Skip To Content

    47 Upgrades For Anyone Who’s A Little Fed Up With Their Home Office

    Say thank you in advance to this ergonomic lap desk for taking "couch desk" from a state of mind to a lifestyle.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A colorful, easy-to-install LED strip to backlight your monitor or your desk and give it the vaguely intergalactic ambience it deserves. Bonus? This can offset eye strain by reducing the contrast between the screen and a dark room.,

    Each strip comes with 3M adhesive backing and a USB for easy plug-in, and can toggle between nine colors and different brightness settings.

    Promising review: "I finally jumped on this bias lighting bandwagon, and LOVE IT! These are fairly inexpensive and extremely easy to install, even around corners. I ended up putting a set on both my TV and triple computer monitor display and can't believe I didn't do this before." —Ron

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three lengths).

    2. A super lightweight ergonomic lap desk with a built-in wrist pad to keep your laptop from sliding down, plus an extra slot to keep a tablet or phone upright, because everyone knows "home office" also means "couch" and "bed" and wherever you need to starfish yourself to focus. This will keep your computer steady and comfy so you can do just that., Amazon

    I'm not not saying this wouldn't be an ideal way to work at your computer while Netflix is running on your phone in the background ...

    Promising review: "I just invested in a new custom-built laptop for my job and was seeking a lap desk that was comfortable to use while laying in bed (I work from home, for the most part). I'm generally on my computer for at least 10 hours a day, so it was important to me that I selected the right lap desk that fit my needs. This product was the answer! It is lightweight and comfortable on the legs (and stomach) due to the foam padding on the bottom. It also provides the perfect elevation for typing. Highly recommend! —Kiki

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (get this price by clipping the $10 off coupon on the product page).

    3. A mini illuminated relaxation waterfall for your work desk or your bedside table, perfect for calming some of the "AGJAKLFGJAG" in your brain.,

    Promising review: "Awesome addition to my workspace environment. I've tried several fountains so far. This one is awesome, the pump is quiet, as is the water, it simply provides a really nice environmental impact on my workspace. I run it up to eight hours in a day, use distilled water only and clean it periodically, and it's running just like new after several weeks. Not all of the fountains that I've tried work quite so well, I'm impressed and happy with this purchase. Six-month update: If I could give this thing 6 stars, I would. It runs so quiet, and I nearly let it go dry last weekend *(three-day weekend and forgot to turn it off...) — once I filled it up again it was just as quiet as ever. I'm beyond impressed. Still cleaning it periodically and using only distilled water." —Rod

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    4. A six-outlet wall charger designed specifically for larger chargers that also comes equipped with two USB fast-charging ports *and* a night-light — meaning now you can finally end your annoying daily ritual of unplugging and re-plugging things in the tangle of wires under your desk.,

    Promising review: "These things are amazing. I have one in almost every room of my house. The light is just enough to be able to see at night to use the restroom or navigate the house without turning every light on. I love that the USB ports are built in — no more looking for an adapter. AND the plugs are set far enough apart you can plug some of the bigger things like Google assistant or large AC adapters and still have plenty of room!!! These are a must have in a tech or smart home." —SeiranCrow

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    5. A Bluetooth speakerphone designed to reduce background noise and help amp up the sound quality of your group Zoom calls, so not only can you hear coworkers more clearly, but they can hear *you* more clearly, too.

    A small round black speaker with buttons controlling volume and settings on a desk

    You can also use this as a regular speaker for music and podcasts and the like, and hook it up using an AUX cord or an included dongle. Conveniently, it also has a button to mute and unmute yourself, so if you're using different video platforms (or your kid is online learning) it's easy to just mute yourself manually if you can't find the button right away on the screen.

    Promising review: "I've found this speakerphone to be useful for a variety of circumstances. Like many of us, I've found myself working from home a lot during the pandemic. It was difficult to even find a webcam for awhile, and when I finally did, people on the line could not hear me through it. That was why I decided to buy this product. Once I started using it as my microphone during cam sessions on Zoom and other platforms, co-workers immediately noticed how much clearer it was to hear me. The speaker on this product sounds nice, making it more enjoyable to listen to conference calls. You can also play music through it, so it can quickly become a way to get a nice little stereo wherever you may be in your home or office when paired with your phone. This is a well thought out product with a lot of versatility. I can connect to it through quickly through a variety of ways, such as Bluetooth, the included auxiliary sound cord, or the included dongle. It also comes with a USB cable which can charge this device up quickly. I also like its all black with a slick design that looks good in my office. It has a slight weight to it, which helps to keep you from accidentally knocking it to the floor, yet is light enough that I can easily throw in my briefcase." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $81.99 (available in two colors; clip the "10% off" coupon on the product page for this price).

