Everybody loves office equipment.
But seriously, not all office products are as boring as a paper shredder, cleaning supplies, label maker, or cookie cutter office furniture from some stale office equipment company.
Ready to liven up your work environment?
Here’s a look at 25 not so serious pieces of office equipment that will help you do exactly that!
1. Executive Desk Toys
While most office products are designed to perform a specific task like organize paperwork, executive desk toys are novelty items made to help you relax, focus, or simply take the edge off after a two-hour compliancy meeting.
We all love those, right?
Entertaining and interesting to look at, desk toys provide inspiration, stress relief, pleasure, decoration, and more.
They allow you to personalize your work space and help make your desk feel like a place you actually want to be, or at least make it bearable until five o’clock happy hour.
One of the most popular and well-known executive desk toys is the Newton’s cradle.
You’ve seen it. It’s the one with little chrome balls that hang by strings.
You pull one back and they keep knocking for what seems like hours on end.
While this classic piece of “office equipment” is sold by almost any office supply or office equipment company, there are also many more types of cool executive desk toys designed to tickle your funny bone, spark conversations, and keep you entertained.
2. Wireless Headphones
Want to drown out your boss or office chatter? Does listening to Adelle or Little Big Town put a little pep in your step? If so, you need a pair of wireless headphones.
Let’s face it; not all of us can work for Google or some hip startup, so you can’t bring your home entertainment system or portable music station from home and put it on your desk.
Unless you’re trying to start a group dancing session and flirt with termination, speakers and loud music just won’t work in an office environment.
With wireless headphones, however, you can jam out or relax to your favorite tunes and no one would be the wiser.
The Bluetooth technology used by today’s wireless headphones allows them to be used virtually anywhere simply by connecting to your phone.
Sure, your boss and coworkers will notice the headphones on your head, but they won’t hear the blaring bass, drums, and other musical notes emanating from your office.
If questioned, just say Mozart or Bach helps you focus and concentrate. Unless your job requires you to be constantly on the phone, trust me, it will work.
Is it a calculator? Is it a stapler? How about both and more!
This handy piece of office equipment is taking the office supply world by storm, allowing more and more workers to multi-task like never before.
Unlike home improvement multi-tools complete with flat head screwdrivers and Allen wrenches, office multi-tools are designed to house several ordinary pieces of office equipment into one, convenient tool.
While you won’t find an office multi-tool with a paper shredder or a Brother ptouch, although that would be cool, they can contain other handy office equipment likeUSB drives, rulers, calculators, staplers, staple removers, and more.
Aside from convenience, you know what that means – no more desk clutter!
You can search high and low through an office product catalogue and find some pretty neat multi-tools.
However, if you want to be the “MacGyver” of your office, we have you covered. The ultimate office multi-tool is only a click away.
4. Password Book
Do you have different passwords for every account and change them periodically as you should?
Do sophisticated online password managers scare the living daylights out of you or drive you nuts trying to use them?
Guess what – you’re not alone, and a password book is just what you need.
It may not be on your office equipment checklist, but a password book is a must-have item for all us low-tech people out there.
They’re easier to use than a product finder or anything else online, you don’t have to worry about hackers breaching the software and digging into your recently viewed or used passwords, and they’re one of the least expensive office products out there.
In other words, they’re great. In fact, you can even use them to keep track of gift cards, birthdays, and more! Think a password book is just about passwords? No way Jose.
Isn’t it great to know that in this crazy digital era not everything has to be about the latest and greatest office electronics!
The only downside to password books is the fact that any burglar or pickpocket can steal them.
Really, they’re not secure in any way. There’s no facial recognition software or iron clasp and padlock.
However, in today’s day and age, it seems you have to worry a lot more about hackers and cybercrime than you do good old-fashioned B & E.
Sure, there’s always a chance someone may find and steal your password book from your desk, but this is probably a lot less likely than an online threat compromising one of your accounts.
Plus, you can always use its pages for a little bullet journaling when your BuJo gets filled up. 🙂
5. Magic 8 Ball
Should a Magic 8 Ball really be considered office equipment? Some would say no, but I would beg to differ.
Created by Mattel in the 1950s, a Magic 8 Ball is a fortune-telling toy.
You simply ask it a question like “Will I get a raise?” or “Will they like my presentation?” and then turn it over to see a written answer.
While you probably won’t find Magic 8 Balls for sale alongside office chairs, cleaning supplies or a paper shredder at an office supply store or an office equipment company, but their utility definitely makes them office appropriate.
You can use a Magic 8 Ball to make tough decisions about what to eat for lunch, who to hire, who to fire, what opinion to give, and more.
Plus, they make great paperweights and conversation starters!
6. Inspirational Quote Posters
Inspiration is fickle.
