This lap desk with space for a mouse for those of us without space for a desk
If your only option is to work from the couch or in your bedroom because you don’t have space for a desk—and let’s be real, that’s likely a lot of you living in apartments—this lap desk is a great, affordable option for a workspace that doesn’t require you to spend too much to get set up. It’s $34.99 on Amazon and even has a spot for your phone so you can watch Tik Tok’s while you work.
Some thermal leggings because Zoom only shows your upper body
We don’t know if you’ve figured it out by now but no one is making you get dressed in the morning anymore. You have no communal office space so there are zero expectations for what you have to wear to work. Now, you might want to—you know, wear your normal workwear when you’re on Zoom—but the WFH #ootd is similar to a mullet: business on the top, cozy on the bottom. These thermal leggings are both cozy and lightweight, and they range in price on Amazon from just $9.02 to $24.00. Plus, they come in tons of colors.
Wireless ear buds
Few work from home necessities come more in handy during a conference call than a pair of Apple Air Pods Pro’s ($249 on Amazon or $129 for the first generation Air Pods). They may seem like a big financial commitment, but believe us when we say that they’re an investment that is worth every penny—especially when you work from home and often find yourself doing things like laundry or dishes while you’re on a call. For non-Apple users, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are also a popular choice ($144 on Amazon)
A daily tear-off planner that gives encouraging advice
Whether or not you think it’s corny any other time of year, it’s got the right level of positivity that we all need right now. This tear-off planner can help you stay sane and organized each day with spaces to write down your to-do list, “must-do” tasks, and even track your water intake and activity. For just $10.99 on Amazon, you can feel just a little bit more put together as you navigate having to get used to your new normal.
Some pens that remind you to stay positive
You probably don’t need more pens, but there is never a bad time to buy more pens. These pens from ban.do on Amazon are $14.00 for a pack of 3 and they offer a small reminder to be kind to yourself these days.
A new HydroFlask
If you don’t already own a HydroFlask we highly suggest you get one as soon as possible. It’s a life-changing product that will not only help you drink more water, but help you cut back on single use plastic while you do it. They last forever and stay clean longer than most reusable water bottles—plus they’re not made with plastic. This one comes with a drinking straw and is only $49.95 on Amazon for a 32 oz. bottle.
This milk frother that lets you make oat milk latte's at home
Now that you can’t treat yourself to a latte or espresso drink of your choice from your local coffee shop (or Starbucks, we don’t judge), it’s time to learn how to be your own barista. This milk frother is ultra powerful and is only $12.99 on Amazon. Or, if you really want to treat yourself you can buy this Nespresso machine that will make the entire drink for you.
A fuzzy blanket to stay cozy under
You may not be able to bring a fuzzy blanket to work, but you sure can as you work from home. This one is ultra soft and luxurious and won’t break the bank since it’s only $29.99 on Amazon.
A yoga mat to stretch in between tasks
Experts say that you should get up and walk around a bit for every 30 minutes you spend sitting down, but doing some daily yoga after work will not only help you unwind at night but it will keep your muscles and joints from feeling tight from sitting in the same position for too long. This high-quality yoga mat from Gaiam is $30.00 on Amazon and comes in tons of colors for you to choose from and personalize.
These "work out from home" basics to keep you fit
These resistance bands can be used in place of often expensive dumbbell sets and they last a long time as well. This set from Amazon is only $69.99 for everything you would need to get a good, full body workout right from home.
We hope you enjoy these work from home necessities! But keep in mind, Grit Daily might take small cut of the profit on the items recommended here—but that doesn’t mean we don’t believe in them. We only recommend products that we would buy or use ourselves, so don’t be wary of our suggestions.
Whether we like it or not (we do) the workforce is likely to become more remote even after the COVID-19 crisis ends and people can go back to work. If you’re one of the lucky people that were able to take their work home with them and were not laid off, you’re likely now facing the unique issue of having to remain focused while the distractions of home are all around you (but let’s be honest, working from home is still better than commuting to the office every day).
These work from home necessities from Amazon will keep you cozy and keep you productive over the coming weeks, and maybe even beyond.