    6. Or a mini retro-inspired Bluetooth speaker you can set on your desk to do all your sound-related bidding, whether it's playing your Work Jams playlist on Spotify (read: just a whooole bunch of Beyoncé) or taking calls.

    Mini retro-looking radio speakers in blue, green, and pink

    Promising review: "It’s so cute! I got it in flamingo pink, which my little one loves. It’s a shiny glossy finish, beautifully and elegantly made! It’s compact, small and portable. Very pleasant and satisfying shape aesthetically! Large power-on, volume, and pairing up buttons on the right underside and adorable blue indicator light on the left. It’s easy to pair with a phone and a laptop by bluetooth. The sound is incredible for such a small device! Plus the built-in mic is great for using at home or in the car. It’s very convenient to charge by using a micro USB. I’m pleased with my purchase and would recommend to my friends." —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $17.89 (available in six colors).

    7. A delightfully colorful shortcut keyboard cover so you can easily navigate through (and discover brand new!!) hacks for tricky programs like Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X, and more.

    Chic Geeks

    Chic Geeks is a Black woman-owned tech accessory company that specializes in the "re-introduction of color and personalization" to bring back the nostalgia of colorful tech infused with modern devices.

    Promising review: "I bought this keyboard cover as a gift for my niece who uses Final Cut Pro often. She absolutely loves it and discovered new shortcuts for editing. It’s totally worth the money." —Staci Rutherford

    Get it from Chic Geeks: the Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts cover for $20 and the Final Cut Pro X Shortcuts cover for $20 (both available in most MacBook models and sizes).

    Psst — you can check out MORE shortcut laptop keyboard covers on Chic Geeks' site!

    8. A minimalist tear-off weekly desk planner to bring some order to the frankly alarming pile of Post-It notes and checklists that are mounting on your desk. This gives you a bird's eye view of the legit important things that need to get done each week, so you can bring calm vibes to your WFH space again.

    A black and white page with slots for each day, a to-do list, notes, and habit tracking

    Promising review: "Designed for the minimalist. If you like fancy designs, this is not for you. It is a great functional design. Small enough to not get in the way on my desk but large enough to write your lists and activities for the week. I love the simplicity of the layout. Recommended for anyone who likes to jot things down during the course of the day and keep track of tasks and upcoming appointments of events." —ElleH

    Get a pad of 50 undated sheets from Amazon for $10.99.

    Psst — if you want to jazz this up a bit, reviewers love these fine point rainbow colored pens for planners and journals on Amazon!

    9. A nifty rearview desk mirror you can use for a bunch of different things, whether it's keeping tabs on kiddos and pets behind you, watching a TV monitor behind you without getting *too* distracted, or even just making sure nobody sneaks up and spooks you when you're in ~full flow~.,

    Promising review: "I have a home office, and when I'm working from home, I like to have the TV on for background noise. Every now and then I'll hear something that I'll want to see, and now I don't need to stop working to turn my chair around and see — just put this on the shelf that holds my monitor, and now I can just glance over and keep working. It clips on easily, adjusts easily (my cat will come up and rub against it putting it out of whack). If my work desk faced the wall, I would definitely buy one for the office as well." —Robin M. Padon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    10. A The Office door sign any fan of the show deserves to hang outside their home office area for authenticity's sake (after all, you miss 100% of the signs you don't hang).

    Promising review: "I love The Office and love having a piece of it in my home office. Great little sign. Good quality and adhesion is strong. Highly recommend!!" —Bethie D.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    11. Or for the true Dunder-Mifflin stan, a personalized The Office door sign to make it clear to everyone on the other side of your home office that you're napping — I mean working — hard.

    The Office door signs with people's names on them like Kamal's Office and Crystal's Office

    To personalize it, include the name in the "add your personalization" option on the product page; this product is expected to be delivered in one to two weeks.

    FabberForge is a Nebraska-based, veteran- and family-owned Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in 3D-printed goods.

