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    Posted on Sep 27, 2017

    22 Things You 100% Need If You Hate Your Coworkers

    We're looking at you, Janet from HR.

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    1. An ostrich pillow for completely tuning out the entire office — and possibly grabbing a nap to recover from everyone's nonsense.

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    Promising review: "Now you can nap everywhere. I use this on the plane all the time. Sure, I get weird looks, but I can't tell because I am asleep. It works much better than a headrest pillow for me. It is bulkier than your average pillow, but I can still fit it in my carry on." —Amanda Bond

    Get it from Amazon for $74.22 or the The Grommet for $99.

    2. A USB drive you can pop into someone's computer to mess with their keyboard and mouse. That's what you get for leaving a dirty mug in the sink, Jessica!

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    Promising review: "I work in IT and just had a client call in who could't figure out what was going on with her PC. I had a good laugh." —Daniel Muiter

    Get it from ThinkGeek for $9.99.

    3. A set of whiskey glasses for a stiff drink to drown out all your work-related nightmares.

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    Promising review: "I broke my previous set of Riedel scotch glasses and decided to go with Glencairn this time. What a difference! The Glencairn glasses are made of slightly more delicate glass, and this makes them look a lot more elegant. The set looks great just sitting in my cabinet! The glasses themselves are just perfect for whiskey. The top is narrow, meant to allow you to nose the whiskey properly before sipping. It concentrates all the complex elements of the whiskey, allowing you to get a good sense of what's in store." —Screen Name

    Get six from Amazon for $35.99.

    4. An actual cage to put your lunch in so Carl from accounting doesn't steal your lunch again. Dammit, Carl!

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    Promising review: "I purchased the Fridge Locker for my niece who had complained about individuals in her office taking her lunch from the common refrigerator. She thought it was a fantastic gift. I am certain her lunch has not been stolen again." —Easy Groove

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    5. A black pin that sends a message loud and clear: Do not interact with me in any way whatsoever.

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    Get it from lamourproprestore on Etsy for $4.60.

    6. Or if you're not into pins, a T-shirt can send a similar message.

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    Get it from ResilienceStreetwear on Etsy for $19.46 (available in sizes XS–3X and three colors).

    7. A miniature zen garden you can use to relax when stress levels have reached an alarming peak and you can see Carol from marketing on her way over with some more baby pictures.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughters desk in her office and she loves it!! It's just the right size: It doesn't take up too much room on her desk, but it's still plenty big for her to rake through the sand and get relaxed." —Rebecca S

    Get it from Amazon for $8.71.

    8. A set of pens that can be used as utensils so you can eat at your desk because you have no interest in eating in the kitchen with your horrible coworkers.

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    Promising review: "I work through lunch daily and am always forgetting my utensils. I feel weird about keeping plastic forks in my pen cup but these are perfect. Technically they're pens, so it's not THAT weird. They're funny and they actually work." —Angela Blair

    Get it from Amazon for $9.62.

    9. A "WTF" stamp to angrily slam on memos that make you furious.

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    Promising review: "I try to use this sparingly at my writers' workshop. But every now and then, someone will hand me a manuscript with birds calling their bird friends on their cell phones and next thing you know — BAM — they get the stamp. I recommend using it publicly if at all possible. It's not just a stamp — it's an event." —Red Panda

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    10. Or a notepad that lets you do a quick but detailed follow-up on your bewilderment. Like, what were you even thinking, Greg?

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    Promising review: "This is truly a office wake-up call for the slackers — just kidding! But if you want to mess with your employee or coworker, this is just the pad for you. Keep in mind it's for people with fun personalities — no need to end up in HR for real." —Mrs. B

    Get it on Amazon for $5.30 or Papyrus for $5.95.

    11. A helpful book you can silently leave on someone's desk if you think they need some pointers.

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    Get it on Amazon for $13.04 or Firebox for $16.19.

    12. A mug to sip from while conveying a strong warning about taking the last doughnut.

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    Get it from Nylon for $16.

    13. A pair of classic scalp massagers that are a quick way to relax when things get tense.

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    Promising review: "I run a very busy and stressful Internal Medicine office and I bought one for each employee. They were so excited. It cost very little but was wonderful for stress relief." —j noone

    Get two from Amazon for $1.73.

    14. A container of coffee-scented therapy dough you can knead to cool down after someone used that nickname you hate again.

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    Get it from ThinkGeek for $24.99.

    15. An odor-absorbing pouch that will get rid of that fish smell in the kitchen.

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    Promising review: "I rarely rave about products, but I honestly can't believe how well this worked. We had some water damage in my office and there was a slight musty smell ever since (despite fixing the problem). After getting one of these, the smell was gone in two days. I'm ordering more for more areas in the house!" —patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    16. A pair of really happy water glasses for staying hydrated and hopefully upbeat.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    17. A personalized desk plate that politely requests people stay the heck away from you.

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    Get it from SunshineEngraving on Etsy for $12.25.

    18. A pair of noise canceling headphones to drone out Frank, who's telling the same fishing story for the hundredth time. No one believes you caught a marlin, Frank!

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    Promising review: "Look, I can't compare these to Bose, because I've never tried them before — or any other $300 pair of headphones. However, these are fantastic for me. I work in an open office environment and sometimes the level of noise spikes from ambient to distracting to intolerable (you know how there's always that one person in the office louder than everybody else? I sit next to five of them). Having never tried active noise cancelling before, I have to say I'm impressed. It puts a strong damper on the background noise. Now, if people are talk-yelling, of course I can still hear them, which is great because if someone yells FIRE! I'd like to know about it. But I can stream my Boston sports radio and my Pearl Jam, and clack away on my noisy keyboard to get some revenge on those who don't have noise-cancelling headphones like these." —Boston Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    19. A simple mug that's friendly until someone says something stupid and you take a huge swig of coffee.

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    Promising review: "This mug is so much more than advertised! You'd think it's just a regular ol' coffee mug but it's not. You can enjoy any type of beverage — hot, cold, or warm — in this masterpiece while effortlessly giving people the finger. In my opinion, drinks taste better in this mug of angels." —Jordan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    20. A flask hidden in a book for extreme emergencies, like Kevin taking credit for your work again.

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    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $14.99.

    21. A tin of tea that will help you calm the fuck down when everyone is going out of their way to bug you.

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    Get it from Firebox for £9.99 (only available in the UK, but you can check out this similar version from Fancy for $13).

    22. A sarcastic gold star pin to therapeutically award to a coworker when they don't pull their way on your shared project.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    Soon you'll be as zen as Stanley.

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