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  • 12 Office Toys So Pretty, It Hurts!

    These office toys are so pretty, it hurts! It's easy to glam up your desk with these gorgeously attractive office toys. Your coworkers will be both mesmerized and insanely jealous at the same time.

    1. Executive Reactionary Newton's Cradle

    This Newton's Cradle is so sleek any shiny it deserves to live in a museum.

    Executive Reactionary Newton's Cradle

    2. Desk Lamp - Flower Lights, Cherry Blossom

    This adorable desk lamp adds soft light that will be admired by all.

    Desk Lamp - Flower Lights, Cherry Blossom

    3. Deep Sea Sand Picture - Nemo Copper

    This elegant Sand Picture is at the top of its class.

    Deep Sea Sand Picture - Nemo Copper

    4. Desktop Water Fountain - Round Pot

    This enchanting indoor desktop fountain will transport your senses to another land.

    Desktop Water Fountain - Round Pot

    5. Asteroid - Perpetual Motion

    The Asteroid Perpetual Motion toy looks like it came from an amusement park or far-off outer space.

    Asteroid - Perpetual Motion

    6. Wooden Standard Solitaire

    The Wooden Standard Solitaire set is more than just a game, its marbles make it beautiful enough to be the centerpiece of the room.

    Wooden Standard Solitaire

    7. Chinese Health Balls - Rainbow

    These Rainbow Chinese Health Balls have a beautiful "glow" in addition to their hypnotic chimes.

    Chinese Health Balls - Rainbow

    8. Contemporary Acrylic Sand Timer - 10 Minute

    This flawless Contemporary Acrylic Sand Timer deserves a modeling contract.

    Contemporary Acrylic Sand Timer - 10 Minute

    9. Diamond Pushpins

    These Diamond Pushpins sparkle! Need we say more?

    Diamond Pushpins

    10. Crystal Diamond Paperweight

    If only the Crystal Diamond Paperweight was a real diamond...

    Crystal Diamond Paperweight

    11. Crazy Aaron Thinking Putty - Super Illusions Super Scarab

    The Crazy Aaron Thinking Putty in Super Scarab intoxicates you with its shimmering metallic-tones.

    Crazy Aaron Thinking Putty - Super Illusions Super Scarab

    12. Gold Dust Pen

    This Gold Dust Pen puts other pens to shame.

    Gold Dust Pen
  • Easy Habits to Help Relieve Stress at Work

    The holidays can be stressful. There is so much to do, so many people to see, and you still have to go to work. With everything going on, it can take a toll on your well-being and mental health. As we go into the holiday season and finish up the year, you can help relieve stress at work with these 5 easy habits.

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    1. Schedule Me Time

    Start our each day with a little me time. This could be meditating, squeezing a stress ball, or giving yourself a gentle hand massage. The goal is to quiet the mind for a few minutes before beginning work in the morning.

    Mini Shopping Cart Mini Shopping Cart

    2. Declutter

    Keep clutter to a minimum by keeping an organized desk. Make the habit each day of filing papers and storing small office supplies in their place. Store your trinkets, office toys, and small office supplies in a novelty storage container like this cute mini shopping cart.

    3. Journal or Color

    If your thoughts are racing, taking the time to reflect can put them at ease. Coloring can act as a form of meditation and journaling releases your thoughts. These positive themed books will keep your spirits lifted.

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    Color Yourself Calm - Art Therapy Mini Coloring Kit Color Yourself Calm - Art Therapy Mini Coloring Kit

    Color Yourself Happy Coloring Book Color Yourself Happy Coloring Book

    4. Exercise

    We all know exercise is an important healthy habit. If you're struggling to get the exercise habit started, take small steps (not literally) by taking a quick walk around the block or by strengthening hand muscles with a few squeezes.

    Smile Face Mug Smile Face Mug

    5. Drink Tea

    Kick the coffee habit by replacing it with a new habit: drink tea. Most types of tea has less caffeine than coffee (or try decaf), which can make some people tense or jittery. Plus tea has added health benefits with its antioxidants. As your relax, drink your tea in a happy and uplifting mug like this Smile Face Mug.

  • Our Favorite Last Minute Office Christmas Gifts

    Are you struggling to find the perfect office Christmas gifts? Don't sweat! Here are our favorite last minute Christmas gifts for your office mates.

    Ordering after December 13, 2016 and need it by Christmas? Be sure to use one of our speedy expedited shipping methods to get your Christmas gifts in time for the big day! (Quick Tip: December 21, 2016 is our last recommended day to select Next Day Air shipping for arrival before Christmas.)

