I started a new job recently, which means I was appointed a new, empty desk. Cultivating the trinkets for your desk, both practical and impractical alike, can be a daunting task. What manner of storage solutions do I need? Will people find as much delight in this as I do? If I leave an assortment of brightly colored Sharpies in plain sight, will they be taken, never to be seen again?!
Whether you have a blank canvas or are looking to spruce up your current workspace, here are some great accessories to take your desk from drab to fab.
Combine form and function with grass pens $11 for 12 pack
I don’t know about you guys, but I seem to have bad luck with pens. I either leave them places, or lose them to well-meaning coworkers who borrow and never return them. These “grass” pens not only make a lovely little potted display, but they also don’t look like pens (which deters theft!).
The Ball of Whacks is the perfect accessory for both creative types who might need a mental freshener throughout the day, or people who just like to fidget with something from time to time. This sphere of 30 magnetic blocks can be reconfigured into a seemingly endless number of shapes, some of which are extremely impressive.
This trinket combines three of my favorite things into one epic desk accessory: robots, recycling, and whimsy. Made from found objects, these handy deskbots are a great way to display anything from business cards to to-do lists!
There are so many great uses for this whiteboard. Leave a reminder for yourself for the next day, warn coworkers that you are in the zone and shouldn’t be bothered unless the building is on fire, or use it at meetings when you need to illustrate a point.
Plants are great to have in the office. However, regular plant maintenance can be challenging, especially if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs. Air plants are great because aside from being ADORABLE, they are basically impossible to kill. All they need is bright, indirect light, and a bi-weekly mist.
As a big fan of things fitting perfectly into other things, I love this organizer. It holds all of your essential desk items without being bulky or obtrusive. It even connects to your computer and can be used as a card reader, a smartphone holder, and a letter opener!
Sometimes after coming back to my desk with my laptop, I will put off plugging it in for literally hours because I don’t feel like crawling around on the floor to retrieve the power cable. Those days are over now that I know about this sleek, magnetic cable organizer. It keeps all of your important charging cables, earbuds, and even flash drives right on top of your desk for easy access.
Currently, this gadget is only available for pre order. But that being said, you should probably pre order it. This handy light plugs into your computer’s USB (or Bluetooth) and lets your officemates know when you are busy. It also notifies you about incoming emails and calendar reminders.
This lovely framed cork board is the perfect desk accessory for keeping important notes handy while keeping your desk stylish. Add throwing star pushpins for total office ninja domination.
Display your Instagram photos creatively $60 for 6
These awesome photo blocks are handmade using wood, your instagram photos, and love. They can be displayed upright on a desk, or easily tacked to the wall or a cork board with pushpins.
Gone are the days of boring desk accessories. With these funky and functional office products, you can take your organization, productivity, and style to the next level.
Office ninjas, what are your favorite desk accessories?