    Promising review: "It’s better than expected! You can tell when a seller puts quality first and this one definitely did not disappoint! Gave it to my friend as a birthday gift and she was super excited (since she has an obsession for the office). It arrived quick and in great shape! Thank you!!!" —aniealvarez921

    Get it from FabberForge on Etsy for $8+ (available in three different sizes and five different mounting options).

    12. A handy under-the-desk headphone mount and USB charger so you can unclutter a whoooole bunch of nonsense on your desk in one go, plus always know precisely where your beloved noise-canceling headphones are when it gets loud in the house.

    Pair of headphones under a desk cradled in the black mount, with charging wires held on the side

    Promising review: "Simple straightforward product. Easy to mount and run wires to a power source. Works awesome under my standing desk and adds additional USB support for my gear." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. A transparent monitor attachment for those of us with an old school, Post-it Note using habit — this will give you the ability to take the clutter off your desk and put reminders in your clear line of sight. It even has a little spot to hold your phone so you won't miss any incoming calendar reminders or texts!


    Each of the attachment has a sticky film that's strong enough to adhere it to your monitor, but easy enough to remove that it won't damage it.

    Promising review: "I have 568 stickies on any given and this is exactly what I needed to keep myself organized. They came packaged nicely, no cracks or scratches, and was easy to adhere. The adhesive is awesome. It's not going anywhere!!! I recommend this to anyone like me who needs a cool place for their notes. You will be the envy of your coworkers!" —Mason's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three styles).

    14. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you'll finally stop losing sleep over your love-hate relationship with your desk chair.

    A reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it

    Promising review: "A few weeks into working from home five days a week I started having a lot of hip/leg/back pain. I have a good Herman Miller task chair that had been fine for one to two days of WFH a week, but wasn't working for me full time. In the early afternoons my lower back would start cramping. I did some research and bought this pillow and it immediately helped! I also took it on a two week road trip since a three-day road trip earlier this year had made a mess of my lower body that lingered for weeks — and no pain! What really drove me to write this review was that yesterday, unknowingly, I worked all day sitting on my chair without my cushion. I had removed it to use as a spare chair at my dinner table and forgot to put it back. At the end of the day hip was aching and I realized why! Today it's back on my chair and I'm already feeling better." —Lorene

    Get it from Amazon for $30.95 (get this price by clicking the "20% off coupon" on the product page).

    15. Plus memory foam armrest pads, because you shouldn't have to deal with elbow bruises every time you lean back from the screen during a team call just because your chair is being rude.

    Reviewer picture of the armrest pads on a desk chair

    Promising review: "I have a desk chair that I live in that I have tried various configurations on the arms to keep from bruising my elbows. Nothing has been much help. I am very glad that I gave this a try! The covers are super-soft, and the memory foam works extremely well. I have only had the covers in use for a week, but already I can feel a difference. This is a product that will continue to be appreciated by my elbows." —Kindle Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99 (available in black and grey).

    16. An internet-beloved time-marked water bottle you can get in a bajillion different colors to remind you to stay hydrated during the day, preventing the headaches and even the mild anxiety that can come with being dehydrated — something that it might be especially easy to forget when you're working on your lonesome.

    Promising review: "I love the finish on the bottle! I hate holding wet water bottles and this does NOT sweat! It also holds two full bottles of 16.9-oz. packages water bottles so it’s very easy to get my full water intake on the go! Easy to carry, fits in my car's cup holders perfectly (not big at all like some water bottles). I got the ombré purple to teal and it’s very true to color. Easy to clean, wide enough for bottle brushes, and the straw stays put. I also love how I just push the little button by the mouthpiece and it just pops open quick for easy drinking (if you’re driving and don’t need to be messing around opening bottles😉). Highly recommend this water bottle. For the price, it’s amazing! Keeps my water cool for hours too." —Alicia

    Get it on Amazon for $17.99 (available in 18 colors).

    17. A hanging window desk that lets you basically turn any window in your life into a temporary standing desk — now not only will you get a chance to stretch your legs, but you can enjoy your view to the fullest (read: wave profusely at any dogs that happen to be walking by).

    A wooden desk hung up by ropes and suction to a window with a laptop on it
    Monkey Business Desk

    Monkey Business Desk is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in hanging window desks.

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I needed — a desk solution for my studio apartment so I can teach remotely without feeling like work will take over the whole place. It's sleek, well made, attaches/detaches like a breeze, and shipped quickly. Communication was a breeze. So, so happy I found this!" —Diana

    Get it from Monkey Business Desk on Etsy for $79 (available in three finishes).

