May 27, 2024


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31 Best Desk Accessories 2023

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While a comfortable desk and desk chair can go a long way toward making your work setup more appealing, what you put on top of that desk also matters. The best desk accents are both cute and functional, whether that includes tools to help you stay organized, dedicated stations for your devices, or electronics to keep your workspace well-lit and comfortable. We’ve rounded up 31 items, many of which are tried-and-true Strategist favorites. Everything on this list is available on Amazon, and we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

Post-it Pop-up Cat Note Dispenser

This feline Post-it dispenser is guaranteed to make you smile whenever you need to jot down a phone number or to-do list.

Umbra Casa Tissue Box Cover

This house-shaped holder topped our roundup of tasteful tissue-box covers. The detail of the tissues coming out of the chimney adds a fun, playful touch.

Nirman 6 Inch Wooden Nose Shaped Eyeglass Holder

If you’re constantly misplacing your glasses, this quirky eyeglass holder will help you keep track of them.

Vornado Pivot Personal Air Circulator Fan, Copper

As seen in our roundup of the best desk fans, this one — a Home Depot best seller — was named a top option. The minimal stand design won’t take up much real estate, and we think the copper-and-white combo is chic.

Amazon Basics 500-Watt Ceramic Mini-Heater

If your workspace runs cold rather than hot, this inexpensive miniature space heater will keep you toasty.

Fox Run Triangular 100% Natural Polished White Marble Bookends

Bookends with a little heft will make your home office feel more like a capital-S study.

Russell+Hazel Acrylic Collator Bookends

If you want something less weighty looking, these acrylic bookends — one of our favorite gifts for readers — can do double duty as file organization.

Soundance Laptop Stand
Very Good Deal

A WFH-approved laptop stand that will clear up desk space and save your neck.

HoveBeaty Hand-Blown Hourglass

If looming deadlines stress you out, this handblown, black-sand-filled hourglass, which measures in 15-minute increments, offers a more soothing way to track how much time you have left.

Time Timer MOD 60 Minute Visual Timer
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Yamazaki Desk Bar Storage

For storing all your little tchotchkes and random items that don’t quite have a home, we love this minimalist steel and wood desktop organizer from Yamazaki Home.

Sharper Image Light Up Electronic Word Clock

Former Strategist senior editor Anthony Rotunno swears by the word clock at his desk, which tells time in five-minute increments — and in complete sentences. He says that there’s “something inherently calming” about its “soothing display.”

Umbra Conceal Wall Shelf

These easy-to-install wall shelves will allow you to display your favorite books above your desk and free up some of its surface area.

PLAYABLE ART Ball, Rainbow 20

If you need something to keep your hands busy during an endless Zoom call, try this fidget toy made of rainbow-colored wooden balls. When it’s not in use, it can double as a cheery paperweight.

Catalina Traditional Bankers Desk Lamp

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This banker’s desk lamp is perfect if you’re going for law-library vibes. It exudes old-school charm with its pull-chain switch and green glass shade.

Vintage Wood Table Vanity Makeup Mirror

For another space-brightening accessory, you could always try a tabletop mirror, which will reflect existing light and even create the illusion of a bigger space. Not to mention, it would also come in handy for touching up makeup or ensuring there’s no food in your teeth before a meeting.

Ellepi Klizia 97 Stapler

This happy little all-steel whale stapler is made in Cologno Monzese, Italy.

OfficeGoods Acrylic & Silver Tape Dispenser

Pair a modern acrylic tape dispenser with a roll of washi tape in a fun color or pattern.

Omoton Adjustable Cell Phone Stand

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness told us about this cell-phone stand that he calls “the most amazing thing.” It frees up your hands, so you can multitask better than ever, and it’s adjustable, so you can get the angle just right.

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
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Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen

Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook

Here’s the perfect (dotted) notebook to write in with that pen. It comes in more than 20 colors and made the top 20 in our list of the 100 best notebooks — which also has lots of lined and unlined styles to choose from.

Sprout Plantable Graphite Pencils (32-Pack)

If you prefer using graphite, one lifelong pencil user told us her desk is never without these. Out of the box, they look like normal pencils, but each pencil has a seed capsule (filled with an herb or flower) at one end. Once all the graphite is gone, simply stick the capsule in some dirt, water it like any other seed, and watch what grows.

YalzoneMet Modern Acrylic Vase Geometric Flower Vase

BlueLounge Mini CableDrop Adhesive Cable Clips

These handy little nubs will keep all your charging cords from slipping off your desk or tangling. They also come in blue, dusty pink, and white.

Supfoxer Gold Paper Clips (20)

Paper clips are one of those things that can often come in handy but you don’t think to keep around because they’re kind of forgettable. These jumbo ones, in gold, are far less likely to go unnoticed because they look cool enough to leave out on display.

Graf Lantz Bierfilzl Merino Wool Felt Coaster

If you’re the type to have a whole array of desk drinks on tap, Strategist kitchen and dining writer Emma Wartzman says these wool coasters “both absorb and evaporate moisture and thus stay in perfect condition no matter how many drinks sweat on them.”

Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier

Strategist senior editor Chelsea Peng’s “R2-D2–shaped mini-humidifier” is cordless with a compact design that “releases happy brain chemicals, as does its intermittent setting,” which reminds her of “an alien escaping the air lock (but more soothing).”

Braun BNE001BK

Art Alternatives Enamel Butcher Tray
Very Good Deal

Lulu Candles Fresh Linen Soy Candle

A well-reviewed candle that looks (and smells) like a status candle, at a fraction of the price.

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