If you've ever used a "handy" dipsenser roll of scotch tape, you know that "handy" isn't the best word to descibe it. Frustrating and inefficient perhaps, but definitely not "handy." The Tape Dispenser by Folmer Christensen ($115) features an elegant, functional design that you won't mind having displayed on your desk.
We're huge fans of Pilot's G2 gel ink pen. We love the G2 so much that we hold weddings for each pen and Moleskine notebook that get used together. Kidding. We're not that weird — we just hold funerals when their ink runs dry. Anyway, Pilot has introduced the G2 Mini ($6-$16; Feb. 1), a smaller version that will fit better in our pockets and take up less room in our gadget bag. It's available in eight colors in packs of 3, 4 and 8. Like the original, the Mini has a comfortable rubber grip and acid-free, archival safe gel ink that is water-resistant and smear-proof.
Okay, we have to admit it — we still like having old-timey paper calendars around, despite our digital lifestyles. Something about marking off the days until we see our girlfriends and thus get laid again just doesn’t have the same appeal if we’re doing it in iCal or Outlook. For 2006, we’re using the Pentagram 2006 Large Calendar ($40). Each month features a different classic typeface and a bio of the designer who created it. It's fun, with type.