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    28 Office Products You’ll Probably Want If You’re Studying At Home

    Hitting the books, but from the comfort of home.

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    1. A silicone keyboard cover that'll protect your computer from accidental spills, crumbs, and dust. Now you can eat and drink near your laptop without fear of getting it dirty or damaged. It's easy to remove, so you can give it a quick wipe before reinstalling.

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    It's compatible with most MacBook Pros (13- and 15-inch), as well as MacBook Air (13-inch) models.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.99+. Available in three colours.

    2. A pair of blue light-blocking glasses that are great for anyone who spends most of day staring at a computer. The lenses filter out blue light, which helps reduce eye strain and irritation.

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    "Over the last few weeks, I had been dealing with headaches and super tired eyes even though I had been getting my fair share of sleep. Seeing as I'm on a computer all day, this didn't really surprise me. I put the glasses on one morning when I already had a headache and heavy-feeling eyes before 10 a.m. and within about 30 minutes, I felt relief. NO headache, and NO more tired eyes!

    I can work even longer without feeling like I need to look away before my screen burns holes into my eyes, and I'm in an overall happier mood because I don't have headaches anymore — in fact, since getting these glasses two weeks ago, I haven't had a single headache or moment of tired eyes! Loooooove these glasses! Of course, since they are meant to block harmful light from electronic devices, you should only wear them while you use your electronics and not just casually." —Jasmin Suknanan

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Blue Light-Blocking Glasses (#11 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.96+. Available in seven colours.

    3. A portable external hard drive that may be small, but is mighty when it comes to storage space. You can backup your notes, essays, and readings, keep extra copies of all your important files, and free up space on your laptop or computer.

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    It's compatible with any computer system and doesn't require any software, so all you have to do is plug it in to use it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.79+. Available in eight sizes.

    4. A power bar that has a combination of cord and USB outlets, so you can plug in all your devices with ease. It also has a six-foot-long cord that can reach all the places a wall socket can't.

    A long power bar with eight outlets along with two USB ports
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $31.99. Available in black and white.

    5. A soothing sound machine that'll block out the disruptive noises around you with 20 different tracks of white noise. You can use it during the day while you study instead of listening to music.

    A person sitting on a couch and reading with a small sound machine on the table next to hem
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    Reviewers say it sounds like a quiet fan and helps tune out the sound of noisy roommates, neighbours, and traffic.

    "I had been using a ginormous fan to help me fall asleep at night because I need sound in order to fall asleep. But sleeping with a fan right next to your head? In the winter? I already feel the sniffles beginning to form! Which is why I decided to invest in a sound machine — and it's easily the best investment I've made for myself since my Tamagotchi purchase in 2005.

    This machine is really compact (it can fit easily on your nightstand), and has two sound options: white noise or fan with ten variations. The volume can go up super high, it has a 60-minute auto shut-off feature, and it's really easy to use. Just plug it on, hit the on button, and BAM! Done. If you've had trouble falling asleep, I seriously cannot recommend this little gadget enough. I don't think I'd be able to survive without it..." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Check out BuzzFeed's full reivew of the Lectrofan Noise and Fan Sound Machine (#11 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $59.99+. Available in five styles and three colours.

    6. An ergonomic monitor riser that'll elevate your computer or laptop to a more comfortable height. It's wide enough to support most monitors and holds up to 40 pounds. The perforated holes on top will allow for proper ventilation, and it has a little nook underneath to store small office items.

    A laptop that is on a high metal tray with perforated holes on the surface
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.99.

    7. A pack of animal squishies that are so cute, you won't be able to stop yourself from giving them a big squeeze. They're a fun way to release stress from your hands, especially when taking a break from typing.

    A person cradling a bunch of tiny silicone animals in both hands
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    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon Canada for $20.99+. Available in two sizes.