    Psst — this items ✨ships for free! ✨

    18. A truly ginormous Baby Yoda mug not just because you deserve to work alongside the cutest coworker in the galaxy, but because this 20-ounce guzzler is SIZABLE and will help you caffeinate to your heart's desire.


    A friend of mine gave this to me for my birthday and I kid you not, it is gigantic, but also lightweight and very easy to hold and grip. I like that it doesn't get too hot on the handles either. I'd rather just guzzle a very large cup of tea while I'm working from home in the morning than split focus and go back for multiple cups, so if you're in that same boat with your hot drinks, you will probably appreciate this bub as much as I do. To explain the design, it's a wraparound mug, so all three of the Baby Yodas are on it!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.03.

    19. Plus a pretty pastel mug warmer that'll keep your coffee at the optimum temperature long after you brew it, because for some reason coffee slips into the time-space-WFH continuum when you're drinking it from your couch.


    I got one of these for my mom for Christmas (her entire kitchen is pink, it is a Big Mood) and can confirm it is QUITE beautiful in person.

    Promising review: "I researched so many coffee warmers and am so glad I decided on this one. It definitely keeps my coffee hot, no matter how long it takes me to drink it. I also like that it has three settings. As you drink down your coffee, you can lower the heat because it keeps the coffee very hot. I like it so much I ordered a second one for another part of the house." —hottytoddy

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in six colors).

    20. A desktop ~aesthetic~ download, complete with nine high resolution wallpapers and 12 uniquely colored folders and alphabet letters, 20 hand drawn folder covers, and an easy installation guide. If you're going to stare at a screen for 12 hours a day, you might as well enjoy the view!!

    A desktop screen with beige, brown, and pinkish tones in a minimalist design
    We Do Aesthetic/Etsy

    We Do Aesthetic is a New York-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in high quality custom iOS and desktop themes. This aesthetic is designed to fit all types of MacBooks and iMacs from 12 inches to 31 inches screens.

    Get it from We Do Aesthetic on Etsy for $4.50 (and check out the rest of the shop's designs for more options for computers and phones).

    21. A waterproof, stain-resistant faux marble granite adhesive you can use on an old desk to magic it into a sleeker, brand-new version that'll make you proud to take WFH setup 'grams.

    Faux white and granite covering a white desk

    Promising review: "I took a chance and bought this originally as a 'Band-Aid fix' to re-finish a desk. I had looked in stores in the contact paper aisles, but all of them were just that ... paper. THIS item is actually a thin sheet of vinyl (?) with adhesive, and I ended up liking it so much I bought more and re-finished my kitchen countertop with it as well! Highly recommended if you want to change the look of your counters but you don't have the money for a full remodel just yet. It can be cleaned with dish soap and water just like a real countertop." —Ezra Boyd

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in four sizes).

    22. A portable dual monitor for your laptop to give your screen thaaaaat much more space to breathe — a real perk now that your home office situation might change from room to room depending on what everyone else in the house needs on any given day.

    A laptop with a small black monitor attached to the existing monitor on a desk

    This is compatible with Mac, PC, and Chrome laptops between 13 and 17 inches, and attaches with device-safe metal plates. The magnetic pull is strong enough for you to take your laptop from room to room without undoing your setup, but also easy enough to remove that you can tuck everything into a backpack quickly when you're on the move. You can even rotate the display to your preferences, if you want it at an angle!

    Promising review: "I’ve been using the SideTrak for a week now and it has been an absolute game-changer for me. The instructions were easy to follow, and installation a breeze. The SideTrak was first whipped into action during a 2 hour long ride in my car as a passenger, and I was utterly impressed with how much I got done with ease, in that amount of time! Additionally, I’ve gotten a lot more use out of the SideTrak than I imagined— such as when I’m lounging in my backyard, kitchen, living room, pool... anywhere outside of the room in my office, the possibilities are endless! I’m all about efficiency and maximizing my time and the SideTrak has contributed largely in those areas. Thank you." —Ratana K.

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

    23. A rainbow prism suncatcher you can easily hang indoors or out to refract sunlight and make a bunch of teensy little rainbows all over the place, like your home office is your own little magical realm.,

    Promising review: "I love these crystals! Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve spent so much time at home on my laptop working remotely and attending school online. I ordered these after seeing them on some list of fun home office ideas (maybe BuzzFeed or somewhere, I can’t remember exactly) and thought they’d be fun and spruce up my little space. They certainly do! I wish I had purchased these sooner and I’ll be ordering another set. Would make a great gift too!" —Tali

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.88.

