As freelancers, we get to wake up and make a short commute from the bed to the coffee pot, wear pajamas while we work, and play Lara Croft Tomb Raider all day if we want. We do what we want when we want while building our dream businesses.
But while we may think it’s easy to buy presents for a freelancer, your family may have no clue. They want to buy you something different than a Starbucks or Visa gift card (because all freelancers love coffee, right?).
That’s why I created this fun list of the best gifts for freelancers, no matter what holiday it is. Forward it to anyone struggling to find the perfect present for you, a copy of this list of fun and useful gifts for freelancers.
And if you’re a family member looking for a gift for the freelancer in your life, for God’s sake, no more boring coffee cups or gift cards to an office store. Here’s what makes a good gift for a freelancer.
What Makes a Good Gift for a Freelancer?
You probably know that most freelancers are fun but goal-driven if you’re married to or friends with one. We want fun presents, something that moves the needle in our business, or creature comforts that make work and life easier.
Because even though we work in those pajamas at home, running a creative business certainly isn’t easy. The best gifts for freelancers help us work smarter not hard and we also appreciate presents that are fun.
This handy desk organizer allows you to use valuable real estate on your desk by elevating the monitor so you can store your keyboard and mouse under it. It comes with a Bluetooth speaker, and 4 USB slots, which is quite handy considered all of our gadgets use them today.
One of the reasons this present makes the list of the best gifts for freelancers is the handy charging port. The charging station is on top. You lay your smartphone on the charging pad, where in seconds, it will start automatically charging your phone with no need for extra accessories or wires.
This function works with all wireless cellphones, including the newest Samsung and iPhone smartphones.
With a 30-day window for refunds, you can send this desk organizer back with no questions asked if it doesn’t work.
Books may not seem like fun gifts for freelancers but this one is a good resource for freelancers of all experience levels. Michelle Goodman wrote My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire to guide women who want to escape the 9-5 trap to freelance from home.
What’s really great about this book is that Michelle adds a dose of humor and short stories from her own experience as a creative worker for hire.
For instance, whether you should tell your freelancing clients that the gurgling noise they hear during a conference call is your infant asleep on your shoulder.
Whether you’re new to freelancing or an experienced copywriter or web designer, this book has incredible resources for any freelancer. Michelle shares the best freelancing hacks you need to know.
Looking for a good laptop that won’t break the bank? This HP 2-in-1 laptop is the perfect one to add to your list. It’s tough, and HP makes some great computers. This little laptop is no exception.
It has a 360-degree flip and fold design so that you can use it as a laptop or tablet. With a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-10110U mobile processor, it performs well and has an 8GB memory that allows for multi-tasking.
The screen is a 14 inch full HD with incredible clarity and color. One of my favorite features is the backlit screen. I never knew how great they were until I borrowed my mom’s old Dell laptop when I had to send mine off during COVID-19.
We won’t talk about how I dumped a whole glass of Crystal Light on it (it’s a touchy subject).
The HP Touch-Screen Chromebook is portable with the ports you need to work as a freelancer. The only thing it doesn’t have is a CD/DVD drive. But I’ve lived without one for a while.
Of course, I had to add my own eBook, Freelance Writing for Beginners to this list of the best gifts for freelancers! After working my way up to making thousands of dollars every month from freelance writing, I decided to help other writers avoid the difficult path I took.
Freelance writing from home has given my life the freedom I could only dream of for years so, if you or someone you know wants a step-by-step guide on becoming a freelance writer check out my freelance writing eBook and free email course.
5. USB or Electric Cup Warmer
As someone who always had to eat cold meals as a police officer and dispatcher, I still drink one large cup of coffee all day. So, this nifty cup warmer is an excellent gift for any freelancer too busy (or lazy) to get up and warm their coffee.
This beverage warmer is electric, but there are USB-powered cup warmers too. Either way, if you’re looking for gifts for the freelancer in your life or a freelancer looking for great presents to add to her list, this one is perfect.
Most people don’t go into freelancing because they love to sell. It’s usually quite the opposite. The sales process is difficult for many freelancers. Most of us find it intimidating, so Steve Morgan wrote Anti-Sell to help freelancers learn how to sell in a way that’s not icky.
That’s why this book makes my list of awesome gifts for freelancers. So, add this book to your list if you want to learn how to sell without selling. Say what? Read the book to find out how to sell in a not so icky way.
Every freelancer can use a Kindle tablet. Whether you want to read Steve Morgan’s Anti-Sell, play a Lara Croft Tomb Raider, or catch up on the class you’re working on, a Kindle is portable and easy to take wherever you go.
This one is 8” and with 32GB of storage. I bought it for my mom, and she loves it. If you want a bigger one, this 10-inch tablet is pretty awesome. If you don’t need a tablet and just want something to read on, this Kindle with a built-in front light is perfect for you.
