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30 Non-Office Products That Are Still A Good Idea To Keep At Your Desk

Let's get down to business, to defeat the after-Zoom feels.

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1. An adult coloring book to fill out during your mental breaks to destress, recenter yourself, and bring a bit of fun to your mundane workday.,

Promising review: "Very cool adult coloring book with a huge variety of different animals. Most of the art is very intricate and highly detailed and will keep you busy for HOURS and hours. I use both colored pencils and occasionally acrylic paint and both work well on the paper stock. Sometimes the designs in this book are even a little too intricate, and when I'm not in a mood to be really precise, I use other styles. But the artwork in this coloring book is really amazing and the results when you finish one can be really amazing! I love all the wild animals and foliage!" —Xeokym

Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

2. A cheeky candle that will remind you that all you do is, indeed, win.

A person holding up a candle that says "All I do is win, infused with the tears of my opponents" and the words "it even smells like their tears" written on the image
Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

I absolutely love the candles from women-owned Malicious Women Co. They're quirky, fun, and make me laugh. Not only that, but they actually smell so good. This candle specifically smells like citrus and sage and gives off a cozy, musky smell I'm obsessed with. 

Promising review: "I love the novelty and originality of the candles. Aside from that, the candle smells awesome! I bought this as a gift for my daughter who needed a little inspiration! She loves it! Thank you for creating such a unique product! I give 5 stars all the way!" —Regina W.

Get it from Malicious Women Co. for $20

3. A fidget toy because work can be stressful and anxiety-inducing and this toy can help distract you when you feel like you're spiraling under pressure. Basically me, just existing.

A person holding a metal fidget toy with orange pieces on it
Go Think Link / Etsy

Go Think Link is a small business based out of Eugene, Oregon.

Promising review: "Love, love, love this fidget. It has easily outclassed all my other fidget toys. It’s just so much better, so much more satisfying and better at helping me focus. Plus since it’s so simple and small, I can actually work on whatever it is I’m trying to do without having to fidget with something extraneous. It’s so smooth and it shipped really quickly. Plus, it's repurposed materials and good causes so I’d say 100% recommend this and I’m probably going to be buying another one soon!" —Piper Haney

Get it from Go Think Link on Etsy for $6.99+ (available in 20 primary colors and 15 secondary colors).

4. Noise-reducing earplugs that'll block background noise juuust enough so you can concentrate on work without that eerie "sound" you get from noise-cancelling headphones. You know the one. This is also perfect if you're sensitive to sounds!

Reviewer holding the ear plugs

I live on a very busy street and with my sensory issues, the sounds of trucks and motorcycles are too much during the day. I wear these all the time and they muffle those loud, distracting noises but still allow me to watch TV!

Promising review: "These are hands down the BEST earplugs I have ever purchased. They're discreet (not hot pink), easy to insert and remove, easy to clean, and most important they are comfortable. They come with three different sized tips to attach. This works perfect for me, as one ear requires a smaller size than the other. They fit a bit like earbuds but are much more comfortable. I can wear them for hours and they don't hurt my ears at all. They block out just the right amount of background noise, but I can still hear well enough to not be startled by someone walking up beside me that I didn't first see. I am so thankful for these earplugs, they have given me the freedom to be in public places without feeling overwhelmed by everyday sounds." —Ann G.

Get it from Amazon for $23.98.

5. A surprisingly effective essential oil stick infused with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender to ease those pesky migraine and tension headaches you get during the workday or because your cat won't stop meowing for treats. Oh, just me?

A BuzzFeeder holding the lipstick-sized headache stick
Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

Read our review of the Migrastil headache relief stick!

Promising review: "I have had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I have tried everything. OTC medication, prescription medication, pain injections, chiropractor etc... This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I have only had two to three headaches in that time, and they were mild. I ordered more already so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines. It is phenomenal." —Mary D.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

6. A PhoneSoap sanitizer because after the last year, we have definitely become very aware of germs and our phone is one of the biggest culprits. Flashback to me eating snacks while working, then touching my phone screen with my grubby fingers and *then* my laptop keyboard. Ugh.


