If you work in an office, you know how much time you spend there. Your work-week takes up most of your waking hours, especially if you are one of those come-early, stay-late overachieving types. So why not make your office a place that you actually enjoy? A novel concept, I know. But wouldn't it be so much better to arrive at your desk every morning to a comfortable chair, an idea computer set-up, and decorations and lights and candles that make your office (or your cubicle...or your open-office desk space) you and actually make it an enjoyable place to be?
I thought so. If your workspace needs a bit of sprucing up, this list is for you. Amazon is chock full of adorable products that are also functional. These things will help you feel at home even while you are at work, but they will also help you perform your job more efficiently. Whether you're a bona fide workaholic or are just looking for something to make your cubicle less drab and gray, this is the list for you!
This Cup Warmer
This is the perfect little gift for someone (ahem, yourself) who just started a new job! Coffee gets so cold when it just sits at your desk all day and you are running around trying to get stuff done. It is basically a tiny little hot plate that will keep your coffee or tea warm long after you have forgotten about it and then remembered it again and then got sad because it’s all cold. Now that last part won’t happen anymore!
This French Bread Wrist Rest
If you type on a laptop all day, your wrists probably get super uncomfortable. I know because I am typing on a laptop right now and will continue to do so all day. Those foamy wrist rests are simple, but they actually do a great job at keeping your hands in tip-top writing shape. And what are you going to do, purchase a wrist rest that doesn’t look like a delicious loaf of French bread?
This Mouse Pad
In the same vein as the wrist rest, if you need to use a mouse all day, get yourself a mouse pad that has a little cushion for your wrist! It’s the least you can do for yourself, really. And this mouse pad is perfectly shaped to allow for the most comfortable use. Not to mention it comes in 24 different colors and patterns that are all super cute. My favorite one is the Maple Leaves design (you know, in case you want to buy it for me).
This Desk Lamp
Let’s talk about overhead lighting and the damage it can do to one’s soul. Work was not meant to be done under the oppressive light of fluorescents. You need a lovely desk lamp that will light your work life in a more pleasant way. This one might look like a plant and be made for children, but it’s also adorable and has a built-in pencil holder, so it’s pretty much perfect for your desk.
This Cell Phone Stand
How many times a day do you pick up and put down your phone while at work? I’m betting it’s somewhere between two hundred and a million. But with an adjustable stand like this one, you can charge your phone and keep it at the perfect level for you all day long. It comes in silver (pictured), red, grey, and black. Just look at how that charging cord drapes seamlessly through the hole. This is a perfect product.
This Bullet Space Pen
The bullet space pen writes in any direction. It’s sleek, it’s classy, and this one has a clip so you can always have it on you and whip it out in times of need. Bullet pens are super compact, so they’ll fit in even the tiniest of pockets (looking at you, ladies), and they write in every direction, so if you happen to find yourself in space, you won’t have to worry about the lack of gravity.
This Desktop Organizer
If you are like me, your desk is probably like a minefield of random objects. A pen here, a pad of paper there, an errant, dangerous push pin here, another pen over there… A simple organizer like this will help you keep all your small objects in one place, from scissors to sticky notes to paper clips. $16.99 is a small price to pay for never stabbing your hand on a random staple again.
Whiteboards are great. They are fun — people can leave you notes and they waste less paper than Post-its, or you can leave yourself notes (which also wastes fewer trees). It’s really convenient to be able to turn to your cubicle wall and write “4:15 MEETING!” in big red letters. Guaranteed that if you write it on the whiteboard, you won’t forget about it and nonchalantly go get a coffee at 4:12.
This Mini Dustpan and Broom
Cleaning your desk space is so annoying. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. You know that you agree with me. But this mini dustpan and broom make it so easy to straighten up. No lugging giant things out of the closet. Keep this by your side and it will be able to easily whip out. That way, you can pull it out when you have a few crumbs, and you can keep your space tidy super easily.
This Air-Purifying Bag
Thousands of reviewers tout the powers of these bags of activated charcoal, specifically highlighting their abilities to freshen truly nasty old shoes or even drink up the odorrific remnants of spoiled milk inside a minivan. These are totally natural, using bamboo charcoal to absorb and remove all that stinky stuff from the air. You can reuse these for up to two years, just place the bags outside for an hour once a month to rejuvenate.
This Deak Seat Cushion
Hey, sitting all day is bad for you. Besides getting a standing desk and walking around the office at least once every hour, you should make sure that when you’re sitting down, you are being kind to your body. This one is ergonomically designed and made out of memory foam, so it’s especially beneficial if you suffer from back pain, but honestly, it’s good to have as a preventative measure.
These Cable Cips
I feel like I have watched so many cables fly off the top of my desk as soon as I unplug them, kind of like the rope over the Cliffs of Insanity in The Princess Bride. But with these tiny little life-changing products, you will never experience that problem again. They are totally worth it. I promise you. They will make your life so much easier and save you so much time.
These Wall Planters
It is scientifically proven that real plants make people happier. It’s true! These small, geometric copper planters hang right on your wall (or even that soft cubicle divider), and they are perfect for small succulents or air plants that require little maintenance. They are guaranteed to brighten up your workspace and infuse a little life into your office. They come in small and large sizes so you can mix and match!
This Monitor Stand
Chances are you have a laptop monitor setup. That seems pretty common these days. What you need is this monitor riser made out of bamboo, can support up to 80 lbs. and comes complete with slots and compartments for your cell phone, pens and pencils, your coffee mug, and other office supplies. It’s also raised, which means it creates a little shelf under which you can store your notebooks or your keyboard and mouse.