I use a planner every day, and I used to be one of those people that would buy a pretty planner and use about…..four days. But the Living Well Planners my favorite way to organize my life.
It has monthly and weekly pages that allow you to record appointments all year in advance. There’s even a monthly budget sheet at the end of every month where you can set a budget and record actual spending.
And because Ruth Soukup (the planner’s creator) is the queen of goal planning, the first pages of every month are for you to write and plan your goals for the month. This planner helps you set a big goal each month too, and break it down into smaller, manageable steps.
The best part is that it doesn’t come dated, so it doesn’t matter what time of the year you buy it.
Remember It! by Nelson Dellis is his fun and easy approach to improving your memory. He found existing solutions dry, dull, and too complicated, so he made his fun and focused on the things people actually need to remember.
He teaches you techniques to make the most out of the memory you have (for some of us, that’s not much). The chapters of this memory boosting book are easy to digest.
They address the things we forget the most such as grocery lists, names, where you put those darn house keys, and more.
Your favorite freelance will love this gift, and thank you when they can find the keys that they put in the refrigerator with the milk.
This color guide is the only one freelance designers will ever need. And it will come in handy for any blogger or a business owner trying to create a brand.
When I was trying to create my brand, I had no clue what colors went together, their meanings, or anything. It was overwhelming trying to find the right color combination.
I love The Complete Color Harmony because it has one whole section on the psychology of color. The psychology of color is critical because it affects how people react emotionally to your brand and whether the colors you choose send the right message.
I learned most of what I know about design from Kara Fidd. She has an awesome free resource library to help clueless design newbies like me. Check out her resources and pick up this great gift soon.
Divi is another great theme and perfect for beginners who don’t want to learn how to code (like me). I’ve used it for a while now, and it has a drag and drop builder so you can create beautiful pages. For some, it might be a bit of a learning curve just because it’s different.
The only downside is that it’s not as fast as themes like Astra or those that run on the Genesis Framework or Astra. My writing business uses the Authority Pro Theme on the Genesis Framework, and it was simple to use.
A good theme could be what your freelancer wants for Christmas or to start the New Year off right.
Print smartphone photos wherever you are with this Kodak Wireless Mini Printer. It’s the perfect gift for any freelance photographer or someone who wants to take their own pictures for projects.
The best part is you don’t need any buttons or cables since it connects by WiFi. This mobile printer launches on an Android phone with one touch and compatible with iOS via Bluetooth.
It also comes with a free companion app that includes cropping, stickers, filters, cards, templates, photo IDs, and more.
It’s a great gift for the freelancer on the go who wants to print photo memories from anywhere as long as they have internet service.
The Travel Anti-Theft Laptop Bag is an excellent gift for travel bloggers or the freelancer on the go. It holds a 15.6-inch laptop and has another compartment for electronics and other accessories.
The front of the backpack has pockets for pens and other items. It even has a hook for keys.
My favorite feature is the USB interface the designers built into the backpack. Connect your own powerbank and you gan charge electronics on the go. There is also a headphone interface too.
The zippers are rugged and durable, and the bag locks with a fixed password lock. It’s on sale right now on Amazon.
This natural and primitive-looking diffuser is one of Amazon’s Bestsellers. It matches most decor styles and has multiple functions. The diffuser also works as a humidifier and vaporizer, adding moisture to the air.
It makes a great addition to any freelancer’s office. I sleep with a diffuser on and love it. There are a variety of oils that promote energy, and some relieve stress.
I love Erin Condren’s accessories and planners. Now they sell a capsule clothing collection too! But seriously, these planners are a favorite for many. They can be a little pricey, so now is the time to shop because they are having a 20 percent off holiday sale.
Most of us freelancers travel at some point, and there are many ti times I needed to charge my phone or laptop and couldn’t. Not to mention a Derecho, we had one year where the power was out in some areas for five days.
This portable charger works with iPhones, Android, tablets, and more.
It has two USB ports, and four LED lights show how much remaining power the charger has. Whether you need to charge electronics at home during a storm or while you travel, this battery charger is perfect for freelancers.
Add it to your Christmas list, or if your someone who needs a gift for your freelancer, this one is quite handy.
I think these graphic designer pencils are hilarious. They are perfect for the freelance graphic designer or artist. I may even get them just because the puns are hilarious.
These pencils are made from the highest quality wood and hand foiled with a matching eraser, so the creator takes a lot of pride in his work.
They come from Bettie Confetti, a neat shop that sells funny gifts and greeting cards. You can find them on Etsy. I also love the Bettie Confetti Thank You Card that says, “You’re Pretty Fucking Awesome Keep That Shit Up.”
Hopefully, you found just the right gift for your freelancer, or if you’re a freelancer, you found some fun presents to add to your list this holiday season.
Whether you’re kicking back playing Lara Croft Tomb Raider or working hard, freelancers need the right fun gadgets and helpful tools to work and play efficiently.
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