Business Class: 20 Products That Will Upgrade Any Home Office

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Working from home doesn't mean you have to skimp on the quality of your office environment. Here are 20 products that will work overtime for you.

1. SUSHI PUSHPINS; $16

Fred Sushi Pushpins
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Instead of putting your pushpins in a small tin or mug, why not place them in a clever sushi roll-shaped holder? This novelty set comes with 50 pushpins that are stored on top of a cushion that resembles a bed of sushi rice wrapped in seaweed.

Find It: Amazon

2. BAMBOO JARS; $20

Bamboo Jar
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Each of these eco-friendly storage sets includes three small 6-ounce jars made out of bamboo, which adds both durability and style. Jars feature a swivel lid that securely closes with magnets—perfect for storing all of your home office needs, like paper clips, rubber bands, or pens and pencils.

Find It: Amazon

3. OTTOMAN; $25

Foldable Tufted Storage Ottoman
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This non-woven polyester ottoman can be used as a footrest, extra seating (it supports up to 400 pounds) or storage. With the lid off, it can serve as space for charging cables, power strips, or extra reams of printer paper.

Find It: Amazon

4. ANTI-FATIGUE COMFORT MAT; $32

Royal Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: If you use a standing desk in your home office, then this non-slip anti-fatigue mat is the best solution for comfort and support. By standing on it, you'll  take pressure off your joints and lower back, according to the company, so you can work better without dealing with the wear-and-tear of standing up all day.

Find It: Amazon

5. POL MAKE BOXES; $10

MUJI PP Make Box
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Muji storage boxes are stackable—saving space on your desk—and also translucent, meaning you can keep track of what's inside at a glance.

Find It: Amazon

6. LONG LIST MAGNETIC NOTEPAD; $5

Long List Magnetic Notepad
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Keep track of your daily tasks in style with this 100-page "long list" notepad that features a magnetic back.

Find It: Amazon

7. KODAK POCKET PORTABLE PROJECTOR; $200

Kodak Ultra Mini Portable Projector
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Want to up your meeting game? This portable pocket projector (it's small enough to fit in your back pocket) from Kodak turns any smartphone or laptop display into an 80-inch high-definition digital projection. Just connect your device to the projector via HDMI and you’ll be the king or queen of the boardroom.

Find It: Amazon

8. FILE CABINET; $71

File Cabinet
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Every home office needs a file cabinet to keep important papers under lock and key. This simple, but secure cabinet from Lorell is compact with two drawers that are made of sturdy steel. It’s also small enough to keep under a desk—and out of the way.

Find It: Amazon

9. UNI PROMARK VIEW HIGHLIGHTER; $8

Uni Promark View Highlighter
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Mark up documents without bleeding through the paper. Available in five bright colors (pink, orange, yellow, blue, and green), these highlighters also feature a small transparent window near the tip so you can make sure you're emphasizing the right points.

Find It: Amazon

10. DESK COLLECTION; $26

Poppin All Set Desk Collection Set
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Each of these desk sets includes six ballpoint pens, a pen cup, a stapler with staples, a tape dispenser with a roll of transparent tape, and more. The bright orange shade ensures you’ll never lose it beneath desk clutter.

Find It: Amazon

11. BUNNY DESK ORGANIZER; $33

Bunny Scissors and Paper Clip Holders
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Never “fur-get” where you placed your office supplies with this desk organizer shaped like a small bunny. Its ears double as scissors, and its carrot sprout serves as a paperclip holder.

Find It: Amazon

12. DESK LAMP; $49

Ikea Ranarp Work Lamp
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Shed some light on your workspace with this sleek desk lamp from IKEA, which features an adjustable arm and head.

Find It: Amazon

13. CABLEBOX; $30

Bluelounge CableBox
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Never have time to tackle that jumbled mess of cables from computers, modems, and device chargers? Stash the mess in a CableBox, which keeps a tight lid on all your power strips and other cords without requiring you to constantly detangle them.

