Desk Accessories

Dent Pencils

Why would you pay $28 for three pencils? Good question. Maybe because each pencil “explores our primal desire for soothing haptic response and fulfills our need for tactile gratification.” Does that sound about right? Snap each pencil out of its frame to use. Note: could be a good gift for someone that likes to sketch.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

MMM Magnifying Glass

Update: Remember when this was $80? Now it’s half off at MoMA Store.

Let’s say you don’t need a magnifying glass to aid poor vision. Instead you’ll use it to inspect small insects, fine fabrics, and secret messages written in tiny print. Also, not that you need fashion advice, but this is a much better choice than wearing a monocle.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Bookmarker

If you still carry around actual (as in paper paged) books, take a look at these metal text bookmarks by Artori Design. Choose between TO BE CONTINUED, COMING SOON, GREAT BOOK!, PAUSED, and YOU ARE HERE. I’m sure we could all think of some other great options should they wish to add to the collection.
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Price: $12.99
Available from: Animi Causa

Table-top Paper holder with Cutter

If you’ve ever used large paper rolls, either for your own art/design use or because you are around kids, you know that they can be a little annoying to use. This tabletop wooden paper cutter holds the roll in place and allows for a neat, straight tear, making everyone’s life just a little easier. There’s also the IKEA MÅLA Tabletop paper holder option for $6.99, and, of course, more robust (and slightly more expensive) steel options available through school supply outlets or Amazon. Or, if you’re handy, you could make a DIY version like this one by Ana White.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: imaginechildhood.com

Lines Notebooks

Similar to the Eco A5 Notebook, the outer cover of these notebooks show the line layout on the interior pages. Make one into a calendar/planner or use as a notebook to keep ideas and thoughts at your fingertips for easy reference. Inside pages are lined in red.

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Price: $9.00
Available from: Poketo

Stuff To Do and Great Ideas Notebooks

If you still rely on paper and pen/pencil to keep your thoughts in order, check out these little notebooks. Perfectly sized for a pocket or small bag, they’ll keep your lists neat and tidy. Notebooks include STUFF TO DO, GREAT IDEAS, NOTE TO SELF, and STOCK UP, each $6.00.

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Price: $6.00
Available from: Knock Knock

Paper-made Letter Opener

This looks more like a well crafted shiv than a letter opener, but rest assured its intent is for paperwork rather than protecting yourself in prison. But never mind all that, let’s get to the more impressive feature: the blade of this letter opener is made from a “fusion of 100% post-consumer recycled paper and a water-based resin made from cashew nut shells.” Paper + water + cashew shells = blade. Nice. The blade pivots between the two-pieced handle of poplar wood.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Geometric Birthday Card

Just think, some people pick up cards at the supermarket. Pfft. Not you, of course. You have more of discerning nature and require a card that shows your stylish restraint and superb taste, maybe a card along the lines of these geometric beauties. Choose the Oval or Cube shape in black or metallic gold; the recipient will find a debossed black or gold “Happy Birthday” inside.
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Poketo

Monthly Sticky Note

For us visual planners, a small overview of the month is pretty necessary, and these sticky notes seem like they would accompany our weekly planner or notebook quite well. Each pad has 15 sheets showing an empty grid; quickly jot down the current month’s dates and you’ll have your calendar wherever you want it. (The price is almost negligible, so maybe you can add some other fun sticky notes to your order; perhaps full moon, small maple leaf, or tetris?)

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Price: $1.95
Available from: mochithings

‘From the desk of’ Card Set

Do you tend to like things elegant and slightly old fashioned? Then you might like this set of correspondence cards. Uncap your fountain pen and jot down your sentiments, then send each card in its dark brown envelope to the awaiting recipient.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: the Curiosity Shoppe

Make Tea Not War Postcard

A sentiment well worth remembering in times of stress, this postcard will be sure to get your message across… and then perhaps end up pinned to a bulletin board (or even put in a frame?). That’s what I would do with it.
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Price: $1.75
Available from: Paper Trail

Little Corkie Picture Rail

Smart. This picture rail is made of cork so you can pin small items and papers to it, which makes it an even better spot for all your favorite things. Artwork and photos fit nicely into the top aluminium channel picture rail.
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Price: £20.00
Available from: What’s Mine is Yours

50/50 Color Pencil Set

Instead of carrying around (or stashing away) 24 color pencils, how about just 12 two tone pencils? This tin of double-ended full size colored pencils will keep all your favorite colors on hand without taking up too much space in your pencil case or desk drawer.
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Price: $12.50
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Little Thank You Notes

This is such a nice way to express your appreciation. This set of 25 individual thank you notes are small enough to carry around and leave about wherever you want. Maybe your server or salesperson was prompt and courteous, or maybe your coworker did something that made your day easier; it’d be easy to leave a note and let them know you noticed. It’s not specified what all the cards say, but two photos show two cards with ‘Thank you for your lovely hospitality’ and ‘Thank you for the superb service.’

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Price: $14.00
Available from: Fifiduvie

Droog File Organizer

Spending too much time searching for a particular book (or cd, if you still have them)? Alphabetize them first, then consider adding these organizers from Droog. Cross out the appropriate letter or number with a marker, then fold the paper to create a corner stand. See video from Droog below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop