Somehow, beyond my wildest dreams, work from home has become normal and actualized. How strange it is to think that, less than two years ago, a home office was simply a luxury that you could spend maybe one day a week in. Yet now, it’s way more common to do so than to head to an office every morning. As a registered homebody and introvert, this is great news for me.
Not only do I get to stay home and be productive, but I also have a reason to get all these cool gadgets and gear I’d been eyeing for years. This includes a portable laptop desk, an electric neck massager, and even aromatherapy. Trust me when I say that if you’re looking at screens from morning until night and then some, you’re going to want to invest in TLC products just as much as you would office ware. Below, I’ve compiled a list of my top picks and current faves. Keep scrolling to discover your new WFH must-haves!
This Laptop Desk is Height Adjustable and Moveable
My dad has had one of these rolling laptop carts for ages and I’d always been a little jealous. It seemed so convenient to be able to roll your laptop from the desk to the couch to the armchair at a whim. I finally splurged on one for myself and it’s been so nice to have. I’ve even begun using it for my coffee and breakfast when I don’t want to make more than one trip from the kitchen. Talk about versatility.
This Smart Thermostat Helps Create An Optimal WFH Environment
I’m one of those people whose body just seems to never be able to self-regulate temperatures according to its surroundings. Add to that the erratic temps we face due to climate change, and it just becomes a guessing game as to whether or not I need a sweater in September or if I should keep my shorts out for a few more weeks. This indoor thermometer has been really useful, in these cases, as it monitors conditions, making it easier to prevent colds, dry skin, allergies, etc. Concentrating on work will be a lot easier if you aren’t too hot or too cold, but just right.
These Bluetooth Earbuds Save You A Headache- Literally and Figuratively
I’d always been one of those people who thought wired devices were superior because you’d never run out of juice when it mattered. However, since I reluctantly made the switch to Bluetooth earbuds, I can tell you my world has been turned upside down. No more tripping on cords or tangling myself and my chair up in everything. I can get up and refill my coffee without leaving the call and missing important meeting notes. As a wireless convert, I can advocate for this one.
These Memo Pads Are Accurate For Some Work Days, Even From Home Ones
We’ve all felt this way during a workday, am I right, guys? Each of these memo pads sports a funny little comic and it brings a bit of joy and relief during those otherwise dreary, drab, and draining days. No matter how much you might like your job, we’ve all felt like we ‘didnt know what we were doing’ or that ‘everything is fine’ when it just so is not.
This Roomy, L-Shaped Desk Makes Space For All Your Daily To-Dos
An L-shaped desk changed my life, you guys. I didn’t run out of space to work anymore. I could have my monitors set up and still have space to take handwritten notes, if I wanted. I have space to charge my phone and tablet and Fitbit and eReader and lamp and … you get the point.
This Clear PVC Mat Saves Your Floors From All That Rolling Around You Do
While it may not seem like a big deal or even noticeable at the beginning, your chair is leaving marks on your floors as you roll around in boredom and anticipation of happy hour. After some time, you might begin to see fading and scratches appear. Investing in one of these giant PVC floor mats early on is how I keep my floors in good condition.
This Microphone Set Will Make You Sound So Much Better on Zoom Calls
This microphone setup is super useful. Not only do I sound clearer to my colleagues in meetings and presentations, I can video chat with friends and family way better, too. I also use this setup for streaming and online gaming, where clarity is a huge factor in team games and competitions.
This Aromatherapy Set Will Help You Energize in the Mornings and Relax At Night
Since I started using aromatherapy, I can genuinely say that I would never go without it. Even without the therapeutic effects, the routine feels calming and I enjoy the scents. Being sensitive to fragrance also means that I can really only use natural scents. This diffuser and essential oils set is one of my favorite work-from-home companions. I use peppermint and orange in the mornings for that energizing boost. Then, once the work day is over and it’s time to unwind, I love some lavender for soothing my senses.