    24. A personalized Spotify code sticker for your work playlist, so anytime you're stuck in a rut and need some inspo to tackle your inbox, you can tap it open with your phone and have some emergency Britney Spears on tap at all times.

    Rectangular stickers with Spotify codes on this in different color schemes
    Aglae Creative Co/Etsy

    Aglae Creative Co. is a UK-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in handmade stickers, designs, and accessories.

    You can get this with truly any Spotify code — a specific artist, song, or playlist — but to personalize it, you have to make a playlist on Spotify first, make sure it's public, *then* send the link to the seller so they can use the code to make the sticker. This is also the cutest thing I can imagine in that it's like a modern-day mix tape to gift your friends, BRB, crying.

    Promising review: "I love this sticker so much! I used it to decorate my laptop, and it looks amazing. Despite the surface not being flat, it stuck amazingly well, and it’s excellent quality. I could tell lots of care went into the packaging, too. Would definitely recommend! :)" —Mabel

    Get it from Aglae Creative Co. for $3.62 (available in 38 background colors and two barcode colors).

    25. A ventilated laptop stand you can prop on a table or a desk to make it more WFH-friendly. This makes your laptop screen eye-level to reduce neck and shoulder strain, and gives your laptop fan space to breathe so it doesn't overheat.

    A laptop resting on the stand on a desk

    Promising review: "This was recommended in an article about handling working from home during this COVID-19 stay-at-home requirement — since workspaces at home aren't as ergonomic as at work when it comes to eight-hour work days. It is SO worth it! It's incredibly sturdy. The laptop is now placed at a perfect angle. I bought a wireless keyboard which I can use with my laptop when the laptop is in the stand — and then at the end of my workday, I just slide my wireless keyboard under the laptop in the space created by the stand, and I regain that bit of space on my table. I love it. Add in the brushed silvery tone, and it has been a great investment for me." —Joe Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

    26. A luxe velvet swivel desk chair to add a touch of vintage sophistication to your otherwise modern setup. (Also, desk chairs that spin > all desk chairs ever.), Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I recently invested in the pink version of this chair and I LOVE IT. It was SO easy to set up, like easy enough that I didn't need directions, and looks every bit as beautiful in person as it did on the product page. I have my desk set up in my bedroom right now where I have a vaguely pastel pink aesthetic going and this just instantly elevated the whole room. The swivel on this is 360 degrees and deeply satisfying, and the height adjuster is generous and easy to use, which is great because sometimes I go back and forth between using this at my desk or my window ledge. It's also comfy without being *too* comfy. Like, it keeps me cozy on Zoom calls without being so padded I want to fall asleep. It's also nice and lightweight (which was a concern for me, because I had to singlehandedly lug the box up four flights of stairs, OOPS).

    Get it from Amazon for $138.80+ (available in four colors).

    27. A low-impact under-the-desk elliptical for anyone who gets distracted by aches and pains from sitting in one position all day — this can help keep you loose.


    It also comes with a digital display that tracks time, speed, and distance, as well as eight different modes of resistance, so you can tailor it exactly to your needs.

    Promising review: "No assembly required! Took right out of the box and put it under my desk. Spend long hours on the computer and suffer from hip and leg pain. Use the exerciser on and off all day especially first thing in the morning to loosen up joints. Felt the different in just a couple of days. Just what I needed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.08.

    28. Or a compact, TikTok-famous rolling desk bike pretty much guaranteed to keep even the most restless among us on task. Sorry @ your actual desk.


    This compact, rolling desk bike is also height adjustable so you can get your perfect fit with the tray, and has "whisper quiet" pedaling, eight resistance levels, and a way to track your mileage, rpm, and other stats.

    Promising review: "Have had this product about a week now. Absolutely love it, what a game-changer!! As a consultant who live in a typical consulting life, I pretty much sit in front a computer all day long. Even though I work remotely a lot, I barely leave my desk. After a while, you will start to suffer from all the common things as everyone else, back pain, neck pain, you know all those things. Those all get changed when I saw this product! To be honest, I didn't buy it right away because of the price of course. But I finally decided to make the purchase as a holiday gift to myself. And I am so glad I made this choice! It hasn't been long, but i been using it everyday. It was super easy to put together, easy to move around because of the wheels. You can totally work while using it. the best part is, YOU DON'T EVEN FEEL LIKE YOU'RE WORKING OUT. And somehow it helps you to concentrate better. There is no need to dedicate one hour for the gym, this could an anytime thing. When you are working, watching shows, even play games. I guess because of the working out, my sleep improves as well. Not mention the pains from back. All in all, this thing changed my life!!" —joshua0315

    Get it from Amazon for $349.99.

