Back-to-school shopping can be overwhelming, for parents and kids. From lunch bags and backpacks to binders, folders, pencils, clothes, calculators and crayons, there are a lot of choices to make. And while some kids love back-to-school shopping, others need to be dragged to the seasonal aisle in Target to scoop up the bare necessities before the first bell rings. But whether you (and your kids) love it or loathe it, you must do it, so why not do it in style?
We challenge you not to get psyched about the school supplies we’ve rounded up ahead.
Here are 18 adorable, sleek and unique items that put the “cool” in “back-to-school.”
A version of this article was originally published in July 2017.
Owl Pencil Sharpeners
With bright colors and a wide-eyed stare, these owls are sure to put a smile on your littles face.
Bestsupplier owl pencil sharpener (4-pack), $4.38 at Amazon
Personalize your workspace with this aROARable note and memo holder.
Kikkerland dino memo holder, $16.49 at Amazon
Astrological Day Planner
Having trouble balancing your school schedule, work schedule and extra-curricular activities? This cute day planner will keep you on time and task!
Astrological daily planner, $24 at Urban Outfitters
Who doesn’t love a pom-pom pen? They are bold, bright and — well — fun. They are also totally Elle Woods approved.
Pom pom pen (3-pack), $7 at Ban.do
Ramen Sticky Notes
Many kids live on ramen. The heat-and-eat noodles are a staple for teens, tweens and young adults. But now you can take your noodle love to the next level with these “instant” notes.
Ramen sticky notes, $9.99 at Hot Topic
Food-Shaped Flash Drives
If you’re looking for a fun way to transport your files, look no further than these food-shaped flash drives.
USB sushi-shaped flash drive (16 GB), $10.98 at Amazon
Desert Sticky Page Markers by Duncan Shotton
Kids can liven up homework time by making a cactus-lined desert with these sticky-page markers from Duncan Shotton. Not into the Wild West? Shotton’s line includes everything from fluffy clouds to ocean waves.
Desert sticky page markers by Duncan Shotton, $5.74 at Amazon
Unicorn Tape Dispenser
This adorable unicorn tape dispenser makes it easy and fun for kids to (literally) keep it all together.
Unicorn tape dispenser, $11.08 at Amazon
These ninja pencils are supposed to be “super trained and stealthy” (or so the brand claims), which ought to get even the most reluctant scholar in the mood to kick homework’s butt.
Ninja black wood pencils, $7.95 at Amazon
C.R. Gibson Binder Clips
This gorgeous set of inspirational binder clips from C.R. Gibson gives that important assignment a little something extra.
C.R. Gibson binder clips, $10.82 at Amazon
Hot Dog Stapler
Kids will look forward to putting the finishing touches on that book report with the help of this fun-on-a-bun stapler.
NPW hot dog stapler, $9.99 at Amazon
Another fun treat from Ooly, these macaron erasers look good enough to eat — and smell good enough too (they’re vanilla-scented). Sure to be a big hit with the little ones provided you can convince them not to actually eat them.
Ooly macaron-scented erasers, $6.58 at Amazon
Creatibles DIY Erasers
If cookies aren’t your kid’s thing, an eraser they can sculpt may be just the ticket.
Ooly DIY erasers, $11.95 at Amazon
Milk Cartons Pencil Case
This multitasking, cute and quirky milk carton case can be used for those freshly sharpened pencils or art supplies, like paintbrushes.
Funny Live waterproof milk cartons pencil case, $8.78 at Amazon
Mini Monsters Scented Markers
Take markers to the next level with this scented set that has adorable monster faces.
Ooly mini monsters scented markers, $7.85 at Amazon
‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader Inspirational Pencils
Keep your Star Wars fan in line with these "inspirational" pencils from the Sith Lord himself. Hey, as long as they get good grades on the Dark Side, who are we to complain?
Darth Vader inspirational pencils, $8.99 at Amazon
Nose Pencil Sharpeners
What’s funnier to kids than shoving a pencil up a nose? Shoving a pencil up a nose to sharpen it, that’s what.
Fun Express nose pencil sharpeners, $5.60 at Amazon
Writing is more fun when you do it with glitter, pastel and neon, obviously. These assorted gel pens (in a reusable case) make a great starter set.
Gel pens, $15 at U Brands
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