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    27 Cheap Office Supplies That'll Help You Look Fancier Than You Really Are

    Little treats for your desk, for $25 or less.

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    1. A set of six wire clips so you'll feel a little happier when you have to deal with those less-than-interesting reports and files.


    Get the pack of six on Amazon for $6 (also available in black and gold).

    2. A gorgeous marbleized blue and gold glitter mouse pad that looks like it was sliced out of a mystical stone.


    Get it from Amazon for $7.89 (also available in a rectangle version).

    3. And a gold-accented mouse because work's easier to do if everything that surrounds you appeals to your glamorous side.


    This quiet-click mouse has a little receiver you slide into the USB slot, making it compatible with any computer with one of those ports (which is pretty much everything except some MacBook Pros). BTW, the ball in the middle isn't really a ball β€” it just scrolls up and down.

    Promising review: "The wireless capability and the noiseless clicking is what I was looking for and this mouse is great! Absolutely no lag (and I use this mouse for gaming AND normal internet browsing). The bottom of the mouse feels a little bit like cheap plastic but the top is glossy and very pretty looking. If that doesn't bother you, get this mouse! There is an on/off button on the bottom that's very useful if you want your battery to last even longer. If you forget to turn it off, the mouse goes into a 'sleep' mode to preserve battery as well." β€”K. Hintz

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    4. A rose gold Post-It dispenser so even your afternoon to-do lists feel extra fabulous.


    The pink pad's included, natch. It works best with the accordion-style Post-Its; you can get a pack of five refill pads for $6.09 (or six pretty off-brand pastel ones for $6.65).

    Promising review: "Adds a nice blingy touch to my desk at work and perfectly matches with my iPhone (which I now have in a stand next to it). This has a good bit of weight too so it's good for holding down papers." β€”D.B.

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    5. A set of three "diamond"-crowned pens to make every note you take positively regal.


    Get the pack of three on Amazon for $7.99.

    6. A pack of nine gold-foiled file folders perfect for corralling all of those piles of papers, because the workday is always better when you're surrounded by inspiration.

    They're conventional letter-size, which means any 8.5x11" paper will fit nicely.

    Promising review: "I wasn't expecting that much. But these are made of super high-quality paper stock. It's actually more like a heavy cardstock. They are very substantial and will stand a lot of re-use. Great product!" β€”SusanMSteele

    Get the pack of nine on Amazon for $13.99 (also available in 11 other designs/patterns/sayings). BTW, if you need that "Everyday I'm Hustlin'" nameplate, you can get a similar gold one on Amazon for $13.99 (or if that's sold out, a different one for $16.99).

    7. Or 12 striped and dotted folders with brushed matte gold accents that still make a statement, but a (slightly??) more subtle one.


    Note that they're not gold foil β€” just a gold ink. (Unfortunately there aren't any better pictures available). You get three folders in each pattern.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.47.

    8. And a pack of eight coordinating pencils so lovely no one would dare sneak off with one; you'd be able to spot your treasured utensil from a mile away.


    Get them on Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A mini bunny humidifier who's equal parts cute and Vogue-worthy, and who just wants to help you cope with your office's desert-like atmosphere.


    Promising review: "I love this. I use it at my desk at work and I've gotten so many compliments on it. It was really easy to set up and I can use it throughout the day without having to refill it. My only complaint is that you have to fill it a little bit short of the maximum capacity line because it will overflow at the line. Other than that this is so great, I can even see a difference in my skin on my face." β€”Tara

    Get it on Amazon for $15.89.

    10. A faceted copper tape dispenser both beautiful enough to coordinate with all your other metallic bling and functional enough that you'll actually be able to use it.

    Unlike purely decorative dispensers, the bottom's weighted so you can pull off a piece of tape one-handed (a surprisingly important feature!). Plus it comes with one roll of tape already.

    Promising review: "I like it! Beautiful copper color that will pass just fine with the rest of my rose gold office decor. It's heavy which is good, it won't flop around." β€”Tequila Sunset 2006

    Get it on Amazon for $7.85.

    11. A faux-marble dispenser filled with gold paperclips that will make at least one corner of your slightly blah cubicle look chic.


