If you want your office desk to be the envy of all your co-workers, these fun and cool office supplies are sure to brighten up your workday and leave your colleagues wanting. Of course, we’ve got cool versions of the basics like staplers and storage options, but we know for sure there are some cool office supplies below that you’ve never even considered. (Did you know desk pads could be heated?)
So whether you’re here just to find cooler versions of the things you need or looking for the awesome office supplies you never knew you needed, check out some of our favorites below. More than one of them will transform your desk from a place of productive drudgery to your preferred place to do your work.
1. Project 62 Hanging File Holder
If you’re looking for another level of organization, the Target Project 62 Hanging File Holder will add a stylish pop of black and gold to your desk or nearby shelf. The hanging design makes sifting through your papers a lot easier.
2. Veelink Bamboo Wireless Charger Organizer
No desk is complete without an organizer, but why go for something utterly basic when you can get the Veelink Bamboo Wireless Charger Organizer? Yes, you can organize your pens, but you can also wirelessly charge your Qi-enabled phone while you work. Plus, the charging dock is deep enough to handle phone cases, and the docking angle means you can easily check your phone for any notifications without picking it up. As cool office supplies go, it doesn’t get much more practical than this. We promise your co-workers will be envious.
3. Sirmedal Acrylic Matte Gold Stapler
A stapler feels so passé, until you need one. Don’t be the person running around the office or tearing up your apartment to find “that one stapler.” Pick up the Sirmedal Acrylic Matte Gold Stapler. An acrylic body houses the gold parts for an elegant take on the humble stapler which looks as good as it works.
4. Cassette Tape Dispenser
We love everything about this desk accessorie. Like all cool office supplies, it’s definitely a conversation starter, and anyone who appreciates a good pun will applaud your newest desk totchke. Designed to dozens of pens, plenty of odds and ends and, of course, a roll of tape, the Cassette Tape Dispenser is as practical as it is fun.
5. Fluidstance Slope Personal Desktop Whiteboard & Pen
For anyone that spends their day typing away, this is more than just an elegant desk buddy. It’s essential for avoiding hand, wrist, and finger pain — especially if you’re already suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Fluidstance engineered an eco-friendly device to place between your keyboard and monitor, offering the ideal angle for writing. It also has a dry-erase surface, so you can jot down notes when they come to mind. Plus, its raised surface lets you slide your keyboard beneath in a de-cluttering move that opens up more free desk space.
6. Lamicall Phone Holder Gooseneck Mount
Speaking of being able to easily see your phone from your desk, nothing makes that easier than the Lamicall Phone Holder Gooseneck Mount. The mount attaches to the desk with a strong base clamp, and the sturdy bendable snake arm doesn’t droop when holding your phone. It’s perfect to record a video, join a meeting, or watch a show when it’s slow. (Don’t blame us if you get caught.)
7. iVict Clip-on LED Light
My wife bought this iVict Clip-on LED Light for our mutual pandemic desk and it worked wonderfully. It has a flexible gooseneck for the perfect position, three color temperatures, and 10 brightness settings.
Sure, I didn’t suddenly look like George Clooney when I used it, but I was way better lit and came across much clearer during my meetings with the light on.
8. Olidik Warming Desk Pad
While we recommend a standard desk pad for anyone looking to make their space look more organized, why not go one step farther and pick up the Olidik Warm Desk Pad. Whether you’re in an office whose temperature is set to nuclear winter or simply just looking for a little extra warmth when you set your hands down, this heated desk pad is among the best cool office supplies you hadn’t even thought of.
9. Aluratek 7-Inch LCD Digital Photo Frame
Photos on desks aren’t for everyone, but if you like to keep your close ones in mind during the workday, you might appreciate the Aluratek 7-Inch LCD Digital Photo Frame to avoid figuring out who makes the cut.
We like this digital frame because it’s extremely simple. Simply put whatever photos you want on a flash drive and plug it into the frame. When you power it on, your photos will appear as a slideshow.
