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A pack of NeuroGum made with a blend of caffeine and nootropics, designed to give you energy five times faster than regular coffee — without jitters or sluggishness afterward. That 3 p.m. slump when you suddenly have the attention span of a goldfish just met its match.


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Promising review: “I work from home and get easily distracted but this gum gives me the energy and focus that I need to get going. The caffeine is from natural green tea which I like. I get also get my daily dose of vitamin B-12.” —Christine Nguyen

Get a nine-pack with six pieces of gum each from Amazon for $21 (available in Mint and Cinnamon).

You can read BuzzFeed Shopping editor Kayla Suazo’s full review of NeuroGum for more deets!


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Promising review: “I work from home and get easily distracted but this gum gives me the energy and focus that I need to get going. The caffeine is from natural green tea which I like. I get also get my daily dose of vitamin B-12.” —Christine Nguyen

Get a nine-pack with six pieces of gum each from Amazon for $21 (available in Mint and Cinnamon).

You can read BuzzFeed Shopping editor Kayla Suazo’s full review of NeuroGum for more deets!

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A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you’ll actually *want* to sit in your office chair.

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


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Promising review: “I’ve purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined at home desk job. Highly recommend.” —Bellarosa555

Get it from Amazon for $30.95 (clip the “20% off” coupon on the product page for this price).

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A set of Monkey Noodles, a quiet sensory toy that stretches, pulls, twirls, wraps, *and* squeezes, so you can keep your restless self on task during those endless Zoom calls that feel like you just aged six years in an hour.

Reviewer image of five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors


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Promising review: “This is my absolute favorite fidget! I’m an adult with autism and ADHD. I carry one around with me everywhere I go. It definitely assists me in staying calm/still while I’m at work. I’ve recommended it to several friends!” —KaelynnVP

Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

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A super popular time-marked water bottle to remind you to stay hydrated during the day, which is especially important when you’re WFH — it’s even easier to feel anxious or tired when you’re on your lonesome, and being dehydrated can def make it even worse. Get ahead of it by letting your bottle cheer you on!


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Psst — come for the bajillion fun color options, but stay for the super handy flip top lid and silicone, leakproof spout that actually makes drinking water seem — dare I say — fun?

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 $18.99 (available in 16 colors).


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Psst — come for the bajillion fun color options, but stay for the super handy flip top lid and silicone, leakproof spout that actually makes drinking water seem — dare I say — fun?

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 $18.99 (available in 16 colors).

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An adorably encouraging daily planner you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake — TBH, nothing compares to the serotonin boost of crossing something off a list.

A blank page of the planner


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Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

Promising review: “Super cute and helpful. Exactly what I needed to help me stay on track with working at home during this quarantine.” —Arline

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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Or for the ~big picture~ thinkers, a weekly notepad to remind you of what the top priorities for each day are, so you don’t feel as overwhelmed (and tempted to procrastinate) while powering through them.

A notepad with space to write under for each weekday and next week's goals


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Promising review: “I carry a weekly planner in my bag for scheduling appointments, meetings, classes, etc. Then on Sunday night or Monday morning, I transfer everything from the planner to a sheet from this pad. It stays sitting on the counter in my kitchen where I can easily jot down errands, groceries, etc either in the extra space or on the back. At first this seemed like an unnecessary duplication of effort, so I was looking for a better solution, but I’ve realized over the past couple of weeks that this really works for me. It helps me get all my commitments for the week out of the planner and into my head so that I know what I’ve got on my plate.” —Toledo

Get it from Amazon for $7.29 (available in 15 list styles).

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Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code your tasks, putting a fun twist on them that makes it all the more motivating to stay focused 🌈.

Fine point pens in 18 different colors


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Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they’re designed not to bleed through thin pages!

Promising review: “I bought these pens during quarantine, not expecting much, considering they are quite inexpensive. I’ve used well-known brand marker/pens in the past, and didn’t want to pay much for markers I’d use for coloring. I was concerned about the tips bending or bleeding, but I was completely wrong and am very satisfied with this product! They do not bleed, and the tips are strong and thin. I use these pens for coloring, hand lettering, and note taking, and they’re exactly what I was looking for! The only regret I have is that I did not order the larger pack with more colors!!” —Michael Fanizzi

Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $6.60 (clip the 10% off coupon on the product page for this price).

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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! ✨

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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


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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 $15.99.

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A set of affordable, highly popular (seriously, these have over 100,000 popular reviews) wireless Bluetooth earbuds so you can block out distracting noise during the day. These are also super handy for ~walk and talkers~ — you can easily pace around the room during phone calls to stay energized and focused.

