There should be no need to point out the importance of a man’s workspace. It’s not only a place to get necessary work completed – it also serves as a sacred space saved for scholarly intent only. In order to maximize any work area, it is important to keep it neat and clean, but that is of course, easier said than done. Thankfully, a few affordable options are out there to help you out on that front. Instead of reaching for a mass-produced product from a big-box superstore, why not go for something a little more intimate? The extra time spent and close attention to detail during production means these pieces will last a lifetime. And like a fine wine or your mother-in-law, wood only gets better with age.

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Peg & Awl Desk Caddy

Pawl & Awl make all of their goods from “abandoned” materials. This certain piece happens to be built from old floor joists that were holding up houses way back in the 1800s. The large size offers twelve holes of varying sizes to hold much more than just writing utencils.

$36
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Pablo Lighting Clamp Mini Task Lamp

This lamp uses low-energy and even boasts a small tray at its base to hold … things. The LED bulb is super bright and the 360 degree-rotation and height adjustment makes sure all corners of your desk are in the spotlight.

$294
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Lemnos Yokan Desktop Clock

This clock is artfully made in Japan using a single piece of wood. But this isn’t only a clock – it’s also a thermometer and Hygrometer. That means you’ll be wise to the time and the weather.

$179
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Harvard Series Mahogany Bookends

Sturdily built with no unnecessary frills, these bookends are a welcome addition to any workspace. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should have a sprawling collection of every book ever published sitting on your desk. Just your current read and a few personal favorites will suffice. Keep ‘em as trophies.

$36
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Monocle Stationary Paperweight

You never know the importance of a solid paperweight until you leave the window open. Or the rotary fan on. Or have a cat. Really, you just need a paperweight. This set boasts wood and brass, so those rogue papers aren’t going anywhere.

$100
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Kultur Gut Office Set

Handmade in Germany, this set offers a Post-it note dispenser, a small tray, and a magnetic paperclip holder. What’s more, they are not connected, leaving you free to arrange them around your workspace as you deem fit.

$35
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Carver Wood Desk Tray

Carver, a small woodworking company out of Wisconsin, has been making their products for over a hundred years. This means their products are far superior to the ones you may find at your local office supply chain. These desk trays come in a variety of sizes and price points, making it easy to find one that will hit your sweet spot.

$145