On behalf of the staff and students at Robert Kennedy College, I wish you, our readers, and your families a Merry Christmas!
‘Tis the season to be jolly: a time of happiness, hope, and celebration. A time when families come together, and broken friendships are mended. A time of holiday and exchanging gifts. A time for children and Santa Claus.
Giving customised gifts can be challenging, especially if you want the gift to be useful and meaningful. Gifting ideas becomes more of a challenge if the gift is for someone who spends most of their time working or studying online from home.
People who work or study from home face unique challenges and opportunities. They need to be self-motivated, organised, and tech-savvy, but they also have the flexibility and convenience of working/studying from anywhere and anytime. If you want to surprise someone like this with a thoughtful and useful gift this season, here are some gift ideas to make their online working/learning experience more enjoyable and productive.
1. A subscription to Cloud Storage
One of the worst things that could happen to an online student is losing their files due to a computer crash, a virus, or a human error. That’s why having a backup of their files is essential for online students. A subscription to services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or any other reliable cloud storage service can help them store, access, and share their files securely and easily from any device.
2. Coffee Maker
There is nothing like a good cup of coffee for a pick-me-up; according to me, it is the drink of the gods! People who work/study from home need a boost of energy and alertness to keep up with their busy schedules and deadlines, especially since, most of the time, things can get lonely and boring when you spend long hours working or studying alone. But before you buy the coffee maker, find out their preference – do they prefer to grind their coffee beans or use coffee pods or coffee powder? Buy a product that they will use.
3. Ergonomic Chair
Most people know that spending all day in front of their computer studying or working can be mentally fatiguing. But what most don’t understand is it can also have an impact on their bodies. Back pain, especially lower back pain, is a big issue for those who work from home. Apart from exercising regularly, having a good ergonomic chair with lumbar support can go a long way in preventing back pains and will be a much-appreciated gift.
4. Motivational quote/poster
Sometimes, staying at home all day – every day can be a challenge by itself; it can get lonely and demotivating. Many struggle with motivation, especially when dealing with distractions, isolation, or procrastination. When one starts to feel their mind slipping, a glance at an appropriate quote can help them stay inspired and focused on their goals. The motivational poster, placard or sticker can feature a quote, a mantra, a word, or an image that resonates with them and reminds them of why they are pursuing their education or should stay focused on their work. If you know the person well, you could even customise the message from something from their lives or remind them why they are doing what they are doing.
5. A pair of Bluetooth earphones
People who work/study from home must attend online meetings, listen to lectures, podcasts, videos, and other audio materials, and participate in online discussions, presentations, and meetings. Bluetooth earphones with a microphone can help them do that without wires or cords getting in the way. Bluetooth earphones with a mic can also provide them with noise cancellation, high-quality sound and voice transmission, and long battery life. So don’t skimp; buy a good pair like Apple Air Pods, Sony, or Samsung; they will last long and provide quality sound.
These are just a few gift ideas for people who work/study from home/online that will make their work/learning experience more enjoyable and productive. Your thoughtful support will be appreciated if you choose a practical, fun, or sentimental gift. Happy holidays!
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