Unique, Fun, and Creative Office Supplies & Decor

Karell Roxas

Think about your work space. Is it cluttered? Minimalist? Full of personal objects, or mostly utilitarian? More importantly, does it inspire or depress you?

Your work environment can have a huge effect on your psyche, both in terms of happiness and productivity. A 2010 experiment found that employees who had control over the layout and design of their spaces were not only healthier and happier, they were 32 percent more productive.

While you might not be able to move into the sunlit office (just yet), you can start with the small stuff. Dress up your desk with these 20 charming — and useful — office supplies.

The Power of Good Design

The Power of Good Design

Think about your work space. Is it cluttered? Minimalist? Full of personal objects, or mostly utilitarian? More importantly, does it inspire or depress you?

Your work environment can have a huge effect on your psyche, both in terms of happiness and productivity. A 2010 experiment found that employees who had control over the layout and design of their spaces were not only healthier and happier, they were 32 percent more productive.

While you might not be able to move into the sunlit office (just yet), you can start with the small stuff. Dress up your desk with these 20 charming — and useful — office supplies.

Charge Your Workday

Charge Your Workday

Between your keyboard, power cords, and phone charger, your desk can end up covered in wires. Hide them — and keep your monitor at an ergonomically correct height — with this monitor stand and space bar.

Or if you prefer something with a little more whimsy, opt for a smartphone docking station.

Space Bar, $100, from Quirky
Smartphone Dock, $48, from Jonathan Adler

A Pop of Flowers

A Pop of Flowers

Make that unexpected flower delivery even more exceptional with this optical illusion Lucite vase, which comes in a variety of colors from lilac to smoke.

Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase, $98, from Jonathan Adler

Put a Mouse on It

Put a Mouse on It

Throw out that foam mousepad you’ve had since 1998 and use this botanically festooned desk pad instead. It multitasks as your weekly to-do list.

If you a prefer a more substantial mousepad, try this geometric leather and woodgrain design.

Jardin Weekly Desk Pad, $12, from Rifle Paper Co.
Leather Mousepad, $45, from Tovicorrie

A Touch of Nature

A Touch of Nature

Instead of the standard fern, get a whole world with a compact terrarium. Bonus: You need to water it only every 4 to 6 weeks — no sun required.

Desktop Canning Jar Terrarium, $89, from Doodlebirdie

It’s a Sweet World

It’s a Sweet World

Like to keep candy on your desk? Use this vintage cigarette holder to fashionably hold gum, mints, or M&Ms. You could even keep a mini succulent in there if sweets aren’t your thing.

1940s Art Deco Brass Globe Cigarette Holder, $59, from MeekVintage

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Add a little farm flair with this animal desk caddy. Your pencils, pens, and scissors never looked so sharp. Available in cow, pig, and horse.

If you prefer your animals more domesticated, try the cat magnet or dachshund letter organizer.

Medium Animal Farm Desk Caddy, $60, by Peg and Awl
Cat Magnet, $14, from Urban Outfitters
Porcelain Dachshund Letter Organizer, $12, from Urban Outfitters

Get Your Days Straight

Get Your Days Straight

Organize your papers based on the exact day you need them with these Type A-pleasing file folders. It’s okay if the Friday folder just has takeout menus.

Days of the Week File Folders, $9, from Knock Knock

The Beauty of Organization

The Beauty of Organization

Who doesn’t love when their pens, highlighters, printouts, and sticky notes are corralled into a neatly stacked, monochromatic desk set? Ahhh.

Mint Super Stacked, $55, from Poppin

Let a Sticky Note Say It

Let a Sticky Note Say It

Encourage direct reports (or yourself) with a High Five sticky note. It includes check boxes to indicate whether they’re a champ, star, hero, or just, you know, okay.

If words fail, let the thumbs up sticky note do the talking for you.

High Five Sticky Note, $4, and Thumbs Up Sticky Note, $4, from Knock Knock

Go Analog

Go Analog

Sometimes a lady just wants a good old-fashioned clock to let her know when she’s running late. Enter this minimalist vintage desk clock.

Soviet Alarm Clock, $35, from TheThingsThatWere

Reign Supreme

Reign Supreme

This inspiring desk calendar features full-color illustrations of kick-ass queens, from Catherine the Great to Elizabeth I.

2015 Monarch Calendar, $15, from Rifle Paper Co.

For a Quick Jot

For a Quick Jot

Spiffy up that to-do list (and don’t dread checking it) by writing in these simple but elegant notebooks. Replace boring Bic pens with these colorful beauts.

Kate Spade Spiral Notebooks, $14, and Kate Spade So Well Composed Pen Set, $20, from SeeJaneWork

When Google Calendar Doesn’t Cut It

When Google Calendar Doesn’t Cut It

The generous 12” by 16” size of this appointment calendar gives you enough room for daily meetings, while still giving an overall view of your month. The fact that it’s pretty doesn’t hurt.

2015 Appointment Calendar, $26, from Rifle Paper Co.

Hello There

Hello There

Finally, decorate your desk with what really matters: a snapshot of your favorite person. Because that will always make you smile.

Well Hello There Daisy Place Frame, $65, from Kate Spade

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