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Paperweights have gone out of fashion somewhat. Now that we write, work and read using our computers and tablets and phones, we no longer have great piles of paper cluttering our desks. At least that's the theory. I don't know about you, but I still manage to spawn drifts of the stuff. Post-it notes, which have lost their stickiness, lists scribbled on scrap paper, printed pages for hard-copy editing, articles torn from magazines and newspapers, and, of course, towering piles of books. A paperweight is just the thing for keeping papers from flowing off your desk and onto the floor and they're also quite good for gazing at while you're trying to think of your next brilliant plot twist.
1. This personalised paperweight features a circus-style letter printed onto a vintage dictionary page, encased in a 7cm round glass dome. The paperweight is handmade in Sussex and ships with a pouch and gift box. It's available from Ellie Ellie and priced £24.50.
2. When dealing with your emails seems too dull for words, play with this lovely brass compass instead. Avast, me hearties! £35 from Not On The High Street.
3. This Jane Austen paperweight is perfect for literary and romantic souls. It features a quote from Pride And Prejudice: 'I think you are in very grave danger of making him as much in love with you as ever.' The quote is written in Austen's script handwriting and is printed on gold parchment and encased in a glass oval. The paperweight costs around £16 from Etsy.
4. I love this dandelion clock paperweight – it's beautiful and unusual. Available from Etsy for around £49.
5. This Spaceform glass paperweight can be personalised with your own 'great achievement' as a memento or thoughtful gift. The paperweight is 7.5cm square and costs £50 from Spaceform. The paperweights are available in different designs, including a 'Tweet' style for Twitter aficionados.
Which is your favourite?