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A well-stocked desk has become a bit of an anomaly. These days, with the majority of our work submitted online, even a paper clip can be hard to come by. Nevertheless, creating a functional and stylish workspace can help to increase productivity. Scroll on for a mix of old-fashioned school supplies and must-have tech accessories, all priced under $60.

1. Wire wall grid from Urban Outfitters, $59

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Trade in your corkboard for something a little more sophisticated. This multi-purpose wall hanging is available in copper, black and white. Display photos, notes and other pieces of inspiration using the included clips.

2. Desert oasis cactus acrylic file holder from Waiting on Martha, $20

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Look extra sharp with this desert cacti file holder. The delicately painted acrylic piece adds a pop of color to your workspace.

3. Worth Its Fate in Gold Paperweight from ModCloth, $14.99


Unless you sit directly under the air conditioning vent in your office, you likely have no need for a paperweight. However, all of us could use an encouraging message every now and then, and this round paperweight offers exactly that.

4. Brushed gold magnetic-dry erase board from CB2, $34.95


Good design makes a difference. Case in point, this gilded iron square, which is much more aesthetically pleasing than a smudged-up whiteboard. Plus, its surface is magnetic so you can attach items to it as you would a bulletin board.

5. Compliment pencil set from Bando, $10



With phrases like, “You are gold, baby. Solid gold,” and “All heart eyes on you, girl,” these pencils might be just what you need to make it through another Monday. The set of 10 wooden pencils comes pre-sharpened, so you can start jotting down your big ideas the moment they arrive.

6. HiRise smartphone/tablet dock from Fab, $59.99

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Make FaceTime flattering again with this adjustable pedestal and charging device. The power deck will charge your phone’s battery while you stream Spotify or follow a recipe on Pinterest. It’s compatible with both the iPhone and iPad, and adjusts to fit cases without blocking ports or speakers.

7. 13-inch laptop pouch from Dormify, $42

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A friendly reminder that Friday is never more than six days away. This laptop pouch is made from heavy-duty canvas and boasts a generous portion of inner padding.

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