Some Guys Have Duct Tape, I’ve Got a Stapler

If you had to put together a basic office supply/tool kit, what would you include? You might have picture hangars and a hammer; you might have pliers and a tape measure. You would surely want a hole punch, a letter sealer (those little plastic bottles with sponge on one end to eliminate licking envelopes), and plenty of paper clips (yes, they are mini tools). Alongside the essentials would surely be a good stapler, manual or electric and a box or two of refills.

Duct tape will do in a pinch to hold these together, but why not the ubiquitous stapler? Sure, it is intended to fasten pieces of paper, but it can also work like magic to mend things around the workspace. (And duct tape is so unsightly!) In fact, I have a mini version in the car and in my brief case. You can buy these wee refills if you know where to go.

The office, at work or in one’s home, must come equipped for various functions. One of the most common is to affix pages of a report or some research for later consumption. I know, I know. We keep these documents handy on our desktops or in files, but there are times when you want to hold something in your hands and make notes. You want to keep it within visual reach. There are also times when you want to give someone your work and feel that forgoing electronic sending is a good thing. Your email can get lost in the thousands people have in their in boxes.

No matter the purpose, the stapler is the answer to many office prayers. It does double duty if it is a staple gun that can attach things like flyers and posters to bulletin boards or walls. It can be used to decorate a room for a birthday or special celebration. Its uses know no bounds. You really should have a couple of different models. You will be surprised how often you will use them (and they don’t cost that much).

Arts and craft people can’t live without their scissors and stapler. They are the tools of the trade. You can even mend a seam that has come apart temporarily or make sure your Post-it note stays in place. A stapler can keep you out of trouble and in harmony with modern office life. Set it on your desk and watch its uses grow.

I think an electric stapler like these would make a great gift for the person who has everything, even duct tape. You can choose a regular size or long reach model once you assess the recipient’s everyday needs. Staplers for the home or office may be simple to complex, but let’s face it, the mechanism of the device is pretty standard. An added treat for your gift would be some colorful matte or metallic finish staples that make the routine process a little more fun.

You don’t have to lift a finger to buy what you need. Go to your budget-friendly office supply site online. If you are really picky, read the reviews and select accordingly. In the long run, a stapler will be your favorite tool.