9 Desktop Gadgets to Easily Brighten Up Your Day

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The home or office desk is commonly used to support PCs/Macs, files, various office supplies, and stacks of paper spread in haphazard piles from end to end (wait...no...that's mine). It is known as the workstation, and it is a place where many working people spend a significant portion of their time (at least 8.5 hours of a given day, if not more). While workstations are obviously geared toward work, that does not mean that they can't be at least a little fun/whimsical. Bobbleheads, pocket games, and kinetic sculptures are the sorts of cool desk gadgets that help one get through the day with a smile. I've found nine such desktop gadgets designed to relieve stress and facilitate fun throughout the working day, at home or in the office.

9 Quite Awesome Desktop Gadgets

1. New Entertainment Desktop Bowling

New Entertainment Desktop Bowling

If you'll indulge me in a hypothetical, picture this: you've finished the fourth in a series of long, frustrating phone calls. You have a meeting in 15 minutes, and it falls smack dab in the middle of what would normally be your lunch break. You feel a growing desire to knock something over. So why not knock over TEN somethings?

New Entertainment Desktop Bowling is the perfect desktop gadget for quickly unwinding on the go. Magnetic pin-reset means the little pins won't scatter all over your desk, and the movable ball launcher lets you aim from any angle. Sturdy, compact, and fun, this cool desktop gadget brings the fun of the bowling alley to you (beer not included)!

2. Rainbow Vision Sand Picture

Rainbow Vision Sand Picture

Every now and then, we all need to just "zone out." Call it a mental reset, or just a temporary "tune out," but sometimes it helps to take a breath and center oneself. The Rainbow Vision Sand Picture is a desk gadget that provides relaxation through a moving, soothing, colorful display.

Designed in Lustenau, Austria by artist Klaus Bosch, this kinetic sand picture makes for a great temporary escape as well as an educational tool. With a tilt of the frame, you can create dunes, mountains, rivers, and valleys. Or, going bigger, you can instantly create and erase vistas, and be the unquestioned master of your own tiny landscape! Alright, maybe that's a bit much. Still, this cool desk gadget is ideal for temporary relaxation and stress relief.

3. Euler's Disk

Euler's Disk

Office gadgets range from the straightforwardly quirky to the downright mystifying. The Euler's Disk by Toysmith falls into the latter category. Just take the disk, give it a spin, and watch it go! And go. And go. And go!

The precision design makes the disk spin louder and faster the longer it goes, and it comes with nine pieces of holographic foil to provide a mesmerizing treat for the eyes. It's powered by hands and gravity, so there's no need for batteries or electricity.

The only problem that you may have with this cool desk gadget is getting people to stop playing with it during meetings!

4. Sand Tray Set - Bamboo Executive Sandbox

Sand Tray Set - Bamboo Executive Sandbox

If you're in an office, you know that, between the fluorescent lighting and noise (particularly in a cubicle), it can be hard to "get your Zen on." Enter the Bamboo Executive Sandbox from USA Toys, a desktop toy designed to give you an earthy escape in any environment.

Featuring three molds, as well as one pound of Sands Alive! Play sand (guaranteed not to dry out), this elegant bamboo sandbox lets you make shapes, trace patterns, or just sand doodle to your heart's content. Perfect for cubicles, living rooms, therapist offices, and any other compact space.

Take a deep breath, relax, and play in the sand. Millions of toddlers can't be wrong, right?!

5. Globe Snack Dispenser

Globe Snack Dispenser with Shiny Globe Finial

In an office, sometimes you don't need stress relief, or tranquility, or a good mental re-centering. Sometimes all you need is a little pick-me-up to help you power through that upcoming meeting or looming deadline.

To that end, the Globe Snack Dispenser from Plow & Hearth is ready to help you satisfy your cravings and give you a quick boost of energy. With a chrome finish, this snack dispenser goes well with virtually any home or office décor scheme. And if not, who cares? Snacks!

Fill the globe with nuts, M&Ms, jelly beans, or any other small snack of your choice for a readily available protein/sugar boost at any time of day.

WARNING: You may want to hide it if you aren't in your office, to deter scavengers.

6. Roost Laptop Stand

Roost Laptop Stand

While some cool desktop gadgets are all about fun, the portable Roost Laptop Stand is all about keeping you functionally sound and pain-free.

At 5.8 ounces, this stand ensures that you'll be able to plug away at your current project with your laptop firmly at eye level. No hunching or slouching anymore! It fits most laptops, is a snap to set up, and gives you an instant user-friendly workspace virtually anywhere. It's also perfect for standing desks or ergonomically-optimized workspaces and comes with a travel bag for easy packing.

Order one today, and keep that carpal tunnel at bay!

7. RICSB "The Butt" Office Supply Station

RICSB The Butt Office Supply Station Desk Accessory Holder

Are you a cheeky person? Also a fairly literal person? If so, then the RICSB "The Butt" Office Supply Station is king (Queen? Viceroy?) of cool desktop contraptions.

This unit holds pens, pencils, tape, paper clips, and adhesive memos with ease. No more messy desks or cluttered drawers! For your whimsical side, the entire package combines to form a desk sculpture of someone engaging in a different kind of "business."

The figure/tape dispenser comes in green, blue, and orange, and is perfect for simple organization or as a gift to the office prankster.

8. Schylling Woodpecker Toy

Schylling Woodpecker Toy

For those days when the office (or family) pecking order has you feeling down, and everything seems to be going against the grain, Schylling offers this neat woodpecker toy.

Just slide the bird to the top of the pole, let go, and watch him peck his way to the bottom. You can listen to it pecking, time the bird's progress, or just watch its feathery hair bounce to and fro. The woodpecker serves as desk decoration and conversation piece, and will provide entertainment for those in your home or workspace (including children, for a whole 30 seconds).

It's a simple, yet cool gadget for any home or office.

9. BOJIN Fan-Shaped Asteroid Kinetic Desk Toy

BOJIN Fan-shaped Asteroid Kinetic Desk Toy - Electronic Perpetual Motion

For its sheer "wow" factor, it's hard to beat the BOJIN Fan-Shaped Asteroid Kinetic Desk Toy.

With a gleaming chrome finish, this stylish toy is a mesmerizing perpetual motion machine that begs to be stared at! Just spin the top of the base to get it moving, and let it go for as long as you'd like. It swoops, it twirls, it spins, and it gives you some great scenery to gaze at while pondering your next project or plan.

This desk gadget requires two AA batteries (not included), and comes in three styles to match your personality and/or décor.

It's a great bet for those who want to brighten up their desk and turn some heads.


The best workspaces facilitate efficient work and at least a smidgen of self-expression. Check out these desktop gadgets if you think that you could use a little excitement in your workday. That or, y'know, get some kind of fake plant or something.

(Last Updated On: February 8, 2017)
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