December 15, 2021

Best gifts for work in 2021

There are simple upgrades that can make work life more enjoyable, and many of them make for thoughtful gifts that will get plenty use. To point you in the right direction for professionals on your holiday shopping list, here are the best gifts for work in 2021.

A capable coffee and cappuccino maker

Keurig K-Cafe

Keurig K-Cafe Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker

This feature-packed Keurig makes espresso-based drinks with the press of a button. It even has a built-in frother to polish off cappuccinos and lattes, plus it accommodates tall and travel mugs up to 7.2 inches. 

A smart companion

Echo Show 10

Echo Show 10

There isn't much this all-new Echo Show can't do. It's a smart home hub and streaming device, plus it's ideal for work-related video calls. When it's not being actively used, it displays a custom photo slideshow. Also available at Kohl's and Home Depot.


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A convenient mini fridge

GE Double-Door Mini Fridge

GE Double-Door Mini Fridge and Freezer

Instead of trying to share a company fridge, it's much easier to stow this one under your desk. The spacious refrigerated area holds several drinks and snacks, and the freezer compartment leaves plenty of room for ice or frozen treats. Also available at Home Depot.

A commuter backpack

Lenovo Legion Recon 15.6 inch Gaming Backpack

Lenovo Legion Recon Gaming Backpack

This gaming backpack, suitable for laptops up to 15.6 inches, offers more protection than most with ultra-thick padded compartments and a rugged shell. It has ergonomic shoulder straps to make commuting and hauling more comfortable. Also available at Amazon

A smart plug

Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip

Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip

Instead of investing in several expensive smart devices, just pick up a single smart power strip. This one, compatible with Alexa and Google Home, has six individually-controlled outlets. Its slender design fits easily on most desks. 


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An insulated tumbler


YETI 20-Ounce Rambler Tumbler

Enjoy drinks at the optimal temperature all day long with this YETI tumbler with double-walled insulation. It's made with durable stainless steel that holds up to the rough and tumble of commuting and daily use. Also available at Dick's Sporting Goods.

A work-from-home meal prep essential

Instant Pot Pro

Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker

An Instant Pot like this one can get dinner on the table in a hurry after a long day at work. It's ideal for batch cooking and meal-prepping, and the 48 customizable presets make operation a breeze. Also available at Macy's.

A standing desk converter

FLEXISPOT 32 inch Standing Desk Converter

Flexispot Standing Desk Converter

This convenient desk converter transforms an everyday office desk into a standing workstation. It raises monitors to eye level and arms to a more comfortable position, making it a popular investment in office ergonomics.

An impressive smart speaker

sonos speaker

Sonos One

The Sonos One delivers an immersive sound experience through rich, room-filling sound. The smart speaker offers effortless voice control through Alexa and Google Assistant so users can enjoy it as an all-in-one entertainment hub. Also available on Amazon.


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A smart printer for the whole family

hp printer

HP Smart Tank Plus 551 Wireless All-in-One

Reliable and capable, this versatile wireless printer is ideal for small or home offices. It prints, scans, and copies with a dual-band Wi-Fi connection, and it comes with up to two years of ink. Also available at Amazon.


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A robot vacuum to keep floors clean

iRobot Roomba i7

iRobot Roomba i7

This robotic vacuum makes it easy — and effortless — to stay on top of daily cleaning. It allows users to customize cleaning cycles and schedules through the Roomba app, plus it's Alexa-enabled for hands-free voice control. 

A convenient lap desk

LapGear Home Office Pro Lap Desk

LapGear Home Office Pro Lap Desk

It's hard to beat the convenient design of this lap desk, which is ideal for working on the sofa or from the bed. The unique design features a built-in wrist rest and precision-tracking mouse pad, as well as a carry handle to easily move it from place to place. 

An ergonomic keyboard and mouse duo

Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard

Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse

Many professionals swear by this Logitech duo featuring a split keyboard and a vertical mouse. They're contoured to place hands, wrists and fingers at more comfortable positions, which may reduce fatigue and cramping.

A hydration reminder

life bottle

Life Bottle! Time Marked Water Bottle

This gallon-sized bottle can help make sure its recipient gets enough water while working from home. It features time markings from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to encourage them to drink water throughout the day.


Jennifer Blair is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 


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