Reviewer image of two black earbuds next to their charging case


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These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. Psst — these are also a great option for going outside in a mask, since they don’t have wires that’ll get tangled in the mask straps.

Promising review: “The earbuds worked seamlessly and well out of the box. I use them while hiking the hills with my dogs and when working at my desk – I can still hear outside noises when needed for safety, but can listen to music without disturbing others. The earbuds are comfortable even during exercise, and they fit securely. Using the earbuds as a headset with my cellphone is easy as well. I do have to experiment with how they handle the Google assistant. The audio quality is at least stereo hi-fi, and the earbuds paired easily with both my phone and laptop. Wireless charging and having a large backup power source for the phone are terrific features.” –Jawpar

Get it from Amazon $29.99 (available in five colors).

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Or a splurge-worthy pair Bose QuietComfort Series II wireless headphones, known for being one of the most effective noise-cancelling *and* comfiest headphones on the market, making them perfect for all day, distraction-free wear.

A model wearing a pair of gray over the ear wireless headphones


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This pairs effortlessly with Bluetooth, and is also Alexa-enabled — just ask for whatever you need, and she can answer you through the headphones!

Promising review: “Unbelievably happy with this product. I cannot live without out my Bose QC 35 II’s (even considering a second one to keep at work). It is empowering to put these on and all the noise pollution just goes away. I bought them for home and hadn’t planned on taking them to my large open floor office. I put them on and suddenly realized there was a very low and loud humm coming from the ceiling (air blowers I assume). Now gone. I sit there in my cubicle and feel sorry for everyone else because they don’t have a pair of these. I tried other brands, but they were simply not properly engineered. Once you get the pairing “dialed in” it is seamless. I have a Mac and iPhone but bought the new model (with Google voice button). I use the button’s alternate function of turning on/off noise cancellation — just for fun to remind me how great this product works. But remember.. this technology is not going to isolate voices — it is designed to remove motor noises (plane, furnace blower, road, engine, etc).” —Claveman

Get it from Amazon for $299 (available in three colors).

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A mug warmer that’ll keep your coffee piping hot long after you brew it, because nothing shatters your attention span quite like going back to the microwave five times every morning.

A blue mug warmer on a desk with a mug of coffee on it


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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 $26.99+ (available in six colors).

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A 42-page Rocketbook Fusion reusable notebook to keep you on task no matter *what* your organization style happens to be. This notebook includes lined and grid pages in addition to planner, calendar, and brainstorming pages, so it pretty much covers any of your WFH needs.

A model writing in the planner page of a Rocket notebook


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It works the same way all their products do — you can write on its pages the way you would a regular notebook, upload the page onto your devices, and wipe the notebook clean with water to use all over again.

Promising review: “Loving using less paper. Got this product when transitioning to work from home. I am a math teacher and was using a lot of paper to write notes and to do lists, show students how to do problems, etc. This is amazing. Thinking about getting a class set for next year.” —Alecia Martin

Get it from Amazon for $37 (available in eight colors).

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A Focused & Fabulous candle you can get in one of seven signature scents to keep you relaxed and focused even on work days when you are one Gchat away from losing your last marble.

A lit black candle with white and gold text that says "focused & fabulous"


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Dorothy B & Co. is a New York-based, Black woman-owned shop established in 2017 that specializes in hand-poured artisan soy wax candles.

You can get the candle in Raspberry Vanilla, Caribbean Teakwood, Gardenia, Green Tea, Honeysuckle Jasmine, Sea Salt & Orchid, Vanilla & Amber, Citrus & Coconut, Mango Papaya, or Peach Nectar.

Promising review: “Love them! They came super fast, are bigger than I expected, super cute decor pieces, and they smell AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much!” —Athena Holden

Get it from Dorothy B. & Co. on their website for $25 or on Etsy for $25.

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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.


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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 think 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 $131.52.


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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 think 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 $131.52.

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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.

A model on a white bike desk with a tray steadying their laptop


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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 $399.99.

Psst — you can watch the viral desk bike TikTok featuring it for more insight on how it works. It’s been liked over 1.8 million times!

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A Baby Yoda mousepad, because honestly, our work is only as good as our relationship with our coworkers. And with this lil’ guy on your side, you’ll never lose 😭.

mousepad featuring a still of baby yoda sitting on the ground


Zazzle

Get it from Zazzle for $12.25.

