Need gift ideas for the freelance life? We’ve got you covered with practical and unexpected suggestions.

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If you’re like me, it’s often hard to come up with ideas for your holiday list. So here’s a handy wish list of gifts for the freelancer, contractor and consultant that will boost your business and productivity.

Subscriptions. Support real journalism and stay abreast of business trends, your industry and the world at large by subscribing to The Seattle Times and other favorite newspapers and magazines.

Business books. Along the same lines, resolve to read more books about professional improvement or your industry in 2017. I recommend “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam Grant. There are also great “best business books of 2016” lists available online.

Gift cards to your favorite coffee shop. After all, you spend a lot of time in this satellite office, amirite? Similarly, you could also benefit from a membership at a local co-working space like Office Nomads if you need office space outside the home.

Upgraded phone. No matter what OS or brand you prefer, there is probably a new-and-improved version of your phone on the market. Get longer battery life and more bells and whistles with a new smartphone, every freelancer’s essential accessory.

Mophie. Mophie is an external battery pack that recharges your device when you’re out and about. It’s saved my bacon more than once on a long flight.

Gloves. It’s December and it’s cold at the keyboard. Fingerless gloves or wrist warmers can help you stay warm inside, and touchscreen gloves can allow you to use your devices outdoors without fear of frostbite.

Beats or Bose wireless headphones. I received Bluetooth-enabled headphones as a gift and I love them. They wirelessly sync to your phone so you can listen to podcasts or music while you work. Great for travel, they have the added benefit of scaring off chatty co-workers.

New York Times crossword subscription. Get your mind off an overwhelming project by focusing on a different challenge, namely 3-across.

Sonos speaker. I just moved and the Sonos speakers were packed away for two months. I’m surprised I survived without this wireless system that allows you to stream your favorite music, podcasts and playlists from the comfort of your smartphone.

Stocking stuffers. Ear buds, printer cartridges (because who likes paying for those?), a box of favorite pens, a gift card to hair salon (you can get shaggy working at home) and software subscriptions like FreshBooks or Dropbox are all welcome and wildly practical gifts.

Jennifer Worick is a veteran freelancer/contractor, publishing consultant and New York Times bestselling author. Email her at