When working from home, accessories can make all the difference in elevating any space. Here are six options we’ve selected which can also make superb gifts this Christmas.
When working from home, space can be a limiting factor with not everyone having a spare room that doubles as an office meaning the dining table, sofa, or breakfast bar often step in as makeshift alternatives. And, for compact apartments, storing stationery and equipment can be a challenge. In these instances, it is important to opt for practical, multifunctional accessories which help to maintain organisation and improve your focus whatever your working set up might be. Here are six options which top our list and work as ideal gifts for friends or family members who might need help in improving their hybrid working arrangements.
Wireless Charging Tray by Not Another Bill
They do say a tidy desk means a tidy mind and this vegan leather charging tray certainly champions organisation. With an area to store desk essentials such as pens, pencils or even your keys, the tray also has a built-in charging station which can keep your phone and headphones powered while working. And, when the working day is complete, its slimline profile makes it easy to store away. Sleek, sophisticated, and practical. £110, notanotherbill.com
G+T Reading Lamp by Jan Van Lierde for Contardi
Designed to suit a variety of settings, this versatile reading lamp can be battery powered or wired depending on your needs. When working from home and adaptability is needed, opt for the portable version to give you added flexibility as it can be fixed to the wall, table or sofa – great for dark, winter afternoons. With its name referencing the cocktail dispenser inspired aesthetic, this playful design is available in three finish options. From £630, contardi-italia.com
ORGANISER by Pineider x Giorgetti
Practicality doesn’t have to be boring and this leather-bound metal storage vessel, designed by Giancarlo Bosio, creates an elegant statement in any setting. Ideal for storing a range of stationery accessories, the sculptural container can be left on display even once work has been completed. Four colour combinations available. £1970, giorgettimeda.com / artemest.com
Vault Side Table by Ferm Living
If working from your sofa or dining table is the only option, investing in compact storage which allows you to neatly store equipment, while keeping it near at hand, is key for practicality. This powder-coated steel design, complete with a marble shelf, offers versatile storage with room to place laptops and notebooks in the side compartment and an internal shelf to stow a storage box for chargers and other essentials. When neatly stored like this, the room can alternate between a living area and workspace quickly and easily without any compromise on style. £485, earlofeast.com
Samara Table Lamp by Heathfield & Co
With a gold finish and two LED discs radiating a soft, diffused light, this table lamp offers added flexibility with interchangeable brightness through an inline dimmer. Suited to multiple settings, the lamp can be used on the desk during the day and on the bedside table at night or to add ambiance in the living room. Saving money and space through its versatility, it’s chic aesthetic and mood-boosting warmth is a lovely alternative to the harsh, colder lighting normally associated with office environments. £630, heathfield.co.uk
Onsen Candle by Earl of East
Without a dedicated room or desk, focus can sometimes be difficult to achieve at home. To create an atmosphere that is conducive to motivation and concentration, factors such as scent can make a big difference. The Onsen Candle, handmade in Earl of East’s London workshop, is made from soy wax with notes of peppermint, eucalyptus, and mandarin, inspired by the hot springs of Japan. Its fresh and clean aroma helps to boost energy and stimulate the mind to ensure you can move through the working day with clarity. £50, earlofeast.com
Imagery courtesy of Earl of East, Heathfield & Co, Giorgetti, Not Another Bill, and Contardi.