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The best cute school supplies for the back-to-school season

Get ready to go back to school with these original and cute school supplies, from pencil cases to backpacks

Written by
Jasmine Dilmanian

Gone are the days of bland gray binders and boring office-store swag—this year, upgrade to cute school supplies that make a statement. If you’re headed back into classroom doors, it’s worth it to take the time to pick out the swag you actually like at some of the best stores for school supplies. From the best backpacks on the market to novel pencil sharpeners to perfectly organized planners, our list of 15 cute school supplies has something for every type of student. So ditch the usual No. 2 pencils and instead try these out-of-the-box back-to-school supplies on for size!

Cute school supplies to get your hands on this season

This little piggy
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1. This little piggy

You’ll want to bust out your No. 2 pencil just so you have a good excuse to sharpen it in this little piglet. These adorable pint-sized sharpeners are Hosaire’s answer to pre-test fun.

$2 on

Take note
Photograph: Courtesy Moleskine

2. Take note

If you’re looking for a sturdy notebook that you want to keep around for a while, your eyes shouldn’t stray from this Moleskine. In punchy yellow, it balances cuteness with back-to-school practicality.

$15 on

Glam throwback
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3. Glam throwback

Have a little fun with your pencil case this year. The squishy front panel of this Yoobi glitter zip case allows you to squish around icons like bananas and rainbows.

$7 on

Packin’ heat
Photograph: Courtesy Staples

4. Packin’ heat

Finally feel like a grown-up who needs an adult backpack? Try out the Manhattan Portage Gramercy in sophisticated gray. You’ll thank us later.

$220 on

Petite planner
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5. Petite planner

Never hesitate to welcome some organization into your life—especially if it’s in the form of this watercolor-covered daily planner.

$20 on

Highlight up your life
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6. Highlight up your life

Who doesn’t love a good highlighter set? These silky fluorescent pens aren’t too bulky and lend just enough variety to satisfy your inner diva.

$8 on

Copper tone
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7. Copper tone

This masterfully designed tape dispenser from Tom Dixon is modern, chic and fashion-forward. You’ll want to hold onto this timeless desk accessory for a while.

$95 on

Light as air
Photograph: Courtesy Apple

8. Light as air

Totally over wires? Apple offers the streamlined answer in its Air Pods. Upgrade to these wireless earbuds and eliminate one more piece of clutter from your backpack this year.

$159 on

Statement-making sounds
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9. Statement-making sounds

If you’re all about the old school look and love a good bargain, try these JVC colorful over-ear headphones on for size.

$15 on

Blingy binders
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10. Blingy binders

The three-ring binder has gotten a serious makeover since the ‘90s. Pick your pattern and bask in the pure fun of this vinyl-covered version.

$24 for a case of 24 on

Seal the deal
Photograph: Courtesy Container Store

11. Seal the deal

Protect your precious documents and mementos in these neon-hued reusable folios. They’re tear- and water-resistant, sealable and fit a standard sheet of paper.

$6 per package on

Tutti fruity
Photograph: Courtesy Urban Outfitters

12. Tutti fruity

Spice up your charging sessions this school year with the cutesy BUQU power bank shaped like a pineapple.

$20 on

Unicorns and rainbows
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13. Unicorns and rainbows

Store your writing utensils in style with this cheeky unicorn-shaped desktop pencil holder by Kikkerland.

$18 on

Turn over a new leaf
Photograph: Courtesy Urban Outfitters

14. Turn over a new leaf

This tropical palm-print laptop skin will finally give you a way to have your silver MacBook stand out from the sea of others.

$10 on

Silver and gold
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15. Silver and gold

If Tom Dixon is too pricey for your purse, this Russell & Hazel acrylic stationery set is a perfect (and affordable) alternative. The gold-toned stapler in particular will glam up any desk and is super-easy to wipe clean too.

$18 on

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