2017 Update: I’m still using some of these Divoga binders (what, is that weird?) but you may also want to check out our most recent discussion of the best places to get cute office decor since a lot of these are sold out!
No doubt, your employer provides you with plenty of office supplies. Manilla folders galore — great for giving a report a nice crisp look when you give it to your superior. Plain yellow Post-Its, legal pads, Bic pens — it’s all great for meetings and other stuff you must turn in. But for the stuff you keep in your office for your own reference and filings, it makes sense to upgrade to something nicer (prettier), both to make specific folders easier to find and to brighten your own day when dealing with office drudgery. Along those lines, Office Max was kind enough to send us some of their “private label” supplies to review.
|Our favorite, by far, was the Divoga Croc 1″ binders. The blue and yellow colors were vibrant and beautiful, while still being professional; the scratch-resistant surface seems very sturdy. We wish there were room on the side for labels, but hey, that’s what label makers are for. For $8.99 each, they’re a great addition.|
|They also sent us some of the DiVoga “Fashion” binders, which were a close second — the colors were more muted and calming. Although the two binders they sent both looked a bit too girly, the part that would be visible to visitors — the spine — merely looks abstract. We like the fact that the lining of the binder is a different pattern (for example, the one at right is lined in a pale blue pinstripe) and the fact that the binder itself is on the spine, not the back cover. There are a variety of patterns available for this one, and prices start at $4.99 each.We couldn’t find them on the website, but Office Max also sent along some plastic “side-load document files” that came in matching patterns. They’re sturdy and attractive (we’d almost say more so than the binders, although we can’t put our finger on why), but because they’re a bit like envelopes they’re harder to get into and out of. We’d put more private papers in here — FSA receipts and things with our social security number, credit card bills, et cetera.|
|While the last two items were a bit on the girly side, the Divoga Journey File Folders were right on point — the paper itself is 30% recycled and has a serious look to it, but the folder itself has a beautiful scrollwork print on it. We’d definitely use these — and at $5.99 for 12 (in three tab positions) we wouldn’t break the bank doing it.|
|Finally, Office Max sent along some of their private label stationery, the Canterbury thank-you cards. The paper stock is good, and the little details — the lined envelopes, the repeated patterns — make all the difference. Alas, these babies are only available in the store for $17.99.|