Working from home can be surprisingly hazardous for your health, so get your loved one a gift that will keep them healthy and happy at their desks.
My Top Healthy Gift Choice For Somebody's Home Office
The most important piece of ergonomic furniture in anybody's home office is the chair they will be sitting in for most of the day, and the Aeron chair is an ideal choice, as it's fully adjustable, comfortable, and has good lumbar support. And it looks really cool too.
You may think that home office workers have it easy.
Sitting behind their desks in their PJs all day with an ample supply of tea, coffee and donuts to get stuck in to and no commute to worry about.
However, this home working environment isn't always as cushy as it sounds.
Because the sedentary nature of office work can be really damaging for your body if you're not careful.
As sitting down for 8 hours or more each day can be a major cause of lower back pain, while staring at a screen constantly can strain your eyes and make your head ache.
Then there are the repetitive strain injuries from things like typing and using a mouse.
And if you're on the phone all day you can easily strain your neck when balancing the headset between your neck and shoulders to keep your hands free.
So, if you have a friend or loved one who works remotely from home how about getting them something to help them avoid these problems?
Because they are less likely to have the ergonomic equipment that would be commonplace in most modern offices.
So, I've come up with the following list of gift ideas for home office workers which all make great additions to anyone's home office.
What Type Of Gifts Are Useful For Keeping Home Office Workers Healthy?
Staying pain-free in the office is all about setting your workstation up in the right way to reduce pressure on your body throughout the day.
As there are plenty of mistakes that can cause pain including using inadequate chairs without lumbar support and having the screen too low or off center.
But the good news is that these mistakes are easily rectified with a little care and by using the right equipment for the job.
And this gives us plenty of options when it comes to buying a gift for an office worker such as:
All of these things can really help to create a safer and healthier environment to work in.
So, let's start with one of the most important things, which is the chair they sit in all day.
1. An Ergonomic Office Chair For Healthy Sitting
One of the biggest problems for anyone that works in an office is the amount of time they have to spend sitting down.
As this compresses your spinal discs and weakens your core muscles which over time can be a major cause of lower back pain.
And one thing that makes it even worse is when you sit in a crappy office chair all day.
Because if you use a chair that doesn't fit you, can't be adjusted, and has zero lumbar support then you're putting your body under all sorts of extra pressure and strain.
And before you know it back, neck and shoulder pain at your desk is the norm.
So the first thing you need to do to keep yourself healthy in the office is to invest in an ergonomic office chair.
As using one of these chairs will transform your whole working experience because:
So if you want the ideal gift to keep an office worker happy then you should get them an ergonomic office chair.
And the one I'd recommend is the Herman Miller Aeron chair.
As this one can be adjusted in a number of ways to take the pressure off your body and get you into the ideal sitting posture.
And there's great support in the lumbar area, which really helps you avoid the lower back pain that is so common among office workers.
While the tilt function keeps your core muscles active and prevents them from weakening, and allows you to recline in it, if you need to relax and let go of some stress and tension.
And the iconic design means the Herman Miller Aeron chair will take pride of place in anyone's home office.
2. Support Cushions For A Better Sitting Posture
Another gift idea to help someone to sit with a healthier posture and reduce pressure and strain on their body is a lumbar support cushion.
Because by placing one of these cushions between your lower back and your office chair will give you much better support.
And it'll stop your back from flattening out against the chair.
Meaning it'll be easier to sit with an S-shaped curve in your spine which reduces the pressure and strain on your back, neck and shoulders.
So, if you want to help an office worker sit with less pain but can't stretch to an ergonomic office chair, get them a lumbar support cushion instead.
And if you want to help them avoid getting a numb backside too then you could pair this with a coccyx seat cushion.
With the Everlasting Comfort set of cushions above being ideal as a gift.
3. A Footrest To Keep Them In A Healthy Position
To be able to maintain a healthy sitting posture you need to keep both feet flat on the ground.
As this relieves pressure on your lower back and upper body as you sit.
However, you also need to be sitting a height that suits the desk you're working on.
And when that desk is so high that your feet can't reach the floor comfortably then you have a problem.
So a gift idea to help someone get over this is a footrest they can use to put their feet on.
As this way they can adjust their seat height to match their desk but also keep their feet grounded and body in the right position to relieve the pressure.
And a good choice for this is the HomeTown Market Adjustable Footrest.
