All work and no play make your desktop a dull place – which is probably why they tell us we should personalize our desks as much possible. Doing so, apparently, makes us happier, healthier, and more productive. It even helps us form friendships and build relationships within the office by creating visual icebreakers. And the various trinkets we decorate our desks and offices with, from MBA certificates to framed pictures of loved ones and Star Wars figures to potted plants, serve as ambassadors of our personalities.
If company policy allows it, then there’s nothing stopping you from making your desk yours. After all, your workplace is basically your second home, so you should feel at home as possible. And to help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of nine insanely awesome things you need on your desk!
1. Beverage Warmer
Don’t you just hate it when you make yourself a nice cup of coffee, return to your desk, resume working, and suddenly remember about your coffee when it’s stone cold? The struggle is real. Fortunately, however, your coffee (or tea and even soup!) will never go cold again with this awesomely useful Beverage Warmer! Just place your cup or bowl on the hot plate and let it work its magic!
Buy it on Gadget Flow for $25
2. Post-It Cat Note Dispenser
The crazy cat lady (or lad) in you just gave a high-pitched squeal, didn’t she? Well, we can’t blame you. This cute cat-shaped Post-It dispenser comes with a 3” x 3” pad, and if all the photos of Fluffy adorning your cubicle’s walls and cat ornaments didn’t help people come to the conclusion that you’re obsessed with cats, this surely will.
Buy it on Amazon for $7.79 (now 48% off)
3. Desktop Basketball Set
Playing games is good for you. And scientific research has shown that time and time again. In fact, the University of Oxford found that learning new skills permanently increases the volume of your brain’s “white matter”. But that’s not all: playing games also improves your memory and increases productivity and motivation. In other words, if your boss starts yelling you for playing Solitaire on your computer during office hours, he’ll be in the wrong for firing you on the grounds of wasting company resources and time.
If you enjoy slam dunking, you might want to buy yourself this cool Desktop Basketball Set and shoot some pint-sized hoops during those slow days in the office. It comes with two launchers and two Stuart Little-appropriate basketballs.
Buy it on World Market for $7.99
4. Puzzle Calendar
If you love construction toys like LEGO and organizing and planning like there’s no tomorrow, why not combine your two passions and get yourself this cool brick Puzzle Calendar?
This fun and fully-functional calendar beats the plain and boring desktop calendar you already have on your desk any day. You can rearrange the 77 labeled, colorful blocks every month and use the special icon blocks to flag special events like birthdays and holidays, and it makes for a fun little project at the beginning of every long and painful month at work.
Buy it on Paper Source for $12.50
5. ‘Harry Potter’ Gryffindor Sword Letter Opener
Yes, we know that correspondence today has gone digital and that physical mail has become a thing of the past, but this little Gryffindor sword letter opener will come in handy when you do finally receive your Hogwarts acceptance letter. If, however, it never does arrive, just remember that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named destroyed all Ministry of Magic’s records of Muggle-born wizards that were born between 1985 and 1998. It doesn’t make you any less of a witch or wizard; it’s just that the Ministry doesn’t know how to contact you.
Buy it on Amazon for $35.00
6. Scotch Dog Tape Dispenser
They say that dog is man’s best friend, and in this case, “dog tape dispenser is office worker’s best friend” may be a little more appropriate. This fun-looking tape-dispensing pup comes with a Magic Scotch Tape roll and makes for a great desk companion!
If the cat-loving readers out there are feeling jealous, don’t worry: there’s a kitty version ($9.70) for us, too, and complements the Post-It Cat Note Dispenser we just bought.
Buy it on Amazon for $6.79 (now 55% off)
7. Mini USB Keyboard Vacuum Cleaner
The average American workers spends almost nine hours a day at work, and Right Management found that only one in five people leave their desk for lunch. Of the 1,023 workers that were polled for the survey, a staggering 39% admitted that they stayed at their desks.
If you belong to that group, then chances are your keyboard has accumulated its fair share of crumbs as well as dust, hair, and other debris over time. In other words, your keyboard is basically a germaphobe’s worst nightmare. Needless to say, it needs to be cleaned and, fortunately for you, this mini vacuum cleaner is here to save the day! Simply plug it into your computer or laptop’s USB port, and vacuum the dirt and grime out of that baby!
Oh, and do remember to go out for lunch! We don’t really need to tell you why you should always take your lunch break, do we?
Buy it on Amazon for $7.20
8. Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball
If you are stressed at work, you’re not alone. In fact, British recruitment agency Pertemps found that 51% of female respondents to a 2002 survey admitted to having nearly punched a co-worker, compared to 39% of the men questioned. What stopped them? Well, a pink slip, one imagines.
Thankfully, however, you can release some of that anger brought on by a coworker’s incompetence and still keep your job with this awesome desktop punching ball.
Buy it on Amazon for $19.89 (now 20% off)
9. My Awesome Week Pen-to-Paper Mousepad
Having a crappy day at work? Need a pick-me-up, pronto? Then look no further than the My Awesome Week notepad-mousepad. Its optimistic messages like “My epic Wednesday” and “I deserve a high twenty-five!” will no doubt instantly perk you up and make your week all the more awesome. This fun office gadget doubles as a mousepad and a weekly notepad for your awesome notes and comes with 60 sheets (eight extra sheets for those excruciatingly long weeks) and its very own pen holder.
Buy it on Knock Knock for $12.00
See Also: 9 Cool Products to Pimp Your Office
What other things on your desk make it the most awesome desk in the office? Tell us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this article with family and friends who are looking for cool ideas to liven up their desks!
Please note that all prices were correct at the time of publication of this article.