This Monitor Riser Perfectly Organizes Your Screens
Having multiple monitors is great and I would never go back to single-monitor setups if I could help it. However, they can clutter up the space and gather dust rather quickly. Having this monitor riser has been amazing, actually. I love how I can rotate a screen easily without having to do the whole lift and tug and trip over wires dance I used to have to go through.
The Heating Pad That Hugs Your Shoulders
Do you ever feel like your shoulders need a nice, warm hug? This Huaggaroo microwaveable heating pad will do the trick. I love how lightweight it is and the fact that it’s cordless! I take it with me in my car for long drives and wear it while working from home at my desk. The best part is that it’s filled with clay beads, flaxseeds, lavender, peppermint, chamomile, and lemongrass so you get the full spa experience in one. Not big on warm hugs? That’s okay. You can freeze it too!
This Super Cute Pencil and Phone Holder Needs a Place On Your Desk
How cute is this pencil holder, though?? Elephants are one of my favorite animals and I love that I can have one on my desk that is not only adorable and nice to look at, but dually-functional as well. Its trunk curves upwards to hold my phone, while I can stick stray pens and pencils in the back.
This Gooseneck Lamp Is An Amazing Tool for Artists
As an artist, I spend a lot of time (like a lot of time) hunched over a desk and blocking the light with my own body from reaching my work. Getting a goose neck lamp was such a good idea and solution to this issue. I can angle the light depending on where on the artwork I’m at, and it’s really easy to move from surface to surface.
This Portable Photo Printer Means Your Fav Pics Can Finally Go the Fridge Again
I love the convenience of polaroids but I hate the price point that it comes with. I wanted a way to get fast, physical access to my favorite pictures, and this portable printer seemed like the way to go. So far, it’s proven itself well. The colors are vibrant and it’s relatively fast.
This Handy Whiteboard Lets You Track Quick Tasks Throughout the Day
One of the better whiteboards I’ve used (and believe me when I say, I’ve used a lot). This one is double-sided, for one, which means I can use one side for work and one side for home stuff. This whiteboard also comes with three, bright and easy-to-read colored dry-erase markers, as well as 4 adorable magnets.
This Awesome Lap Desk Is Perfect For Work-From-(the)Couch Sessions
A lapdesk is basically essential for anyone with a couch and/or a laptop. I mean, you’ll probably want to have at least the laptop. Of course, I’ve been using mine to journal on at night, once I’m already in bed. It saves me from having to hunch over the paper and is super comfortable to use.
This Under-the-Desk Cycling Machine Lets You Get Your Workout During Meetings
I’m not huge into exercising. At least, it’s difficult for me to go to a gym or even just work out at home after a long day of work. To combat this, I bought this DeskCycle, an under-the-desk bike peddling system. If I can get my workout out of the way before it’s Netflix and tea time, then I’m definitely doing it. I also find it helps me stay energized during the more boring parts of the day.
This Smart Lamp Lights Up In Any Hue Found On Your Phone’s Color Wheel
This really pretty lamp is not only touch-based, it can be any hue or shade your heart desires (you know, as long as it has an existing hex code). This model offers a convenient timer and boosts brightness and can connect to your phone, making it an excellent travel companion for family camping trips and backyard bonfires.
Relieve Your Headaches The Natural Way
All headaches are different, and that’s why it’s important that you have access to hot and cold relief in case you need it. This Hugaroo Soothe can be frozen or heated in the microwave. It softly wraps around your head, giving you not only pain relief but the darkness and calming sensation we all need to relax and feel better.
This Mouse and Wrist Pad Set Is a Must Have For Your Setup
Having a good wrist rest is super important for ergonomic reasons. It allows you to keep your wrist in a neutral position, providing support for your forearm, and relieving pressure from your muscles. This set is a great value, giving you a wrist pad for your mouse hand and a longer one for keyboard and typing support. Give them a try and I promise you won’t regret it.