As this footrest gives you the option to adjust both the height and angle of the tilt.
So it's perfect for resting your feet on comfortably as you sit and work throughout the day.
And there are little plastic nodules on the face of it that can give your feet a little massage if you slip off your shoes.
So, it's a great item for anyone to have under their desk to help them sit more comfortably.
4. An Adjustable Standing Desk To Mix Things Up
One of the main reasons that sitting for prolonged periods causes you pain is the fact your body is sat in the same position for so long.
This compresses your spinal discs and leaves your core muscles lying dormant.
Which over time will weaken both and mean your back becomes more vulnerable and has less support.
So a great way to counter the negative effects of sitting is to get up out of your seat for a 10 minute microbreak every hour.
As this will get your body moving again and let you stretch out any muscle tension that has been building up.
And another way you can do this is by alternating your work between a sitting and standing desk.
As one study found that this improved upper back and neck pain in the office workers tested by 54%.
While another study showed that this method was most effective when the participants were sitting for 40 minutes and standing for 20 minutes every hour.
So getting your loved one a height adjustable desk that lets them alternate between sitting or standing to work is a great way to keep them free from pain.
And the one I'd recommend is the Varidesk Height Adjustable Standing Desk.
As it has 11 height settings that make it easy to adjust to the right height to suit you.
And there are two separate surfaces, one for your monitor and one for your mouse and keyboard.
So you can keep your screen at a height that doesn't strain your neck rather than having to look down at it.
5. An Anti-Fatigue Mat To Use When Standing
When you start using a standing desk for periods at work then it's important that you also use an anti-fatigue mat.
Because standing still can be just as bad for your health as sitting down if you do it for long periods.
As your legs and feet tire, your joints begin to ache, and your lower back starts to buckle under the pressure.
So you need to keep your body moving as you stand to stay healthy and relieve this pressure.
And the best way to do this is to stand on an ergonomic anti-fatigue mat.
As these mats are designed in ways that encourage you to be constantly moving and adjusting your position as you work.
And this is great for increasing circulation, keeping your muscles active, and relieving pressure and pain.
So something like the Topo Comfort Mat By Ergodriven makes a great gift for any office worker that uses a standing desk.
As the raised edges, differing contours and soft material will have your feet and legs constantly stretching and balancing themselves.
And the raised edges will also allow you to adjust your standing position and angle to relieve any pressure and tension that may be building up.
So these mats are essential for keeping you healthy while standing up as you work and will be greatly appreciated when given as a gift.
6. A Monitor Arm To Get Your Screen At The Ideal Height
When you're working away on a computer all day it's important that the screen is at a height that allows you to look straight ahead at it.
Because looking down at a screen is bad news.
As this causes the neck and spine to be out of alignment which puts pressure on their neck, shoulders and upper back that leads to pain.
So, a gift that will allow a home office worker to do this is an adjustable monitor arm.
These arms attach to your desk and allow you to change both the height and angle of your monitor to get it into the ideal position.
Which will keep you nicely aligned and stop your neck from straining during the day.
So, if this sounds like a useful gift then check out the Humanscale adjustable monitor arm.
As this is extremely versatile, allowing you to move your monitor safely forwards, backwards, and tilted up or down.
Which means you can get it into any comfortable position to keep your neck and shoulders happy.
7. A Laptop Stand To Keep Their Neck & Shoulders Safe
Getting your screen to the right height is a problem for people that work from their laptops.
Because as the screen is attached to the keyboard they have no choice but to look down at it as they use it.
However, there is a solution to this problem and that is using a laptop stand.
As these are stands you place your laptop on that allow you to raise the screen to eye level while you use a separate keyboard to type with.
This means you can sit with a healthy posture and keep everything in alignment.
And by doing this for a few weeks you'll begin to see a massive improvement in your neck, back and shoulders.
So one of these stands is a really cool gift to give to someone that works from a laptop with the most popular choice being the Roost Laptop Stand.
As this one is well made, lightweight, and easy to carry around with you when working in coffee shops or while traveling.
And it's simple to use and adjust to the ideal height too.
8. An Ergonomic Keyboard To Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries
Another cause of pain and injury in the office comes from performing the same small movements over and over again throughout the day.
As the repetitive nature of these movements can cause repetitive strain injury over time if you're not using the right equipment.
And one of the biggest causes of this is the keyboard you type away on.
