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    36 Gifts For People Who Spend All Day At Their Desks

    They'll be so touched, they might actually leave their desk to hang out with you!

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    1. A pretty potted plant to keep them company during after hours (because they're always the last one to leave and it gets lonely in the office!).

    The Sill

    This Haworthia Zebra plant comes already potted in the planter shown.

    Get it from The Sill for $31 (available in five planter colors).

    2. An adorable cable bite that'll not only protect their charging cord from fraying but will also help differentiate which cord is theirs.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Amazon for $5.30 or Urban Outfitters for $6 (available in 17 animals).

    3. A collage frame so they can always keep their friends and family close by.


    It has a slotted base so they can arrange the photos however they want.

    Promising review: "This is a great frame for the office. I give this as gifts at least twice a year to friends. It is a nice way to display a few photos that can be swapped out. It doesn't take up a lot of desk space." —12345

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    4. A puzzle cube tissue box for sparking up riveting conversations about last night's episode of the The Big Bang Theory.


    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    5. A whimsical eyeglass holder sure to put a smile on their face.


    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in three designs). Or, check out a cheaper option.

    6. A memory foam seat cushion and lumbar pillow that'll make sitting down for hours and hours a comfier experience.

    The covers are removable and washable.

    Get them from Amazon: the lumbar pillow for $22.95 and the seat cushion for $29.95

    7. A mini Crock-Pot so they can skip the microwave line and heat food up right at their desk.


    It has a 20-ounce capacity, 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).

    8. A keyboard cover for protecting their laptop from inevitable spills.


    Get it from Amazon for $6.90 (available in 29 colors).

    9. A mini wacky wavy inflatable tube guy to be an endless source of entertainment.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.95.

    10. A cleverly designed pen holder that can double as a desk calendar.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.89.

    11. A motivational water bottle so they'll remember to stay hydrated, even on a jam-packed day.

    Promising review: "Timer bottles help me with hydration more than anything else I've tried. With two jobs and a very busy lifestyle in general, it's easy to not drink enough water. I have had a few fun bottles but they always get to looking grody or the designs rub off. So far these are holding up better than anything else I've bought, AND they were the best value I found. If they ever add in another set in other colors I'll definitely buy it." —Rhianna Walker

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.50.

    12. A set of notepads for accurately expressing how they feel on one of those days (aka Mondays).


    Promising review: "Probably the best present I have given recently. Perfect for the person in your life who is working harder than he or she should (or for yourself). And you can use the different prints depending on how a particular day is going." —Jacob Wood

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    13. A vacuum-insulated travel mug (with a leak-proof slider lid) actually big enough to hold the amount of coffee they need in the morning. The vintage aesthetic is just a bonus!


    It keeps beverages hot for five hours and cold for 10.

    Promising review: "Boy, am I glad I finally splurged on it. I love, love, love this travel mug. The coffee at my office is TERRIBLE, so I like to take my own brew with me to get me through the morning. This is the best travel mug I have ever bought; I fill it up at about 6:30 a.m. every morning, and if there is any coffee left by lunchtime, it's still warm. It fits great in my car cupholders, it's very cute, and I have gotten tons of compliments on it. My favorite thing about this mug is that the lid is effective at preventing spills or leakage while still being easy to wash thoroughly, and it air-dries fine, so no mildewy or spoiled-milk smells." —L. Peters

    Get it from Amazon for $13.41+ (available in four colors).

    14. An adorable cactus humidifier because cubicles can be as dry as a desert.


    It's USB-powered and automatically shuts off after four hours.

    Promising review: "This little thing did wonders for my skin in my office. I'm right next to a window so I often have to run my space heater, which dries the daylights out of my skin. This thing is easy to set up, well worth the money, and super cute. My eyes and nose stay moisturized, and my skin looks better than it ever does in the winter. It's made for small spaces, so make sure you're within a foot or two of the mist so you can benefit fully." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89 (available in three styles).

    15. A foot hammock so they can kick back, relax ... and finish that report.


    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available six colors).

    16. An ~elephantastic~ phone holder + speaker perfect for watching YouTube videos on their break.


    Promising review: "I work in a call center, and this speaker connects and works better than my $200 UE Boom. Great quality." —BrittB

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    17. A memory foam wrist rest to offer some support for a long day of typing.


    Promising review: "Not much more I can say that others haven't, but this is probably one of the best investments I've made in my physical health. By that I mean not ending every day with wrist pain. The pieces are super comfortable and raise my hands on the keyboard and mouse perfectly. The material is very soft and smooth." —Alex D

    Get a two-piece set from Amazon for $20.99.

    18. A desk lamp (disguised as a potted plant) that'll provide extra lighting when they work late. Plus, it's a pen holder.


    It has three brightness settings.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four colors).

    19. A set of adjustable display shelves so their desk will be the envy of the entire office.


    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in four finishes).

    20. A set of sleek acrylic organizers for keeping all their stationery items neat and tidy.


    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $18.99.

    21. A travel cutlery set to keep at work so they never have to use disposable plastic ones.


    Promising review: "I love this cutlery set! I keep it in my desk drawer to avoid using mountains of plastic cutlery for lunch and staff birthdays. They are a great size. The heads are large. Though the handles are compact, they feel great in your hands. The knife has a serrated edge, cutting much better than your average butter knife. I couldn't be more pleased!" —Eileen R

    Get it from Amazon for $13 (available in three colors).

    22. A bottle of highlighters that'll definitely boost their mood, even though they aren't real vitamins.


    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $10.98.

    23. A weekly planning pad so they can keep track of their to-do list, as well as water intake and healthy habits.


    Promising review: "This is a great planner! It is a nice thick stack of weekly planners that tear off really easily. I am getting so much more done now. I used to write my to-do lists on an index card, but I was always losing them. This is great because the whole week is there — and it is nice and colorful so I can't miss it on my desk or in my pocketbook. Makes me more productive." —bouga

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95. Or, check out a daily planning pad.