This Organizer Takes All Your Knick Knacks and Finds Them a Home
This handy clear organizer is the best for storing all your little knick-knacks. From sticky notes to hand sanitizer, the many drawers, slots, and compartments are great for providing everything with its own home. Trust me when I say how much better you feel when all those tiny things are confined into a dedicated place. I really like this one for its compact design; even though it stores so many things, it doesn’t actually take up a lot of room overall.
This Chair Is Made For Gamers and Office Workers Alike
A good chair is probably just as, if not more, important than any other piece of work-from-home equipment. You’re going to be cultivating a relationship with this piece of furniture. You and the chair will get to know each other more intimately than any two human-and-inanimate objects ever has or ever will. You’ll want to pay the price for a good one so your back doesn’t end up having to. (I like this one).
This Compact SAD Lamp Will Actually Bring You the Opposite of Sadness
S.A.D. season is approaching and with it, the clouds of despair. It usually helped people like me, who experience Seasonal Affect Disorder, by going out and into an office surrounded by company and a change in environment. Working from home, with all its benefits, makes that way harder to do. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to take measures and take care of our mental well-being. This SAD lamp is compact and touts great reviews. I’d highly recommend it even if you don’t get SAD, as the UV treatment alone pays for itself during the dark and dreary days of winter.
This Self-Lit Webcam Is Actually Lit AF
A solid webcam is a huge must for work-from-homers. This one has a built-in ring light, boasting 1080P video quality and automatic low light correction. With an ultra-wide-angle lens, I can sit back comfortably and not worry that my face appears as a giant moon on everyone’s screen.
This Footrest Will Infinitely Increase Your Comfort During Work Hours
Having a footrest has also made a huge difference to my comfort levels. I’ve really just kind of decked out my home office setup and I’m not even a little bit sorry #treatyoself (to good ergonomics and work hygiene). This one is actually a 2-in-1, where you can also flip it upside down and rock to stimulate your feet and legs. In general, footrests promote circulation and correct posture/body alignment as well.
This Glass Planter Is a Super Pretty And Unique Way to Display Your Plants
This glass planter is so pretty and chic. It really fits into my home’s aesthetic and I’ve placed a few around my home to tie together the look. It’s also easy to remember to change the water, as you can see when it gets real murky. So far, and this has to be said, this remains the only receptacle in which I’ve put plants and not immediately watched them die afterwards.
This Smart Surge Protector Is A Staple You’ll Want To Have Around, Trust Me
I’ve been using these smart plugs to set timers for devices such as my lamps and humidifier for ages now. However, I wanted something that would protect my computer in case of a power surge. As it turns out, they make those ‘smart’ nowadays, too. These are able to connect to both Alexa and Google Assistant, so there’s no reason not to try out a couple in your home and see if it works for you.
This USB Charging Hub Is Perfect If You Have a LOT Of Devices
Even in a single-person household, like mine, I still have a myriad of electronic devices that all seem to charge/function via USB. It’s more than I could rattle off the top of my head if you asked me while I was away from my desk. I picked up one of these USB 3.0 Hubs with 7 ports. It’s proven to be incredibly useful and I’m grateful to never be lacking a charging slot when I suddenly find I need one.
This Colorful Sticky Notes Set Is Super Useful For Meetings (Both Work and PTA)
I love this sticky notepad for many reasons. Not only are there so many different colors and sizes, I like that they aren’t individually strewn about the bottom of a desk drawer. The little tabs are also useful for keeping tabs in a book I’m reading or color-coordinating tasks based on category, etc. Organization enthusiasts will know what I’m talking about.
This Memory Foam Seat Cushion Will Make Work Hours Far Easier On The Tushy
This memory foam cushion feels like I’m sitting on a cloud. I had to adjust mine to get the right balance between firmness and comfort but once I did, I could sit through long writing sessions easily. Best of all, when I got up at the end of the day, I didn’t feel like my entire lower half had numbed itself out.