    Psst — you can watch the viral desk bike TikTok featuring it for more insight on how it works. It's been liked over 2.5 million times!

    29. Or!!!! A universal laptop treadmill desk attachment so you can power walk through the embarrassment of a text from your mom popping up while you were screensharing to half your coworkers.


    The bar on this is adjustable to fit most treadmills, with a height adjustable pole and a laptop tray equipped with nylon straps to keep your laptop secure. It's also super portable in case you want to ever use it at a gym.

    Promising review: "Excellent alternative to sitting on the couch watching Netflix or scanning social media. Now I still do that, but I am walking while watching." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    30. An insulated weatherproofing and soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door — not only will it keep heat or air-conditioning from leaking out, it'll keep your roommate's loud Skype calls from leaking *in*.

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (available in two colors).

    31. A pair of AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case, if you're looking to invest in a comfy, ridiculously effective noiseproof option. Once these toggle into "noise-canceling" mode it's basically all the irritating background noise in the world just *POOFS* away.


    I have a pair of these, and they're not playing around. Once they're securely in your ear, you can toggle the headphones between noise-canceling and regular sound, depending on your situation. I've been working from home, and the noise-cancelling is so effective that I can work next to a window where my neighbor is doing heavy construction and I don't hear anything louder than a faint buzzing. It's quieter than if I'd just plugged my ears with my own fingers. I'm also a runner, and these don't budge when you're sweating, which is nice. It's also handy that these toggle out of noise cancellation mode, because I feel better being able to hear traffic and other people around me when I'm out and about. The TL;DR is I love these so much I have zero interest in owning another pair of headphones for as long as I live.

    Promising review: "Debated on spending the money for these. Finally just buckled down and got these and LOVE THEM. I love how I can open the case next to my iPhone and a picture pops up telling me about battery life. They were already hooked up to my phone — I didn't have to do anything (major plus for a non-techie like me). I've had zero issues with them cutting out. I typically use them when I'm mowing the lawn and listen to podcasts. When I have the noise cancellation on, I CAN'T HEAR THE MOWER. They're comfy, easy to put in, and I loooooooove not having the wire tethering me to the phone in my pocket when I'm trying to mow. No more getting tangled up when I grab the handle. Never cuts out. Sound is GREAT. (Chucked my Bose for these. Don't even miss them.)" —Traveler

    Get it from Amazon for $197.

    32. A lavender-scented stress ball you can keep at your desk anytime you need to squeeze a lil' something to soothe yourself (read: right before you type the words "Per my last email" for the fifth time in a row).

    Four small round purple balls next to lavender
    Lavender Luvies/Etsy

    Lavender Luvies is a Washington-based Etsy shop that specializes in lavender-scented objects and repurposed vintage treasures.

    Promising review: "These are great! I wish I would have ordered them at the start of the pandemic. Definitely a great way to help manage stress. As someone with sensitivities to smells, I was worried about the lavender scent being overpowering, but after a week, the scent has calmed down and it really is relaxing. Very happy with my purchase — thank you!" —Katie F.

    Get it from Lavender Luvies on Etsy for $8 (available in 10 colors).

    33. An adjustable rolling desk for anyone whose commitment to couch-desk is long-term — this is height-adjustable and has rolling wheels, so truly any comfortable chair in the house is now your work domain.

    The adjustable desk with wheels at the bottom and brown wood top

    Promising review: "Due to a bad back I have to use my laptop in my recliner and had gotten tired of lifting a laptop tray on and off. This table is perfect for my needs! I can slide it right under my rather small recliner/rocker and adjust the height easily. It is wide enough for my 18-inch laptop and a gaming mouse with room to spare. I took the rollers off and it still slides like silk across carpet." —Grey the Elder

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in five styles and three colors).

    34. A light-up essential oil diffuser and humidifier so you can set the air quality in your office to your *precise* standard, from the scent (might I recommend a soothing lavender??) to the humidity level.

    Each of these has eight different color modes with two brightness levels, and is equipped with two misting modes, an intermittent and continuous.

