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Desk Toys for Adults at Play in the Office

  1. Well-Designed Distractions
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    Well-Designed Distractions

    Grown-up desk toys that improve workspaces and give brains a break.

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  2. Key Target
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    Key Target

    Key Target by Bower for Areaware
    $65; areaware.com

    It makes desk organization more fun: Just toss your paper clips or house keys, and if your aim is good, they’ll stick to a series of magnets hidden inside.

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  3. Elliptical Desktop Mobile
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    Elliptical Desktop Mobile

    Elliptical Desktop Mobile by Ekko Workshop
    $50; ekkoworkshop.com

    It’s like an Alexander Calder art mobile for your desk. The three colored pieces sway in tandem when disrupted by a breeze or a meddling colleague’s touch.

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  4. Cast Mini Jack
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    Cast Mini Jack

    Cast Mini Jack by Tom Dixon
    $95; tomdixon.net

    There’s something refined about an old-fashioned paperweight shaped like a jack, and the copper will take on a cool patina as it ages.

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  5. Desktop Bag Toss Game
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    Desktop Bag Toss Game

    Desktop Bag Toss Game by Kikkerland
    $17; kikkerland.com

    This mini edition of cornhole—a game popular at frat houses and family picnics—is a great way to settle disagreements at work. Loser gets the coffee.

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  6. Balance Studies
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    Balance Studies

    Balance Studies by Ladies & Gentleman Studio
    $125; ladiesandgentlemanstudio.com

    Inspired by the chrome balancing toys from the power-dressing offices of the 1980s, this contemporary version—handmade of brass, copper, and wood—creates a more abstract shape.

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  7. Mini Shapemaker Blocks
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    Mini Shapemaker Blocks

    Mini Shapemaker Blocks by Miller Goodman
    $45; aplusrstore.com

    Twenty-five blocks are painted with bold, Sixties-look shapes so procrastinators can dream up any picture possible, from cute bunny rabbits to lucha libre wrestlers.

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  8. Brass Tic Tac Toe Set
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    Brass Tic Tac Toe Set

    Brass Tic Tac Toe Set by Jonathan Adler
    $195; jonathanadler.com

    With nine polished-brass pieces, this fancy 3D upgrade of the child’s game is great for bonding with—and impressing—your underlings.

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  9. Biza Wooden Puzzle
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    Biza Wooden Puzzle

    Biza Wooden Puzzle by Jaques London
    $8; jacquesamerica.com

    Pretty impossible to untangle the first time you try, but once you figure it out, the real joy comes from watching your know-it-all co-worker give it a go.

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  10. Metal Spinning Tops
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    Metal Spinning Tops

    Metal Spinning Tops by Karas Kustoms
    $18 each; kaufmann-mercantile.com

    These aluminum tops were engineered to have a lower center of gravity than most, so they don’t topple over for a while. Spin one for a quick distraction when you’re stumped.

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  11. Bare Bones Dominoes
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    Bare Bones Dominoes

    Bare Bones Dominoes by the Principals
    $60; theprincipals.us

    An elegant mix of cast concrete and sleek lines, the set is as useful for decorating your office as it is for trying to remember how to play the game.

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