25+ Things You’ll Probably Want On Hand If You Have To Work From Home

6. A mug warmer to keep your coffee piping hot long after you brew it, because while you would never forget to chug it at the office, for some reason coffee slips into the time-space-WFH continuum when you’re drinking it from your couch.

Promising review: “It’s going on a little over a year since I got this coffee warmer and I felt I needed to let everyone know that this is the best coffee warmer I’ve gotten. I work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is on the entire time, 5 to 6 days a week. It keeps my tea at just the right temperature. Not scalding or room temperature like other warmers I’ve purchased. The 60-inch cord is long enough to go across my large desk. The hot plate is 3.25 inches in diameter, making it the right size for even my large bottomed coffee mug. The entire warmer is 5.2-by-8.6 inches, so it’s not cumbersome having it sit on my desk. This was a great purchase, I’m glad I got it.” —Christin Fern

Get it from Amazon for $9.89.


7. A pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones so you can go into full ~flow~ free of all the distractions in your space (read: the temptation of Netflix, the 15 Reddit tabs open on your browser, and your cat who for some reason thinks your keyboard is his own personal bed).

The charge on these is no joke — in Bluetooth mode, they get around 30 hours of play time! Also, psssst — if you’re looking for music ideas, HubSpot created playlists to maximize productivity that are perfect for working from home.

Promising review: “I have tried many other brands of headphones and comparatively these look much nicer than some of the really expensive brands I have tried. The sound quality is also great and they block outside noise very well. I purchased these for a long haul flight I was taking and they were extremely comfortable and not super bulky and heavy. I am very pleased with the battery life too. Overall these are a great pair of headphones and I would recommend them to anyone, especially if you will be wearing for long periods of time.” —lindsay ann

Get them from Amazon for $59.99 (available in five other colors).


8. A time-marked water bottle to remind you to stay hydrated during the day, which is especially important when you’re WFH — it’s even easier to feel anxious or tired when you’re on your lonesome, and being dehydrated can def make it even worse.

This bb also comes with a no-leak lid and the ability to infuse your water with fruit to jazz things up — plus a carrying strap, so you can take it on your midday walks away from your desk!

Promising review: “For years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with water bottles. I’d want to carry one and get in my daily H2O, but the bottles would be heavy, hard to clean, or just plain ugly. This bottle is brilliant on many levels. First, easy to clean, soft to the touch but not slippery, it is comfortable to carry and fits in most cup holders. Next, the pour is perfect! No straw to mess with or lid to unscrew. No valve to get grody, or break! The lock is optional, but the closure is not. You pick the setting. You can close the lid or close AND lock the lid — genius! Next, is the very convenient, ounce/timer label. This keeps you motivated to KEEP drinking. You can tell right away if you falling behind on your intake by just checking how far along you are on the water level of the bottle. I am a HUGE fan and already plan on buying one for each member of my family. Probably will also gift this bottle to others because it is seriously THAT cool! Thanks Cactaki for your innovative and step-above design! This product is fantastic!” —BGR8FUL

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).


9. A hand massager to work out all the little aches and pains that come with using your hands to type out all the meetings that could have been emails, and are, in fact, emails now.

It pulls double duty, too — one side is geared to massage your fingers, and the other to massage your palms. A lot of people use it to recover from hand surgery or deal with carpal tunnel and arthritis.

Promising review: “I bought these after having carpal tunnel surgery and they’ve been wonderful for my hand rehab. I keep the medium firmness one at work and squeeze it through out the day when I’m not typing or using a mouse and it has been great for brining strength back to my hand and fingers. I keep the more firm ball in the bedroom and use it every morning when I wake up to get my blood flowing and start using my hand for the day. Overall I would highly recommend these and will re-buy them if I ever lose them and I’ve already owned them for over a year. Great product and if used right will do what they are made for.” —TexasWheelz

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.


10. A set of blue-light blocking glasses ideal for anyone whose WFH setup involves a lot of time in front of their computer (it…me?) — these protect your eyes from the type of of light in screens that can mess with your sleep cycles and strain your eyes.

Promising review:I purchased this item because I work from home and I am constantly look at a computer screen. My eyes were getting strained from always looking at a screen and knew I needed to add something to my routine. I purchased this for me and my boyfriend and they work AMAZING! Not to mention stylish.” —Beth

Get a set of two from Amazon for $17.98 (available in seven color combinations).


11. An adorable We Rate Dogs daily calendar to brighten up your day every single time you sit down at your desk. What? Did we do?? To deserve dogs????? 😭

Promising review: “Every day at work my coworkers and I look at our calendars and ogle at the cute puppies. It is a great way to decompress and look at some good boys and girls to break up the day. Highly recommend.” —Tyandl

Get it from Amazon for $12.52.


12. A waterproof, stain-resistant faux marble granite adhesive you can use on an old desk to magic it into a sleeker, brand new version, so you’ll actually look forward to working on it every day.

Promising review:I took a chance and bought this originally as a ‘BandAid fix’ to re-finish a desk. I had looked in stores in the contact paper aisles, but all of them were just that … paper. THIS item is actually a thin sheet of vinyl (?) with adhesive, and I ended up liking it so much I bought more and re-finished my kitchen countertop with it as well! Highly recommended if you want to change the look of your counters but you don’t have the money for a full remodel just yet. It can be cleaned with dish soap and water just like a real countertop.” —Ezra Boyd

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four sizes).


13. A keyboard cleaning gel, because if you are anything like me then working from home means that your laptop is working overtime both as a keyboard and as a lunch tray (“Alexa, how do you get Cheez-It crumbs out of a laptop fan???).

Promising review: “I was skeptical at first. Was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. Squeeze it between your fingers! LOL. My next task for it will be those dust return air vents on our heating system and use it on my dusty window blinds. This stuff works and I highly recommend!” —Billy

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.


14. An itty bitty desk trash can to collect all your odds and ends, like used tissues and wrappers and that stray noodle that must have fallen out of your leftover pad thai when you were going to town on it earlier (is there any world more lawless than WFH?).

Promising review: “This is one of those just-opened-the-package-gotta-review-it-right-now things. I bought this for my desk at the office. It’s weighty and substantial, very high quality, and the lid movement is quiet and balanced. The outside surface is a very smooth, slightly shiny, black matte finish, and with my luck getting damaged products, I was rotating it and bracing myself for the inevitable scratch. Not a mark on it. Very happy customer.” —J. Davis

Get it from Amazon for $15.


15. A glorious assortment of snacks, because if we’re all being honest with ourselves, 80% of the reason anyone works from an actual office is to get those free snacky snacks. You deserve to look forward to the bliss of popping open that 3 p.m. sugar rush.

Promising review: “Love this snack package! Great variety of different flavor snacks, all delicious!” —Dr. Carmen Otalora

Get a pack of 20 snacks from Amazon for $17.99.

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