Samuel offered some Great Gadget Gifts for Web Workers but I have enough stuff in my electronics closet. Here are a few non-gadget gift suggestions for the web worker in your life:
Slippers that look like real shoes. This is an ideal gift for home-based workers who wear slippers all the time but want to “dress up” in the morning before beginning work. I found a pair of slip-ons that are as comfortable as slippers but can go to the grocery store if required.
A cozy sweater. Every workplace I’ve been in, including my own house, keeps the heat low to save on utility expenses. A space heater keeps the feet warm. Combine it with a fuzzy wool or cashmere cardigan and your web worker is ready to burn through email. Add fingerless gloves to warm the hands without eliminating the ability to type.
A great pen or ten of them. Personally, I love purple gel pens. But get whatever makes your darling doodle. Caution: when you give them to her don’t say, “Do you really need more of these pens? They’re really expensive.” Yes, she needs those pens.
An balance ball chair to sit on. With an exercise ball, your web worker will be forced to align his spine, practice balance, and build his abdominal muscles as he works. Sitting on a balance ball can reduce back pain too.
A really, really nice notebook. It doesn’t have to be a Moleskine. How about a journal from Paperblanks? Or a Levenger Circa? Those have this cool punching system so you can add and remove pages as you want.
What do you want this holiday season that doesn’t require electricity?