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Tangram Erasers

Uh, Tangram Erasers? Of course we need a set. Do you know the history of the Tangram? Do you have fond memories of making shapes with one when you were younger? Maybe you could see if your brain still has the skills to hammer out a few puzzles with these erasers, knowing they could always do some erasing if you fail to have fun with the puzzle part.
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Price: $2.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Desk Knife

No need for any subpar shiv in your desk drawer (the office is ridiculously competitive, isn’t it), because you’ll have the Desk Knife. It’s a multipurpose cutting tool that’s pretty enough to leave out, within arm’s reach. Inspired by the small, pocket-sized Japanese Kiridashi Knife, this knife feels closer to a writing tool, so you’ll enjoy handling it while you slice open boxes, mail, and other paraphernalia (NOT your coworkers).
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Craighill

Measure Collection Set by Grovemade

If you ever spend anytime with a ruler and a pencil, you’ll appreciate the Measure Collection Set from Grovemade. Custom machined from a solid block of aluminum, each ruler, protractor, and triangle is a beautiful, sleek tool for your desk. Subtle measuring marks ensure accuracy, and will perhaps ensure more straight lines and graceful curves when it comes to your sketches or drawings.
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Price: $59.00 each
Available from: Grovemade

Brass Bookmarks

How about adding a fun brass bookmark to your stack of tomes? It will keep your place and catch the light, all while providing a little bit of playfulness to your reading time. Choose between Hand, Box, and Wave, or go crazy and get all three if you tend to read more than one book at a time.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Poketo

What is it?

Okay, what do you think this strange, round-yet-flat thing is? Use your noggin, and you may just recognize something familiar within the squiggly shape. Answer below.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Need Supply

Strip Tape Dispenser

Maybe you don’t need a new tape dispenser, but isn’t this one interesting? It’s certainly different from the bulky, plastic ones you’ll find at regular office supply outlets. The skinny handle makes it ideal to sit in a pencil cup to save space, or you can choose to leave it out on your desk for a minimal statement.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Umbra Shift

Versa Ruler

Whoa! The next time you want to draw a bunch of multi-sided shapes, get yourself a Versa Ruler. Set your desired angles by snapping the rulers into place, then pivot and slide the rulers to get just the right lines. Yes, it is a pretty specific tool, but as anyone who’s worked in a studio or workshop knows, most of the time using the right tool saves a ton of time.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: Koala Tools

The Illuminated Bookmark

Okay, now, no need to worry about what to get me for a gift- one of these Illuminated Bookmarks will do just fine. It’s a bookmark printed on a special film with ink that transmits electricity. See the circuit the ink creates? Add a lithium coin battery between the positive and negative ends and you’ve got an LED light. Pretty fun, huh? It’s sure to please any reader that is fond of technology.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: designboom

Brass Clips

Mark your progress in a book or folder with these fun brass paper clips. Four different shapes (2 of each) will definitely keep your spot visible and easily referenced. Might also be perfect for a journal, notebook, or cookbook?
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Poketo

Memo Clips

These are paper paper clips, so feel free to write notes directly on their top tabs. You could use them instead of staples or as mini bookmarks, perhaps? Made from chipboard paper, they’re sturdy and reusable, and, at the end of their life, you can throw them in the recycling bin.
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Rikumo

Qbit Tool

Add this little guy to your measuring tool options. The Qbit is a modern interpretation of an ancient measuring device, the Cubit. Qbit has CNC machined measurement increments, so you can measure from any side, and it has an adjustable marker to keep a depth or dimension. Choose between metric or standard, stainless steel or brass, and short 3″ (key chain friendly) or long 6″ (desk/shop) versions.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Glass Rulers

Why aren’t all rulers see-through? They sure make a lot of sense, plus they look quite nice as a paperweight. And, of course, you’ll get very accurate drawings and measurements as well. Choose between Inches or Centimeters, or get both (the metric system is international, after all).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Areaware

Mirror Bookmark

Do you still read paper books? If so, you may enjoy using this Mirror Bookmark to find palindromes, as intended, or, perhaps more likely, to see if you have food stuck in your teeth.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Pretend Store Pocket Art Director

Suffering from a creative block? Well, no need to discuss it with an actual art director. With just a simple roll of this dice*, you’ll get snippets of constructive feedback. It’s professional advice in your pocket, and you can ignore if you don’t like it. Score!
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Poketo

Holo Tape Dispenser

Is there anything wrong with your tape dispenser? Because if there is, you have an excellent reason to try out this circular approach by the Japanese brand METAPHYS. Not only does the case allow you to hold the dispenser firmly in your hand, but it also lends itself to easily hang on a hook. Less desktop clutter? Yes, please.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Leibal Store