You may have it for a minute, hour, or day. Heck, you may even have it for weeks on end, but it can disappear just as quickly as it hits.
It can also come at the weirdest times, like right before bed, only to disappear when you arrive at work and need it the most.
Talk about frustrating!
However, if you sit around waiting for inspiration to strike, you’ll get nothing done.
You need to seek out inspiration and find it yourself.
You need an inspirational quote poster.
I know what you’re saying: “What do inspirational quote posters have to do with office equipment?”
Hear me out.
Sure, they’re not Brother industrial printers, document imaging software, cleaning supplies, and your typical office products, but inspirational quote posters can be found in almost every office.
Because everyone needs inspiration, especially when you’re staring at a computer screen and a cubicle divider for eight plus hours each day!
7. LED Lights
Productivity and good lighting go hand-in-hand, so it’s only natural that your desk or workspace should be appropriately outfitted for utmost luminescence.
In today’s day and age, every desk and every office should be outfitted with LED lights.
Bright and innovative, LED lights provide just the right amount of light to keep your mind thinking and your fingers typing.
Having your doubts as to whether LED lights belong on this office equipment list? Just have a look at all of the different LED desk lamps for sale at office supply stores these days.
Every desk needs a light, and every light should be LED.
Not only are LED lights energy stars rated, but they’re also low heat, so there’s no need to worry about frying your office electronics.
With hundreds of different LED desk lamp designs to choose from, just take your pick and watch your production pick up in no time at all.
8. Diversion Safe
It’s a 7-Up can. It’s a can of Pringles. It’s a hairbrush. No wait, it’s a diversion safe!
Diversion safes are safes that look like something else.They’re a super smart way to hide your valuables or anything else right in plain sight.
Worried about snooping co-workers? Have an office clepto?
No worries, just place your lunch cash or whatever it is you want to keep safe in a diversion safe and go about your day.
Since you can’t bolt a safe down to your office floor like you can at home, diversion safes are a perfect solution.
They work so well, you can now find them in the product catalog of almost any office equipment company right alongside a paper shredder, Brother ptouch, or office chairs.
9. Stress Relievers
You’ve heard it before: “All work and no play makes for a dull day.”
However, it also makes for a cranky employee!
At home, you can crank up the tunes and pull out the cleaning supplies, do some arts and crafts, or perform some random home improvement project for immediate stress relief.
However, other than those who work at companies with video game lounges and ping pong tables, very few people actually get to play and relieve some stress while on the job.
Sure, you can put the paper shredder or label maker to use for a little stress-relief, but a stress relieving desk toy is much more fun.
Luckily, today, there are dozens of fun gadgets and gizmos designed to relieve stress.
From fidget spinners to stress balls, there’s definitely no shortage of stress relief toys designed for today’s office workers.
What does this say about the modern office environment?
If your job is so stressful you’re pulling out your precious locks, it may be time to search for a new one.
On the other hand, if you simply need a way of dealing with the occasional workplace stress, click the “x” in the upper righthand corner of your resignation letter and get a fun stress reliever instead.
More than likely, this handy little piece of “office equipment” will do the trick.
10. Novelty Buttons
Are they technically office equipment?
Are they a ton of fun? You bet your bottom dollar they are!
You won’t find them for sale by any traditional office supply or office equipment company, but novelty buttons certainly have a place in the office.
There are “Yes!” buttons, “No!” buttons, “BS” buttons, “Blah” buttons, “FML” buttons, and all sorts of novelty buttons guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
Your co-workers will love them too. Just put one on your desk and watch their reactions as they press down on the button to hear what it has to say.
Some novelty buttons even play music and say up to 12 phrases or more.
If you’re here in search of office cleaning supplies, sorry for the sad news but this isn’t the page for you. However, fun novelty buttons and some of the other items on this list will definitely cheer up your workday.
11. Mice (Novelty)
If you use a PC like most office workers, then you know a mouse is an essential piece of office equipment.
As a matter of fact, you probably use one more than you think.
Sure, thanks to laptops, tablets and other devices with touch-sensitive tools, they’re not the only option as they once were, but we still use them all the time.
The problem is they all look alike.
I mean, c’mon, where’s the individuality?
Novelty mice solve this dilemma.
Unlike Brother industrial printers, manila envelopes, and other essential office products that are just plain dull and boring any way you slice it, there are some really fun and cute computer mice just waiting to add a little personality to your office desk.
There are car mice, football mice, turtle mice, and mice designed to look like any number of things.
Just don’t expect to find a mouse dressed up as a cat. That would just be weird.
Not sure where to find the perfect novelty mouse for you and your workspace?
We’ve got you covered. There’s no need to go to eBay, type in “Elvis mouse” in the product finder search box, wait for the results, and wait even longer for the auction to end.