Yes, the photo on the right IS from a reviewer who tested the bacteria levels on their daughter's and husband's phones before and after use. GROSS.

Promising review: "I work in a large dental clinic with 50+ docs and even more assistants. Anyone who knows about dentistry knows that there are a lot of aerosols given out during almost every procedure. Since we don't have a radio in the operatories, I've had to use my phone for music. Before phone soap I had to wipe my phone down every time with Cavicide wipes...not the best for your phone. Enter PhoneSoap! I'm able to sanitize my phone without destroying it with cavicide! We've even tested and swabbed the phone for cultures before and after...this sucker works! Hands down, great investment. I'll be buying another one for the home because this one is staying in my office." —James

Get it from Amazon for $75.44+ (available in six colors).

7. A 20-oz. water bottle designed to make sure you're staying hydrated all day, something I need to work on. All you have to do is slide one of the colorful bands up each time you finish the water in a full bottle!

A customer review photo of them holding the bottle with the text, "Freaking killing it today, y'all."

Promising review: "Cute bottle and encourages hydration! My water intake has dramatically increased. It's been a great way to drink water while working from home. Love the rainbow colors." —Caitlin

Get it from Amazon for $15.92+ (available in six colors, four sizes, and two designs).

8. Or a personalized Disney Starbucks tumbler because it's been a long time since you've visited your happy place, so let's bring some of that magic everywhere you go, like while working from home.

Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, For The Love of Pixie Dust

For The Love of Pixie Dust is a woman-owned small business based out of New Jersey that sells a *ton* of Disney-inspired cups.

Get it from For The Love of Pixie Dust for $21.

9. A pack of adhesive cable clips that'll finally detangle that mess of cables you've been dealing with at your desk. Plus, you'll look super organized and put together, two things no one can ever call me, even with these.


Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.96.

10. A coffee mug warmer with three heat settings and an auto shutoff feature so you never have to worry about taking a sip of your coffee and realize it's gone cold. AKA the worst feeling ever.

A mug filled with coffee placed on the pink warmer

Promising review: "One of those items I didn’t know I needed until I had it. As a busy mom of two little ones, I can’t even remember the last time I got to finish a hot cup of coffee. Until now! This truly kept my coffee warm, literally for hours. And I love the wood grain look of it. It’s nice and doesn’t look cheap at all. I’m going to keep it on my desk for when I’m working, and I’ll never go without hot coffee again!" —ADR80

Get it from Amazon for $23.59+ (available in eight colors).

11. Anti-slip hooks that will finally keep your glasses from slipping off your face halfway through your workday when the oils on your nose *really* start to build up. Sincerely, me and my oily nose.

The silicone grips in multiple colors
Born BAHAutiful on Etsy

Born Bahautiful is a small business based in San Antonio, Texas that specializes in hearing aid products and accessories.

Promising review: "These are 100% one of the best purchases I’ve made in 2020. Small but mighty, they work so well! My glasses do not slide off my face anymore with a mask on. I’m SO grateful for them, I’m telling all my friends and family (who wear glasses) about these. I would buy again!" —Shayna Miller

Get it from Born Bahautiful on Etsy for $9.50 (available in 12 colors)

12. A vibrant personalized stand so you can work *and* have your phone within view. To do more work, duh. Not at all to catch up on your favorite YouTube drama channel.


It's from Brant Point Prep — a customizable gift shop owned by a graphic artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Promising review: "Just like the picture! It has a nice glossy finish. Great holder at a nice price! I highly recommend." —Yasha

Get the one on the left from Brant Point Prep on Etsy for $11.69+ (available in two sizes) and the one on the right for $11.94+.

13. A macrame coaster for when you want that boho vibe, but also just because your desk is thrifted, doesn't mean you want watermarks, okay?

The macrame coasts in cream and black
Simply Susan Designed / Etsy

Simply Susan Designed is a small shop that sells an array of gifts such as customized tumblers and stickers.

