Conquer Friday the 13th with these Lucky Office Supplies
Uh-oh! The new year just started, and we already have our first Friday the 13th (the second– and last one for 2017, will occur in October)! Did you know that approximately 8% of Americans are diagnosed with Paraskevidekatriaphobia or Friggatriskaidekaphobia, fear of Friday the 13th? People with severe cases of this phobia often feel extremely anxious as the day draws near and may even refuse to leave their homes on this day. While most people understand that the fear is ‘irrational,’ its difficult to not panic when the day presents itself. This can be attributed to the negative associations from the unlucky number 13th and the day Friday in religions, cultures, and media. Whether you’re a hardcore Paraskevidekatriaphobic or someone who’s mildly superstitious, it can never hurt reassure yourself with some lucky charms. It’s time to conquer Friday the 13th with these lucky office supplies!
Bamboo is a luck-bringing gift and the number of stalks you keep usually coordinate to a specific meaning. For example, 3 bamboo plant stalks can signify a new beginning or success in a change. If it is tough to maintain plants at work, why not adorned your desk with accessories made from bamboo? We’re loving this lucky bamboo wood keyboard and mouse duo!
4-Leaf Clover Gel Pens
A timeless lucky charm, 4-leaf clovers have been incorporated into numerous of ‘good luck’ products around the world. We think these clover gel pens are super cute! Arrange a couple pens together in your organizer, and you’ve got your very own ‘crop of clovers’ growing.
Dreamcatchers come from Native American culture and are intended to capture the negative images from your dreams. They can be hung throughout the home, but most people placed them by their bedside. So go ahead, decorate your cubicle with these pretty spirals– and you may find your next nap at the office extra enjoyable!
Western superstitions dictate that ladders are “bad luck”– ever heard someone telling you to not walk under one? However in ancient Egypt, ladders are actually viewed as a sign of fortune because ladders can help one climb to heaven. They are only unlucky if they are leaned against a wall to form a triangle.
Piggy Bank & Coins
Do you find that there is always change in your pockets from your last lunch purchase? Don’t throw the change away– Coins can actually bring you good luck! Wearing coins around your neck or storing it in your left pocket can enhanced its luck. (You might also want to pick up that penny on the ground too!) Pigs also represent wealth, good fortune, and/or prosperity in European and Asian cultures.
Dice Pencil Holder
Just think of how many chance games uses a dice! This is considered a luck charm because it can bring the user many opportunities. We’re totally digging this cool dice pencil holder! (Maybe we should put our clover pens in this?)
Ladybug Flash Drives
If a ladybug lands on you, you’ll receive good luck for the rest of the day! Since we’re in the midst of winter, it can be hard to find some ladybugs. Don’t fret, you can still use them as a good luck charm. Spring comes early with these ultra cute ladybug flash drives, perfect for transferring and backing up bulky digital files in the office.
Lucky Cat Sticky Notes
Have you ever seen the Maneki-Neko or “Lucky Cat” in your favorite Chinese restaurant? The lucky cat originates in Japan, but has been a ever-growing symbol good luck, wealth, and prosperity amongst Chinese businesses. Cultivate some of that luck into the office with these purr-fect sticky notes!
We all know the number 7 is considered one of the luckiest numbers. Why? It is a wholesome number in Western culture, from having 7 days in the week, 7 colors in the rainbow (another good luck symbol FYI), 7 musical notes, 7 seas & 7 continents, and etc. So why not have a bookcase with 7 shelves in your office?
Elephant Wall Decals
Elephants, like pigs and cats, are seen as a symbol of good luck in Eastern cultures. For example, the God of Luck in Hindu religion is Ganeshsa, a deity with an elephant’s head. That said, elephants are often placed on shelves or near doorways for longevity and luck. Why not decorate your walls with elephant decals too?
Evil Eye Desk Organizer
The “Evil Eye” charm is believed to reflect evil and protect a person from misfortune. While the charm can be easily fashioned into a keychain or bracelet, we think it is also fitting to adapt it into the workplace! This useful lockbox bares the evil eye in a minimalist fashion.
Got a reception area that needs to be “luck’ed” up? Look no further than these stylish wishbone chairs! Not only are wishbones a symbol of good luck, they are also known as a wish maker. Better tear the bigger piece of the bone (but not these chairs)!
Horseshoes have become an iconic symbol in the world of luck and good fortune. Their popularity dates back in history, when civilians believed that the iron in horseshoes can ward off goblins. Let’s chime in some of their luck with an horseshoe stand, perfect for propping up your folders, files, desk pads, and office notes!
We wish you the best of luck on Friday the 13th! Now go seize the day!