This year, Covid-19 lockdowns forced us to say goodbye to what we once knew as office culture, and hello to a work-from-home mandate that has become the new normal for many.
As a result of this momentous change, we’re all doing our best to turn our often too-small spaces into offices through tech stacks, stationary, good food and everything in between.
If you need a little inspo to make the most of your home office, or if you’re looking to help someone do the same, we have just the goods for you.
For Those Who Love To Take Notes
Just like Santa, if you’re working from home and prefer the old school paper and pen method, you’re making lists and checking them twice. If this is you or someone you’re shopping for, check out Ecojot, beautiful, recycled, Canadian made journals that give back. Vibrant, playful and happy are perfect words to describe these amazing journals, and the Canadian cities collection is an ode to the true north strong and free and makes for an excellent holiday gift.
For the Loved One who Wants to Stay Close to Those from Afar
Staying connected to your family and friends has been so important this year, and it’ll be especially easy with the help of Google Nest Hub Max. With its built-in camera, you’re able to log in to any meeting on Duo or Google Meet. The Nest Hub Max also makes for the perfect sous-chef in the kitchen reading recipes aloud, your personal assistant displaying schedules and to-dos, and your digital photo album adding smiles to any room. You can also tune in to your favourite shows and series on YouTube, Disney+ and Netflix on the Nest Hub Max display.
Pssst, we’re giving away a Google Nest Hub Max on our Instagram right now! Hurry on over there to enter.
For Those Who Need A Little Sparkle To Brighten Up Their Work Day
There’s a quote that says, “when the hoop earrings go on, the boss babe comes out,” and while there isn’t much of anywhere to go lately, nothing brightens your day quite like a little gold. By Canadian self-taught designer Jenny Bird, who is passionate about growing a female-led business, these U-Link earrings are the perfect minimal maximalist addition to any casual work from home outfit and make for a very thoughtful gift.
For the One who Always Talks About How Much Water they Drink
Let’s face it: some of you out there know at least ONE water snob. Hey, maybe you’re the water snob. With eco anxiety mounting around the climate crises, oceans filling with plastics and a recycling system rife with inefficiencies, we had no choice but to create a mindful business with wellbeing and sustainability at its core. Introducing: Lark. We’re moving less, and upping our screen time, which means taking care of your hydration should be of the utmost importance. Lark self-describes as “a minimalist milkman,” delivering premium waters and alternative milk beverages in premium refillable glass bottles with tree-free biodegradable labels and crates made from100% recycled plastic. They also offer a subscription service which would make for the perfect boujee but eco-kind gift for a loved one who enjoys their H2O with a little something extra. All water is exclusively sourced from an Ontario spring that is tested and government regulated. Local water = a lower carbon footprint. Aren’t you just thirsty at the thought alone?
For the Person Who Likes an Elevated WFH Fashion Look
For most, all day video meetings with brief errand breaks usually mean a bit of business at the top and a lot of party at the bottom, but it’s likely that if you’re leading a presentation, interviewing for a role, or in a position that requires a little more effort to your look, you need something that looks chic but not overstated. The Sidia caftan is your pick! This chic uniform for modern womxn is balanced, versatile and simple – all the ebay elements of effortless style. What’s best is that the caftan easily transitions from day to night, from professional to personal – and everything in between. Featuring a deep V for breathability and a carefully considered blend of stretch and structure, this caftan is equal parts chic, comfortable and confident.
For Those Who Love To Cook, But Don’t Have Time To Grocery Shop
Easily the least sexy, but also the most delicious and practical gift, food subscriptions are a great way to set up a delivery of staple items for your household without remembering to log in and order every week/month – especially if work from home life is demanding. West Side Beef is a neighbourhood butcher shop that you shop at from the comfort of your own home, or on the go. They deliver locally and ethically raised meats, so you’re guaranteed to get the best cut of whatever you’re cooking up, and no matter how you order, deliveries happen on Friday of each week, so no shock horror panic when someone asks “what’s for dinner tonight?”.
For those working from home, but aren’t actually at home.
Okay so, yes, staying at home is always the safest option during this pandemic, and while hope is on the horizon for a semblance of normalcy in 2021, it’s understood that some people are opting for weekend getaways or overnight stays to change up the scenery. If this is you or someone you know, make the most of your travel plans with the Monte and Coe Weekender bag. This wool duffel bag is designed with a modern, eco-conscious approach to a traditional carry-on bag. It comes clad with durable Italian gold plated brass hardware and hand-painted edges which provide a world-class finish to this timeless duffel bag for men or women. The Italian wool exterior is naturally water wicking, odour-resistant, and breathable, making it the perfect duffel bag for any season — especially after this pandemic is a thing of the past.
For Those Who Need to Maintain their Mane
Ceremonious lunch time or after work beard trims aren’t always possible anymore, depending on which zone you live in, so an elite skin regimen is super key. Since their inception, Buck Naked Soap Company introduced a full line of all-natural, vegan, handcrafted skin care products. They are committed to being chemical-free, using only pure, natural ingredients. On that, they are unwavering: if you can’t (or shouldn’t) eat it, we won’t use it. With that philosophy in mind, it only makes sense that their beard products adhere to the same standard. If you have a beard, when you’re working from home, you still want to look manicured because video meetings show our faces, and beards are on faces. And our faces have skin. And skin is our body’s largest organ. We don’t often think about it, but it’s our first line of defence against potentially harmful bacteria and contaminants. At 22 incredible square feet, our skin deserves to be nurtured and nourished with the best quality of ingredients. So why not spoil the bearded person in your life with the best of the best that nature has to offer?