Get it from Simply Susan Designed on Etsy for $8 (available in three colors).

14. A pair of Sony noise-cancelling headphones so you can focus on work without any annoying interruptions from your housemates. "What's that? You need me to take out the trash? Sorry, I can't hear you byeee."

Reviewer is wearing dark blue headphones

Promising review: "I got this to use as a work from home headphones and it has served me well. These have nice and soft ear pads that make it comfortable to wear for a long time. An adjustable headband always makes it fit just right. The plastic body makes it lighter than other headphones in the same range. Setup was very easy. The fact that it can also be paired with two devices was a plus. The only issue was that it can perform only one function on each device at a time. That is just me being picky because there is not much else to complain about. The stand out feature is the battery life. With noise cancellation, it can last for 35 hours and 45 hours without NC. That for me is a lot of music and movies and can last an entire week without needing a charge." —Eugene.adu

Get it from Amazon for $98 (available in two colors). 

15. A posture corrector designed to help put your back in the proper alignment, relieving pain and helping you gain stability in your spine. With time and practice, it develops your back's muscle memory. Soon, you'll be standing tall without it! Huzzah! Bonus: It's discreet enough to wear under your shirt.

A customer review before and after photo of them wearing the posture corrector

Promising review: "We got this since we’re both working from home full-time during the pandemic and it’s clearly having a negative impact on our posture that our home office is now extended to the deck and our sofa! This thing is about as comfortable as it can be for what it’s doing, we wear it for about an hour a day each and it has absolutely improved back pain and posture. It came with extra Velcro pieces to extend for those with larger shoulders, which is a nice touch. This is a good, quick investment for those of us who have a hard time buying a $300+ ergonomic chair for a home office!" —emthehuman

Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

16. A USB-powered desk fan because your coworkers constantly complain about being cold when the AC is on, but we both know it's actually wicked hot and we need this fan to stop from sweating through our clothes.

Reviewer photo of the fan on their desk

Promising review: "The fan is perfect. It is small, so sits easily on your desktop. The noise is almost non-existent, so again it is perfect for an area where you are working. This little fan works really well, and creates quite a breeze for such a small fan. I travel overseas, so the fact that this is compact and portable - as well as USB powered - is even more useful. Very happy with my purchase! There are several different speeds. Each time you push the button the speed changes. Sure do love this little fan!" —Angela L.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

17. Or a hands-free fan that goes around your neck and blows some much-needed breeze directly onto your face, making it ideal for those days when the office is just way too hot.

The headphone-like fans in yellow and black

Promising review: "Our whole family had these at the Clemson University football game Sept 7 in bright sunshine and 96-degree heat. We never would have lasted had we not had these wonderful fans!!! I recommend a light or white color so the fan itself does not get hot on your neck from the sun shining on it. It does need to be charged ahead of time. You might miss that it says to recharge every three months even if not in use." —Connie DeVore

Get it from Amazon for $18.50+ (available in two colors)

18. A cleaning putty to remove the teeniest of dirt from the hardest-to-reach places, including your laptop's keyboard. I actually have one that I use for my car's vents *and* another for my laptop!

Promising review: "This stuff is super cool! Not only does it do a spectacular job of cleaning and picking out all the very tiny debris in small crevices, it smells really good. The fresh scent seems to linger on your now clean item(s). Absolutely zero residue is left behind, even your hands aren't left with a greasy or crumbly goo. I really love this product! I've since purchased one for each of my teen boys because they have a habit of being messy eaters, including when they eat over their keyboards. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!!" —Mulberry Lane

Get it from Amazon for $6.77.

19. A portable facial humidifier you can use right before an impromptu Zoom meeting to give your skin a nice lil' glow so you don't look like you were falling asleep at your desk.

Hey Dewy

The 10.8-ounce humidifier can run for up to eight hours straight. Just plug it into your laptop with the included USB cord.