As most standard keyboards are not designed ergonomically and as a consequence position your hands, elbows and arms in an unnatural position as you use them.
Which can cause you problems over time and even lead to serious injuries such as Carpal tunnel syndrome.
However, you can guard against this by using an ergonomic keyboard instead.
And one that makes a good gift to give to someone is the Kinesis Freestyle Pro.
As this one has a split design so you can use keep your hands and elbows at a more comfortable angle when typing.
Which will reduce the pressure on your joints and tissues and alleviate any strain.
While the keys are low force so go easier on your fingers as you type.
And you can even buy some tenting accessories to go with it if you want to elevate the thumb sides of your wrists to type at an angle that reduces forearm pronation.
Which is great for increasing circulation and reducing forearm pain.
And this keyboard also comes with plenty of programmable options that make it ideal for a professional typist.
So it will fit in well in any ergonomically optimised office set up.
9. A Vertical Mouse That Goes Easy On Their Wrists & Forearms
Using a traditional mouse is another thing that can lead to repetitive strain injuries such as hand and wrist pain.
This is because your hand has to sit flat on top of it which twists your forearms and wrists slightly.
While clicking the buttons involve plenty of movement and effort from your fingers.
And when doing this for 8 hours every day it can lead to muscle strain and fatigue.
So a good gift to get someone for their office is an vertical ergonomic mouse.
As these have been designed so you can hold them while keeping your hands, wrists and arms in a more natural position.
And a great choice is the Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse.
As this one is designed to keep your hand at an optimal 57% angle as you use it which will stop your forearm from twisting and reduce muscle strain.
And this will keep your hand feeling much more comfortable and relaxed during the day.
Plus clicking the buttons involves 4 times less movement than with a traditional mouse.
So you'll work a lot less to achieve the same result.
And these look pretty cool sitting on their desk too, so all in all a great gift idea.
10. A Bluetooth Headset To Prevent Neck Pain
If you work in an office where you have to spend a lot of time on the phone then it's worth investing in a good Bluetooth headset.
Because you'll need both your hands to go through files and write things down as you chat away to clients.
And the last thing you want to do is to be wedging the phone between your shoulder and ear as you do this.
As this is a one way street to a stiff and painful neck.
So how about getting your loved one a new headset for their home office or to take into work with them?
As they can wear one of these and talk away while keeping their hands free.
And this will keep their necks much happier and healthier in the long run.
So if this sounds like a good gift idea then check out the Jabra Evolve 75 Wireless Bluetooth Headset.
As this one has crystal clear HD sound which means you'll be able to hear what a client is saying to you perfectly.
And they're great for busy office environments as they have fantastic noise cancelling qualities.
So you can talk away without anything distracting you from an important conversation.
And having Bluetooth connectivity means you won't have to worry about any wires either so you can move around as you talk.
Plus they are really comfortable to wear on your ears too.
So one of these headsets is ideal as a gift for someone whose job revolves around speaking on the phone.
11. An LED Desk Lamp To Prevent Eye Strain
The best lighting solution for any home or work office is to take advantage of the natural light coming in from an outside window.
However, many offices don't have this luxury.
And the harsh neon lighting that replaces the natural light in these offices can be really straining on your eyes after a while.
Which can lead to migraines and headaches developing when working long hours under this glare.
So a good way to get around this is to use an office task light on your desk instead.
As this way you can get a bright burst of LED light on your workstation that is easier and more comfortable on your eyes.
And this will make it much less straining to read or use the computer.
So one of these makes for a decent gift for an office worker and for a really good one check out the Humanscale Element 790 LED Light.
As this one gives out a consistent light with minimal shadow to really brighten up your desk.
And it's really easy to adjust the position so you get this light shining exactly where you need it.
Plus you can dim the light to suit your needs and to wind down at the end of the day.
So while this isn't the cheapest option available it's a fantastic gift that will keep their desks illuminated for years to come.
Working in your home office doesn't sound like the most strenuous thing, but it can be more damaging for your body than you realise.
As hours on end spent sitting down can cause havoc in your back, neck and shoulders.
While the repetitive tasks involved with computer work can cause strain and injuries over time.
So, even though you're at home you need to make sure you're working smart to stay safe and healthy.
And there are a few ergonomic items that can help you to do this which all make great home office gift ideas for a remote worker.
So, I hope you've found something among this list that would make for a good gift for your loved one.
As they can make a real difference to their whole workday experience, health and well-being.