Picking the right desk accessories can take your setup from good to great.
I’ve hand-picked ten premium and one-of-a-kind desk accessories that I’ve recently been using. They’re really cool, and I’m really excited to share them with you. So, whether you want to improve the aesthetic of your desk, elevate your premium workspace, or find gift ideas, this is the list of premium desk accessories you probably haven’t heard of.
The first desk accessory is relative – and something you should definitely look into – it’s Homedic’s Drift.
The Drift is a kinetic sand table that generates hundreds of intricate sand patterns on its own. It is truly a beautiful zen gadget that helps me focus and stay calm, as well as a visually appealing addition to the office space.
Unlike traditional zen sand gardens, which require you to manually create patterns with a rack, this thing cleverly uses magnets and a metal ball to create detailed sandscapes and the patterns are absolutely stunning.
When you click on a pattern of choice, the ball begins rolling across the sand to create a mesmerizing pattern, and if that wasn’t beautiful enough, you can adjust the light’s brightness, color, and the ball’s movement speed.
Just make sure you have enough room for it because it is quite large, measuring 16 inches or 21 inches, depending on the size you select. It would have been nice to see a speaker built in, but if you’re putting this near your desk, you’ll probably have music playing somewhere else anyway.
The Thunderbolt 4 Dock is at the heart of my desk setup.
I’m frequently asked about docks and hubs, and the one I’m currently using is the CalDigit TS4, which was recently released.
A good dock transforms a mobile laptop into a desktop-like experience by connecting it to multiple external monitors, storage, and speakers via a single cable. When I work from home, I simply plug in my laptop with a single USB-C cable, and it transforms the laptop into a full desktop setup.
This premium desk accessory comes at a premium price of $380USD and is replacing my older TS3 Plus. It supports an 8K display or dual 6K displays, USB-C 3.2, and Thunderbolt 4, so it should last a long time. I’ll be setting up the TS4 in my new desk and studio space which I will be sharing per usual.
The list of tech items I use has grown over the years, which means more cables all over the place – and who can honestly say they enjoy having extra cables? I most emphatically do not.
So, to help solve the problem, I’ve been using Nomad’s Base One Max charger to charge my Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Watch.
It feels premium as soon as you open the box. The metal construction looks and feels high-end, and the weighted base makes this one hefty boy. It’s the kind of charger that would look good on a dumbbell rack. It has a nice Apple aesthetic and looks far superior to Apple’s official MagSafe Duo Charger.
You should be aware that fast charging at 15 watts is only available for iPhone 12 and higher. Fast charging is also not supported for Series 7 and newer Apple Watches, which is unfortunate.
A good microphone is now one of the best premium desk accessories you can buy and Shure’s MV7 has been my go-to for the last few years.
It’s a small Teamspeak-certified microphone that can do almost anything and is used by professional podcasters, YouTubers, streamers, and musicians.
The MV7 is a simple, plug-and-play microphone with a micro USB input and the MOTIV desktop app, which helps you fine-tune your voice. It fits nicely on most desks due to its small size, and I personally have it attached to the Rode PSA1 boom arm so I can adjust the position and tuck it away when not in use.
If you want something truly premium, there’s Shure’s legendary SM7B microphone, which improves vocals but isn’t as compact, affordable, or convenient as the MV7.
The super sleek Grovemade Blackwing Pencil Kit comes next.
This limited edition pencil set includes minimalist pencils, a custom stand, and a German steel blade sharpener.
With its Grovemade aesthetic, I find this elegant and modern kit to be a great fit for a workspace or studio.
The awesome thing about this kit is that the pencils themselves are the main attraction. Blackwing’s origins can be traced back to the 1930s, when these iconic and popular pencils were made of incense-cedar and Japanese graphite, while the stand was made of American Black Walnut, cork, and aluminum.
The entire kit allows me to keep high-quality Blackwing pencils readily available in case I need to sketch, scribble, or take notes. It’s a high-quality desk accessory that looks great on almost any desk.
Moving on, the RocketBook Smart Reusable Notebook is another super innovative and useful desk accessory.
If you’re environmentally conscious, this is a great addition to your desk setup, and if you’re not…well, let’s be honest, you probably should be.
Because this notebook is smart and reusable – it feels like a regular notepad, but any writing can be erased with a drop of water or a damp cloth and it does not appear to smudge with your hand or finger.
You can scan your notes and they will upload quickly to Dropbox, Google Drive, email, or Evernote. You can even draw symbols next to notes, and the app will recognize which cloud storage to send the page or scribble to.
This is something to get if you want to be more efficient while also saving the environment. It’s one of the more reasonably priced desk accessories on this list, available for $20 on Amazon.
Following is a favorite of mine that I recommend to any tea or coffee drinker.
The Hasami mug.
There’s no crazy technology here, just a high-quality, expertly designed and crafted porcelain mug. As Da Vinci would say, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Our mugs are the unsung heroes of every desk, and this one is unquestionably one of the best.
Hasami has been producing porcelain kitchenware in Nagasaki, Japan, for over 400 years, and the craftsmanship is evident in this minimalist mug. Clean, modern, and ideal for tea or coffee. Overall, this is some lovely Japanese-inspired item I actually like so much that I now have four of them and have given several away.
For those of you who work late at night, the ScreenBar Halo creates a cozy bubble of light around you and your desk.
It’s a 2-point light bar that illuminates your desk without interfering with your monitor, as well as a backlight for your monitor that adds depth and helps reduce eye fatigue.
It now also includes a pretty cool wireless touch control hub that I’ve placed off to the side and actually looks high-end. It provides far more light than a standard lamp. If you work late at night or in a darker room, the BenQ ScreenBar Halo helps lift your desk and mood even more.
I recently purchased this lovely Desk Tower Organizer, which was designed in Nara, Japan, and now sits on my desk shelf, with its wooden accents made of Japanese elm complementing the bookshelf aesthetic in my home office.
I discovered this while browsing Amazon, and at only $36, it’s a steal considering how good it looks AND how useful it has become.
It’s where I keep quick-access items like my phone, spare pens, coins, and my watch when I need to dash out the door. I like to keep my desk as clear as possible because I find it helps clear my mind and keeps me focused on what’s most important.
And here’s a machine that represents the pinnacle of luxury: the brand new MacBook Air M2.
It’s had a big launch, so you’ve probably heard of it already, but I just had to include it on this list because of how good it is.
It’s super portable, measuring only 0.44 inches thick – or SLIM, not thick – and houses the magical M2 processor.
The processor is so quick that I can use it as the main workhorse of my desk setup by simply plugging it into the CalDigit TS4 dock.
I believe the new Air M2 is an excellent value-for-money machine for students, creatives, and business owners.
Whether you are expanding your space or just updating it for a fresh new feel, you can check out these premium desk accessories I’ve been using and I think are worth adding to your desk to see if they fit your space too.