Fun Office Accessories Under $25

Liven up your workspace with these affordable accents and organizers

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Sharpen in focus

Reminisce about the good old days with this vintage camera pencil sharpener ($18, fredflare.com). Adjust the knob on the back to choose your desired sharpness then turn the handle for a perfect tip.

There’s an app for that

These days, there’s an app for almost anything—finding plane tickets, checking movie times, catching up on news. Now there are apps to hold up documents: magnet apps ($16 for a set of 18 magnets, urbanoutfitters.com), designed to look just like those on your iPhone.

Mousepad merry-go-round

Go back to the playground with this rainbow-hued mousepad ($12, poketo.com). The extra slim profile of the pad allows for an easy slide of the mouse and feels better for your wrist.

Hand stand

Don’t misplace your important belongings. Keep your favorite book, phone and iPod right at your, um, fingertips when you cradle them in this sturdy desktop stand  ($20, urbanoutfitters.com).

Renaissance man

Bring some humor to your desktop with this handy desk organizer ($20, sortingwithstyle.com). The little guy comes with a letter opener, and holds your pen, paperclips, sticky notes and business cards.

Retro Snapshots

These Polaroid-esque frames ($5.99, thinkgeek.com) make modern photos look like the classic instant film. Each frame comes with a tack to mount it to the wall. The dry erase surface of the frame lets you write notes about the image. When you want something new to look at, photos slip out easily and messages erase right off.

Garden of gadgets

It will feel like springtime on your desk with this tulip USB hub ($22, fredflare.com). You can plug your camera, iPod and memory stick into your computer at the same time with the cheery floral display.

A Cool Breeze

Offices get stuffy year-round. Start the air moving with this personal desktop fan ($15, momastore.org) sure to brighten your workspace. And you can toss those batteries: The flexible foam blades are powered directly from your computer via USB port.

What’s the Buzz

Add some activity to your corkboard when you post your memos with the Cooper Hewitt Museum Shop Fly Pushpins by jewelry and silverware designer Donata Paruccini. These unique alternatives to standard thumbtacks are also a great original gift for coworkers. ($23, cooperhewittshop.org)

Rock, Paper, Scissors.. Shoot!

Who says the office has to be all work and no play? Metal also takes paper with Uncommon Goods’ Rock Paper Scissors Marking Clips. Attach paperwork, save your page and show coworkers your sense of humor when you opt for these playful paperclips ($13 for a set of 30 clips, uncommongoods.com).

Botanical Best Wishes

Don’t just drop a line, drop a… garden? Send your appreciation to a client or coworker with a PostCarden ($12.50 each, uncommongoods.com), a greeting card that opens into a diorama with seeds ready to water. Soon enough, she’ll have display of edible watercress to liven up her office—and her salad!

Back-up Buddy

Are your shelves filling up? James the Bookend ($22, amazon.com), created by London-based designers Daniel Black and Martin Blum, has your back—and your books. The stainless-steel plate attached to his supportive rubber body keeps your collection from sliding.

Energize and Organize

Keep the necessities nearby while you recharge your gadgets in this stylish Jonathan Adler Desk Dock Organizer ($25, seejanework.com). The flap on the home base hides cords from view, while the designer’s signature bold pattern adds flair to your workspace. An added extra: a drawer and cubbies to stow pens and other desk accessories.

Multiuse Magnets

Designed by Terrence Kelleman, Desk Dots ($12 for set of six, momastore.org) are the perfect all-in-one desk accessory. The ceramic magnets serve as a great business card holder, picture holder, stress reliever and sculpture.

Sort in Style

Organize your notes in the stackable Vinea Paper Tray ($15.95, paper-source.com) and add a little elegance to your paper sorting routine. Its stamped steel and glossy white finish is just the right accent for a drab desktop.

Duly Noted

Encourage creativity when you jot down notes in one of these vibrant, textile-inspired Susy Jack Lined Notebooks ($12, susyjack.com). The notebooks’ bookboard covers protect your work, while its perforated sheets allow you to easily rip out pages and share your ideas with others.

The Cup Runneth Over

This playful, paper-wrapped Susy Jack Pencil Cup ($9.50, susyjack.com) is a trademark for the designer. Keep track of pens and pencils and add a pop of decor to your office.

Poppy-ular Art

The bold poppy pattern of this Marimekko Unikko Red Mug ($20, crateandbarrel.com), designed in 1964 by Maija Isola, broke the mold with its pop art interpretation, and is now the Finnish company’s most popular print.

Color Connection

A little color goes a long way when you fasten your memos with Swingline Color Bright Staples ($3.59 for a box of 2000, acco.com). Choose between blue, purple, teal and green.

One Tap

Stop slamming on staplers just to end up with a pesky paper jam and a pain in your hand. The Staples One-Touch DX-3 Desktop Flat-Stack Stapler ($17.49, staples.com) can punch up to 28 pages with a single light touch, requiring 50 percent less effort than a standard stapler.

 

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First Published June 2, 2011

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