These Chamomile Heated Eye Masks Are a Godsend After a Day of Screens
Staring at a screen all day is tough on the eyes, no matter how good your vision is or how intense the blue-light filter is on your glasses. I’ve been using these instant-heat eye pads to relax my poor eyes every day and they’ve made such a difference. I actually feel energized after a 15- to 20-minute session, despite how it might seem like it’ll make you fall asleep instead. Definitely highly recommend.
This Personal Shiatsu Massager Is So Nice Both During and After Work
Say goodbye to neck and shoulder pain, my friends. I sure did. Forget the costly massages at the spa and add this Shitsu massager to your cart ASAP for the most incredible shoulder and neck relief. Even during work, I can discreetly turn this on if on a call or pull it down and give myself a solid, lower-back massage. So soothing and my pain and stress are drastically reduced.
This Snap-On Message Board Puts Priority Notes Where You Can See Them
I’m notorious for leaving my phone on vibrate under the covers of my unmade bed. There’s no hope of remembering to check notifications if it doesn’t come to my email. And that grocery list just ain’t gonna, no matter how far into the future we go. Having these reminders on the side of my monitor via this snap-on board, therefore, has been a huge help. It even has a spot for my phone with a slot for a charging cable.
This Giant Waterproof Blotter Is Just What You Need to Tie Your Desk Together
Until a couple of years ago, I never even knew giant mousepads existed. Now, I’m discovering that not only are they available and awesome, but they also come in pretty colors. This one is more than worth the time it takes to add to your cart and then slap on top of your desk for a way better computer experience.
This Wireless Charging Port Doubles As a Desk Lamp
Up until this year, I’d never tried wireless charging and now that I have, I can’t believe I hadn’t. It’s super convenient and takes away one of a billion wires I’m constantly tripping over. One day, everything will hopefully be wirelessly charged and we can do away with these hazard lines forever. This one doubles as a lamp, which means I can use the charger for my mouse and headphones instead.
This Personal-Sized Projector Takes Presentations & Home Movies to Another Level
This Bluetooth projector is perfect for movie nights, of course, but it also doubles as a powerful tool for a work presentation. You connect it to your phone and stream to your heart’s content onto a big surface.
This Lumbar Support Pillow Makes a Huge Difference On Your Back
This lumbar support pillow is a godsend that should honestly be a requirement for everyone who works at a desk. Like, legally. Back pain and problems are so easy to develop and ergonomic solutions such as this 100%-memory foam lumbar pillow that uses your body heat to adjust to your needs. You’ll definitely be way gladder to have had this and not needed it than to realize you should have had it all along and now it’s too late. Prevention is key!
This Motivational Canvas Board Reminds Some of Us Why We’re Working At All
Some people have kids and other people, like me, also have kids but mine walk on four legs and bark at the mailman (though I suppose if your human child does that, too … it’s just a phase?) Anyway, this painted plaque is a cute and funny reminder as to why I work as hard as I do. Not only do I have my own mouth to feed, but a couple of dependent, needy creatures who can’t even stay by themselves in the living room while I go to the bathroom. Just like you’d decorate your office at work, you should add some to your home office, too.
This Ring Light Helps You Cringe Less From Seeing Your Own Zoom Reflection
These ring lights are a godsend if you have to be on camera every day. Whether that’s for work meetings or streaming on platforms like Twitch and Mixr, you’ll feel way better about it if you have good lighting. Not everyone is able to afford or have the space for huge umbrella lighting, of course. You might not want the hassle of setting it up every morning either. That doesn’t mean you can’t look your best. Just plop this bad boy on top of your Macbook and turn it on. It has three different color settings for different times of day/environment changes and an easy-to-access remote on the cord. Your coworkers are gonna be jealous you look so good.
This RoboVac Takes Care Of Your Home So You Can Focus On Your Work
This adorable, ‘slim’ (love yourself lil’ dude) robo-vac exudes Wall-E charm as it rolls around your living spaces and picks up what we deem to be trash, but what it clearly sees as treasure. What’s more, it’s self-charging. You can control this little guy with your voice and/or your phone, and it even maps out your home so it can do its job more efficiently going forwards.