Hello Hello F22 Crew!
The holidays are here and in full swing! Need a last minute gift for your blogging or freelancing buddy? Perhaps your significant other is a last minute shopper and you want to send them some ideas? Either way, here are some great ideas for any freelancer/blogger/remote worker in your life! Bonus, there are a ton of price points so you’re bound to find something in your budget!
Grammarly is a grammar and punctuation checking app that is wildly useful for the blogger in your life. While the free version offers excellent support for the basics, the premium version has the potential to make one a better writer. It offers style tips and suggestions for making one’s writing more interesting and readable. The user inputs the desired goal and style of the text and the app will offer corrections and suggestions for helping the writer achieve the goal. An awesome gift for any wordsmith in your life.
Yearly subscription: $139.95, which is $11.66 billed as one payment. A quarterly plan is $59.95 ($19.95 per month) or a monthly plan billed at $29.95.
All writers should make journaling a daily practice. It helps them to organize their thoughts and feelings as well as nurture a better writer. Journal writing gives the writer the freedom to engage in stream-of-consciousness writing which can often yield new ideas and approaches that the writer had never considered. You can get a basic journal with blank pages, lined pages, a mind map journal, a journal for intention and goal setting and so on.
From $4.50 to $25
An Alexa Dot or Google Home Mini
These handy devices can help keep a blogger organized by adding reminders, calendar entries and list items using verbal commands. They also play music, offer to spell when asked and can offer answer questions. Both devices are compact so they don’t take up too much room on a desk and they don’t have distracting screens. Finally, both can connect to smart home devices so the writer can adjust the temperature and turn on and off lights without having to leave their desks.
From $29.99 to $49.99
Blogging can be a solitary and sometimes stressful occupation. For the zen-minded blogger, guided meditations can release anxiety and open creativity. Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra teamed up to create a series of 21-day meditation experiences that can be streamed either through the website or a phone app. The topics include Manifesting True Success, Finding Your Flow, Releasing Expectations, Hope in Uncertain Times and many, many more. You can either purchase a particular experience or a gift card. Also, all new meditations are free when they are first offered. Check the website for details and join the mailing list to find out when new experiences are starting.
From $19.99 to $594.00
Bloggers need pictures to enhance their posts and the easiest way to do this is often to take the pictures themselves. The camera should fit the style of the blog. For example, a GoPro Hero 8 is a great camera for the outdoor action blogger while the lifestyle blogger might consider the Canon PowerShot SX740. Of course, your blogger can always use their iPhones and Samsung Galaxies which take excellent pictures.
From $300 to $800
If your blogger has little interest in taking pictures themselves, there are plenty on the internet. However, just taking pictures from a Google search is a no-no because the blogger doesn’t have the right to use them. Hence, a stock photo subscription cuts the hassle of trying to find free images and gives the blogger access to huge libraries. Various services include Shutterstock, Stocksy, Istockphoto and Adobe Stock, to name a few.
From free to $199 per month
Sitting at one’s keyboard all day can be exhausting work, particularly once the aches and pains set in. Your blogger can have the benefits of a spa while never leaving their desks. These massagers can either be whole chair pads that offer gentle heat and massage from the thighs to the neck or they can be smaller shiatsu units that can knead the lower back.
From $30 to $200
A Fitbit or other fitness watch will remind your blogger that there is a whole big world outside that they need to go and experience for the sake of their health. You can set the watch to offer reminders when you have been sitting for too long and it tracks steps, exercise, and calories. It can even be paired with smart scales and keep track each time you step on the scale.
From $70 to $250