If you’ve ever read articles or seen videos about people working from home, you’ve surely noticed that they are almost always accompanied by a certain type of photo. It’s a young man or woman in the middle of a large bed, with a laptop perched precariously on their knees, laughing at something on the screen. If you’ve ever worked from home, you know that’s not how it is in real life at all. Especially if you have a garden office.
And a lot of people who work from home do. If they have the space for it, they choose the privacy and silence of a garden office. It’s the best of both worlds, so to say. You still get all the commodities of an office, but at home. With that in mind, we’ve decided to put together a list of the coolest gadgets that will make your garden office an even better place that you enjoy working in!
A High-Quality Webcam
But my laptop already has a built-in webcam, you will say. Of course it does. But, most likely, it’s not a high-quality one. If you’re working remotely from your garden office, then you will need to keep in touch with your team, your boss or your clients.
That being said, a good piece of advice here would be not to rely on a poor webcam for those sessions or Skype meetings. Instead, give them a chance to see your good side, quite literally. And hear you, for that matter. They will appreciate it.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Seeing as it is literally placed in the garden, your garden office might not be as quiet as your old working space. The neighbors might be mowing their lawn, someone could be doing a spot of renovation down the street or children could be playing nearby.
You can bypass all that with a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. They will allow you to concentrate a lot better on your work. And stop procrastinating. Unless you want to help your neighbor renovate, of course!
USB Cup Warmer
This one is not by any means new. In fact, it has been making the rounds on the Internet and as a Christmas stocking filler for quite some time. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a fantastic addition to your garden office.
A USB cup warmer will save you the trouble of going back to the main house whenever your coffee or tea gets cold. Since you don’t have a hob or a microwave in the office, it’s a lot simpler to plug in the cup warmer to your laptop and keep your coffee fresh for as long as you want. This might have started as a stocking filler, but it will be a life saver for you.
USB Warm Slippers
Here’s the deal. If you didn’t go for HVAC or any type of central heating system for your garden office, it will get cold in there during the winter season. You are, after all, in the middle of your backyard.
A solution to this problem is a cool gadget such as USB warming slippers. They come in the shape of fuzzy shoes that you can plug into your laptop to keep your tootsies warm while your work.
And here’s a tip. There are also USB charged fingerless gloves in case you really want to get warm this winter.
Solar Charger for the Window
Being in the garden does have its perks. Apart from the fantastic view, you’ll also get to enjoy unlimited sunlight. A great idea would be to try and use it to your advantage as much as possible.
For example, you can use a solar charger that is mounted to the window. All you have to do is find the window of your garden office that sees the most sunlight throughout the day, stick the charger to it and connect your phone via the USB cable. Environmentally and budget friendly at the same time. Not to mention how much of a cool gadget this is!
An Electric Lunchbox
The idea behind an electric lunchbox is that you can put all the ingredients for your favorite meal in it. Then, with the press of one button, they will slowly cook inside right on top of your desk while you work.
You can think of an electric lunchbox as a rice cooker. Everything, meaning the vegetables, meat, and even noodles goes inside and you don’t have to do a single thing. You will have a home cooked and hot meal ready to go by lunch time.
A Foot Hammock
You probably already have a hammock in your garden so why not a foot hammock in your garden office as well? This is a tiny one that’s meant to go under your desk where you can comfortably rest your feet.
One of the greatest things about it is that it’s perfect for people who wear high heels. You can rest the front of your heeled feet on it for a bit of respite from the uncomfortable shoes.
A Digital Highlighter
This has got to be one of the coolest gadgets on the list. If you have to work with documents, papers, contracts or books quite often, than this will become your new best friend. The digital highlighter can be plugged into your PC through an USB cable and then act like a scanmarker.
Run the digital highlighter over the portion of text you are interested in and it will show up on your screen. This will make copying whole paragraphs from books or papers a lot easier. You can keep the digital highlighter as a cool gadget for your garden office or you can gift it to someone you love along with a set of beautiful bookends. They will adore this amazing piece of technology.
You can also buy a scalp massager, a set of post it notes shaped like floppy disks, so that every Generation Z-er that walks into your garden office can ask you what those are, or even a small desktop vacuum to keep things neat and tidy. It all depends on what you need the most!