Desk accessories tend to be utilitarian but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Banish the practical beige for desk accessories that fit your personality while increasing your productivity.
Our Favorite Desk Accessories
One of the first desk accessories you’ll want to get for your desk is an organizer. Desk organizers have multiple compartments to hold all the various and sundry things that will inevitably accumulate on your desk and keep them sorted out and tidy.
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This is a good example of a classic desk organizer from SimpleHouseware. Made of black metal mesh, it features a sliding drawer, a tray and 5 upright sections for files or paperwork. Check out our top picks for best desk organizers to find the perfect one for you.
Desk Plant & Pot
Having a small plant on your desk reduces stress, gives you (a small amount) of fresh oxygen, and helps maintain the air humidity levels around your desk. Plus a plant can feel like a work companion in a way inanimate objects never will.
Beyond the plant itself, there’s a whole world of house plant potters from the cute and whimsical to sleek and luxurious. Find one that fits the theme of your desk or even rotate them seasonally. How can you resist this cute desktop accessory?
Did you know that not drinking enough water can cause your energy to slump? Rather than reaching for a coffee, keep a water bottle on your desk. It’s safer for spills than having an open glass on your desk plus you can monitor your daily water intake easily.
Since the water bottle will spend most of the time safely on your desk, get a stylish glass bottle and avoid the plastic scent and taste of your plastic gym bottle.
Noise Blocking Headphones
Background noise can range from mildly distracting to loud and irritating. Whether there’s construction across the street or just a loud conference call, noise-blocking headphones will help you stay productive and focused.
Look for wireless headphones that will help you stay mobile and reduce desk clutter. Modern headphones also come in a range of styles and colors that will augment your other desk accessories.
If you use a laptop regularly, a laptop stand is one of the best purchases you can make plus one of the desk accessories that can stand out the most. While laptop stands are frequently overlooked, they improve your posture by holding the laptop at an ergonomic angle so you’re not hunched over. And the best part is they’re very affordable.
A desk lamp is a classic desk accessory. Don’t rely solely on overhead lighting. A good desk lamp adds style to your desk while also reducing eye strain.
Look for one that gives you good directional light for reading or other detailed desk work. You can find a desk lamp to fit any aesthetic from retro-chic to sleek modern. Lamps can pack a lot of personality so find one you love.
Charger Stand for Electronics
Many of us are juggling more than one electronic device plus chargers plus cables. The desk clutter can get overwhelming. A very practical modern desk accessory is a stand to hold the devices, tame the cords and charge the batteries can make a huge difference.
By keeping your devices upright, it takes up less space than laying them on your desk, plus you’ll never have to hunt for your charging cables again.
Sure you can use the free plastic tape dispenser that comes with the tape, but once you’ve experienced a high-quality tape dispenser it’s hard to go back to fumbling with those.
A weighted tape dispenser means you can use it easily with one hand and a quality cutting blade means less frustration and easier, more exact cutting. Plus there’s a whole range of creative tape dispensers that will stand out as one of your best desk accessories.
Staplers are so ubiquitous that we almost forget about them… until we need one and don’t have it. There’s no reason that they can’t be a cute and stylish upgrade to your desk accessories. They’re actually pretty sturdy.
Good scissors are a joy to use. They cut easier and are more comfortable to use. Plus good pair of metal scissors will last a lifetime. Look for cast alloy handles and stainless steel blades. Just get them sharpened periodically and you’ll never have to buy a new pair again.
Pen and Pencil Holder
A pen holder is another one of those utilitarian desk accessories that can actually be a lot of fun and give your desk a spark of personality. While a favorite coffee mug can hold your pens in a pinch, why not level up with a cute conversational piece that fits your desk decor?
Sure, you can listen to music on your built-in speakers, by why? Most laptops still have poor sound quality, meanwhile, portable speakers have gotten smaller, cheaper and better quality. Most of us don’t want to invest in a full high-fi audio set-up for the office, but a portable speaker on your desk will get you surprisingly far.
Photo frames are one of the classic desk accessories. While family photos are the standard, you can also think beyond the basic family photo. If you’re a creative, collaborate with others to share images via digital photo frames. You can also frame landscapes from your vacation or quotes that inspire you.
Tactile Distractions: Stress Balls or Puzzles
Stress balls are workplace cliche at this point. But that doesn’t make them any less fun to squish while waiting on a never-ending conference call. Similarly, tactile games like puzzles can refocus your mind away from work and lower your stress levels. Tangrams are a childhood toy that puts the fun in shapes, design, form and patterns.
Post It Notes Dispenser
While sticky notes dispensers may not be exactly essential, they make one of the cutest desktop accessories for your work space. Pick a slightly heavier style that won’t get knocked over easily as you’re wrestling notes out and it can double as a paperweight.