Also, check out all of Zazzle’s Baby Yoda products for more options featuring ~The Child~, including stickers, T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and more.

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A waterproof, stain-resistant faux marble granite adhesive you can use on an old desk to magic it into a sleeker, brand new version, so you’ll actually look forward to working on it every day.

Faux white and granite covering a white desk


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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).

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A digital download of WFH-themed wall art to really establish it as a “working space” and put you in the right mindset when you sit down in the morning.

A minimalist print that says "work from home" with the definition: "answering emails from the comfort of your bed, completing critical tasks only in a somewhat timely manner, dreading virtual meetings and over snacking"


Kiki & Nim/Etsy

Kiki & Nim is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in modern, mid-century, minimalist, and boho printables.

Promising review: “Perfect addition! It was the last thing I needed to ‘complete’ our room! I get so many compliments on it!” —Traci Skala

Get it as a digital download from Kiki & Nim on Etsy for $4.80 (originally $6).

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A mini fridge that may truly be the MVP of working from home, particularly if you’re sharing a space with others and want to limit distracting trips to the kitchen — this has just enough space to stock your favorite snacks and seltzers for little pick-me-ups through the day.


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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).


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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).

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A portable dual monitor for your laptop so you can tackle your to-do list with thaaaaat much more monitor 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


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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.

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An Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon’s most popular Alexa-enabled device, because it comes equipped with a new “Work From Home” routine. You can personally tailor it to have Alexa remind you when to start your day, when to take breaks, when to eat, when to start making dinner, and — most importantly!! — when to log the heck off.

A white circular Amazon Echo dot on a table


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Also?? Sometimes you just need to have a coworker who tells you weird jokes and warns you when it’s about to rain and is always up-to-date on the latest world news. This lil’ Echo can help fill the coworker-shaped void in your WFH heart.

Similar to other Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Show 5 responds to voice commands and can be synced with Audible, Amazon Music, Amazon Video, and other apps and programs like Spotify, iTunes, and NPR.

Promising review: “It’s small and looks great. Great quality. And for such a low price, it does so much. And now during the stay at home days of the pandemic and working from home, it keeps me entertained all day!” —ADELA

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

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Plus a set of always-handy smart plugs you can sync with your devices like Alexa and Google Home to turn things on and off without getting up to do it yourself — a godsend when you’re the kind of person who can’t get up to fix the AC without playing with the dog, then also making a snack, then also checking the mail … (been there, procrastinated that).

A small white plug next to the app you can use to control it


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You can also control the devices plugged into it via an app, which will turn items on and off no matter where you are. Plus, if you live in a big household, you can set up the app on multiple devices so everyone will be able to sync with them.

Promising review: “This smart plug is much easier setup than what my experience. Works well with Google Assistant. Especially right now working from home making us more lazy than before. I like this!” —Geno

Get a set of four from Amazon for $27.99.

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A set of adjustable desk shelves to organize your professional knickknacks and make your WFH space feel put together, so you won’t get anxious and distracted about clutter.

A set of desk shelves in a light wood that fit several books, plants, and desk accessories


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Promising review: “Working from home I needed something to organize my work essentials so I didn’t feel like my table was just a mess of stuff. This is better than I expected. It’s cute, it makes access to what I need easier and I’m able to have things organized. Even after I’m able to go back to the office I can see use for this for many things!” —Jennifer

Get them from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three colors).

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An eight-pack of ready-to-eat refried beans with a 12-month shelf life, so any time you find yourself needing a delicious lunch option STAT, you’ll always have a good base for a meal at the ready to prevent that 2pm “hanger” spiral that derails your whole day.


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A Dozen Cousins is a San Francisco-based, Black-owned small business that specializes in 100% plant-based food and provides an annual grant and volunteer support to nonprofits working to eliminate socioeconomic health disparities in the US.

Each of these packs comes with four packs of black beans and four packs of pinto beans, which can be heated up in the microwave in 60 seconds.

Promising review: “What a great, convenient, healthy meal solution! I used the Cuban Black Beans in a breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs and they were an awesome addition. So easy to heat up in the microwave in their pouch and mix right in with the rest of my bowl. I’ll definitely order these again to help me save time on my meal prep. I can feel really good about this company’s social mission to help families in under-served communities eat well!” —Amy

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $29.99.


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A Dozen Cousins is a San Francisco-based, Black-owned small business that specializes in 100% plant-based food and provides an annual grant and volunteer support to nonprofits working to eliminate socioeconomic health disparities in the US.