Find It: Amazon

14. LAPTOP STAND; $40

Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Instead of hunching over your desk, keep your laptop at eye level with the help of this all-aluminum stand. It fits most Apple and PC laptop models and even features a nook underneath to stow your keyboard and mouse when not in use.

Find It: Amazon

15. MONITOR STAND; $99

AmazonBasics Premium Single Monitor Stand
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: If you want to eliminate neck and back strain, as well as clutter from your busy desk, then this adjustable monitor stand is for you. This easy-to-install stand can raise your computer monitor up to 10 inches above your desk surface and also allows you to rotate your screen to either landscape or portrait mode. The solid aluminum design is strong enough to support monitors up to 25 pounds and 32 inches wide.

Find It: Amazon

16. SAFE; $47

safe box
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Keep all your important papers, photos, USB flash drives, digital media, and external hard drives secure. This safe can hold up to 0.39 cubic feet of valuable materials under lock and key and is both fire-resistant (for up to 30 minutes) and waterproof.

Find It: Amazon

17. PAPER SHREDDER; $35

paper shredder
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Guard against identity theft with this paper shredder, which is quick enough to shred eight pages in seconds and strong enough to destroy credit cards with ease. Now, you can dispose of important documents without worry.

Find It: Amazon

18. LABEL MAKER; $25

label maker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Personalize your home office with this easy-to-use label maker from Brother. Battery-powered or chargeable via a wall outlet, this device can hold up to 30 labels at a time. It also features keys with 14 fonts, 10 styles, 97 frames, and more than 600 symbols to make labels for every occasion.

Find It: Amazon

19. BULLET PEN; $15

Fisher Space Pen Raw Brass Bullet Pen
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This “bullet” space pen is made of raw unfinished brass that’s adaptable for writing in almost any environment, including underwater, upside down, in extreme cold or heat, and even in outer space. So if you ever find yourself in zero gravity, this ballpoint pen will also never let you down!

Find It: Amazon

20. MESH WASTEBASKET; $12

Mesh Wastebasket
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This waste-paper basket is made of solid steel wire mesh and can hold up to 4.5 gallons of waste before it needs to be emptied.

Find It: Amazon

13 Father's Day Gifts for Geeky Dads

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Amazon/Otterbox/Toynk

When in doubt, you play the hits. Watches, flasks, and ties are all tried-and-true Father’s Day gifts—useful items bought en masse every June as the paternal holiday draws near. Here’s a list of goodies that put a geeky spin on those can’t-fail gifts. We’re talking Zelda flasks, wizard-shaped party mugs, and a timepiece inspired by BBC’s greatest sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Light the “dad” signal ‘cause it’s about to get nerdy!

1. Lord of the Rings Geeki Tikis (Set of Three); $76

'Lord of The Rings' themed tiki cups.
Toynk

If your dad’s equally crazy about outdoor shindigs and Tolkien’s Middle-earth, help him throw his own Lothlórien luau with these Tiki-style ceramic mugs shaped like icons from the Lord of the Rings saga. Gollum and Frodo’s drinkware doppelgängers each hold 14 ounces of liquid, while Gandalf the Grey’s holds 18—but a wizard never brags, right? Star Wars editions are also available.

Buy it: Toynk

2. Space Invaders Cufflinks; $9

'Space Invaders' cufflinks on Amazon
Fifty 50/Amazon

Arcade games come and arcade games go, but Space Invaders has withstood the test of time. Now Pops can bring those pixelated aliens to the boardroom—and look darn stylish doing it.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Legend of Zelda Flask; $18

A 'Legend of Zelda' flask
Toynk

Saving princesses is thirsty work. Shaped like an NES cartridge, this Zelda-themed flask boasts an 8-ounce holding capacity and comes with a reusable straw. Plus, it makes a fun little display item for gamer dads with man caves.

