A tape dispenser is a helpful item for your desk to make it easier to grab tape with one hand. They may be disposable or refillable, and they come in different sizes to accommodate different types of sticky tape. Tape dispensers can be found in office supply stores, discount stores, or ordered online singly or in bulk for an entire office.
The first type of tape dispenser is a disposable tape dispenser. These are usually small plastic dispensers purchased in the craft supplies section of stores, which hold one small roll of tape. When the tape is used, the dispenser is thrown away. Some of these small dispensers are specially designed for use with one hand, such as when wrapping presents. Usually, though, you will need to hold the dispenser with one hand and pull the tape with another, which makes them a little less convenient for everyday use.
The second type of tape dispenser is a refillable tape dispenser. These are sometimes weighted, to stay in one place on a desk or table. They also come in different designs and kitschy shapes to add personality to a desk or cubicle at work. A larger, refillable tape dispenser might also be good for wrapping presents, because it is easier to keep track of. Different tape dispensers exist for different uses.
A tape gun is a type of dispenser that might be used for packing tape when closing a box. You might also use different types of tape dispensers for duct tape or electrical tape, or for any of your particular needs at work. Automatic tape dispensers are also helpful for some work environments, because they will dispense a pre-measured piece of tape that does not need to be cut.
If you are concerned about the environment, using a refillable tape dispenser is more eco-friendly than purchasing and throwing away a tape dispenser whenever it is used up. In general, disposable tape dispensers cannot be recycled.
A set of office supplies might make a good gift for a recent graduate or one who just got a new job. You might include a nice set of pens, some personalized stationary, and maybe a pencil sharpener and a tape dispenser. If you make it creative and fun, and throw in some unique and different office supplies, it can be a very thoughtful gift that the recipient can get a lot of use out of. A set like this would also make a nice gift for a new teacher.