Most adults would agree that, when they were kids, the highlight of back-to-school season was shopping for new supplies. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Here are supplies to buy online sure to be the envy of your classmates – er, co-workers.
Post-it Pop-up Notes Cat Dispenser: Never again will you frantically search your desk for a sticky note. This 4-inch-high, four-pawed critter holds your notepad and adds a hefty dose of cuteness to your work area. It comes with one notepad. $12.69 at staples.com.
To-Do List Mug: Jot down the 20 things you need to do today on this coffee mug, and each time you reach for more caffeine, you’ll be reminded of the tasks. The mug comes with a dry-erase marker. Microwaveable and dishwasher safe. $12.95 at pier1.com.
Cassette Tape Dispenser: Relive the days of mixtapes with this rubber cassette tape dispenser. Available in red, green or black. $22.99 at overstock.com.
Bicycle Paper Clips: Avid cyclists can add some flair to reports or other documents with these brightly colored bicycle paper clips made from vinyl-coated steel wire. Four for $3.99 at containerstore.com.
Poppin Pens: Add a pop of color to your desk. These signature ballpoint pens come in more than 10 colors, including mint, coral and pool blue. $12 at poppin.com.
Deskstructure by Seletti: Office organization ascends to new heights with these handsomely crafted sets designed by Hector Serrano for Seletti, a luxury Italian home store. The three designs – a ship, city skyline or factory – include small fine porcelain containers perfect for storing paper clips, pens and other miscellaneous goods. $58 at aplusrstore.com.
Knock Knock Notepads: For anyone who appreciates a passive aggressive sticky note or a highly detailed list, Knock Knock notepads were designed with you in mind. Write an “office citation” to an unruly colleague or check off all that apply on the “Why I’m in a Really, Really, Really Bad Mood List” when you’re, well, just that. Most range from $4 to 12 at knockknockstuff.com.
Kate Spade 2015 Planner: Your outfit, handbag and shoes are routinely chic, so why shouldn’t your planner be too? This 17-month hardcover agenda from Kate Spade comes in eye-catching patterns like gold polka dots, black-and-white stripes and bookshelf print. Inside are monthly and weekly calendar spreads, lined pages for notes and a contact list. Two sizes are available. $30 to 36 at katespade.com.
Ceramic Memo Board: Stop wasting so much paper on little notes to yourself. This ceramic memo board is perfect for those times you need to scribble down a thought or reminder that you’re unlikely to reference past tomorrow. After you “call Sharon” and “change your email password,” just erase and repeat. $15 at seejanework.com.
DaynaB Fist Pen Holder: Get a grip on your work day by keeping all your pens, pencils and other writing utensils in one place. Made from cement with a PVC coating, this heavy-duty sculpture can also function as a paperweight and a good conversation piece. The wrist part is magnetic, perfect for paper clips or small magnets. $18.95 at wayfair.com.