Each of these packs comes with four packs of black beans and four packs of pinto beans, which can be heated up in the microwave in 60 seconds.

Promising review: “What a great, convenient, healthy meal solution! I used the Cuban Black Beans in a breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs and they were an awesome addition. So easy to heat up in the microwave in their pouch and mix right in with the rest of my bowl. I’ll definitely order these again to help me save time on my meal prep. I can feel really good about this company’s social mission to help families in under-served communities eat well!” —Amy

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $29.99.

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Plus a bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey, so you can add a pinch of sweet and a kick of spice to WFH meals that might otherwise feel totally “blah” and put you in an demotivated head space. (No offense to microwave pizza! She’s trying her best.)

Reviewer drizzling hot honey over pizza


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Promising review:This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I’ll never know. Makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, unexpected zip in dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? Have given it as hostess gifts several times and everyone gets hooked.” —Martha Ronemus

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

Check out BuzzFeed’s review of Mike’s Hot Honey for more deets!

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Plus a chic, waterproof desk mat to tie your desk space together and make it feel more like there’s a “place” for everything, so you’re not moving stuff all over the desk during the day.


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As an added bonus, all the colors are reversible, so you can change your desk vibe with the season.

Promising review: “It’s a really beautiful desk pad. I love that the colors are reversible. Right now loving the purple for winter, but will switch to the pink side in the summer. Makes my work desk look more colorful and pretty! It feels like a good quality mat. The stitches surrounding the border are sewn on evenly and not cheap-looking. The feel is soft but durable. When I unrolled the mat, it flattened out easily and nicely without any creases or having to put heavy weights on the corners to flatten it out (unlike another similar desk pad brand that I bought for my home desk). As for function, I like that it also acts as a mouse pad for my mouse. Writing on paper with it underneath is not a problem, writing still feels smooth. Overall I love this beautiful mat.” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six color combinations and two sizes).


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As an added bonus, all the colors are reversible, so you can change your desk vibe with the season.

Promising review: “It’s a really beautiful desk pad. I love that the colors are reversible. Right now loving the purple for winter, but will switch to the pink side in the summer. Makes my work desk look more colorful and pretty! It feels like a good quality mat. The stitches surrounding the border are sewn on evenly and not cheap-looking. The feel is soft but durable. When I unrolled the mat, it flattened out easily and nicely without any creases or having to put heavy weights on the corners to flatten it out (unlike another similar desk pad brand that I bought for my home desk). As for function, I like that it also acts as a mouse pad for my mouse. Writing on paper with it underneath is not a problem, writing still feels smooth. Overall I love this beautiful mat.” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six color combinations and two sizes).

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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).

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A mini inflatable tube guy for your desk to cheer you on (or remind you to take a lil’ dance break whenever you overwork yourself).

A red inflatable figure on a desk


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Promising review: “OMG! I love this guy! These things large and small will ALWAYS make me laugh. My husband bought the desk version for me and I can always count on it to make me laugh. My co-workers love it too. People just stop by to turn him on for a quick pick-me-up. I would recommend getting the AC plug since batteries can run down fast. I think we should create a community of fellow air-dancer-havers and post clips of our little guys dancing to our favorite songs. Anyone in?” —Mark

Get it from Amazon for $9.72.

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A personalized Atlas Coffee Club subscription to keep you well-stocked on your most essential work from home fuel: coffee. This will send you a surprise gourmet coffee from around the world every month, along with tasting notes, brewing instructions, and a postcard from the country it’s from, so you’ll have your caffeine needs taken care of *and* a little excitement to look forward to every few weeks.

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You can also select your preferences in terms of how much coffee you want, how often you want to get it, your roast preference, and whether you want it ground or whole. A surprise every month! Wow, endorphins!! We love to feel ’em.

Get a personalized subscription from Atlas coffee starting at $9+.

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Plus a cold brew coffee maker so gloriously easy to use that all you have to do is stick your favorite ground coffee in the filter, seal the airtight lid on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight. Boom, four cups of cold brew to keep you energized through all…the meetings…that should have been emails.

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Promising review: “With the indefinite work from home situation 2020 has put us in, I had a real craving for my Starbucks iced coffee especially as the weather has gotten warmer. Since I can’t go out and get my expensive iced coffee, I decided to get this product to make it myself. Best decision ever. It’s very easy to make smooth, delicious iced coffee overnight and have a perfect brew in the morning.” —Shelby

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A game of Work From Home bingo with a bunch of different cards to get you through the day — like yes, you may be tired, but has someone’s child interrupted a Zoom call yet?? You must remain vigilant to win today’s round.