Honestly, who has the time or patience for that?
12. Cork Screw
Whether it’s fending off zombies, entertaining clients with a glass of cabernet, or simply getting a head start on happy hour, you never know when you’ll need a corkscrew at the office.
Depending on how you use it and your own rationale, it could definitely be considered a vital piece of office equipment.
True, wine in the workplace may be frowned upon by some and you won’t necessarily find corkscrews for sale by an office equipment company alongside a paper shredder, printer, or cleaning supplies, but it could be construed as an office product by some.
So, get out your gift cards and stock up on an office corkscrew today.
However, be careful not to use it too much. There’s a fine line between unwinding at lunch and cursing out your boss or getting a DUI on the drive home.
13. Desk Speakers
As you can see from this list so far, office products don’t have to be a snooze fest.
In fact, some can blur the line between work and entertainment.
Desk speakers are the perfect example of this.
I’m not advising you throw an office disco party or turn the volume up full blast and shake the glass in your windows, but every desk deserves a great set of speakers.
Unlike boring office furniture and office supply products, desk speakers can actually bring a little enjoyment to your daily work routine.
In terms of work, they can also be beneficial.
Having a hard time hearing the audio on important video presentations? Wish you could actually hear what consultants or trainers are saying?
If so, you could use a great set of desk speakers.
However, you won’t find quality speakers being sold by your traditional office equipment company.
You may have to do a little digging to find great sounding speakers with energy stars and mobile compatibility. Or, just let us help you out😊
14. Bottle Opener
Maybe you work for a beer company?
Perhaps your office is equipped with a mini fridge and your boss doesn’t mind if you enjoy an afternoon libation from time to time (lucky you)?
Or it could be you simply want to be prepared for office celebrations.
In any case, a bottle opener can certainly come in handy from time to time.
Sure, it’s not an “essential” piece of office equipment per se.
I mean, after all, it’s not a PC, document imaging printer, whiteboard, or cleaning supplies.
However, it’s better to have one when the need arises than to be the person digging through your purse like a frantic mess.
In recent years, there have been more and more bottle openers popping up geared towards young professionals.
In fact, some are made to look like guitars, tennis rackets, cowboy or cowgirl boots, hair brushes, and so on.
So, not only do they look pretty neat, but they’re disguised as well.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a bottle opener!
15. Kettle Chips
They’re crispy, crunchy, and oh so delicious.
Honestly, who doesn’t love kettle chips?
Do they belong in the office?
That’s a matter of debate, but if you love kettle chips, you definitely have a strong argument.
If you’ve shopped for office equipment or office products and recently viewed a catalog or two, you probably didn’t find kettle chips listed.
However, they’re much tastier than the scraps left behind by a paper shredder.
Plus, they can give you a much-needed carb pick-me-up at two o’clock on a Monday afternoon.
16. Board Games
Ever get bored at work? Who doesn’t, right? Well, a board game (not bored game) can be a huge help.
You won’t find them for sale at an office supply or office equipment company, but board games like “Risk” and “Monopoly” have certainly worked their way into an office or two.
Why? For starters, they’re fun.
Who doesn’t remember playing board games as a kid for hours on end?
Board games like the ones listed above also allow you to stretch your strategic muscle.
However, there are other board games too that are less strategic but great for camaraderie.
“Trivial Pursuit” comes to mind. You get the point.
Of course, a board game can also come in handy during a zombie apocalypse.
If one is running your way with a face full of drool, just fold the board up, grab it with two hands, and give it a good whack.
Just make sure you don’t forget to run afterwards.
17. Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
On the flipside of the coin, vacuums aren’t fun at all.
In fact, unless you fancy yourself a “Merry Maid” or have some weird vacuuming fetish, chances are you hate vacuuming just as much as the next gal.
However, they are necessary.
Unless you want to be known as the office slob, a handheld vacuum cleaner should be a regularly used tool in your office equipment lineup.
Along with other cleaning supplies, you can use to keep your work area spic and span.
No one wants ants crawling on their paperwork or to be known around the office as “Unsanitary Susan,” so do yourself a favor by investing in a handheld vacuum cleaner sooner rather than later.
This is especially true if your office has that drab, low-pile outdoor carpet that seems to be a fixture in just about every office this side of WWII.
18. Foot Massagers
Whether you invested a pretty penny in a “Zen Desk” and you’re forcing yourself to stand for hours on end or you have painful corns that just won’t go away no matter what Dr. Scholl’s insert you buy, a foot massager can come in quite handy at the office.
Although a paper shredder, printer, or new keyboard mouse may seem more like office products, you can still make the argument that a foot massager is a valuable piece of office equipment.
