Office Toys

Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

Tetris Stackable LED Desk LampOkay this one is really cool. It’s a lamp constructed of colored Tetris blocks! The blocks can be stacked any way you like, as long as they are in 90 degree variations, and if they touch each other, they light up!

ThinkGeek’s description, as you’ll see if you follow the links, voices a concern that many of you may have. What happens if you stack the blocks in a solid structure? They’ll disappear, right? Well, rest assured, they will do no vanishing, or point-giving, only lighting.

If you know somebody with OCD, this is your chance to build some lamps with gaping holes and blatantly poorly placed blocks, just to drive them mad!

As far as how it works, I have no idea. I do know that somewhere, the thing plugs in to the wall, so you won’t need batteries. I’m guessing one block has a cord attached to it, then the rest hook up magnetically or something. They are lit by LEDs, so you really won’t ever have to replace bulbs.

Play lamp Tetris right here.

I was pretty curious as to how this thing looked in action, so here’s the quick little demo video of the Tetris lamp.

Pixel Heart Heat Changing Mug

Pixel Heart Heat Changing MugThis thing is cool! Or hot, when you put a drink in it.

Get your valentine a special mug that will warm their heart…or at least the mug’s heart! As you can see on the right there, the heart on this mug changes color based on its temperature. So with a fresh cup of coffee, tea, or whatever else you like to drink at high temperatures from a mug, you get a fully red heart. As the mug cools and your stomach fills, the heart will return to its lowly black state.

This is a great little gift, and even something you can get for guys because it’s kind of sort of techy. It does have an 8-bit style to it at least. But be sure that nobody throws it in the microwave or dishwasher. Those will each ruin the color-changing-ness of the mug.

Show your valentine they are loved, just like coffee.

BuckyBalls Magnetic Building Spheres

BuckyBalls Magnetic Building SpheresNow this is quite possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever posted about here on the good old gift idea blog that this is. Who doesn’t love magnets? I love those things! Here, you get 216 tiny spheres of magnetic fun!

These things look like so much fun. I have yet to get mine (you’d better believe I’m getting some for myself), but I can’t wait for the endless fun they’ll provide. You can magically make all kinds of well structured…structures with these little things. If you don’t believe me, or just want to get super excited about getting some of these for you and all of your friends, check out this little demonstration video:

Get your BuckyBalls here.

Tuttuki Bako Virtual Finger Game

Tuttuki Bako Virtual Finger GameHere’s a weird one for ya! This little box has different digital characters who live inside. You get to stick your gigantic (in proportion to them) finger in a hole on the side of the box and mess with the little creatures! Why not?

Being one of the weirdest things I’ve posted on this blog, I feel it appropriate to include a little video demonstration of said weirdness. Here’s a little clip of this Virtual Finger Game I found on YouTube.

The clip starts out with a tiny stick man being terrorized by the huge finger. Then at the push of a real button on the housing of the box, a menu appears. That menu, apparently, cycles through the characters with the touch of a digital button. The finger goes on to play with a blob and then an adorable panda who is clinging onto a tire swing. Just precious. Bonus: The song is mesmerizing.

Stick your finger in this link here.

Princess Leia Poster

Princess Leia PosterThe classic Princess Leia poster. For all Star Wars fans, and anybody who appreciates good old beauty…circa 1970’s George Lucas future style…or something.

You really can’t go wrong getting this poster for any guy who is into Star Wars, or movies, or just plain old interested in attractive women! Carrie Fisher was at her best as Princess Leia, and there really isn’t a whole lot more to say about it. If you don’t know who Princess Leia is, I’m sorry, you’ve obviously been in seclusion for a few decades. Welcome to the world, go watch Star Wars.

The poster measures 36″ x 24″ and will put a smile on the face of a cubicle slave every day. I categorized this as “Tech Stuff” because any techie will appreciate Leia watching him do his thing.

Put Leia on some lucky guy’s wall here.

Flying Animals

Flying AnimalsWhat every office space needs is a slew of flying pigs. Maybe a monkey or two soaring through the air. And why not top it all off with a chicken to boot?

Now that dream of flying pigs is a reality! This trio of flying animals will not only fly into a desk 6 cubicles away, but make plenty of noise on the trip. As the image so colorfully displays, each animal makes a different sound of glee whilst soaring through the air.

The way it works is simple. The arms (or chicken’s neck) have elastic bands in them and a little place to put your fingers as anchors. Pull the animal back and let her rip!

Oh, and I suppose kids would love these airborne animals as well…not just bored office workers!

Send an animal into the air here.

PANIC Button

PANIC ButtonJust what everybody needs at work, a panic button! Slap this puppy on your keyboard and have some fun with your fellow employees.

The button doesn’t do anything of course, and I’m not sure if it even depresses at all, but boy it sure looks good! One tip in the comments on the product’s page is that it’s not too great of an idea to put it on a laptop computer…it won’t shut thereafter.

Need to get a cheap gift for everybody in the office? Give them a bag of panic buttons!