A Work From Home bingo card with items like "had wi fi issues" or "used a zoom background"


Ephemeral Aesthetics/Etsy

Ephemeral Aesthetics is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in fun printable games for kids and adults for all occasions, including holiday, event, and quarantine-themed ones.

Each instant download includes 10 different bingo cards, one blank bingo card, and a callout list, so you can either play it yourself *or* rope in a bunch of your coworkers on a Friday when you need a lil’ something fun to get you through the last part of the week.

Get it from Ephemeral Aesthetics on Etsy for $7.99.

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A productivity timer you can pretty much use as your designated babysitter — it can be set to any number of minutes within an hour, so you know when your designated “breaks” are, and can try to train yourself to get as much done as you can in those bursts before you let yourself be intentionally distracted.

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A popular way of doing this would be to set the time for 50 minutes, so then you work work work for that stretch and then take the 10 minutes at the top of the hour for other tasks like checking Instagram or answering texts. Then you can restart the timer and do it again. If anything, it’s just sometimes a reminder of what you can get done in a certain amount of time if you block distractions out, which will motivate you to *keep* working that way.

Promising review: “I’m a newly discovered ADHD adult and use this to keep myself moving along tasks through the day. Set goals, hurry, move on. I’m self employed and many days work from computer with headphones on. While the beeper on this is loud on the hi setting, it is no match for noise cancelling headphones. So I took it apart, soldered and drilled in a super bright LED bulb in the corner of the dial face. And now it is peeerfect.” —Atkins

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in six colors).

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Or if you want to go all in, a copy of The Pomodoro Technique, written by the popular productivity system’s creator. If you’re unfamiliar, it basically shows you how to tackle tasks in 30-minute bursts (25-minute intervals, with 5-minute breaks in between) and how you can use that first step to improve not just your productivity, but overall quality of life.

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Beyond helping with distractibility, the method aims to reduce anxiety, help with focus, make people more aware of their decision-making processes, increase motivation, and make both short- and long-term goals more manageable. The book highlights the five different stages it takes to help get to that point, all of which have roots in the 25 minutes on/5 minutes off principle.

Get it from Amazon for $15.88 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $18.35.

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A delightfully bendy desk lamp to make your desk area well-lit and inviting, so you’ll actually *want* to set to work each day. Psst — this not only charges right up with a USB cord, but will also serve as a port to charge your phone. Behold this glorious intersection of style and function!

A white desk lamp with a sloped bending stand


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It also comes with three different brightness settings, so you can adjust it as the light in your space changes throughout the day.

Promising review: “Great little desk lamp. I needed something basic and affordable to add to my desk since I’m working from home. The lamp is bright and has three levels of light settings to access by pushing the on/off button. The USB port is convenient.” —K. Otero

Get it from Amazon for $13 (available in four colors).

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A selfie ring light for all your Zoom presentations, so for once you’ll actually look *forward* to turning on your camera — this will trick your coworkers into thinking you live inside a beautifully-lit Instagram apartment instead of a snack dungeon.

A lit selfie ring on a tripod pointing at a reviewer's desk set up


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You can either use this with your phone mounted just under the light for FaceTime, or if you’re calling or filming from a laptop, you can set up the tripod or the light on your desk behind the screen. Boom, fancy lighting.

Promising review: “I’ve been having to work from home. During this time, I’m in front of my computer doing WebEx calls and Teams. Having to present and talk in front of 20-50+ people. This light is AWESOME! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!” —Anna Chouinard

Get it from Amazon for $23.98 (clip the “30% off” coupon on the product page for this price).

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A lightweight breakfast tray you can prop next to you on your bed for midday eating and holding devices, because you know what? Some of us get our best and most productive work done laying in bed, and more power to us for it.

A model using a propped up wooden breakfast tray with food on it on top of a carpet


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Promising review: “I absolutely love this item. It can be used in so many different ways! It is also very sturdy and high quality. I highly recommend it. Perfect size to set your computer down and a coffee or a larger breakfast. I love it!” —Micaela

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

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A Work From Home-themed sticker sheet, because honestly, sometimes all we need as an extra dose of motivation is a cute sticker on our laptop to make us smile.

Sheet of illustrated stickers with things like a succulent, coffee, and the words "you're on mute"


Rain + Jas/Etsy

Rain + Jas is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in cute stickers and handmade cards.

Get it from Rain + Jas on Etsy for $3.50.

Crushing your WFH to-do list in your pajamas like:


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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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