While we’d all love to be globetrotting entrepreneurs or roving adventure photographers, the truth is that – although we live in an increasingly mobile world – much of our time is spent sitting at desks in offices. And that can sometimes seem a drab and repetitive existence. Wake up. Go to work. Come home. Sleep. Repeat. But there are ways, both big and small, to circumvent those feelings in a positive manner. For example, you might make the best of your time off by getting away on long weekends or going on extensive day hikes. Maybe you just decompress every day with a really great workout.
What you might forget, however, is that your office is kind of like a second home. After all, you do end up spending an awful lot of time there. Your workspace may seem sterile and cold, but it doesn’t have to be. Take some of the things you love from the outside world – gear, technology, and your own style – and inject that into your workspace. Not only will it brighten up your days and make your life easier, but it can give the coworkers that surround you a sense of who you are without having to give them access to any of your social media accounts. The following is 20 items we believe are some of the best examples of office gear for every man.
Word. Pocket Notebook
While everyone should know how important it is to keep something on hand in which you can scrawl notes, not everybody is aware of how vastly superior these Pocket Notebooks by Word. are to nearly all other notepads. Between their sturdy well-considered design to the easy-to-learn bullet point system, each of these 48 page books – which come in packs of 3 – is a stylish and indispensable workplace tool.
Adir Professional Cutting Mat
An excellent desktop addition for creative and technical professionals alike, these vinyl composite self-healing cutting mats feature grids with a number of different measuring capabilities – including imperial, metric, and angle degrees. And they are each double sided, so whether you prefer the black or green side (or just want some variety every once in a while), it’s as simple as flipping the mat.
Bluelounge Posto Headphone Stand
If you care enough about music to bring a decent pair of headphones to work, the last thing you’re going to want to do is toss them by the wayside – so long as you respect your gear and have even a fleeting interest in keeping things organized. With this Posto Headphone Stand by Bluelounge, you can knock out two birds with one stone – keeping your headphones off your desk and out of harm’s way.
Fisher Space Pen Bullet
A modern man should always carry a pen with him, but there are some that are much more worthy of a spot at your desk than others. This Fisher Space Pen Bullet – whose cartridge can write underwater, upside-down, or in zero gravity – is not only one of the best pens for everyday carry; it’s one of the best pens of all time. And you don’t have to take our word for it – go to New York’s Museum of Modern Art (where it has been on display for years) and see for yourself. Trust us, once you get one, you’ll never want to use a cheap plastic ballpoint again.
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle
Water is the most important resource in the world. And it is the foundational requirement for carbon-based life. That should be reason enough to keep some at your desk. Staying hydrated is arguably the best way to keep alive and healthy – and that’s made all-the-easier if you’ve got one a Klean Kanteen. Completely recyclable, these double-insulated bottles will keep your water ice cold and your coffee hot (if that’s more your thing).
Hinterland Trading Driftwood Air Plant Orb
Surrounded by manmade objects, it’s easy to forget that there’s life outside the office. A desktop planter, like this unique and stylish Hinterland Trading Driftwood Air Plant Orb is an easy-to-care-for way to remind you of what’s out there. And keeping a plant can have a number of positive effects, both mental and physical – including the reduction of stress, better air quality, and improved overall comfort.
Griffin Pocket Tool XL
In the office, you’re not always going to need to tighten a screw, loosen a bolt, open a bottle, measure something, or pry things open – but sometimes you might. And rather than asking around the office with the hopes that one of your coworkers is more prepared than you, be the one who is always prepared yourself. This Griffin multi-tool serves over 15 functions, can easily fit in either your pocket or a drawer, and will leave a good impression with the boss – should the occasion arise in which to use it.
Cargo Works iPad EDC Kit
Whether you frequently take work home, like having your things where you can keep track of them, or you rove about the office from meeting to meeting, its good to be able to carry your gear with you in style and with ease. This iPad Kit from Cargo Works can keep all of your everyday stuff in order with its compartmental internal storage and, thanks to its exterior construction of 900 denier polyester, everything inside will stay safe. And if you want to quick access to anything, you can strap it into the exterior webbing.
