Five Simple Gifts for the Freelancer Working at Home

Working from home may seem alluring, but the freelancer's life is often filled with unanticipated stress. Let these gifts help. (Photo: Linderina/iStock)

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The freelancer lives in the landscape of the self-initiated, self-organized and self-generated, trudging along the great sand dunes of distraction, procrastination, flagging will and lack of inspiration. Such a unique circumstance calls for a specific slew of gifts.

Sleepy Jones Pajamas
Sleepy Jones Pajamas

Sleepy Jones Pajamas

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When most people imagine the life of a freelancer, they imagine a disheveled worker in pajamas rooted in front of a laptop with coffee in hand. A professional freelancer may, however, wake up, start the coffee, and take advantage of the greatest perk of all by slipping into fresh, work-ready, fancy pajamas.

CW Pencil Enterprises sampler
CW Pencil Enterprises sampler

CW Pencil Enterprise's Favorite Things Sampler

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Pencils should be an important part of a freelancer’s life. If they don’t know this yet, get your loved ones a sampler from CW Pencil Enterprise, a pencil store in New York. Their “favorite things” sampler is guaranteed to spark an eternal, undying love for graphite. If they are a pencil junkie already, go straight to the best pencil known to man — the Palomino Blackwing 602. Writing with a Blackwing is silky, the graphite is pigmented, and every paper surface surrenders against the pulse of one's hand like butter.

Negative Mug and stress ball from Fairgoods
Negative Mug and stress ball from Fairgoods

Negative Coffee Mug & "I Hate Stress" ball

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Not everything is rainbows and flowers in the life of the freelancer. At times, deadlines are towering nemeses, inspiration flees, and productivity flags. In the face of colds, lack of sleep, self-doubt, and big life events, freelancers must still work. Give fire to their engine by providing these tools designed to let off steam.

Bisley Cabinets
Bisley Cabinets

Bisley Cabinets

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But maybe everything should be rainbows in the life of a freelancer. I give you the dream home for every freelancer’s stacks of paperwork, contracts, tax exemptions, articles, and other relevant paper media: Bisley cabinets, which are available in every color at your local Container Store.

Bathtime relaxation gifts
Gifts for a bath lover

Gifts for a bath lover

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Lastly, after a week’s work, your freelancing loved one needs some time off. Here is an Amazon gift set I’ve created to exalt the sport and virtue of that old-time religion of soaking in steam and hot water. The set includes a cover for the bathtub drain to maximize submersion depth, a foam pillow, a suction beverage holder, and a disco ball. There's also a copy of Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I have Never Set Foot On and Never Will, an impeccably designed book The Guardian called “utterly exquisite.” Presented on blue background, the catalogue of islands -- and their brief histories and geological events -- reads like beautiful prose poems.

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