You look at it almost everyday, so you might as well like the way your desk looks. The Burning Love Felt Desk Pad ($50) gives you a stylish home for all your desk peripherals — mouse, trackpad, keyboard, phone, whatever you want. The felt surface is perfect for replacing your ugly mousepad, and the leather strap gives you a convenient place to tuck important scraps of paper. Comes in a range of colors to suit your desk decor, including teal, navy, olive, charcoal, plum, chocolate, and more.
True, there are probably several gadgets on your desk that can tell you the date — but none of them can offer the old-world appeal of the Type Letterpress Calendar ($35). Printed by hand on a 1960s letterpress using 55pt 100% cotton heavy stock, this reusable calendar (new editions will be printed every year) offers outstanding typography, and comes with a stylish bamboo stand. Each card goes through the press twice — once for each color — and is then cut down with a die cutting machine, which also gives it rounded corners. In other words, each set is a handmade object that adds a nice touch of craftsmanship to your desk or countertop.
We're not saying they're better than Moleskines, but they're certainly a tempting alternative. Makr Sketchbooks ($40) feature soft-touch, water-resistant covers, plain interior pages that are good for writing or sketching, and an angled elastic closure that's designed to hold your pen or pencil in place on the end of the book. At 5" x 8", it's plenty large enough to capture big ideas while still small enough to fit in a small bag, and it's available for pre-order now in six premium colorways.
Enjoy a dignified writing tool and the juxtaposing of a rugged body against elegant internals in the Tactical Fountain Pen ($45). This whimsical-yet-functional instrument features a chunky black aircraft-grade aluminum body with ribs for added grip, and a German-made fountain pen with a fine point nib and Iridium point. Not feeling the old-school fountain pen experience? Use the included parts to turn it into a standard rollerball pen.