    FYI it works best with small/"regular" paperclips, and not really with the bigger sizes.

    Promising review: "I like this because it adds a little something to my desk. The magnetic part works well and makes it easy to get a paperclip. I like the gold paperclips too. Very cute and not so boring. It's nice to see decorative, functional things on your desk, rather than basic office hardware. The marble is smaller than I thought, but who really wants a huge paper clip holder?" β€”Lovetoshop

    Get it on Amazon for $9.91, and a refill pack of 400 gold paperclips for $8.05.

    12. A shiny stapler β€” putting the finishing touch on the weekly meeting agendas has never felt so sophisticated.


    Psst...also grab four boxes of rose gold staples for $9.98.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic stapler. It looks beautiful (identical to the Kate Spade one, $28), and it staples just fine. Standard staples fit in it. It looks like a typical 14k gold color in good lighting but in my standard office light, it actually looks like a rose gold. I'm the fanciest cube in the building, and really, what else matters?!" β€”smitrya06

    Get it on Amazon for $13.95.

    13. A terrazzo or two-tone notebook so you can document each and every one of your marvelous ideas in something sophisticated.

    The terrazzo has a soft-touch cover, and the Tall Tales has a half soft-touch, half fabric cover; each notebook is 160 pages and printed with soy based ink.

    Get them on Amazon: the terrazzo for $10 (available in five other designs) and the two-tone Tall Tales for $14 (available in five other colors/designs).

    14. A protective Macbook case that all your friends will "ooh" and "ahhh" over.


    TBH it looks like it belongs in an Instagram influencer's bedroom! The case simply snaps on, and the bottom half of the case has two rows of vents so your computer won't overheat. It also comes with a screen protector and a keyboard cover: three things for the price of one! Some reviewers note it chips over time, but that for the price, that's what they expect and don't mind re-buying.

    Promising review (for the MacBook Air version): "So cute and easy to install! I love this product. they keyboard cover helps remove some of the clicking sound that comes with a Mac. The cover looks true to the picture provided by the seller. Definitely would order again." β€”Amanda

    Get one on Amazon: compatible with the current 2018/2019 MacBook Airs for $18.99 or compatible with the 2016–2019 13-inch MacBook Pros for $16.29. Or check out all the models of MacBooks they make this case for!

    15. Or a terrazzo vinyl skin because three of those friends already have a marble case, and you want something a little different, but still v. luxe.

    Talk and Tell / Etsy

    Get it from TalkandTell on Etsy for $13.71 (available for nine sizes of MacBooks).

    16. A single pair of rose gold scissors that don't sacrifice quality for style β€” their five-inch stainless steel blades will stay sharp through countless opened packages and assembled presentation boards.


    Promising review: "Great quality! Super sharp. Will cut fabric easily and looks nice on my desk." β€”D. Robles

    Get them on Amazon for $13.75 (Or, for a little bit more, you can get similar, also well-reviewed rose gold scissors with a limited five-year warranty for $15.78. Also available: a different but still well-reviewed brand in gold for $12.95).

    17. A set of stickies inspired by the most opulent Italian architecture Venice has to offer.

    Seriously, I visited the Doge's Palace last summer and this set looks like all the ancient marble and terrazzo that covers every inch of the place. Each pad in this pack has 80 sheets, for a total of 480 Venetian-style reminders. (FYI, the inscription says "You Deserve The Best", and the tabs each say "Yes!", "Best", and "No!")

    Get it on Amazon for $13.89.

    18. A pair of mini agate bookends because if anything deserves a fancy accessory in your office, it's your favorite books.


    Of course, since these are natural minerals, the set you receive will look slightly different from the pictures!

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in six colors and four sizes).

    19. A literal tub of bright gold binder clips with ~superior holding power~ so you can glam up your files without worrying the papers will cascade everywhere.


    Promising review: "These were a great addition to my desk set β€” they are wonderful for those who have an eye for Kate Spade. They had great hold and resistance, like any other binder clip, and didn't leave any kind of metal residue or marking on the packets I've put them on. One of the only things I've noticed to watch out for is the fingerprints; it can kill the otherwise classy presentation. Overall, I highly recommend and will buy again considering they run about the same price as regular multipacks of clips." β€”Aasgard

    Get the tub of 30 (six medium, 12 small and 12 mini) on Amazon for $4.88.

