or metal surface. Practice your hooks, upper cuts and jabs here and get that account back!
The worst thing about being away from your home or your desk? Letting your phone die. Be a gentleman and keep all those gadgets charged – and looking tidy while you do it. Get this sensational charging station to hide that awful multi-charger that you’ve got and consider your date (or business associate) happy.
Whether you're a student juggling classes or trying to make your work day easier, Evernote keeps you organized. It'll keep track of all your notes and articles to read. It's got a powerful search function which allows you to scan through all of your notes (including pdfs and jpegs) for a single word. You can also collaborate with classmates and colleagues in real time. Now that's powerful. For $5/month, you won't regret the decision to go for the premium edition. Still, there is free version available if you just want to try it out.
What Reviewers Say:
Whichever app platform you download this from, you will find incredible reviews from devoted fans. Here are just a few:
I use it every day For work notes, personal things like To do Lists, family birthday reminders, it syncs with all my devices. And it is not buggy, it always works.
I have ADD but this helps my overactive brain keep track of MANY things, especially my PFE (place for everything) lists, important school notes and communications for my 3 sons, medical info, etc. + remembering those random discoveries you find while out and about in the world. UPDATE SUMMER 2015 - still going strong and loving my Evernote! Now getting middle son to utilize it to keep track of all the information from his summer job applications and interviews - names, dates, references, etc.
I didnt want to love it I kept hearing about Evernote and it was everywhere and I wanted to be stubborn and pointlessly resistant so I didn't try it for quite a while. But after trying and uninstalling 17, yes 17, other note apps I finally tried this. And of course it is amazing and has features I didbt even know I really wanted. Its so versatile and quick. Stupid, awesome Evernote. ....
Believe it or not, being popular counts. Well, it does when you're trying to demonstrate your ability to "play well with others" and lead them as a manager. You want to have friends at the office, and you want your workspace become a hub of activity, brainstorming and brilliance. Give your colleagues a reason to come hang at your desk with something to interesting to look at or do. This organizer system is perfect for enticing coworkers to your desk - without being too obvious or playful.
You can adjust the ropes from 200mm to 450mm depending on how high or how low you like to have you feet while working. Maybe you like to sit back and read a magazine with your legs up high or simply typing your life away at work with your legs down low. The hammock is easy to put away as all you have to do is roll it up like a couple of scrolls and put them away.
Built with the patented Bose design that fills rooms with clear, lifelike music, this device streams from Internet radio services or a personal digital music library in addition to playing CDs or AM/FM stations. A free app allows the listener to customize the six presets from a tablet or smartphone with drag-and-drop simplicity that adds personal playlists as easily as newfound Internet radio channels. The AirPlay-enabled radio streams music directly from compatible Apple devices, and it can be synched with SoundTouch wireless speakers to bring music to other rooms in the house. The radio features a large visual display that includes song and station information, and an auxiliary input for supplementing MP3 and DVD players.
Dimensions: 8 1/2" L x 14 1/2" W x 5 1/2" H. (13 lbs.)
Long known for their rugged and durable power tools, it seems like a natural evolution for Dremel to enter the 3D printing market. The aptly named IdeaBuild is designed for beginners and experts alike; it has a short learning curve and outputs at a resolution of 10 microns. Even better, Dremel has partnered with Autodesk to provide a complete online 3D printing experience.
Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to open your lock straight from your smartphone
Unique look is charming and intriguing
Packed with convenient automated features, easy to access using both iOS and Android smartphones, can be integrated into existing deadbolt systems, and very DIY-friendly.
Pricey and still a tad "buggy" with occasional software/app flaws.
Even when you work from home, sometimes people need access. But, you still need to secure the space. This smart lock is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and allows you to easily control who has access to your home and manage how long their access lasts - right from your handheld device! The lock is also powered by 4xAA batteries, so it's always on.
Design: Make no mistake: this is a big lock! It's larger and thicker than your average door handle, and it will look a bit odd. However, it's built to last, with a durable tamper-proof exterior that will protect your home from burglars.
