The Absolute Best Gift for Anyone Working Remotely
Give the gift of a hot cup of coffee all day long, right at their fingertips.
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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 with 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.
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 work space 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 lengthy 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.
The VOBAGO coffee warmer features three warming settings, all functional with the push of the same button. Low: 104 degrees F. Medium: 131 F. Hot: 149 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.
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.
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* For even more at-home coffee ideas, check out these genius DIY coffee bar ideas.
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