    8. Or a little metal ball that'll create an optical illusion when you spin it. It'll make a great desk accessory and it's the perfect fidget toy that'll keep your hands busy while you're studying.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    9. An office desk that's equal parts stylish and functional. It'll give you enough space to work, without taking up a lot of space. And it has two deep shelves to store your office supplies, so you have more room on your desktop.

    A small wooden desk with a laptop and lamp on the top There are two built-in shelves underneath with a small box on one
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $155+. Available in two sizes and two colours.

    10. An office chair with an extra-padded seat that'll make working at your desk for long hours much more comfortable. It has a curved back that'll support you throughout the day, and is small enough that you can tuck it underneath your desk to save space.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $70.97+. Available in four colours.

    11. Or a ball chair that'll be a fun and fit alternative to an office chair. It's super comfy, and it'll keep you active, even if you spend all day at the computer. It's tall enough to fit most desks, but if you need a little leverage, you can get a set of leg extenders.

    A person working a desk and sitting on a yoga ball. The ball is nestled in a short frame that has wheels on the bottom
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    Or you can get a ball chair with a ring base.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $87.62+. Available in three colours.

    12. A pack of super-thin camera covers for anyone who takes their online privacy and security extra seriously. The covers are compatible with most devices and are a more subtle and stylish alternative to the piece of tape you're currently using.

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    Get a pack of six from Amazon Canada for $11.99+. Available in three sizes.

    13. A pair of over-ear headphones that'll tune out the noise, so you can concentrate on studying without being disturbed. They have a sleek design, high-quality sound, and flexible band that'll conform to the shape of your head. They also have a built-in microphone for Zoom meetings and hands-free phone calls.

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    "They're incredibly lightweight. Like, 'wear all day and never get a headache' kind of lightweight (#bless). The ear pads are smaller than some other brands, but waaaaay cushier. It's like the plush pads are giving your ears a lil' hug!

    These guys also include a slew of neat little features that make using them super easy and downright enjoyable pleasant to use, like a toggle knob that allows you to switch songs, change the volume, and even answer phone calls — without ever having to take out your phone." —Victoria Kuglin

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Urbanears Plattan Headphones (#6 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $58+. Available in four colours.

    14. A laptop stand that'll make studying in bed a lot easier. It has grooves at the top (that’ll hold your tablet and drink) and foldable legs (so you can store it when you’re finished).And when you're not using it to study, you can use it as a breakfast tray.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $49.99+. Available in seven styles.

    15. An adjustable stand that'll hold your phone at the perfect angle while you sit at your desk. The stand can hold your device whether it’s sitting vertically or horizontally, and it’s tall enough to accommodate a charger.

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    "I love my iPhone but I hate that I have to pick it up + point it at my face to unlock it. When the group texts come raining in during the work day, I’d like to be able to glance at them without taking the time to pick up, scroll through, and then putting it back down — my FOMO-y self needs to be sure the texts can wait until my next break for a reply! I can keep those group text updates truly ~at a glance~ — without interrupting my flow until I take a break later." — Maitland Quitmeyer

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Adjustable Phone Stand (#4 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $7.64. Available in two colours.

    16. A desk lamp that'll provide enough light, so you can work late into the night. You can adjust the angle of the light and turn the base to create the perfect lighting, and it has four preset brightness levels for studying, relaxing, reading, and sleeping. Plus, it has a USB port on the side to charge your any of your devices.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $49.99+. Available in two colours.

    17. A ball of slime that'll remove dust from your keyboard and other electronic devices. The cleaning putty is an eco-friendly alternative to dust wipes because it's reusable and biodegradable!

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    18. Or a double-ended cleaning brush that'll keep your keyboard AND screen in tip-top shape. One side has a microfibre pad to remove fingerprints and smudges from your screen, while the other side has a soft rectractable brush that'll keep your keys free of dust and food.