Installation: This lock is designed to be installed with existing deadbolt locking systems. It's simply the locking mechanism, without the actual deadbolt itself. Simply remove the thumbturn and mount the August smart lock to your door. Voila!
Performance: One of the best things about this Bluetooth door lock is the fact that you can check the lock history via the smartphone app. You'll be able to see when the lock was opened via the app, making it easy to monitor your family's comings and goings. The app has a lot of functions: instant invites to allow guest access, time-restricted access, and more! You can send as many "e-keys" as you want.
The iOS app is best, as the Android app has a few bugs in the software. The fact that it's Bluetooth means there's a bit of lag when trying to connect/open the door. However, you can also connect with it via your home wireless connection, making it a useful WiFi door lock. The latest generation of August Smart Lock is now compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice control service. You can lock, unlock, or check on the lock via the August Home Skill app on Alexa. Be warned, you'll need the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge to make it work.
Lost power or your Bluetooth won't connect? No worries: the lock comes with a key that will allow you to open it in case of emergencies.
Price: At $250, it's the most expensive smart lock on this list. However, for users who HAVE to have the latest gadgets, it's a lock worth having. The convenience of a Bluetooth door lock makes it a tech-friendly security solution, and it's the best of the truly "smart" locks.
What Reviewers Say:
The August smart lock allows you to give timed access. For example, you would give your family 24/7 access to your front door but the maid would get only a couple of hours. The August smart lock is accompanied by an app that allows you to see the logs of those who have entered your home. It doesn't even need to have your WiFi active as it can still be controlled without it. In case of a power failure you also don't need to worry as it runs on 4 x AA batteries. Many people really like this. Here's what they think.
"The August lock has been quite reliable and does better than described. The packaging and instructions, fit and finish are great. It works with a good variety of lock vendors and it's been well thought out. For those of you, like me, were worried about the grinding noises other motorized locks make when lock/unlocking fear not - August is quite quiet. I bought the August lock for the auto-unlocking when approaching the door with your associated phone. It works pretty much all the time, but will not work for quick trips out to the car and back to the door, you really need to leave. You quickly get in the habit of leaving your keys, so I've been locked out of the house once because I enabled the auto-lock feature and shut the door. Thankfully I the Apple Watch app could talk to my iPhone inside the house so I could unlock the door using the watch app. A casualty of convenience and not August."
"Product works as expected. No issues."
"Compared to Lockitron which worked only maybe 20% of the time and involved weird steps to be made and Schlage where you can tell its a special lock from the outside because of the keypad...I standby August as being the best option available on the market today when it comes to Smart Locks!"
Three-dimensional, high-definition video of actual cloud formations appear on the mirror’s surface, creating a transcendent experience when looking at one’s reflection. The 80 frames of HD video create unique cloud formations and the LED back lighting creates radiant beams that cast a lustrous, celestial glow from within the cloud formations. A dimmer button on the frame adjusts the brightness of the back lighting and the clouds can be turned off for use as a traditional mirror. The mirror is made from durable, high-density acrylic, the frame is anodized aluminum, and the unit can be hung on a wall or placed on a mantel. Plugs into AC.
It's $4000 for a mirror measuring 36" x 24" (50 pounds). You can get a smaller mirror for $899.95. It measures 15" x 13" (10 pounds). Either way, this is the gift of a lifetime.
Editor: Fashion & Grooming, Home & Office, Food & Drink
Katie’s Cleveland proud; but she’s also lived in Australia, Switzerland and now stays in South Africa. That’s a roundabout way of saying she can’t sit still; she’s always moving, always busy.
She has a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and work towards a Masters in Human Rights. She speaks French, is learning German and used to dream in Spanish. For years, Katie worked as a producer on fashion and advertising shoots before she realized her passion was the written word.
Katie’s far more interested in guy’s gear than women’s, except she has a wardrobe brimming with little black dresses. She drinks her beer out of the bottle and is raising her two boys to be better men.