A terrarium is much like a bonsai tree except it offers more variety.
You can even design a terrarium without much greenery, although that is the typical use. But laziness often captures all of us so if you don’t want to care for plants try looking into fake terrariums.
Typically these come in one of three ways:
Just fake plants
Just a glass container/holder
A kit with fake plants & a container
Dig through Amazon to see what you can find in the way of terrarium kits.
I’ve seen some really impressive hanging terrariums and desk terrariums that all look incredibly realistic. Since the plants are fake you can even throw in toys or fake animals like frogs or butterflies to add some color.
Novelty Water Drinking Bird
I have a feeling you know exactly what I’m talking about here.
This novelty dipping bird has been a staple in pop culture for years. And it’s still just as awesome today as it was decades ago.
And yes, they do still sell this crazy bird toy brand-spankin’ new. It’s not even expensive.
Only point to mention is that none of these come with a drinking glass. So you’d have to get one yourself or have the bird dipping its beak into something else.
Maybe a pencil holder or perhaps just dipping into the desk?
You don’t have to keep this going all day long either. It’s just a fun toy to play with whenever you’re in the mood.
With a small sand hourglass on your desk you’ll have a cute little decoration and something that’s actually useful!
Typical hourglasses range from a timer of 30-60 minutes but you can find plenty of smaller ones that time between 5-15 minutes too.
And they all come in different sizes with a variety of sand colors to pick from. They don’t take up much space but definitely grab the eye making them a fun talking point if you’re decorating a workspace in an office.
It’s a practical way to time yourself for getting work done or when taking quick breaks.
And if you look around long enough you’ll find some pretty crazy designs out there.
Collectible Toys & Figures
This is another toy I wanted to combine with plushies, but I really think it deserves its own section.
I think of “collectibles” as more unique or rare pieces that go beyond stuffed animals.
Instead you can collect action figures, bobbleheads, or more hard-formed figures that come in collections. I often think of the old Burger King & McDonald’s toys that used to come out as special promos.
But there are so many crazy collectibles across every type of fandom imaginable. This makes it far easier to find something you like related to your favorite TV show or video game.
The Funko catalog also sells tons of Pop! Vinyl toys with characters from basically every series.
So there’s a lot of collectibles out there and many are pretty cheap. These can offer lots of creative inspiration and help spice up your desk with visuals from your favorite series.
A Human Skull
Let me clarify: a fake human skull.
Cause yeah, that’s pretty important. You don’t want a surprise visit from the local crime lab.
But really this is a fun decoration especially for artists who should be practicing their skulls frequently.
These come in many different styles with human skulls and even some animal skulls. They seem to be a lot more popular around Halloween but you can buy these miniatures any time of the year.
Just be sure to look around and read reviews on each one. They’re all built differently and some will be more sturdy than others.
Word A Day Tear-Off Calendar
Here’s a pretty creative addition to any desk that also has a lot of variety.
The word-a-day calendars are built for desks and nightstands so they won’t take up much space. You don’t even need to get calendars focused on vocabulary.
I typically call these tear-off calendars and you can find them on basically every topic under the sun.
Some of my favorites are the trivia calendar designs which also have brand-named calendars for game shows like Jeopardy!
Or if you’re a comic fan you might like some variety with New Yorker comics or Dilbert comics in your calendar.
Although if you work in a typical office space Dilbert may be a touch on the nose.
USB Cup Warmer
OK so I can’t really say this is a clear decoration for your desk. But it does offer a practical use in your day-to-day life.
With a small USB cup warmer you can keep your tea, coffee, or Cup O’ Noodles heated to the perfect temperature for hours. These are certainly safer than a hot plate and they can draw less electricity too.
The risk is, of course, that you don’t want open liquids near electronics.
But if you have a container with a cover then you’re all set. These things are pretty cheap and you can even find some cool designs if you look around hard enough.
A Colorful Slinky
Ah, the slinky.
Another beloved childhood toy that seems like a distant memory with today’s iPhones and PS4s.
But these things are still pretty darn fun and they even come in a variety of colors.
I’ve never found any crazy novelty pop culture slinkies but I bet they exist somewhere.
Here’s a neat decoration that can really spark creativity.
The Earth is a huge place and it’s tough to memorize all the countries, oceans, capitals, lakes… but with a small desk globe you don’t have to!
A small globe gives you the entire world at your fingertips.
You can quickly flip through the continents and find interesting geographic areas. These come in a variety of colors so you can likely find one to match any office or studio.
Anyone who enjoys traveling will certainly want one. And anyone who adores the world at large will be happy to add a small desk globe for some creative inspiration whether designing, writing, or drawing.
Just make sure you get measurements first. Desk toys are fun but you never want them crowding into your productive space.
Magic 8 Ball
From the classic pool-styled 8 balls to the newer emoji-style 8 balls there’s a lot of fun to go around.
You can pick these up for dirt cheap and use them for making those tough decisions. Or to help you decide which restaurant to order for lunch.
I always loved these things as a kid and they’re sure to grab attention from other co-workers if you’re in an office.
Or if you have kids yourself they might barge into your office to play with these magical fortune telling spheres.
But have a look at all the 8 ball designs and see what you think. There’s a bunch of fun styles to wade through if you want something beyond the standard black billiards ball.
Etch A Sketch
This childhood classic never gets old and you can make some beautiful artwork on this bad boy.
Regardless of what you do at your desk or your level of artistic ability, anyone can learn to maneuver two knobs. Granted you may not get a lot of work done… but that’s another topic.