    Promising review: "Love it, I keep it in my office and love the different light displays, the little measure cup they send with it is perfect for measuring your water for it. The lights have two different displays lighter and darker in each color. It's really pretty as a night-light. The mist is very soft and runs a long time. I will be getting these as Christmas gifts. I love mine and will be buying more the rooms in my home. Glad I bought this one." —Ron Curenton

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in five colors).

    Psst — if you don't know which essential oils you want to try, you can get a small variety pack of six essential oils on Amazon for $12.99!

    35. Or a tiny (and adorable!!) cactus humidifier that operates on a USB cable, so you can keep the air in your designated computer space cozy and hydrating while you conquer the 57 tabs open on your monitor one by one.

    A small, lit up white humidifier with a teensy green cactus emerging from it

    Promising review: "I LOVE these little humidifiers! I bought my first one to use at my desk at work, because the air is so dry in the building, and it has been a godsend. Not only does it help keep my sinuses happier, but it looks great too. I bought a second one for my nightstand that I use while I sleep at night, and they both work perfectly." —Selene Schneider

    Get it from Amazon for $14.89 (available in three styles).

    36. An adorable We Rate Dogs daily calendar to brighten up your day every single time you sit down at your desk and inspire you to do your very best, just like all the dogs are. What? Did we do?? To deserve dogs????? 😭

    A daily tear off calendar with a picture of a cute dog on it and a little blurb about it

    This includes dates for January 2021–December 2021, and while yes, we are in May, that means you *will* get to enjoy a whole slew of adorable dogs the instant you get this calendar (or just save them up to boost your mood in case of a cute dog-related work emergency!!).

    Promising review: "I gave this to our daughter for her birthday and then LEARNED that there is a website to get one every day! I love this calendar. I looked at every picture. It is a combination of hilarious, lovely, charming pictures of dogs with the best captions under each one. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this effort. It made me smile and laugh out loud. Just what we all really need (well, some of us need this). I just ordered two more to give right now." —B. Stuart

    Get it from Amazon for $13.82.

    37. A set of adjustable desk shelves to organize your professional knickknacks and make your WFH space feel dimensional and cozy.

    A set of small shelves in a light wood holding books and pencils and succulents

    Promising review: "Excellent product! I have been searching for an organizer to put on the top of my dresser, and I could never find anything unique, functional and not too big. I came across this organizer and took a chance since I wasn't seeing it in person. I am so glad I did! The product arrived overnight (instead of two days) and was super easy to put together... just follow the pictures exactly as shown. They even included a screwdriver, so you don't need anything extra to put it together. It is super cute, fun and fits perfectly. I definitely recommend." —lmeglin

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in three colors).

    38. A sweet little small neon sign to install on your workspace wall that comes in a *bunch* of cute and calming designs, so you're bound to find one to match your aesthetic.


    Promising review: "So this sign is great. It came completely packed with the little foam pieces shown in the video to ensure it arrives intact. No setup was required, just plug in and turn on. There is a handy on/off switch so it may be left plugged in. The light is super bright and beautiful and exceeded my expectations. Can’t wait to get it hung on the wall!" —Dakota Watson

    Get it from Amazon: the Breathe sign for $59.99 and the Do What You Love sign for $49.99.

    39. A mini fridge that may truly be the MVP of working from home — this has just enough space to stock your favorite snacks and seltzers for little pick-me-ups through the day. (Bonus: nobody will ever steal your precious raspberry Chobanis while your back is turned. NEVER FORGET.)

    You can charge this using an adapter in your car or a regular outlet, and if you unplug it and take it on the go, items will stay cold for several hours as long as you don't open the door.

    Promising review: "I bought this refrigerator because I recently started working from home because of the COVID-19 quarantine. When I’m working during the day, I have to keep myself locked up in the spare bedroom so my toddler doesn’t realize I’m home. Otherwise, she would be trying to come see me all day. **Disclaimer: I don’t just lock my toddler out and leave her alone, there’s someone here taking care of her! Anyway, since I can’t really leave the bedroom, this fridge has been great to keep some drinks cold while I’m working. I put them in already cold and they hold the temperature as long as they are in the fridge." —Aratay

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in four colors).

    40. A set of elegant matching desk accessories to bring some order to your space. An organized space = an organized mind = you'll be so good at working from home that you'll be tempted to start a lifestyle blog about it (you do you, y'all).