    20. A five-piece organizer set in rose gold wire for that minimalist-meets-glam mood.


    You get a letter sorter, a paper tray, a sticky note tray, a pencil holder, and a bigger file basket all at once! (One reviewer points out it doesn't fit regular hanging file folders β€” but it would work with file folders like the ones in six and seven above.) Also, some reviewers use and love it, or at least certain pieces of it, to organize the makeup on their vanity.

    Get it on Amazon for $22.99 (also available in silver, white, or matte black).

    21. A set of faux-leather, marble-look coasters so your iced coffee can have a designated throne of its own.


    Well, you probably don't need more than one coaster in an office setting, but you could take the rest of 'em home to enjoy!

    Promising review: "I bought these as a last minute item when I was having lots of guests over. I was expecting to pretty much throw them out after... but it turns out these are great and don't look cheap at all. A great everyday coaster. You're not going to fool anyone into thinking they're marble, but they look great nonetheless." β€”Jacques

    Get it on Amazon for $10.90+ (also available in a square shape, and in five colors/patterns).

    22. A set of three refillable ballpoint pens β€” you'll reach for them time and time again to elegantly record your thoughts.


    The writing tip retracts with a simple twist, and the clip means they can hook onto the front of a notebook page (or a shirt pocket, if you want). You'll be able to pay for these once and use 'em forever β€” they even come with a free ink refill, each.

    Promising review: "I love these pens. They're very comfortable in your hand, and write so easily and smoothly. No smudges, clean lines. They look like pens that cost more money. Would make a great gift, but these are all mine." β€”Roberta

    Get the pack of three on Amazon for $9.99.

    23. And a pack of three timeless art deco notebooks that couldn't coordinate better if they tried.

    Promising review: "These are so beautiful! The designs on the outside are textured! I was expecting it to be a smooth print, but it’s actually embossed with the metallic design and looks much more expensive than it is. I kind of don’t want to use them because they’re so pretty." β€”Kelley Withers

    Get the three-pack on Amazon for $12.50.

    24. An expanding file folder that, while it can't make sorting important papers exciting, will at least make everything look nice.


    Promising review: "This is very handy, and well made. I use it to hold a bunch of paperwork and it doesn't have any issues. It neither sags nor does it seem to be collapsing on the sides or the bottom. The clasp is kind of a mystery to me, but it works well and holds fast." β€”Sutaru

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    25. A daily planner because there's nothing more valuable than your time, and this will help you keep track of it.


    Each month has a calendar spread with a place to write down your goals, plus a spread for each week. Several pages in the front of the book let you plan out your goals and aspirations for the year, so you can tap into the most inspiring part of your life β€” yourself! There's also space to record addresses, website logins, and important dates for the *next* year. Oh! And monthly tabs, for easy flippin'.

    Promising review (for the marble cover): "This is my favorite planner I have ever had. Seriously. It’s beautiful, the perfect size, and has durable, thick pages so there is no bleed-through (I use liquid fine tip pens). I love how it has quotes, places for goals etc. This is truly how you can plan, organize, and accomplish those goals!" β€”texas

    Get them on Amazon: the marble-cover for $16.95 or the geode for $10.95 β€” they also have DOZENS of other cover designs for $10.95+.

    26. Or a magnetic dry erase calendar so you can see all the exciting things you have planned in your life in a single glance.


    It comes with a marker (with an eraser on its cap) and a magnet, too! And of course it works with all kinds of dry erase markers. Mounting hardware's included, but if you prefer not to mess with that, I'm sure that a few Command Picture Hanging Strips would hold it just fine.

    Promising review: "Works great and looks good too! We needed a new calendar for our kitchen so it was important that it not look too utilitarian. The gold trim is classy and the dry erase board functions as expected." β€”G.P.

    Get it on Amazon for $15.14.

    27. A minerals or wildflowers poster so you have something beautiful to gaze at when you take short eye breaks from staring at your monitor.


    Get them from Amazon: the minerals for $8.18 and the wildflowers for $7.27.

    You and your office space, after just one or two of these little upgrades:

    20th Century Fox

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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