After all, if you’re feet are hurting, odds are they’re taking away your focus and hindering your on-the-job performance.
That being said, they also feel really good and provide instant relaxation.
Since a happy worker is a productive worker, you really can’t go wrong with stuffing a foot massager in your desk drawer.
Promise I won’t tell.
19. Oil Diffuser
Speaking of relaxing, aside from a foot massager of course, there’s almost nothing more relaxing than the gently perfumed scent of lemongrass or chamomile.
Hence the need for an office oil diffuser.
While you likely don’t have one listed in your office supply checklist and you won’t find one for sale in any office equipment company product catalog, a relaxing oil diffuser belongs just as much in your office as it does your home.
Work can be stressful.
An oil diffuser allows you to melt away your stress and press the reset button whenever you feel your blonde, brunette, or red locks turning gray.
Some people love salty snacks, while others like sweet.
If you fall into the latter category, then a bag of kettle chips just won’t cut it.
You need some indulgent chocolate to get you through your day!
In addition to tasting great and allowing your mind to travel from spreadsheet land into some dreamy escape, chocolate can boost your performance too.
How so, you ask?
After all, it’s not like a paper shredder or other office equipment that makes mincemeat out of menial tasks.
Well, first of all, it contains sugar, and sugar is a carbohydrate.
What do carbs do?
Yes, eating too many carbs may add a centimeter or two to your waistline, but carbs also provide energy and fuel the body.
Since chocolate contains sugar, it’s an instant pick-me-up.
Chocolate can also be used as a reward.
If you do a go job on a report, land a new client, or knock a presentation out of the park, you can reward yourself with a piece of chocolate.
Your boss may not give you a big fat bonus, but you can certainly reward yourself with a big fat piece of Swiss chocolate!
21. Burt’s Bees/Hand Cream
Do your hands always feel dry from searching through papers?
Does your office have a dehumidifier that squeezes the moisture out of the air?
Ever get a paper cut?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Burt’s Bees or any other type of hand cream should definitely be one of the staple office products in your desk drawer.
In fact, you should put a bottle right beside the cleaning supplies, foot massager, and handheld vac. It’s the perfect spot!
22. Staple Removers
Staple removers are an obvious office supply essential.
Not only do they remove staples (Duh!), but they’re also the only thing standing between you and constantly chipped or split nails.
Let’s face it; no J.O.B. is worth those kinds of injuries.
Like some of the other mean looking office equipment out there, staple removers can also double as an awesome defensive weapon.
Your office being overrun by zombies? Your “touchy, feely” boss trying to add your name to the growing list of “Me Too Movement” victims?
Just grab a staple remover and turn the tables on any would-be aggressors.
23. Desk Plants
They may not be legal pads, desktop speakers, or a paper shredder, but desk plants are another not-so-obvious office must.
Think about it. Not only do they add a little life and greenery to a drab office environment, but they also suck up carbon dioxide and emit fresh, clean O2.
When used in tandem with an oil diffuser, there’s no way “Dirty Doug’s” or “Hippie Hannah’s” foul B.O. will waft in your office like it does everywhere else.
On the downside, you won’t find desk plants for sale by any office equipment company, so you may have a hard time writing them off as an office expense.
However, it does give you an excuse to visit a local nursery and take in all of the wonderful sights and scents.
24. Name Plates
Whether you have early onset Alzheimer’s or simply want people to stop confusing you with Becky from HR, a name plate is a must in almost any office environment.
Today, there are several name plate styles and designs to choose from at almost any office supply store.
Whether you opt for the classic engraved brass nameplate or something a little more modern, there’s a wide-variety of name plates for sale right alongside other office products.
25. Coffee Mugs
Coffee and the office go together like peanut butter and jelly!
You may not drink a lot of coffee or tea at home, but it seems like everyone drinks coffee or tea in the office, especially during the winter months.
If you’re such a person, you need an office coffee mug as much as you need a paper shredder, printer, cleaning supplies, white board, or any other type of office equipment.
Coffee mugs also have a surprising number of handy other uses as you can see in the below video.
Not only will it keep all of your favorite at-home mugs from disappearing into the office, but it will keep you from having to drink out of those little frustrating styrofoam cups. Yay!
Of course, it makes a pretty convenient paperweight as well.
Not all Office Equipment is Boring!
We all know how important it is for an efficient running office that you have all the basic supplies well and truly sorted.
Lets face it no one wants to run out of pens, printer ink or staples.
However, there is also a whole other set of not so serious ‘office equipment’ which I think you’ll now agree is almost just as important.
So whether you’re running low on Kettle Chips, in need of some Burt’s Bees, or just need to replace your wireless headphones or stress reliever, don’t forget about this other office equipment that you should never want to be without either!