    1. Perpetual Motion Toy - Galaxy

    Galaxy - Perpetual Motion

    What do you get the person who has everything or doesn't want anything? You get them a visually stunning Perpetual Motion Toy. The Galaxy version is a top choice with its metallic colored spinning rings that will spruce up any desk. Any Perpetual Motion Toy is the perfect gift for the office toy fan, or those who haven't started their collection--yet.

    2. Our Classic Best Sellers

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    Number two on our list of favorite office Christmas gifts presents two of our best selling office toys: the Slingshot Flying Monkey and the Talking Stress Ball - Relax Guy. We just had to pair these two together--they're best buddies! If you haven't flung a Slingshot Flying Monkey yet, what are you waiting for? The Slingshot Monkey pairs well with the Relax Talking Stress Ball. Get this dynamic duo of office toys for your favorite workaholic who needs to relax and let their hair down.

    3. Bendy Man

    Bendy Man - 5 inch

    Bendy Man is happy, upbeat, and makes a great little gift for almost anyone! Do you need to give gifts to several employees or coworkers? The budget friendly Bendy Man is perfect for giving to large groups as a positivity and happiness-boosting gift. Are you hanging your stocking in your cubicle for Santa to fill? Maybe he'll stop by on Christmas eve with a Bendy Man just for you!

    4. Playable Art - Cube

    Playable Art - Cube

    The Playable Art - Cube is my personal favorite office gift, that I couldn't keep off the list. First, just take a look at the beautiful colors. Wouldn't a colorful cube look superb in a white office accented with splashes of color? It's more than a simple cube: the Playable Art Cube Puzzle can easily turn into a number of structural art displays where even a random configuration looks inspiringly elegant. For a challenge, try putting this wooden puzzle back into a cube again.

    5. Daily Mood - Desk Flip Chart

    The Daily Mood - Desk Flip Chart

    Here's a quirky office Christmas gift: the Daily Mood - Desk Flip Chart. This surely is an office gift that will set the record straight. Now coworkers don't need to guess the mood of the day; it is right on display with this handy mood flip chart. Good days = productivity, positive attitudes, and engaging conversations, but on bad days... watch out! This fun gift is for great people who are hard to read coworkers that you'd like to get to now better.

    Honorable mentions

    There are just too many great office gifts to choose from!

    See All of our Staff Picked Holiday Gifts Here

  • Watch Office Toys Get Crushed By A Hydraulic Press

    How much stress can these stress toys take?

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  • 5 New Ways to Say Thank You

    Saying thank you can go a long way, but if you thank someone without thought, it becomes meaningless. In today's hectic workplace, it can be difficult to find the time to compose a thoughtful thank you note. We'll help you out with 5 new and fun ways to say thanks. Now you can show your appreciation for your job, coworkers, contractors, clients, and employees with a twist of fun.

     Word Stress Toy - Thanks

    1. Send a squeezable thank you

    The Word Stress Toy in Thanks spells out your appreciation. Have several of these on hand to give to employees for a job well done. To add some thought, write a short message with a permanent marker on the back telling the recipient why you're thankful.

     Sticky Notes - Awesome

    2. Write an awesome thank you note

    The Awesome Sticky Notes memo pad gives you the perfect prompt for starting your thank you notes: just list out reasons why you think the recipient is awesome. When you're finished, be sure to check the "Actually Awesome" checkbox for added emphasis.

    Thank You Sound Button

    3. Press a thank you button

    The Thank You Sound button is perfect for small and shared offices. When you receive help from a coworker that sits in the cubicle next to you, press the Thank You Sound Button to express your gratitude.

     Talking Pen - Thanks

    4. Give a thank you pen

    When you thank someone with the Thanks Talking Pen, you're giving both a useful gift and a grateful message that can be listened to over and over again. Press down on the figurine to hear him say, "Thanks a lot! Thank you very, very much! Thank you so much!"

     Word Stress Ball - Thanks

    5. Say thanks with a stress ball

    You can also customize the Thanks Stress Ball with your logo or custom message. It's great for thanking volunteers who participated in a large event or attendees of a trade show or conference.

     

     

     

     

  • 5 Super Easy Ways to Be a Better Manager Tomorrow

    Guest Post: 5 Super Easy Ways to Be a Better Manager Tomorrow

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    We all qualify managers differently depending on our personal and working needs, but it's probably safe to assume everyone has had a "bad" manager at least once in their career.  While you may not be everyone’s favorite manager, you can be a better manager, whether you need to improve communication, reduce micro-managing, or be more available to your employees.

    Your management style might not change immediately, but there are several adjustments you can make become a better manager over time.

    Use these tips to get better at your job. They're not only good for you they are important to the business and your employees.

