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20 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Desk Accents That You Can Buy on Amazon

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Stocking up on desk accessories generally doesn’t rank high on the priority list. But in our opinion, it should: Most Americans spend some 40 hours a week sitting at office desks, which tend to be situated under grim fluorescent lights, framed by grim, gray separators. Is a $15 Noguchi-esque lamp going to change that fact? No. Will it improve it? A little, we tend to think!


Freia Paper Lamp

Above-mentioned Noguchi-esque lamp, from Kikkerland (by way of Amazon).

Live ZZ Plant

A easy-to-grow-indoor ZZ plant in a pretty ceramic planter. Cheering! Reminiscent of the outdoors!

Ai Collection MollaSpace Paper Pot Tissue-Paper Holder

A Japanese tissue paper holder, which will come in handy during the upcoming allergy season.

Tomons Swing-Arm LED Desk Lamp

Another great lamp option, for brightening things up: this matte-red–and–wood guy.

Umbra Sometime Modern Desk Clock

A mod-ish clock.

Sullivans Ceramic Vase Set

Three vases for under $20, in case someone sends flowers.


Ellepi Klizia 97 Stapler in Green

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

Minimalist Life Tape Dispenser

From Japan.

Lucite Design Scissors

We love the lucite handles on these brass Poketo scissors.

OHTO Needle Point Knock Ballpoint Pen

The most cheerful ballpoint pen. For other options, check out our extremely in-depth ranking of 100 pens.

Roruban Pocket Memo

And the perfect (gridded) notebook to test it out in.

Dux Sharpener

A classy little pencil sharpener.

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes Pinch Tin

Not a tool, per se, but an essential: desk-sized tins of Maldon, the best salt ever.


Good Design Works Concrete Cable Holder

A little concrete guy that’ll keep your chargers and headphones from tangling.

MobileVision Bamboo Desktop File Folder

A real upgrade from those drab metal ones.

Acrylic Collator

Or if you’re more of a lucite-type person.

2019 Smart Deck Desktop Calendar

A pleasantly uncluttered desktop calendar.

Spectrum Diversified Hand Bookends

Fun hand bookends.

Samdi Wood Cell Phone Stand

So your phone can have its own little stand.

Muji Desk-Broom Set

Since desks accumulate ungodly amounts of dust: a tiny little desk-broom set!

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20 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Desk Accents