The Absolute Best Gift for Anyone Working Remotely

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Give the gift of a hot cup of coffee all day long.

This year, 2020, is officially the year of working remotely. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers and students quickly set up home offices and plugged in to work and learn online. If someone on your gift list is part of the work-at-home army, I have the perfect gift suggestion: a coffee warmer.

My sister-in-law gave me a coffee warmer last Christmas. As a drink-coffee-at-the-office on the weekdays and go-out-for-coffee on the weekends (guilty) type of gal, I thanked her for the generous gift and tucked it in my cupboard. Then in Week Two of working remotely, I dug the coffee warmer out of its hiding place to give it a try. Dear reader, it was a game-changer.

Now I’ve worked from home for seven months, and the coffee warmer has a position of honor on my desk, next to my laptop. If it came down to only one outlet left, I’d plug the coffee warmer in and let my phone die. That’s how much I love this coffee warmer. Check out these tips for making the perfect cup of coffee that will make this gift even more worthwhile.

What is a coffee warmer?

A coffee warmer is essentially a combination coaster and hot plate. You plug it in, turn it on, and set your freshly poured cup of coffee or tea in the center. That’s it. The heated element keeps hot liquids hot.

It’s especially nice for remote workers whose workspace is separate from the kitchen. No more dashing back to the microwave to zap a cup of coffee in between meetings, and running into your beloved but distracting spouse and kids along the way.

The coffee warmer is also ideal for those long conference calls when I want something hot to sip. In the afternoons I switch from hot coffee to hot tea, which is especially comforting and cozy as the days get colder and shorter. Having a warm cup of jasmine tea on my work desk feels like a workday treat.

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The VOBAGO coffee warmer features three warming settings, all functional with the push of the same button. Low: 104 degrees F.  Medium: 131 degrees F.  Hot: 149 degrees F. As the coffee gets down to the bottom of the cup and closer to the heating element, I usually switch the temperature to low to keep from overheating what’s left of my liquid. There’s also a safety automatic feature that turns the coffee warmer off after four hours of continuous use.

Sure, there are coffee warmers with more bells and whistles, like this one with a built-in wireless charger. But I like the simplicity and sleek design of the VOBAGA.

One note: Coffee warmers work best with glass, ceramic, or porcelain mugs, not vacuum insulated bottles. You should also never set a paper or cardboard cup on the coffee warmer. Flat-bottom mugs heat better than a concave bottom since it won’t heat as evenly. If you prefer to buy your coffee, see if you’re near the best coffee shop in your state.

Where can I buy a coffee warmer?

My beloved VOBAGA coffee warmer is available on Amazon. It comes in six distinct colors, including woodgrain pattern, soft pink, and teal blue. Prices start at $22.99 and go up to $29.99, depending on the color. I really should send my sister-in-law a second thank-you note. *Sips coffee.* Next, check out more of the best gifts for coffee lovers this holiday season.

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Megan Wood
As Deputy Affiliate eCommerce Editor, Megan Wood helps Reader's Digest readers find the best products to make their lives better, easier, and more joyful. She has 10 years of service journalism and product review experience across a variety of national websites. When she’s not tracking down the best sales and deals, you can probably find her walking her dog.