Let’s face it — your boring office job keeps you staring at the clock for a seemingly endless amount of time. It’s almost like you’re back in grade school, eyeing the clock as you wait for the final bell to ring. But there’s a better way to spend your time — at least, a way to have more fun at your desk. Desk toys! These cool gadgets and cubicle accessories are sure to keep you and your coworkers amused during your downtime. Or, at least just you. That’s all that matters anyway, right?
Whether you’re looking to deck out your office with cubicle goodies or you want some fidget toys to amuse you for short bursts, this list should have something for you.
So without further ado, here are 11 cool desk toys to nerd out your office with:
1. Back to the Future Desktop Hoverboard
This is literally one of the coolest distractions I’ve ever seen in my adult life: a Back to the Future Desktop Hoverboard. Count us in! It’s a 4″ x 1.5″ x 1″ platform that uses the power of magnets to hover a mini hoverboard prop replica from Back to the Future. Outstanding. It’s a great desk toy, with the board oscillating back and forth suspended in mid-air.
2. Portal 2 Sentry Turret
Leaving your desk, and you’re worried that someone might come in and do some snooping? Check out the Portal 2 Sentry Turrent desk toy. This 7.5″ tall motion detecting turret will open and alert when someone comes by your desk by saying “Target acquired,” with sounds pulled directly from Portal 2. It plugs in via USB, so it will always be powered when evildoers come to your desk. See more cool Portal 2 products here.
Price: $44.47 (26 percent off)
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot
There are tons of great Guardians of the Galaxy toys available, but one of the hottest-selling action figure statues is this Dancing Groot Figure, which also happens to make a great desk toy. Groot dances to built-in music, playing the hit song “I Want You Back.” Groot will also groove to any sounds/music in the room.
4. Miniature Ballista Kit
Get ready to wage medieval warfare on your co-workers with the Miniature Ballista Kit. It’s a high-quality kit for building a real ballista, encouraging dexterity, logic and it’ll show your interest in being a nerd. Ha. It’s simple to put together, and you can go ahead and bet that anyone who visits your desk will try to launch projectiles at someone.
5. Albert Einstein Genius Bald Headed Magnetic Holder
Some might sit at their desk and ponder what their idol might do in whatever predicament they’re in, but not all those we look up to should be taken so seriously. Now, there’s a silly-faced Albert Einstein that can sit on your desk and inspire you — or just hold your paperclips. His head is magnetic, and it sits at 3.75″ tall. The idea is that you’re supposed to use the paperclips to create cool hairstyles for your little desktop genius, all while the Einstein is actually being a fully functional cubicle accessory.
6. Fascinations Home Decor Jellifish Lamp
Sometimes, you just need to stare at something to get lost in thought and solve a problem you’re working on solving, or you need a few minutes to just turn your mind off and let it wander. For that, check out the Fascinations Home Decor Jellifish Lamp which sits on your desk and provides calming vibes for your work environment. It’s not necessarily one of the desk toys you can fidget with, but it’s one of the most relaxing cubicle accessories we’ve found.
7. Wooden Mini Bowling Game
Why not bowl to take your mind off of things? This cool desk toy is a wooden mini bowling game which includes ten 1.25″ white bowling pins and one 0.5″ metal bowling ball. The alley itself is 3.5″ wide and just a foot long. It also has a movable ramp that will help you get the perfect strike.
8. Doctor Who Dalek Patrol Figure w/ Motion Detectors
Based on the infamous villains from Doctor Who, the Dalek Desktop Patrol Figure has motion detectors and sound effects. It will patrol your desk without falling off, and will say “exterminate!” It makes the desk toy for any Doctor Who fan.
Price: $39.99 (33 percent off MSRP)
9. AFUNTA Mini Drone
Take your fun aerial with the AFUNTA Mini Drone Quadcopter. You’re able to fly in all directions, as this little guy uses a 6-axis gyro. It charges in just 30 minutes via USB, and then it’ll last for roughly 8 minutes of flying — just enough time to free your mind for a little while before going back to work. It’s easy to control, and a hell of a lot of fun.
10. Useless Box
Hilariously useless. The Useless Box is a box with a switch on it, but whenever you flip the switch, a finger pokes out of the box and flips it back. Enjoy enraging your co-workers with this hilarious desk toy.
Price: $21.99 (45 percent off MSRP)
11. Euler’s Spinning Disk
The Euler’s Spinning Disk is one of those cool desk toys that doesn’t look like much — until you set it into motion! You won’t believe your eyes or ears when this disk continues spinning faster and louder. Its display is hypnotic, and you will have wasted an hour staring at it before you even realize how much time has passed.