It’s not always easy to find just the right gift for your friends and family, and even more so when it comes to a fellow self-employed freelancer.
As someone who’s been a full-time freelancer for nearly 5 years I’ve been given awesome gifts and some not-so-awesome ones.
So I’ve curated some of the best gift options for the freelancer in your life, or if you want to splurge on yourself with a little something special.
Below is a fabulous guide of gifts for freelancers, all of which cost less than $25.
1. Mug warmer
This is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. My husband bought the Mr. Coffee mug warmer for me two years ago and I still use it every single day.
For any freelancer who works from home (and who hates getting up to warm up their tea/coffee) this gift is priceless!
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2. Paper planner or journal
Freelancers who work from home can never have enough notebooks, moleskins and planners. #amiright? The Conquer Your Year business planner is a gift that any freelancer will appreciate.
Plan your year for success with the Conquer Your Year Ultimate Planner!
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3. Paper Mate Flair pens
Another timeless but excellent gift for freelancers are pens. But not just any pens, they must be these awesome Paper Mate Flair pens in black.
I buy them by the box and continue to use them for everything! They write super smooth and dark so you never miss any important notes from clients or new business ideas.
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4. Office chair pillow
After sitting for hours on the computer all day, any small business owner will feel relieved by an office chair pillow.
For less than $25 you can help heal any back or shoulder problems and give a freelancer much-needed support throughout the work day.
Find the support you need to rock out a productive workday, whether you work from home or the office!
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5. Adult coloring book
Being a freelancer often means balancing multiple deadlines, clients and demanding jobs. Take some time off by tapping into your creative genius with an adult coloring book.
I highly recommend the Art to Self coloring book from my good friend, Steph Halligan! Reach for this coloring book and markers anytime you need a creative break.
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6. Fingerless gloves
During the fall and winter, typing on keys for hours on end can mean your hands and fingers get really chilled.
The fingerless gloves that my sister bought me a few years ago still serve me on a regular basis. They help keep freelance hands stay warm while working on client projects.
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7. Portable file box
I swear by my mobile office which consists of a portable file box and many other essentials.
This clear portable file box will make an exceptional gift for any freelancer who travels a lot or hopes to become location independent.
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8. Comfy slippers
Working from home always requires comfy but fashionable clothes. Nothing is more welcomed than a good pair of quality slippers that keep your feet warm.
And for around $15 you can’t go wrong with this gift.
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9. Audiobook subscription
Many freelancers need to refuel their creative tanks by reading books and listening to other people’s stories.
An audiobook subscription from Audible makes an awesome gift for yourself or a freelance friend. Listen to all of your favorite books while you’re commuting to work, doing chores, or working out!
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10. Woven Pear socks
Just like quality slippers are a must when working from home, a good pair of cozy socks are a perfect stocking stuffer for freelancers.
I love my Woven Pear cat socks, they say Copy Cat on the bottom! With many designs to choose from, you’re bound to find a great match for any friend or co-worker.
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11. New headphones or splitter
Between listening to audiobooks, podcast and chatting with clients freelancers are always in need of high quality but comfy headphones.
Consider this splitter with separate controls for the freelancer who multitasks. You can never have too many pairs of awesome headphones, and these fit the bill!
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12. Coffee mug or travel cup
It probably goes without saying but freelancers run on coffee and tea. Warm beverages are a regular part of a freelancer’s daily routine so consider a unique coffee mug or travel cup as a gift idea.
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13. Inspirational print or comic
Every desk needs a good a inspiration quote or print. There are endless quotes and comics to choose from so go with one that will motivate and brighten up any freelancer’s workspace.
Brighten up any home office with an inspirational print or quote!
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14. Electric kettle
I never knew what I was missing out on until I purchased an electric kettle. It allows you to boil water in about 90 seconds, so you can steep a pot of tea or brew coffee in a French Press.
This gift will be something your recipient won’t soon forget!
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15. Computer or laptop bag
If you’re a freelancer (or know someone) who enjoys being location independent, then a new computer bag for a laptop is a must.
Not only does it need to be strong material to hold several pounds of electronics but fashionable and pleasing to the eye.
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Hopefully this holiday gift guide has given you some good ideas on finding the best gifts for freelancers.
What’s one of the best gifts you’ve ever received as a business owner?