Hit that panic button here.

Maritime Prism from National Geographic Store

Maritime Prism from National Geographic StoreHere’s another one of those things that just looks cool. It’s a big glass prism. The description on the site is not only informative, but educational as well. I’ve learned now that before electricity, ships relied on kerosene lamps and candles for light. Of course, fire housed beneath the deck isn’t always a good idea. Enter the prism. These puppies threw light all around the underside of the deck, taking advantage of the sun’s rays.

So benefit #1 is right there, it’s a great conversation piece. Benefit #2 is the fact that it’s totally awesome! Just look at it. It’s 4″ wide and 5″ tall. It makes me think of Emerald City in Oz. Yeah? I think so.

Bring in the green light here.

Marshmallow Blaster by ThinkGeek

Marshmallow BlasterThe world is a violent place. It’s time to fight back. What could be more damaging emotionally than any physical bullet? How about being hit by a nice, soft marshmallow? Okay, maybe it won’t do one bit of damage, but that’s why it’s so much fun!

Office habitants can protect their cubicle with this marshmallow blaster. Or maybe when it’s time for hot chocolate around the campfire, the wielder of the gun can bring white fluffy joy to the mugs of chocolaty goodness! I think I’d see how far away me and a friend could be and still catch the fired marshmallows with our mouths. Always a worthy challenge. ThinkGeek was also kind enough to offer their own marshmallow ammunition.

Fight crime the soft way here.

Mini Golfing Mario & Luigi at ThinkGeek

Mini Golfing Mario & Luigi at ThinkGeekYet another time killer for cubicle bound folks. I don’t know why I love stuff like this so much. Wait, I think it’s because I’m a fantastic waster of time!

You can get both Mario and Luigi, who come tethered to an old NES style controller. I’m not sure what’s going on with the brown colors, perhaps they’re going for the golf khaki look. Only the A and B buttons do anything, the rest is just cosmetic. Each comes with a couple teeny tiny “golf” balls that will need divine intervention to not get lost in the first week of action. There’s even a tiny little range-quality hole thing that you can aim for. I can’t imagine this is easy, but hey, it looks like a great time waster.

Maybe if you know somebody who can’t get enough Mario golf on their Gamecube. You can help them practice while at work!

Get Mario and/or Luigi at ThinkGeek.com

Baguette Wrist Rest at What On Earth

Baguette Wrist Rest at What On EarthBaguette? Oui oui! Now I’m not too sure that this is a great gift idea for anybody who is on a diet, or trying to start their diet. I personally think those wrist rest (say that three times fast) things are great toys for tossing around when bored at the desk. As far as wrist rests go though, this is the tastiest looking one I’ve ever seen.

The keyboard wrist rest is, obviously, made to look like a tasty loaf of bread – looks like a nice, somewhat stale, loaf of the local bakery’s French bread, yum. Now, as far as I can tell, this thing is the real deal. It’s made of soft cushioning cell foam and sized just right to keep the wrists in the proper place. So not only is it tasty looking, it’s also nice and ergonomic!

If nothing else, this makes for a great toy to throw around at people, and really, who doesn’t love fake food hanging around?

Get the tasty wrist rest here.

Mushroom Lamps

Mushroom LampsThese mushroom lamps are totally awesome. They look like little magic mushrooms that an Italian plumber may use to gain an extra life or perhaps grow to twice his size. I’m not sure how much of a room they would lighten up, but perhaps they could serve as a perfect little night light. They are touch lamps, since you just bonk them on the head to turn them on and off.

Maybe you know someone who needs a nice little (and I do mean little, they’re only a few inches tall) desk lamp, since they aren’t down with the whole lava lamp scene. Or perhaps you’d like to just have some random little mushrooms lit up around your pool at night. No strings (or chords in this case) attached! I love gifts like these, because they are cheap, and you can get one, two, or three if you want. The recipient of the mushroom lamp(s) will be none the wiser if you get them two blue ones even. Lovely!

Obviously, they come in three colors: red, green, and blue. They run on one AA battery, so that’s nice and easy. This is one I know I’ll save for a future Christmas gift idea.

Get the Mushroom Lamps here.

Homer Simpson Cookie Jar by Perpetual Kid

Homer Simpson Cookie Jar by Perpetual KidDoh! Know that special someone who sits at their desk all day just wishing they had a great place to keep their snacks away from their fellow employees? Maybe a cubicle resident with the munchies? Give them the gift of Homer.

This cookie jar is a beauty. It’s a foot tall, so it’s a pretty good size. The owner of the Homer cookie jar will have the option to have him say something each time a goodie is taken out of his head. He’ll say some classic Homer phrases, of course including “Doh!” The voice shows up with his pop-top head is lifted by his hair strand handles. It requires 2 AA batteries, which are actually included. Pretty wild in today’s society that batteries would be included with something as insignificant as a cookie jar. That’s top notch work by Perpetual Kid.

Go get the Homer Cookie Jar.