Humble tape gets a makeover. The plywood holder fits any roll, but it’s tough to resist these patterned ones, which are great for crafts or gift wrapping. To buy: Dispenser, $24, and tape, $12 for three rolls, dwr.com.
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Pop-up Pen Holder
Tired of poking around your pencil cup for your favorite felt tip? Pull the red knob on this clever design and writing utensils fan out neatly, just like the straws in an old-fashioned soda-shop dispenser. To buy: $30, moma.org. Roll-Up KeyboardSpilled coffee is no match for a flexible silicone keyboard from Innovative Technology that’s water-resistant and washable. (Not to mention that it rolls up easily for travel.) To buy: $20,jcpenney.com for stores.
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These perforated kraft-paper address stickers turn run-of-the-mill snail mail into works of art. Each roll contains 120 labels in assorted scroll patterns. To buy: $20,tapeswell.com.
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The white memo board has grown up. Stick this magnetic, 4-by-11-inch version to a refrigerator or a wall (mounting tape included) and leave the dorm look behind forever. Also comes with a pen and magnets. To buy: $10 to $13, threebythree.com.
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No more looking under the table for printer cords or speaker cables. Stick the Cable-Drops to a desk (they’re easy to remove and won’t damage most surfaces), then thread a cord through. To buy: $10 for six, bluelounge.com.
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Don’t get stuck with a stinky adhesive. Coccoina’s almond-scented paste is nontoxic and acid-free, making it sweet to use in scrapbooks or on kids’ art projects. To buy: $4, greendepot.com.