Do you have an online teacher in your life? Wondering what to get them for the holidays? Here are some gifts that we would like.
Desk Plants: Studies find that “leafier offices are happier offices.” In-office foliage increases productivity and work place satisfaction. Offer that to home workers by giving us a plant or two to spruce up our space.
Start a Business Books: Many online teachers are starting small business. If they are not, they should be. No need to work for someone else. Many teachers do not have small business experience. Here are some books for beginning a small business. I wish I would have read The $100 Startup three years ago. I would also appreciate a subscription to Entrepreneur magazine.
Time management books: Working from home requires a new kind of discipline. There is no boss. No one is checking up on us. We just have to get our work done, by ourselves. Here are some great introductions to time managements.
Money Management books: There are no 401Ks for home-workers. As my current retirement plan involves faking my own death, I would certainly benefit from a good, readable, financial planning book. Suze Orman got me through my 20s, with her book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke. She also has a book for women, and many other books about controlling your financial destiny. If I had any money or time, I would buy one of these. I would also like a subscription to Money Magazine.
Name plate: Wouldn’t it feel good to have a real name plate? Yes, it is a bit silly, but I would still like one.
Ergonomically correct keyboard: You only have to use these once to know how much easier they are to type with.
Wrist supports: Everyone who spends time at a computer should use one of these. Stop carpal tunnels before it starts!
A good lamp: Digital workers are more likely to skimp on proper lighting. Offer someone a good place to work with decent lights.
An online course: There is a lot to learn about teaching online. What better way than by taking an online course! You need not even pay for these. WizIQ offers several for free. Check out Teachers Teaching Online and WizIQ Standpoints for Teachers. They offer everything that a new teacher needs.
Gift Cards: There are always gift cards. They are truly appreciated, infinitely flexible and sure to please.
Moderately Priced Ideas
A Soda Stream: Water. What is more important? It increases productivity, helps us reduce errors and keeps us healthy. Studies have shown that being just one liter dehydrated increases your anxiety level and stress hormones. Help your at-home worker stay supple with a soda stream.
Room dividers and privacy screens: Most online teachers and at home workers have to make space do double duty. Bedrooms or dining rooms often double as offices. A room divider is a great way to create some separation between personal and professional lives.
A comfortable chair: People who work from home are likely to skimp on their personal comfort.
Sophos Anti-virus service: If your teacher friend is hampered by computer viruses, this is the gift for them. Sophos is not just software, it is a subscription service. If a virus makes it past their digital walls, you call them, and they fix it right away. It saved me days of working time, last year.
Make them a standing desk: Researchers are finding that the very act of sitting too long is harmful. The effects of going to the gym and eating your vegetables might be negated by spending most of the day sitting in front of a computer. Fortunately, the standing desk is gaining popularity. There are several models to buy featured later in this post, but there are many do it yourself ideas. Bob Villa shows you 6 different ideas, here. There is also this clever hack for $22.
Sunlight simulator: No one is getting enough sunlight. Some of us take this pretty hard. Fortunately, there are sunlight therapy lamps, including these made by Light Therapy Products. Here is an article by the Mayo Clinic on choosing the right light therapy lamp.
A house cleaning service: There is no way that any small business owner is keeping up with his housework. A few hours of professional service would be such a lovely gift.
A Standing Desk: I can’t say enough about standing desks. I cobbled one together with the materials that I had on hand, and it has changed my life. That said, if you’ve got a few extra bucks, and want to really improve the life of your loved one, there are a number of really great options available.
The Kangaroo desk holds things and goes up and down. It is available from Ergodesktop for less than $500.
The Trek Desk combines a desk and a treadmill.
The Kick stand Desk allows the biker in your life to pedal while they work:
Gym memberships: We need to get out more. There is nothing like a gym membership to help at-home workers people get into the world and get some exercise.