Business_news 19 knickknacks and accessories we keep on our desks to promote productivity or personalize our spaces



  • While work isn’t your whole life, it’s hard to ignore the fact that you spend 40+ hours a week doing it.
  • While regular pencil containers and notebooks are not uncommon to see on desks, livening up your desk with a quirky Lego organizational container and an erasable notebook can add personality and promote productivity.
  • I asked my teammates to share what knickknacks and products we keep on our desk at all times — some even help them stay focused and energized throughout the workday.

Work shouldn’t dictate your life, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that you spend 40+ hours of your week there. Keeping fun knickknacks and products at your desk can not only spark conversation with your coworkers, but can make your workspace feel more personalized and unique to your character.

If you walk through your office and look at your coworkers’ desks, you’ll probably see pencil holders, notebooks, and sparsely watered plants. Occasionally, you’ll walk by that one “cool” coworker’s desk and see Lego organizational containers, a reusable electronic notebook, and a crazy-haired Chia Pet.

Insider Picks is far from lacking in quirky desk accessories, so I asked my teammates to share what knickknacks and products they keep at their desk that help them personalize and organize their workspace — some items on this list even help them stay focused and productive throughout the workday.

Here are 19 knickknacks and products we keep on our desk at all times:


Emoji Chia Pet, available on Amazon for $16.99

I somehow inherited my boss’ emoji Chia Pet. (Or, was it that I stole it during a recent desk move?) The little guy failed to sprout its head of chia hair, but the tears of joy still bring a smile to my face. It’s as if he’s saying, “It’s all good.” —Les Shu, guides editor Insider Picks

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Speks Original Nickel Set, available on Amazon for $24.95

I never caught onto the fidget spinner trend, but Speks have my heart. These things are so fun. I often find myself smushing, mashing, and molding the Speks in one of my hands while typing with the other. If I really need a creative reset, I’ll play with Speks for a bit, maybe make some designs out of the magnetic balls. Speks are fun desk decor but also really helpful for giving your mind a break when you’re feeling fidgety. —Remi Rosmarin, reporter Insider Picks

Business_news Rocketbook Smart Reusable Mini Notebook


Léon & George

Zanzibar Gem plant, available from Léon & George for $79

I rarely water this plant, and that’s why it’s such a great match for me. While it prefers medium-bright, indirect light, it can thrive in all light levels — yup, even dreaded office lighting. Being in the presence of green plants is believed to make you happier, and I fully believe it. After more than a year of seeing this plant sitting on the corner of my desk, it’s still one of my favorite office possessions. —Connie Chen, reporter Insider Picks

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Privé Revaux

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Post-it Pop-up Note Dispenser, available on Amazon for $11.06

This cat Post-it Note dispenser has been with me at my desk for about five years. Not only is it an adorable conversation starter, it also feeds my Post-it addiction, keeps me organized, and brings a smile to my face. —Malarie Gokey, senior editor Insider Picks

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CHH Chicken Markers for Chicken Dominoes, available on Amazon for $4.65

In a fiction writing class my senior year of college, my professor gave each student a small, plastic chicken figurine. Our chickens were supposed to be tokens of inspiration to help us push through writer’s block and brain fog. Also, they’re miniature and pretty adorable. I truthfully forgot I still had my chicken, but upon finding it, I decided to bring it to the office to leave perched on my desk. It’s a funky, unique piece of decor for sure, and I definitely wouldn’t have it if it wasn’t for the story behind it, but I look to it when I’m feeling uninspired. —Remi Rosmarin, reporter Insider Picks


Sugarfina Candy Boxes, available at Nordstrom for $20+

I have a terrible sweet Tooth and always have candy on my desk or in my drawers. Sugarfina’s candy cubes are the only ones I’ll actually keep in plain sight because they’re so pretty and cute. The creatively flavored gummies and chocolates come in clear plastic boxes, and while they’re pricey, they’re the perfect mid-afternoon treat and indulgence. The limited-edition, themed collections (I’m currently snacking on the Super Mario Bros. one) feature even more fun packaging. —Connie Chen, reporter Insider Picks


Nomad Leather Mouse Pad, available from Nomad for $59.95

I’m a sucker for anything made out of high-quality leather, and that’s not limited to shoes, wallets, and backpacks. My editor Sally gave me this Horween leather mouse pad from Nomad and it’s been the perfect addition to my desk. It looks far better than my old mouse pad, which collected more dust and crumbs than you could imagine — and my mouse glides on top of it with ease. —Amir Ismael, reporter Insider Picks

Felix Gray

Sleep Glasses, available from Felix Gray for $95

I’d rather self-administer a cayenne pepper solution into my eyes than bear the brunt of fluorescent lighting. After I leave the office at night, I have to find a dark place to ease my eyes back into the outside world and its natural light, but Felix Gray’s tinted blue-light-blocking “Sleep” glasses, which are designed for screen-gazing at night before bed, really take the edge off in the office during the day (without impairing my vision). —Owen Burke, senior reporter Insider Picks


Pusheen Memo Sheets, available on Amazon for $6.28

My best friend got me these Pusheen memo sheets as a present a few years ago, and I love them. They are almost too precious to use, so I use them sparingly to create “welcome” notes for our new hires. #BestManagerEver, right? —Malarie Gokey, senior editor Insider Picks

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