Ho Ho Hotlist: 23 gifts for the on-the-go freelancer

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

From a Soho Home journal and a designer pen to match to their new favourite travel fleece, here’s how to shop for the solo go-getter in your life

Friday 25 November 2022   By Soho House

After a week of Friendsgiving celebrations, the holiday spirit is well and truly upon us – and so is the countdown for our end of year break. Whether you’re planning a festive escape or hosting family at home, the time to switch off and recharge is fast approaching, although that’s easier said than done for some of us – yes, we’re looking at you, freelance creatives. 

We’ve all got that one person in our lives – or perhaps we are that person – whose hustle never stops. The friend who’s always working on a new creative project, looking for their next gig and networking their way to the top. One minute they’re in LA meeting collaborators at Soho Warehouse, the next they’re discussing a potential book deal with their agent over Picantes at Shoreditch House. Life is non-stop for this self-sufficient go-getter, so what can you do to slow things down for them over the holidays? The answer is a fitting gift. 

Much like our city swisher, this loved one is picky, which means shopping for them requires a little extra effort. Luckily, we’ve made the process a lot easier for you by curating a list of solid gift ideas catered to their busy lifestyle, creative mind and acquired taste. From the subtle touch of a Prada scrunchie or Valentino earrings, to a Caran D’Ache pen and a Soho Home journal for their off-the-cuff thoughts, here’s how to treat your favourite freelancer. 

For more gift ideas, check out our suggestions for the beach bods and country enthusiasts in your life. 

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

1. Because they cradle their phone like a baby 
Iridescent phone case, £90, Rimowa 

2. Because it screams freelance creative 
Re-Nylon baseball cap, £480, Prada

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

3. Because they’ll appreciate the design
Giovanni table lamp, from £213, Soho Home

4. Because they’re always on the go 
Porter-Yoshida & Co backpack, £600, MR PORTER 

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

5. Because they’re the type to always carry a pen 
Caran D’Ache pen, £40, Selfridges 

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

6. Because their creative thoughts are worth storing 
Hadley journal pocket size, from £26, Soho Home

7. Because it’s a winter weather-proof essential 
Acne Studios sweatshirt, £460, NET-A-PORTER 

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

8. Because comfort is key in their wardrobe 
Balancer pant 27", £118, lululemon 

9. Because they have an impressive book collection 
Prato bookends, from £136, Soho Home 

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

10. Because they love a statement piece 
Hightide hourglass, £24.99, The Journal Shop 

11. Because every day is slipper season 
SKIN Vera slides, £115, NET-A-PORTER

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

12. Because they always have friends over 
Welcome mat, £65, Stüssy

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

13. Because they’re always plugged in 
Apple AirPods Pro, £206, Apple

14. Because they’ll need a case to match 
Airpods Pro case, £180, Bottega Veneta

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

15. Because they’re all about attention to detail
Terry scrunchie, £290, Prada

16. Because they’re no stranger to a red eye 
Percy eye mask, from £16, Soho Home 

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

17. Because they take their eyewear seriously 
Arthur glasses, £285, Moscot 

The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House
The Ho Ho Hot List: 23 gifts for the freelance creative | Soho House

18. Because their earring game is always strong 
Valentino Garavani earrings, £389.32, NET-A-PORTER 

19. Because their at-home desk could use some festive love 
Remo pine candle, from £47, Soho Home