Buy it: Toynk

4. AT-AT Family Vacation Bag Tag; $12

An At-At baggage tag
ShopDisney

Widely considered one of the greatest movie sequels ever made, The Empire Strikes Back throws a powerful new threat at Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion: the AT-AT a.k.a. Imperial Walkers. Now your dad can mark his luggage with a personalized tag bearing the war machine’s likeness.

Buy it: ShopDisney

5. Flash Skinny Tie; $17

A skinny Flash-themed tie
Uyoung/Amazon

We’ll let you know if the Justice League starts selling new memberships, but here’s the next best thing. Available in a rainbow of super-heroic colors, this skinny necktie bears the Flash’s lightning bolt logo. Race on over to Amazon and pick one up today.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Captain America Shield Apron; $20

A Captain America themed apron
Toynk

Why let DC fans have all the fun? Daddy-o can channel his inner Steve Rogers when he flips burgers at your family’s Fourth of July BBQ. Measuring 31.5 inches long by 27.5 inches wide, this apron’s guaranteed to keep the cookout Hydra-free.

Buy it: Toynk

7. Doctor Who Vortex Manipulator LCD Leather Wristwatch; $35

A Doctor Who-themed watch
Toynk

At once classy and geeky, this digital timepiece lovingly recreates one of Doctor Who’s signature props. Unlike some of the gadgets worn on the long-running sci-fi series, it won’t require any fancy chronoplasm fuel.

Buy it: Toynk

8. Wonder Woman 3-Piece Grill Set; $21

Wonder Woman three-piece gill set
Toynk

At one point in her decades-long comic book career, this Amazon Princess found herself working at a fast food restaurant called Taco Whiz. Now grill cooks can pay tribute to the heroine with these high-quality, stainless steel utensils. The set’s comprised of wide-tipped tongs, a BBQ fork, and a spatula, with the latter boasting Wonder Woman’s insignia.

Buy it: Toynk

9. Harry Potter Toon Tumbler; $10

Glassware that's Harry Potter themed
Entertainment Earth

You can never have too many pint glasses—and this Father’s Day, dad can knock one back for the boy who lived. This piece of Potter glassware from PopFun has whimsy to spare. Now who’s up for some butterbeer?

Buy it: EntertainmentEarth

10. House Stark Men’s Wallet; $16

A Game of Thrones themed watch
Toynk

Winter’s no longer coming, but the Stark family's propensity for bold fashion choices can never die. Manufactured with both inside and outside pockets, this direwolf-inspired wallet is the perfect place to store your cards, cash, and ID.

Buy it: Toynk

11. Mr. Incredible “Incredible Dad” Mug, $15

An Incredibles themed mug
ShopDisney

Cue the brass music. Grabbing some coffee with a Pixar superhero sounds like an awesome—or dare we say, incredible?—way for your dad to start his day. Mom can join in the fun, too: Disney also sells a Mrs. Incredible version of the mug.

Buy it: ShopDisney

12. Star Wars phone cases from Otterbox; $46-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.
Otterbox

If your dad’s looking for a phone case to show off his love of all things Star Wars, head to Otterbox. Whether he’s into the Dark Side with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, the droids, Chewbacca, or Boba Fett, you’ll be able to find a phone case to fit his preference. The designs are available for both Samsung and Apple products, and you can check them all out here.

Buy it: Otterbox

13. 3D Puzzles; $50

3D Harry Potter puzzle from Amazon.
Wrebbit 3D

Help dad recreate some of his favorite fictional locations with these 3D puzzles from Wrebbit 3D. The real standouts are the 850-piece model of Hogwarts's Great Hall and the 910-piece version of Winterfell from Game of Thrones. If dad's tastes are more in line with public broadcasting, you could also pick him up an 890-piece Downton Abbey puzzle to bring a little upper-crust elegance to the homestead.

Buy it: Hogwarts (Amazon), Winterfell (Amazon), Downton Abbey (Amazon)

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This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

Amazon
Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

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