Every workplace should be a diverse one. And we’re not just talking about racial, gender and cultural diversity; we’re talking about the different personalities that make up the workforce in almost every company.
You’ve got the football fanatic and the office gossip. You’ve got the fashionista and the crazy cat lady. You’ve got the slacker and the overly excited intern.
And every office also has that one person that everyone wants to hang around with, that everyone wants to be. The ‘it’ person. The cool guy or gal.
Well, the cool person in your office could be you. And it’s quite simple: all you have to do is fill your desk with the 35 coolest office gadgets around, and bam! Hello, Your Awesomeness!
1. Juegoal Wooden Perpetual Calendar
Make sure you never lose track of the date with this chic desktop calendar.
Not only does it make a great addition to any desk but it’s also reusable, meaning that you never have to purchase another calendar again!
2. basicConcepts Foot Hammock
Finished a hard task at work? Why not put your feet up?
This foldable hammock allows you to discreetly slip your feet up under your desk. It can also double up as a footrest for heal wearers; simply rest the front of your heel on the hammock for additional comfort.
3. ExcelMark Hand Held Personal Address Gift Embosser
If you’re stuck sending heaps of letters, you’ll get to a point where you’re sick of writing the company address. And if you don’t already have branded envelopes, this personal address embosser is just what you need! It not only saves you the hassle of writing out your address every time, but it looks super fancy, too.
4. Scanmarker Digital Highlighter
If your office copier is always on the mend, why not invest in this nifty digital scanner that you can use from the comfort of your own desk?
Simply connect the digital pen to your PC’s USB port, and watch the document appear on your desk as you highlight!
5. Lava Lite 16.3-Inch Lava Lamp
The Lava Lite lava lamp will make a great addition to your desk, and it can work as a great conversation starter when your colleagues visit your workstation. It will also set a good vibe in your space and will lift your spirits when you’re feeling a little hot under the collar.
6. LiBa Scalp Massager
Don’t you often feel like you need a good head massage after spending hours staring at your computer screen? I know I do!
Luckily for us both, LiBa has created a gentle scalp massager that you can use as and when you need to relieve any tension in your head.
7. Mustard and Co Gray Genius Magnetic Paper Clip Dispenser
Are you guilty of having paperclips everywhere: in your stationery holder, desk drawer, files – basically anywhere they can worm their way into? If so, keep all your paperclips stored in one place with this fun magnetic dispenser!
8. DoxieBall – Basketball Trashcan Game
Turn throwing rubbish away into a fun game with this basketball bin hoop! You can even set up a little competition with your workmates to see who’s the best thrower in the office. Now, whoever said cleaning up had to be boring?!
9. Inspirational Quote Bookmarks
Why use basic separators when you can mark your pages with these inspirational bookmarks? Not only will never lose a page again but you will also be motivated when you open your book!
10. Suck UK Drumstick Pencils
These pencil drumsticks are ideal for when you just need to rock out at your desk. Just make sure your cubicle pals are down with the racket by gifting them a pair, too!
11. Mustard and Co USB-Powered Cup Warmer
Keep your cup of Joe warm all day with this awesome desktop gadget! We promise you won’t dread those impromptu meetings as much anymore!
12. CKB Floppy Disk Coasters
Add a bit of retro to your desk with these fun floppy disk coasters! While you won’t be able to store 1.44 MB worth of data, these cool coasters will save your desk from coffee stains and other spillages. You can even write secret messages that will be hidden under your mug, making sure you don’t forget top secret information!
13. CERROPI Newton’s Cradle
Admit it: you’ve always wanted one of these bad boys, especially after seeing them on the desk of countless of badass characters in movies, and now’s your chance. This particular Newton’s Cradle by CERROPI is an awesome take on the classic desktop toy and makes a great conversation piece.
14. OSTRICH PILLOW Travel Pillow
If you feel the need to snooze during your workday, simply slip on the OSTRICH PILLOW and escape to dreamland wherever and whenever you want! (Disclaimer: We take no responsibility whatsoever for any disciplinary action brought against you or loss of employment when your boss finds you taking a power nap on company time.)
15. MoMA Perpetual Calendar
Throw out your One Direction and cute kitten calendars, and make room for this timeless piece of art. To get it working, simply move the two magnetic balls to mark the appropriate date and month, et voilà! You’ve easily got yourself the best desktop calendar in the office!
16. Cubii Pro Under-Desk Elliptical
If you’re struggling to juggle work and family commitments with finding time to exercise, Cubii might just be the answer to your prayers. Their smart under-desk elliptical Cubii Pro is a fantastic way to exercise discreetly at the office – all while you sit! – and comes with a host of cool features like a patented whisper-quiet design. It’s also Bluetooth-enabled so you can easily track your progress with the companion app, and it even syncs with Fitbit and HealthKit.