    24. Or, a chic planner for the person who enjoys planning ahead for the whole year.


    This planner runs from January 2019 to December 2019 with weekly, monthly, and yearly sections.

    Promising review: "This pretty much has it all. The binding, paper, and materials used in construction feel quality with no hint of cheapness to be found. Between the thoughtful layout, multiple ways to organize your day to day information, tons of room for writing, plenty of 'blank' lined paper for general notes, a handy pocket, and the elastic strap in the back, I can't see much room for improvement unless you just don't like the overall size or something to that effect. Would recommend to anyone without hesitation!" —R Cave

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    25. A monitor memo board to keep track of all their sticky notes. It can even hold their phone, so they won't miss any important text messages.


    There's a hole at the bottom of the holder that'll allow them to plug their phone in!

    Promising review: "I love my memo board! I was able to attach it to my computer monitor with no issues, and after weeks of use, it still remains securely attached. The materials are sturdy feeling, no bending or warping of any kind. I've got all my important reminders on it, which has been super helpful and keeps me from missing any important deadlines. I've also been able to write on it with a dry erase marker, and then wipe it off with a tissue. Many of my coworkers have commented on how useful it seems and have said they would be purchasing their own." —razorsharp77

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two styles).

    26. A desk mirror that'll fold away and tuck into a drawer when it's not in use.


    Promising review: "I keep this mirror in my office desk drawer for any face-type emergencies. It's a really high-quality, sturdy mirror that looks exactly as pictured. It's big enough and props up — makes it easy to apply makeup or freshen up during the workday." —PrimeTakesAllMy$$

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    27. A quiet little desk fan so they can stay chill even when the AC is down.

    Promising review: "I have this fan at my desk at work. It's quiet enough that it doesn't bother my coworkers, even in an open office environment, and I can angle it directly at my face when I get hot. It's also cute and small. I have a small desk and it doesn't clutter it up." —Paula

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three colors).

    28. A travel pillow perfect for taking power naps at their desk.


    It comes with a travel pouch.

    Get it from Target for $35.

    29. A mini desk vacuum to keep their workspace cookie crumb-free.


    It runs on two AA batteries and is slightly larger than an average computer mouse.

    Promising review: "I keep it on my office desk to help clean off crumbs and dust. It's no louder than a hairdryer and has decent suction; sucks up crumbs and dust without any problem. I have also used it on my craft table to suck up glitter and other small paper scraps and again, it worked seamlessly. Great little gadget to have on hand in several situations. Might just get another." —D. Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    30. An egg-shaped stress toy that can help to build finger resistance and prevent hand cramps.


    Promising review: "I work at a desk about 11–12 hours a day with TONS of typing. Since using these, I've noticed less pain and strain in my wrists and hands, and they are also a great stress reliever. I've got people at my office hooked. I really like the yellow and red one, but I have smaller, weaker hands so I'm working my way up to the firmest blue one. In terms of the size, I also think they're perfect. Pretty much what I expected, I think they're totally worth the price." —Petite Loeb

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    31. An origami-style cardboard standing desk so they'll get on their feet and give their butt a rest.


    Promising review: "I purchased this cardboard standing desk while waiting for my back-ordered VariDesk to arrive at the office. Oh my!! The traffic at my desk to view my 'temporary' stand-up desk has been overwhelming. The design, sturdiness, and functionality have made this cardboard desk the talk of the office. Some genius design engineer had a light bulb moment. I could use this for years... if only it was height-adjustable from standing to sitting height. Priceless!" —EyeLoveGlasses

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in three sizes).

    32. A pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones for blocking out the construction noise across the street that's been going on since last December.


    It's our cheap pick for the best over-ear Bluetooth headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "I waited over a month to write this review because I thought no way could these headphones actually be this good for the price. But I use them all day every day, and I have never been more impressed with headphones under >$50. I have sensitive ears with headphones and am super picky, but these are so comfortable, I can sleep in them. Noise reduction is great when something is playing. Fast charge, easy to pair Bluetooth or wire jack, play/pause and fwd/rwd buttons are handy. Overall definitely worth the buy, highly recommend." —Whitney O'Neil

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99 (available in seven colors).

    33. A fluffy llama who will eagerly chase away dust bunnies and look mighty cute on their desk.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $15 or Amazon for $15.25.

    34. An electric heated throw blanket they can "burrito" themselves in when the office reaches sub-zero temperatures.


    Promising review: "Everyone at my office is jealous. Heats up quickly. The three settings are all good and far enough apart that you can definitely tell that there are multiple settings. Very easy to use, and it holds heat really well. I’m in love with this blanket." —28187

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    35. A daily mood desk flip chart so everyone knows whether they're having a good day or a ~ruff~ day.


    Promising review: "Trying to spruce up my boring office a bit — and these are totally adorable sitting on the corner of my desk. I get lots of comments, and people peek their head in to see what I chose for the day whenever they pass by." —D. Doherty

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88.

    36. A bottle of ultra-moisturizing hand cream perfect for a luxurious mid-day treat. Side effects include making their cubicle mate very jealous.

    Crabtree & Evelyn

    Promising review: "This hand cream is tops and has been my go-to cure for my extremely dry hands for years. I spread a little dab on my hands every night before bed, winter and summer. The smell is lovely. One day I was applying some at work and a coworker walking by my cubicle stopped in her tracks and said, 'That smells amazing, is that your hand cream?' No greasy residue. A little goes a long way. This hand cream is a winner, well done Crabtree and Evelyn." —Cape Codder

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (also available in a small tube).

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