Do you like gift cards? And what’s your favorite store to have a gift card for?
Starbucks? Target? Best Buy?
It might sound strange, but I LOVE getting gift cards for office supply stores! Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Erin Condren, See Jane Work, Paper Source—it doesn’t matter.
I always loved back-to-school shopping too because it meant I’d get to take home a big stack of fresh notebooks, pens, and planners.
Office supply stores have the same appeal to me as the Container Store; they make me imagine how organized and productive my life could be. *sigh*
I went to Office Depot the other day because I needed a few binders. Sadly, I didn’t have a gift card, so there was no mad dashing through the aisles dumping random office doo-dads into my cart.
The wall of binders is so cool.
I think an office supply store would be a great fashion shoot location for one of those fancy style magazines. I could just imagine some stick-thin model in a $20,000 gown lounging on a bed of bubble wrap and manila folders.
I have a few mason jars at home that are full of Sharpies in various colors and thicknesses. This doesn’t stop me from ogling all the new colors.
I couldn’t resist getting a pack of the Sharpie pens. They come in amazing colors, and (bonus!) don’t bleed through paper so I can use them in my planner.
Office Depot also has a small section of real art supplies. I found this pack of Prismacolor pencils.
For those of you who don’t know, Prismacolor is the Rolls-Royce of colored pencils. They’re about $2 a piece and are creamy like clay, not hard as a rock like Crayolas.
I used to have more than 100 Prismacolors when I was in high school and was considering going to art school. Some days I think about getting back into drawing, if only for my own amusement.
I used to have huge sticker collections as a kid, and I still use stickers from time to time, mostly to keep track of my habits.
And you can never have too many notebooks.
I especially like project notebooks that have 2 columns: a sidebar section for to-dos and a larger middle section for notes and planning. What kind of notebooks do you use?
For reasons that are beyond my comprehension, nearly every office supply store has an enormous display of candy right near the registers.
Are Snickers really an office supply? And how exactly do peanut butter crackers contribute to worker productivity?
Maybe the candy stash is for small businesses or work-from-home types who lack the usual vending machines. Personally, I’d rather feed my craving for more Sharpies.
“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.” Charles Lamb. Tweet this!
What are your favorite office supplies?