Hey Dewy was co-founded by Cindy Kang, a Korean-born entrepreneur who spent 15 years in dry, stale offices before dreaming up a portable cordless humidifier that could be used anywhere.

Promising review: "Love my Hey Dewy humidifier. I put it on when I am working at my desk and it helps to keep my skin from drying out from the heat. It is easy to use and clean." —Anita C.

Get it from Hey Dewy for $39 (available in three colors).

20. A concrete trinket tray where you can store your pens, pins, and even that cheeky candle from earlier that is just so hilarious you've already used it but keep it because it's just so funny.

Seven of the concrete oval trays in green, red, orange, blue, beige, white, and yellow

Airy Home Studio is a small business from artisan Julia Novikova who also offers handcrafted succulent pots, nursery sculptures, and decorative letters.

Promising review: "Lovely smooth quality of the concrete and overall really beautifully made. Nicely and securely packed, so no need to worrying about anything breaking." —Melanie

Get it from Airy Home Studio on Etsy for $10.79 (available in eight colors).

21. A mini meditation garden to reward yourself with a lovely relaxation session after that unnecessarily long Zoom meeting you just had to endure.

The meditation garden which comes with sand, rocks, figurines, and a rake

Promising review: "Great size for anyone with a desk at work. The figurines don't take up too much space in your garden so you still have a lot of surface area to rake your worries away. Great gift idea, too." —Russell Colaco

Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in five sizes).

22. A rotating timer so you can try out the Pomodoro technique and see if this is the hidden key to finally making you productive at work. You basically work for 25 minutes, take a small break, repeat until you finish all of your work!

Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

The timer has options for 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and 30-minute blocks. Just rotate it to your preferred option and the display will begin its countdown. The timer also has four different volumes so you'll never miss it going off, but you can also choose silence as an option.

Promising review: "I LOVE this timer!!! I am a school counselor with ADHD. I've tried a LOT of different timers to help me keep track of when to send passes, monitor time with students who tend to stay long to avoid class, and use the alarm to remind me to take a few minutes to eat lunch. It's fabulous to be able to just look at the time on the clock face, note that I need to leave for a meeting in 20 minutes, and bam! A quick turn of the clock and a timer goes off with enough time to grab my stuff and head out. I don't have to think about setting it like with most digital timers, and there's no annoying ticking like there is with a traditional kitchen timer. I loved my cyan one at work so much, that I bought a black one for home. It also came well packaged. Enough to protect it, but not so much as to cause me guilt as a consumer." —Laura M.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 30- and 60-minute configurations and six colors).

23. A spacious mini fridge with room for your LaCroix, Greek yogurt, and even your moisturizer for a quick skin pick-me-up.


The 20-liter fridge has a sleek glass front and an easy-to-use digital display where you can set your ideal temperature. There are three shelves + two door compartments to fit *all* the snacks (or skincare, I guess, but mostly snacks)

Promising review: "Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!! I was looking for a small mini fridge for my home office that would keep my food COLD. I purchased two prior to this and returned both because they did not keep food cold. As soon as I took it out of the box, I knew this would be the ONE and it has been. My favorite feature is being able to control temperature. I can program it as low as 15. I love how sleek it looks, too. VERY HAPPY with my purchase!!!" —lovepurplebutterflies

Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in four colors).

24. A mini Crock-Pot that will keep your lunch warm all day long, because it's time to start practicing self love and stop microwaving food in that questionably dirty office microwave. Seriously, has anyone ever cleaned it?

A reviewer photo of a white and blue mini crockpot with breakfast inside it sitting on a cubicle desk

It can hold up to 20 ounces, has a dishwasher-safe removable container, and a spill-proof lid.

Promising review: "Love this food warmer. I use it for lunch and dinner at work every day. I meal prep by freezing big batches of food in small freezer-bags and place them inside of coffee mugs so the food is in a shape that will fit in the Crock-Pot. I let the food cook from frozen for about two hours and it comes out perfectly." —Karen w.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four colors).