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    "I have this at my desk in the office (and now at my kitchen table workspace for WFH) and love it! It has a microfibre tip on one side and the WORLD'S SOFTEST retractable bristles on the other. Like, I use this thing more as a fidget toy and for petting the bristles than for cleaning. My laptop is so gross that it's a little past hope, but this has tools have definitely helped make clearing out crumbs and erasing smudges easier and cleaning my computer more fun. It's extra handy for the rest of my desk and swiping away post-lunch debris!" — Katy Herman

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner (#3 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.09.

    19. A corgi mouse pad that is just too cheeky for words. It'll add a little personality to your workspace, and it has a cushioned wrist rest that'll make using your mouse much more comfortable.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99. Available in pink and blue.

    20. A pack of high-capacity USB flash drives that are as colourful as they are useful. They'll make it easier to store and transfer important digital files. Plus, they come in an array of bright shades, making it virtually impossible to lose them or confuse them with another flash drive.

    Four USB flash drives sitting on top of a laptop One USB flash drive inserted on the side of the laptop
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    If you want to hang it on a keychain or bag zipper, there is a little hole at the top to attach a keyring.

    Get a pack of five from Amazon Canada for $20.99+. Available in four sizes.

    21. A Cableyoyo that'll organize your headphones and charging cords into a neat and tidy roll. It'll save you the stress of trying to detangle your cables, and makes it easier to manage your cables while you're using them, too!

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    22. A seat cushion that'll make your chair feel like an extra-plushy throne. The memory foam will conform to your shape and help support your tailbone and lower back. Reviewers say they're much more comfortable sitting in the office chair with the cushion.

    A thick soft seat cushion in a curved shape with a textured mesh cover
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    It has a breathable mesh cover that is removable and washable.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99.

    23. A double-sided finger massager that'll help loosen and soothe the muscles in your hands. One side has two rollers that'll surround and massage each finger, while the other side has one deep-kneading roller that'll help relieve tension in specific areas on your hands. If you spend most of your day typing or have arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, this little device could help melt away your pains.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.99.

    24. A clipboard stand that'll keep your papers upright, so it's easier to read documents at your desk. It can hold up to 150 papers at a time, making a great item for anyone who spends a lot of time to referencing or transferring written documents onto the computer.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $27.32+. Available in three sizes.

    25. A set of floppy disk coasters that’ll protect your desk from spills, scratches, and ring marks. They'll add a touch of retro coolness to your office decor, and they're made of silicone, so they're super easy to clean.

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    Get a pack of four from Amazon Canada for $16.99+. Also available in sets of six and eight.

    26. A tumbler that'll encourage you to drink water, if you're someone who tends to forget. The coloured bands act as small markers you can slide up once you've passed them. It's a cool way to motivate and track how much water you've had, so you drink enough water every day.

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    "My big problem was that I'd get busy and simply forget to drink, but having a visual way to track my progress throughout the day is so helpful. You fill the tumbler with water and once you drink it all you slide one of the bands up to the top, refill, and repeat until you’ve drunk your daily recommended amount (or more). Easy peasy! I used to barely finish one measly 16 oz. bottle, but now I’m consistently drinking at least the minimum recommended amount of water per day. (Sometimes I even drink way more!)" —Adrianna Licitra

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Zak! Designs HydraTrak Insulated Tumbler (#8 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.08.

    27. A printer that'll take care of all your needs, including printing, scanning, and faxing documents. It'll connect to your wifi and you can print straight from your phone or tablet using the HP Smart app. It also has double-sided printing, which reviewers like to reduce the amount of paper they use.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $199.99.

    28. And finally, a colourful agenda that'll help you plan for the year ahead. You'll have enough space to write out your schedule for the day, mark down important deadlines, and jot down tasks on a to-do list.

    A small planner on a plain background with notebooks, binder clips, and an eraser nearby
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    The agenda is filled with fun and useful features like an overview of the month, a notes section, a collection of inspirational quotes, and reminders about fun holidays like National Donut Day.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.74.

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