These Jumbo Paper Clips
Oh gosh, this might out me as a total nerd, but I love a good paper clip. These are two inches long, which means they will hold a whole stack of papers together, and I just love their bright teal color! But if it’s not your jam, they also come in baby blue, black, black and white, blue, gold, gray, green, lime green, orange, pink, purple, red, rose gold, white, and yellow.
This Scented Candle
Once I brought a scented candle to work and lit it and I became a hero. I am not joking. People love a scented candle as long as it is not an offensive stench, and this one is perfect. It is Amber and Smoke scented, which, according to the reviews, is subtle and not overly perfumey. Plus, it comes in a really pretty clay pot with a gold base. Other Paddywax scents include Bergamot and Mahogany, Cranberry Rose, Driftwood and Indigo, Fig and Olive, and Sea Salt and Sage.
This Desk Vacuum
You spend a lot of time at your desk, erasing pencils, eating sandwiches, etc. etc. Crumbs and dust and messes happen! You need a little ladybug-shaped vacuum to clean your workspace up! This little guy is specifically designed for desktop cleaning. It comes in red or green, and it runs on AA batteries. It’s basically like having a little friend by your side that cleans all the time.
These Wire Desk Organizers
This combination of wire desk organizers is the perfect addition to your trendy rose gold office that everyone will be completely jealous of. The whole set comes with two letter trays that are perfect for stray papers and files and notebooks, a hanging file organizer perfect for folders or books, and a sticky note holder for your pile of Post-its. Get organized! You’ll feel so much more at peace in your workspace.
This Lunch Box
A complete and perfect lunch box is an underrated item, but it is one that is essential to a harmonious working situation. This perfect lunch kit comes with one sandwich container (that could also be used for salad or pasta or something else!), two snack containers, one side container, one outer lid that holds them all in one place, and a removable carrying strap. There are a few color options too!
This classic backpack is the perfect size for a day trip or commute, and it will never go out of style. It comes in a bunch of colors, and I cannot for the life of me decide which one I want, but I know I want one. When I think about owning this backpack, I think about how perfect it would be to carry all my stuff during a trip to Disneyland. It is totally the perfect size.
This Timed Water Bottle
It is so important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the work day, so this water bottle, which has markers for every two hours in the day, is the perfect addition to your work desk. You can make sure to sip enough water all day long without having to keep track of your water consumption in an app or somewhere else. Plus, with the built-in straw, you barely have to look up from your work to stay healthy.
This Mini Fan
The thing about offices is that they are never the right temperature. You are either super cold or sweating. For those extra hot days, it is such a good idea to have a mini portable fan by your desk that can keep you comfortable. This one is six inches tall and is powered by a USB cable, so you can plug it right into your computer! The blue is nice, but it also comes in black, white, and pink!
These Squishy Stress Toys
Fidget spinners are out, and these little adorable squishy animal toys are in! I just made that up, but I am pretty sure it will be a trend soon. Because look at how cute they are! You get all 16 of these little guys for less than $10. They are the perfect stress-reliever to keep on your desk or in your locker or even in your purse. Keep your hands busy by taking one of these with you wherever you go!
This Foot Hammock
Come on. You need a foot hammock. Especially if you routinely spend long days in the office, you need something that can help you relax. Pair this with the seat cushion and you’ll be able to work non-stop all day long if you need to. It comes with clamps that attack right to your desk, making it so easy to install and totally adjustable to your comfort.
This Cactus Humidifier
Well, I think I can confidently say that this is the cutest humidifier I have ever seen. It is portable and small enough for your desk, and it’s USB-powered, so it plugs right into your computer. Office air can often get stale, so this little guy keeps the air in your workspace fresh, preventing dryness and germs from spreading all over the office. It automatically turns off after four hours of continuous use, so it’s perfectly safe to use!
These Butterfly Sticky Notes
Sticky notes are not always the most fun. If you use Post-Its regularly, you understand that an avalanche of them at your desk can be kind of overwhelming. The reminders! The to-dos! It can all be way too much. But with these beautiful butterfly notes, you will love writing down your to-do list, and you will love accomplishing the tasks on it. These are just another easy way to bring a little loveliness into your life.
These Bluetooth Headphones
These are the perfect headphones for that person who is always listening to music or podcasts but constantly inadvertently yanks their earbuds out of their ears while doing so. These are wireless, so they hook up with your phone by Bluetooth! We are truly living in the future, folks. These are especially convenient to use while exercising or running. Honestly, a pair of these will change your life.
This Electronics Cleaning Goo
Remember Gak, the ’90s progenitor of the slime craze? Yeah, it’s back, and it’s purpose-made for cleaning. No joke! Just smush Cyber Clean on any surface you need to clean, and it will grab hold of every speck of dirt and dust without damaging that surface. That means it works on your phone, on your computer keyboards, anything with nooks and crannies that are hard to reach.
This Facial Spray
You need to stay fresh and with it at work! People love this set of two refreshing facial mist sprays. One is made of rosewater, aloe, and herbs, and the other is comprised of aloe, cucumber, and green tea. Use these before your moisturizer or after you have applied your makeup to keep your skin feeling fresh, renewed, and rejuvenated. It is totally gentle on your skin, so you can use it as much as you need.
This Portable Charger
This little guy will help charge your devices on the go. It is super compact, one of the smallest portable chargers out there, but it packs a powerful punch. So yeah, it will fit in your pocket or your purse and you can pull it out in those emergency moments when you lose battery while exploring a new city or something! You won’t have to worry about being lost in the world with this portable charger.
These String Lights
Everyone needs a little joy in their lives, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to get yourself some string lights! They are perfect for sprucing up your cubicle or your office, however, they are waterproof, which means they are totally suitable for indoor or outdoor use. These are delicate and perfect for use in your bedroom, but they are hearty enough to use outside too.