Desk Tools

Karate Kid Clipboard

From our archives (originally published November 20, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Two wooden parts held together with a rubber band make this unusual clipboard. The lack of metal makes it look a little more warm and friendly than traditional office supply clipboards, don’t you think?

Designed by Simon Donald for spunique. Bands may vary in colour.

Purchase Information:

Price: £12.00
Availability: Buy Karate Kid Clipboard here

Choco Tape Dispenser

If you’ve got a faux allergy to plastic, consider this walnut tape dispenser. And you thought your office mates were jealous of your Swingline, just wait until you unveil this baby. Takes standard sized tape; one roll of Japanese washi paper tape included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: MoMA Store

ID Blocker

Check out this handy stamp. It contains lots of tiny symbols that block out your address or other sensitive details in your mail. Might save you some time and/or trips to the paper shredder. Or, if you’re extremely paranoid, it’ll just place an additional security measure against those that are planning on piecing together your shredded mail.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Slide Clips

Take a look at this alternative to the binder clip. It simply slides on nice and tight with no extraneous arms.

Made of stainless steel.
Made in Japan.

Large, holds up to 60 pages, qty. 20 – $14
XLarge, holds up to 90 pages, qty. 10 – $12

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Plastica

Scanwood Office Supplies

Scanwood is a Danish company mostly known for creating attractive and functional kitchen utensils from sustainably harvested woods. However, they looked outside the cooking area for a recently introduced line of office supplies. Six products – paper clips holder, tape dispenser, note box, pen tray, pen cup, and letter tray – are presented in all-natural maplewood, guaranteed to spruce up your work desk or home office.

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‘Like’ and ‘Dislike’ Stamp

I’m sure most of you will recognize this ‘like’ stamp, and perhaps even appreciate the alternative ‘dislike’ option. Could definitely come in handy offline.

Each stamp, £9.90
The Set: Like/Dislike Stamps, and Inkpad, £20.00

Purchase Information:

Price: £9.99
Availability: Buy ‘Like’ and ‘Dislike’ Stamp here

App Magnets

These were kind of too cute (for lack of a better word) not to post.

Set of 18 magnets.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy App Magnets here

Source: svpply

Alphabetical Paper Clips

Rather than using folders to organize, you can use these paperclips to file documents alphabetically. Plus, you’ll have the fun of stringing them together to spell out words (during your coffee breaks, of course).

Designed by Stephen Reed.

Purchase Information:

Price: £8.00
Availability: Buy Alphabetical Paper Clips here

Pebble Eraser

As you use this ‘edgy’ eraser, it becomes rounder like a pebble. The many edges give you a sharper point to erase, making it easier to use than normal erasers.

Available in 3 colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Available from: MollaSpace

Old Book Vintage Masking Tape

The Japanese certainly know how to do stationary right, and this Old Book Vintage Masking Tape is no exception. Amongst many other things, I see it being put to good use for all the vintage and DIY-themed weddings I’ve been seeing more and more of as of lately.

Made in Japan
Size: 15mm 15m

Originally seen in Readymade magazine.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.99
Available from: Etsy

Erasers (with quotes)

Maybe it’s the soft lighting in these photos, but these erasers seem like the perfect small gift for anyone that still uses pencil and paper.

shown: “You have to know the rules to break them.” “To Error Is Human.”
not shown: “I never make misteaks.” “Don’t give up!”

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy Erasers (with quotes) here

Teflon Scissors

If you happen to cut a lot of tape and will benefit from a pair of non-stick, teflon-coated scissors, this product has got your name on it. It not, then at least enjoy the fact that you will have the coolest looking scissors in your office. Available in Yellow, Red, and Black.

Designer: Hayashi Cutlery, 2002

Materials: Teflon coated Stainless Steel, Rubber

Purchase Information:

Price: $37.00
Availability: Buy Teflon Scissors here

Benbecula Letter Opener

Shazam! This lethal looking letter opener designed by Enzo Mari in 1961 (for Danese Milano, Italy) still has the classic lines to catch my eyes in this year of 2010.

Presented in a classic gift box.
Material: Stainless steel with satin finish.
Dimensions: 13.39″ l x 0.98″ to 7.76″ w

(Special: $86.00 instead of $125.00)

Also, this looks like a slightly different version (dimensions, color and price) here: $106.00.

Purchase Information:

Price: $86.00
Availability: Buy Benbecula Letter Opener here

Washi Paper Masking Tape

We’ve posted something like this before, but these have a slight variation in colors and have more of a pastel tone.

This multi-purpose adhesive tape is made of washi, handmade Japanese paper known for its use by artists and craftspeople. It comes in 10 beautiful colors can be used for gift-wrapping, book-marking, arts and crafts, and other projects. It is easy to tear by hand, write on, and remove.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Washi Paper Masking Tape here

Days of the Week Magnets

Yeah, you could make some of these yourself, but will you? These could be super handy for planning out your week if you’re the magnet board type. (Note: don’t underestimate small details in your workspace, sometimes they can make a big difference in motivating you to keep your projects/thoughts organized.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.95
Availability: Buy Days of the Week Magnets here