10. BESTINNKITS Smart Coffee Warmer
Coffee and tea are the real lifeblood of the American economy and nothing’s more frustrating than going for those last few sips and finding lukewarm or even cold coffee. Enter the BESTINNKITS Smart Coffee Warmer. This induction mug warmer activates (and deactivates) automatically when any mug is placed (or removed) from it. It’s also sleek, compact, and does a decent job of keeping your beverage warm, even if it can’t make your drink hot again.
11. ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion
Fight back and tailbone pain with the ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion. Though there are a lot of great office-seat cushions out there, we like the value the ComfiLife cushion brings to the table (or chair).
A non-slip rubber bottom ensures the cushion stays put, and the gel memory foam cushion provides all the support your tailbone needs and then some. Just make sure you hide it away before your co-workers swipe it right out from under you.
12. Renawe Luxury Wooden Ballpoint Pen
Nothing says cool office supplies like a fancy pen. Because pens are so commonplace and yet used increasingly less in much white-collar work, a really rad pen stands out and just might give you some much-needed master-of-the-universe vibes. The Renawe Luxury Wooden Ballpoint Pen is made from maple and rosewood for a classy appearance. It also comes with a desk stand for when it’s not in use, so you can flex on your co-workers even when you’re not using it.
13. Vintage Art Deco Swingline Speed Stapler
You only need one stapler (if you need one at all), but we have a soft spot for cool vintage office supplies such as this Swingline Speed Stapler from the ‘50s being sold on Etsy. Not only is it a throwback to a time when commodities were made to last, it’s also just a damn good stapler. After all, they don’t call it the Speed Stapler for nothing.
14. Rain Design iLevel2 Adjustable Height Laptop Stand
A sleek laptop stand doesn’t have to just be functional, it can look cool too. The Rain Design iLevel2 Adjustable Height Laptop Stand does both.
The sturdy aluminum stand will give your computer the extra height it needs for more comfortable typing angles or to improve your appearance during virtual meetings. Plus, rubber pads keep the stand from sliding and you can easily adjust the elevation height with the front slider knob.
15. Modern Wood Standing Desk Converter
Standing desks are apparently all the rage, but if you’re not ready to hop on that expensive bandwagon yet (raises hand), try this Modern Wood Standing Desk Converter sold on Etsy. It’s essentially just a classy wood desk that goes on your regular desk so you can get out of the chair for a change of pace without committing hundreds to a proper standing desk. It’s easy to put together at a moment’s notice and breaks apart for easy storage when you’d rather sit.
16. Holmes Heritage 4-Inch Mini USB Desk Fan
Depending on where you live, it’s been hot for months now or the mercury is finally starting to rise and stay put. Whatever the case may be, it’s never a bad time for a cool desk fan like the Holmes Heritage 4-Inch Mini USB Desk Fan. It’s stable, draws power via USB, delivers a pleasant desk breeze, and looks pretty dang good in brushed copper.
17. Target Project 62 Paper Drawers
Nothing destroys the appearance of tidiness faster than loose papers strewn about. These modern Project 62 Paper Drawers from Target can easily fit on your desk, on the floor, or on another nearby piece of furniture to get your stray pieces of paper organized.
18. JBYAMUS 4 Pack Cable Organizers
When you think of cool office supplies, we doubt cable organizers come to mind. But we’re here to tell you that, after pens and paper, cables are the most likely culprit to cause disarray on your desk. The JBYAMUS 4 Pack Cable Organizers will start to rein the mess in and encourage you to actually think about how you can best organize your technology to keep your desk clutter-free. Just peel the tape off the back of these silicone organizers and stick them wherever you need to wrangle those pesky cables. Just be warned that anything that sticks can also be difficult to cleanly remove.
19. Nature’s Mark Mini Zen Garden
Let’s face it: Work is stressful no matter what job you’re doing. That’s why every worker should have something peaceful or relaxing for when the going just gets a little too rough. Though they might seem a little hokey, mini zen gardens like the Nature’s Mark Mini Zen Garden can offer a much-needed respite during a hectic day. When you let your imagination place the rocks and do a little sand raking, you’d be surprised at how much the garden can lighten your mood.
20. Golf Club Pen Set Desk Game
If zen isn’t your way to relaxation, then perhaps the Golf Club Pen Set Desk Game will be more up your alley. The game comes with three “clubs” to putt the balls into one of two holes, and when you’re not golfing, each club is a different colored pen — red, black and blue — to jot down whatever you need.
