It takes a special kind of person to be a freelancer. These are individuals who are typically driven, disciplined, organized, and most of all, who push themselves hard to go the distance with their freelancing businesses.
They generally live and think outside the box, and when it comes to building their careers and crafting their lives, they lead a unique lifestyle.
For that reason, it may be hard to know what kind of gift to get the freelancer in your life. Your typical trip down to the local mall may not yield that special something for that special freelancing someone.
And, if you’re a freelancer, you may want to make gift shopping easier on your loved ones by cluing them in on a few things that would really make your freelancing life more amazing and fun than it already is.
This post will cover ten great gift ideas for freelancers that will make life more enjoyable, productive, efficient and healthy.
#1: Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Blue light occurs both naturally and artificially, from the sun and things like digital screens and electronic devices respectively.
Because of the nature of the light waves that come from blue light, extended exposure to it has been linked to things like disrupted sleep cycles; Digital Eyestrain Syndrome (blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, neck and back pain); increased risk of depression; and even higher risks of things like some cancers, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Freelancers generally spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen and are exposed to a significant amount of blue light as a result. Blue light blocking glasses, sometimes called “gaming glasses”, could really make a big difference for their long-term health and well-being!
#2: Standing Desk
Another thing that most freelancers do for long periods of time is sit, specifically at a desk in front of a computer.
Sitting for long periods has been shown to cause problems like obesity and high blood pressure and has even been linked to increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Extended sitting has even been compared to the dangers of smoking!
While the intention behind a standing desk isn’t to stand the entire time while working (that’s not healthy either), it does promote movement which is always good while working long hours. These desks are adjustable so they can be used for either sitting or standing and some even adjust electrically.
A good mat for standing desks is an essential to the setup. These mats make standing much more comfortable.
#3: Ergonomic Office Chair or Chair Pad
Often times a freelancer’s work space almost becomes like their “nest” and having the most comfortable space to land for long periods would definitely be a welcome gift. The right chair or chair pad could help eliminate discomfort, ward of chronic injuries and increase a freelancer’s productivity significantly, always a plus.
#4: Pampering and Self-Care
As we mentioned earlier, freelancers typically drive it pretty hard with their work and self-care often takes a back seat. As well, whether you’re a freelancer or not sometimes it’s just hard to indulge a little and make time or spend money on doing something that feels really, really great.
Depending on your freelancer’s personality and likes, a massage, pedicure or complete day at the spa would likely be an extremely welcome gift. You could also really encourage your freelancing friend or loved one to spend some time taking care of their physical health by getting them a gym membership. The gift of taking care of one’s health is one that just keeps on giving.
While most of society is tethered to its phone pretty much all the time it seems, the notifications that come in on a phone are often the lifeblood of a freelancer’s business. One of the main benefits of a smartwatch is being able to get notifications right on your wrist and while that may seem like a small thing, for a freelancer it could be incredibly freeing.
There are a lot of options out there currently when it comes to smartwatches and if you know your freelancer fairly well you can tailor a watch’s capability to their needs. Aside from providing notifications at a glance they can also be used with calendar functions including synchronization, for GPS and even as a wifi hotspot. That could be a game-changer for a freelancer!
While we live in this digital age and so many aspects of our lives are housed in electronic devices, many freelancers still rely on a “paper” planner. There’s just something about putting pen to paper and being able to map out a year, month, and week as well as track goals, budgets and other important aspects of a freelancer’s existence.
My personal favorite when it comes to planners is the Bullet Journal. It’s versatile, aesthetically fun, customizable to any freelancer’s needs and wants and can revolutionize both productivity and business. These planners can also be a powerful tool for managing stress and anxiety, staying organized and running a full and busy life which most freelancers definitely do!
For those who prefer a planner that’s already set, I highly recommend the Dailygreatness Planners. They are fantastic. Check out their business planner and life planner.
#7: On-the-Go Power
One of the worst feelings as a freelancer is watching the battery monitor on your laptop, phone or tablet fading away when you’ve either forgotten a cord or are nowhere near a power source.
After all, one of the benefits of being a freelancer is being able to work wherever you want and sometimes that includes places without electrical outlets (poolside anyone?).
External batteries or portable chargers as they’re also called can be a lifesaver for a freelancer. These devices vary in regard to how robust they are and what they’re designed to provide power for. Some are only for phones and tablets while there are also larger, more robust models for laptops. Help support your freelancer’s “laptop lifestyle” by gifting them with some on-the-go juice!
#8: Cup Holder
At first glance this gift may seem somewhat simple and not very exciting, but we’re not talking about just any cup holder. As well, ask any freelancer and they’ll likely tell you that at some point their beverage of choice has ended up on or around their workspace in a less than desirous manner.
Part of sitting for those long hours of work is having the right liquid fuel and staying hydrated. Whether it’s coffee or water, keyboards definitely don’t prefer liquids. A cup holder with a suction cup is a simple gift that any freelancer would appreciate!
#9: Light Therapy
Light therapy is typically used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mood disorder in which people feel depressed during the shorter, darker days of winter and more energetic and happy during the longer, sunnier days of spring and summer.
Freelancers who sit indoors at desks and work for long periods of time, often at odd hours and with sometimes with little sleep, can also really benefit from light therapy however. Light therapy lamps help regulate the natural rhythms of the body and mind that impact sleep, mood and cognitive performance. These lamps can also help counteract some of the negative impacts of the artificial light your freelancer’s sitting in front of and or underneath for long periods. Give the gift of light, your freelancer will thank you!
#10: Posture Trainer
Another potential effect of sitting and working long hours at a desk or computer as a freelancer is poor posture. Given that the average human head weighs ten to eleven pounds it’s easy to forget about proper posture and let it fall forward while caught up in a project or in the hustle and bustle of a busy workday. As a result, overall neck and back health as well as long term posture can really suffer.
A posture trainer fits comfortably under clothing and will emit a vibration as an alert when your freelancer begins to slouch, reminding her to correct her posture and thus avoid back, neck and shoulder pain as well as chronic injury. A great gift for today that could have an impact on your freelancer’s health for years to come!
Wrapping It All Up, Literally
There you have it, ten great and creative gift ideas that any freelancer would love. Some of these are designed to make life and work easier and more efficient (always a great and appreciated gift) and some are meant to promote your freelancer’s health and well-being.
Giving one of these gifts to a freelancer you know is a great way to say “I support you in your awesome pursuit of your dreams” and that statement, in and of itself, is a beautiful gift.
Do you love these gift ideas? Have any other creative ones you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you. And, if you’re a freelancer, feel free to share this article all over your social media so your friends and family will know what to get you this holiday season!