FourSevens Atom AL
A flashlight might not seem like an important object in a fluorescent washed office, but if you’ve ever accidentally dropped anything under your desk, you know how handy one can be. The Atom AL by FourSevens, with its 110 lumen maximum, offers more than enough light to illuminate those dark shadows, all while in a package small enough to fit in your drawer or pocket. And the Neodymian magnet in the base ensures that you can go hands-free anywhere there’s a ferrous surface on which to place it.
Mazama Wares Large Mug
A staple of almost every office, coffee is what gets some people through the day. And this stylish mug is one of the best vessels for delivering the caffeinated goodness directly to your mouth. With its 12 ounce capacity and tapered unglazed contrasting foot, these microwave- and dishwasher-safe coffee mugs are sure to be your best friend every morning.
Tiny Circuits Tiny Arcade
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? Since most offices don’t have room for a Pac-man machine, why not get a comprehensive arcade that fits on your desk – with plenty of room to spare. These tiny arcades are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but are still fully playable – with a joystick, two buttons, an onboard speaker, and an SD card with pre-loaded games (such as flappy bird and space invaders).
Yield Geo Photo Holders
Functioning as both photo holders and paper weights, these simple and stylish slotted desk additions are a great way to display pictures of your family or inspiring art. And the weighty brushed brass construction can be used to keep your papers or files stationary.
Hender Scheme Leather Mouse Pad
Most mouse pads feature an big unsightly logo or a flimsy construction. Give your mouse the respect it deserves (it is, after all, your right hand in the digital world) and grab this Japanese handmade 100% leather pad. It will only get better with time.
Prometheus Lights Lambda Top
Everyone could use a little creative distraction every once in a while. And this spinning Lambda top by Prometheus Lights is one of the coolest contraptions that fits into that category. This ruby-tipped solid brass oddity is the first of its kind and can spin for over ten minutes, uninterruptedly. If you’re ever stuck in a rut, give this guy a spin and get those creative gears grinding.
Maxx & Unicorn Rectangular Valey Tray
This handsome valey tray from Maxx & Unicorn is an excellent way to make yourself unencumbered in style while seated at your desk. These USA made trays are constructed from a combination of sustainably-harvested Ash, Cherry, Maple, Poplar, and Walnut woods and finished with a low-sheen varnish. There’s even a divot in the space sectioned for your phone so that you can plug it in whilst it sits in the tray.
Grovemade Walnut iPhone Dock
A style-forward dock that’s compatible with all the iterations of the iPhone models 5 and 6 (including the 6 plus), this 3 pound sturdy dock is made from solid steel and double-capped with hand sanded and oiled walnut. The base of these devices is custom-manufactured in Portland, Oregon and each is hand-finished by Grovemade.
Sennheiser Momentum Headphones
Whether you are just being considerate to your cubicle mate or you’re looking for a way to concentrate in privacy, a solid set of headphones can make the difference between a productive day and a miserable one. These stylish headphones offer up superb sound quality with their 18ohm operating impedance – and they come with the added benefit of a three-button control and microphone system that supports Apple products, like your iPhone or iPod.
Seagate Backup Plus Fast External Hard Drive
Technology has a bad habit of being pretty unreliable sometimes. Let’s say you’re working on an important report, you should probably keep a backup, right? Well, what if your onboard hard drive fails? You’ll be out of luck. Unless you keep your backups on the Seagate Backup Plus Fast External Hard Drive. This small device has a 4 terabyte capacity (yes, you read that correctly), works with USB 3.0, offers up to 200 gigs of cloud storage and mobile device backup space, and features transfer speeds of up to 220 mb/s.
Polk Audio Hampden Bluetooth Speaker System
If you like to pipe in some tunes for the whole office to enjoy or you are working in a solo space, cranking the music might just be your preference. These 80 watt speakers feature Bluetooth functionality (so you can play from any compatible devices), have a wireless range of up to 40 feet, and feature a USB port and 8-foot cable for direct-in playback. And, though they work with Bluetooth aptX tech, they’re also backward compatible with regular Bluetooth.
Peter Bowles Hector Table Lamp
Inspired by the look and potential applications of bone china, Peter Bowles designed this lamp – which incorporates the delicate and versatile material into its construction. Through a long and labor-intensive process, these refined lamps offer a soft and translucent glow that’s both welcoming and warm – perfect for making the office feel a little more like home.