25. A random yet necessary screaming goat figurine you can press any time you need to relieve some stress or annoy your coworkers. I choose the latter. Every time.

Reviewer photo of the screaming goat on a desk

It *also* comes with a pocket guide of nifty facts and trivia about goats!

Promising review: "Absolutely hysterical! Got this for my desk at work and whenever frustrated, just touch it and it makes me laugh! Couple other girls at work also ordered to join in the fun! Makes life at work a bit lighter!" —Stacie P.

Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

26. A personal heater so you stay warm and toasty in the office because that *one* coworker just absolutely needs to set the AC at 62 degrees. It's cold, Susan!

Reviewer photo of mini purple space heater placed on desk

Promising review: "This little heater is perfect if you need a little extra warmth at your desk. It's practically silent, which is a huge plus for hiding heaters that are against company rules. So long as you keep it within a few feet, you'll get plenty of heat to take the chill off a cold office. It will not heat up your whole cube or office, so you won't hear complaints from those weirdos who are hot all the time. And so what? Who wants to share their precious heat with those jerks anyway? Since it's low wattage, there's less of a chance of blowing out a block of breakers in your crappily wired office building. Stay toasty, my friends!" —FancyFeet

Get it from Amazon for $16.75.

27. A customized Funko Pop you can get of your partner, bestie, or even yourself for a constant reminder of how cool you actually are.

Five Funko Pops of different styles
PinkyStoreArt / Etsy

PinkyStoreArt is a small business based out of Spain that sells personalized figurines.

Promising review: "I bought a personalized Funko for my boyfriend. I love the result, and so does he! Every detail I asked was perfectly made. This is awesome art work!" —Elsy

Get it from PinkyStoreArt on Etsy for $90.52

28. A fancy digital clock to remind you have exactly 3 hours, 42 minutes, and 56 seconds left of work, but who's counting? 55...54....53...

Reviewer photo of the digital clock on top of a couch, with blue LED lit numbers

Promising review: "So happy with this purchase. After getting my new cable box and finding the clock was gone I was lost, had no idea what time it was lol. I ordered two of these babies. They are super lightweight and the numbers are big. You can change the brightness of the numbers. The only thing I would say is you cannot plug it into an outlet, only USB which I do not mind at all since I just plug it right into my cable box. I definitely recommend!" —Jenn T.

Get it from Amazon for $16.02+ (available in four colors). 

29. A gemstone tree that is not only absolutely stunning, but can create a space where energy can freely flow while you try to get through the workday in one piece: a very daunting task, I know.,

Promising review: "I was nervous about buying this at first, mostly because of the great price, but I’m glad I did! The piece is beautiful, the wires are strong and take well to all the adjustments I’ve made to get them flexed into the place I wanted them. I accidentally knocked this onto the floor with my elbow and it is still in perfect condition- so it is built very well. The size is perfect — not too big or small for us." —Courtney

Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in 42 styles).

30. And finally, a Himalayan salt lamp so when you're burning the midnight oil, you've got a lovely, relaxing glow to stare at.

Reviewer photo of the salt lamp while they hold the switch showing the dimmer option

Promising review: "So I wont lie... this was totally a drunk purchase. I definitely did not read the description, so let me give my review with having ZERO expectations. When it arrived, I was surprised by the heaviness of the package. This is a legit ROCK. Not just some sort of cheap, hallowed out, fake material look alike. Packaging was nice and snug so nothing was rattling around or broken when it arrived. Plugged it in and voila! I was super excited to see it had so many dimmer options. The lowest setting is a nice background ambient light, and the brightest is relatively surprising. Definitely too bright to leave on during a movie, but dim enough to leave on for a night light for company at night. The light is nice. Not too yellow, not too white. A nice glowing hue over the room it's set up in. I was surprised to realize this thing sweats. Not like a little perspiration but enough to drip down the outside and make a little puddle. It would for sure damage wood, so make sure that it's on a candle plate or some sort of tray." —Traci

Get it from Amazon for $12.14.

You, at work, realizing how great your desk area is:


Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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