    1. Use the Golden Rule

    If you take a step back and consider your management style from the perspective of your employees, you’ll get an important reality check. When people are put in a position of power they can forget that they were once lower-level employees who struggled, worked long hours, and valued acknowledgement from the higher-ups.

    Humility is a great quality to have as a manager because it allows you to recognize that, although you’re in charge, you should still treat everyone equally, which is where the Golden Rule comes into play: treat your employees the way you would want to be treated. Look at situations through their eyes and remember how you might have felt in a similar situation.

    This perspective will make you a better manager in no time.

    2. Acknowledge Progress

    According to a recent poll of 1,000 American adults, the number one fear is personal failure. This fear can lead to a lack of confidence in work. Your employees may have unhealthy thoughts like: "This isn’t right, I just know it" or "My manager never said the project looked good, maybe they didn’t like it." To increase productivity and employee engagement, it is your responsibility as the manage to provide positive feedback, acknowledge employees’ progress/good work, and listen to their concerns.

    You are in a perfect position to make sure that your employees have the support and encouragement that leads to progress and improvement.

    3. Admit That You’re Human

    Sometimes the pressure of being a manager can be overwhelming. Others look to you on a daily basis to lead by example. If you’re constantly obsessing over being perfect, employees will begin to do the same.

    This stress can be toxic for the office and morale. According to ComPsych’s 2014 Stress Pulse survey, 42 percent of stressed people lose 15 to 30 minutes of productivity a day and 35 percent lose an hour or more.

    Remember, your bandwidth has a limit. Delegate tasks, work to your capacity each day, and let the rest go. As a result, you and your employees will benefit immensely.

    4. Listen Carefully

    Listening is one of the most important jobs of a manager. Your employees have problems that only you can solve; truly listening to what they need from you will make everyone’s life easier.

    It’s important that you also listen to their ideas. Maybe they have new ideas for an upcoming project or maybe it's a new training process that they experienced at another job. In a survey by The Office Club, 12 percent of respondents said that listening was an important quality in a manager:

    Employees appreciate when their voices are heard and their opinions are genuinely taken into account. A manager who listens to input with an open mind, then applies this feedback toward improving work performance, will encourage organizational loyalty.

    A great method to make sure your employees are heard is to hold regular 1-on-1 meetings with them.

    5. Don’t Pick Favorites

    Work is work and if you keep work relationships professional, you’ll be less stressed and more effective. It’s easy to show favoritism when certain people on your team are friends or previous coworkers. there’s a fine line between management and employees. It's important that everyone is treated equally.

    Level the playing field, because it gives everyone the opportunity to succeed and improve the company as a whole. Before meeting with an employee you consider a friend, remind yourself that this is your job as their manager. This is a manager to employee exchange, not coffee with a friend. If you can master that, you’ll be in a good place.

    BIO:

    Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and has five years of experience in the marketing world. She is a professional blogger with published work in Lifehack, Manta, Ms. Career Girl, StartupNation, and more. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07.

  • Bring Toys to Work... Not Donuts!

    Bring Toys to Work... Not Donuts!

    Are you still bringing donuts to meetings? WAIT! You don't need to do that anymore. There's a better way to get everyone energized and excited at your next meeting. It's simple: bring toys, not donuts.

    We all know that donuts are bad for you and the sugar crash is a serious downer. Bringing donuts to meetings is like saying, "Here, I hope you all feel sick for the next 5 hours and act like zombies all afternoon." Donuts only take a minute to eat, give you heartburn and require an extra workout to burn off the empty calories. On the other hand, a good office toy is long-lasting, stress relieving and brightens up your workspace.

    So why bring toys to work? Note the health considerations: bring toys to work Have some fun at your next office meeting and bring toys. Who knows, maybe you'll impress your boss so much, you'll get further in your career (we make no guarantees).

    Next time, bring some:

    Tangle Jr.

    Fidget Toys!

     

    Or:

    Neon Mesh Squishy Ball

    Stress Balls!

     

    Or:

    Colorful Crawly Caterpillar Toy

    Stretchy Toys!

  • How to Make Your Promotional Pen Stand Out

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    Make sure your promotion gets noticed.

    So, you want to promote your business with a pen -  GREAT idea! Pens are very popular promotional items, for good reason. They're inexpensive, useful, and easy to hand out anywhere.  Continue reading

  • Top 5 Things to Do With a Slinky

    Top 5 Things to Do With a Slinky Image: Clare Black

    Slinkys have been around for over seventy years now. Why? Because there are so many fun things you can do with a Slinky. Chances are you grew up with one slinking about your home.  Continue reading

  • Should You Wear a Halloween Costume to Work?

    Should you wear a Halloween Costume to Work? Halloween falls on a Monday this year, so you might be wondering when and where you can wear your Halloween costume.

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