What Is a Novelty Sellotape Holder?

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What Is a Novelty Sellotape Holder?
Novelty tape holders take boring dispensers to colourful, whimsical levels. (a tape holder image by Rich Johnson from Fotolia.com)

Sellotape is the British and Australian name for what's called clear or cellophane tape in the United States. A novelty tape holder has an unusual or whimsical shape that breaks away from the purely functional. Examples are available in a wide variety of shapes and styles.


The fall 2010 marketplace includes dispensers in such animal shapes as cats, dogs, hedgehogs and elephants; a frog extends a "tongue" of tape. Human figures recline, sit or dance with their tape rolls. Some dispensers look like cassette tapes or golf club heads; others incorporate clocks or multiple USB hubs. Some tape holders are small pieces of modern art, such as Danish designer Folmer Christensen's stainless steel dispenser that appeared in exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art.


Novelty tape holders come in a range of materials, from cast resin or plastic to carved wood, glazed ceramic or brass. Sleek modern styles appear in plywood, aluminium, stainless steel and even gold plating. Some versions are encrusted in rhinestones or cut from lead crystal.

Prices and Availability

In 2010, prices for novelty tape dispensers range from £9 to £29 for resin or plastic varieties; designer models can cost £97 or more. Some office and department stores may sell novelty tape holders, but the widest selection is available online through office, novelty and luxury retailers. Internet auctions often list vintage or hard-to-find tape dispensers.

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