17. Tech Tools Desktop Punching Ball
While punching that annoying coworker in the face might make you feel good, it will most likely get you fired, so why not keep your job and pretend this desktop punching ball is your coworker’s face instead? This cool office gadget is great for stress relief, and it always bounces back for more punishment – it’s a win-win.
18. LEGO Upscaled Mug
Up your mug game with this super cool LEGO upscaled mug. You’re guaranteed that no one will have something remotely similar in the office and you’ll notice a thief if someone tries to put their paws on it.
19. iDesk Desktop Organiser
This is, quite easily, the best desktop organiser we’ve ever seen. The iDesk desktop organiser by Satechi keeps everything in one place for you, reducing the number of items you need to keep your cubicle in order.
20. MaxiView Cubicle Mirror
Nosey coworkers? Micromanaging boss? No problem!
Simply attach this rear-view mirror to your monitor and keep an eye out for anyone trying to sneak up on you at work!
21. Sower's Source Bonsai Tree Starter Kit
If you’ve got green fingers and your hero is Mr Miyagi from The Karate Kid, then this bonsai starter kit is no doubt the ultimate gadget for you. The kit comes with everything you need to grow five distinctive bonsai trees, including growing pots and instructions.
22. Manhattan Flower USB Hub
If your company has banned pot plants from the office (much like the BBC did when refurbishing their London headquarters back in 2013), there’s a way around it. Although not a real plant, the Manhattan flower USB hub features four flexible ports and helps you keep your USB wires organised at all times.
23. Whale Stapler
Do you find yourself daydreaming at work about one day going on a whale watching tour? Well, you can now do it from the comfort of your desk with this cool whale-shaped stapler!
24. Honbay Ladybug Portable Corner Desk Vacuum Cleaner
This miniature desk vacuum cleaner by Honbay is, quite simply, one of the best desk accessories we’ve ever seen. The battery-operated desk vacuum is great for sucking up dust and crumbs – which makes the perfect little gift for a messy coworker.
25. ThreeH USB Mini Fridge
Is your office home to a food and drink thief? Do you need somewhere safe to store your can of Coke? ThreeH has answered your prayers with this awesome USB mini fridge!
Simply connect your mini fridge to your PC or Mac’s available USB port, and chill your drink right where you need it the most: your desk.
26. Computer arm rest
No matter how much you stand up and walk around the office, sometimes there’s nothing you can do to make your desk more comfortable. Look no further than this arm rest for your desk! It allows for office ergonomic support so you can get that work done!
27. Touch screen pens
In the digital world, most of your work will be done electronically, via computers, tablets or other digital devices; that’s where the touch screen pen comes in! Use it to write notes, draw out plans for a new location, or doodle while you’re on break!
28. Note tower
Staying organized at work is critical to your success, and what better way to do that than a document holder for your desk. Not only can you hold those little notes to keep you focused, but also the bigger documents in the works. It’s a win-win!
29. Keyboard goo cleaner
It’s bound to happen; your computer keyboard is going to get dirty despite what you feel to be your best efforts. In lieu of avoiding the spacebar because it sticks, maybe invest in some keyboard goo to clean it out from time to time.
30. Moving sand art
There’s no need to be overly stressed every day, but sometimes, overcoming a bad day at work can feel impossible; it can feel like there’s no other solution. Perhaps spice up your workspace with some relaxing, moving sand art; it’s not only aesthetically pleasing but also mentally relaxing!
31. Multi-device keyboard
Sometimes it’s just easier to type out an e-mail from a keyboard, well the same can be said about a text; so why not get a keyboard that can do both! This multi device keyboard allows you to hook up to any device, bluetooth enabled, and start typing away.
32. Mini projector
Think of the ease this would bring to your workplace. No more saving projects to a thumb drive or getting them formatted for a new system for your virtual presentation. It’s all in the projector; just plug your phone in and project your presentation, or even a movie during lunch!
33. UV sanitizer
Offices can be a petri dish for germs, so why not kill two birds with one stone when stocking your office survival kit with this sleek UV sanitizer. You can sanitize phones, headphones, even rings and credit cards! You’ll be the talk of the office with this gadget, as well as potentially the least sick!
34. Air purifier
An office air purifier is a great investment! Perhaps it’s pollen season and your allergies are flaring up, or maybe the pet dander from your coworkers jacket is getting you, look no further. The air purifier will capture all those particles, helping to improve overall health.
35. Desk lamp wireless speaker
A two-for-one is always a good office gadget idea; this desk lamp with speaker is no exception. Why not utilize the ability to light up your workspace both physically and musically! After all, singing in the office is good for you!
Did we forget to mention any ultimate office gadgets or unique accessories you think deserve a place on this list? Let us know in the comments section below!
This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 11 April 2019 and contains contributions by staff writer Shalie Reich.