21. DjuiinoStar Low-Temperature Stirling Engine
The DjuiinoStar Low Temperature Stirling Engine is absolutely useless for any work purpose, but it’s sure to entertain you and everyone around you. It’s literally a mini Stirling engine, that is, an engine that uses heat to produce mechanical energy. If you place this little engine on a hot cup of water (or a hot cup of coffee or tea) and give the wheel a spin to kickstart it, it won’t stop spinning until the difference in temperatures between the top and bottom of the base isn’t enough to drive the mechanisms. Science, why are you so awesome?
22. Floating Moon Desk Lamp
Even those who aren’t night owls will love this floating moon desk lamp, which levitates as it rotates and gives off a mesmerizing glow. There’s nothing kitschy about this unique and calming piece of sophisticated desk art. A series of magnets helps suspend the 3D-printed moon, which sits above a walnut foundation. It has three light settings that remain charged through wireless LED lights inside the moon. Think of it as a meditative break to rest your eyes from all that screen fatigue.
23. The Fidget Pen
When a fidget spinner won’t let you be as productive as you want, turn to this mechanical fidget pen. Benefits from fidgeting include increased blood circulation and sharpened focus. The ballpoint pen has a 14-part locking mechanism. First, unlock the lever by pushing on a spring-loaded detent. Then, swing the handle around to release a ballpoint. A click of a level resets this mechanism. It’s just the right difficulty level and will itch your fidgeting scratch with ease.
24. Deep Sea Sand Art
Back in the day, bottles filled with colorful layers of sand were enough to earn some oohs and aahs. Since then we’ve had some upgrades in sand art, like this stunning Deep Sea invention by Klaus Bosch, which depicts all kinds of natural landscapes. Just rotate the glass ring and gently shift drifts of dark, light, and golden sand, which transform into mountains, deserts, oceans, clouds, and more. The artistic formations are next level, which is why this device has been a desktop favorite for over a decade.
25. Standing Desk Balance Board
The ultimate accessory for a standing desk would have to be this skateboard-style balance board, which helps challenge and strengthen your core. For decades, we sat in our offices. Now, many of us stand in them. This balance board engages your body with a subtle motion that’s not distracting when it comes to getting work done. Here’s what sets this board apart from the rest: As balance skills improve, you can add more air to the rubber cushion to up the difficulty. The bumpers are sound and scratch-free, so you can focus.
26. Weather Predicting Black Swan
At Spy, we love a good blend of science and artistry, and that’s exactly what this hand-blown swan barometer is. Barometers are an ancient method of predicting weather changes, and this one has been upgraded for the 21st century in the form of a beautiful glass desk piece. Packed with a syringe and black dye, all you need to do is add water. When atmospheric pressure is high, the black liquid sinks low, and it means sunny weather is ahead. When the liquid rises, atmospheric pressure is lower, indicating stormy weather.
27. SHARPER IMAGE Light Up Electronic Word Clock
Clocks are essential to mastering time management, but why do they have to be so boring? This Sharper Image clock displays the time in word form, in LED display lights. It tells time in 5-minute intervals, making for a handsome and unusual way to tell if you’re ahead or behind your daily goals. An important note: the light is rather bright, so it’s better to keep this clock out of your bedroom at night when you’re sleeping.
28. Objecto W7 Ultrasonic Humidifier
A humidifier isn’t exactly the sleekest addition to a home office, but it’s necessary for anyone in a dry environment or living with sinus issues. This wooden-grain humidifier looks like a sculpture, adding a sense of decor (and the right amount of moisture) to your home-office setup. The next time burnout starts to creep up on you, add a few drops of essential oil for some calming breaths to help you reset. It runs for up to 22 hours and automatically shuts off when the tank is empty.
29. Autonomous ErgoStool
Working on a traditional chair can cause hip tightness and back problems, but not everyone is cool with bouncing on a yoga ball which doesn’t provide support and is sometimes a little too core-engaging. For a more low-impact break from standing and an overall improved seated experience invest in the ErgoStool, which has a sloped seat and an adjustable height for maximum comfort. The design is highly rated across the board by reviewers.
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