he start of a new school year is just around the corner, are you prepared?
With all the must-have essentials parents are told they need to ensure their kids are ready and raring to go, you'd be forgiven for feeling a bit overwhelmed. Yet, somehow, in the age of all things digital the humble back to school kit still makes ample room for the paper and pencils of generations past. While there will never be a shortage of new gadgets aimed at getting kids prepped and polished for the academic year, sometimes the best school supplies are the good ol' classics.
From pencil cases to personalised planners, stationary sets and lunch boxes, we have gathered everything your kids actually need to start school right.
See our favourites.
Navy Striped Notebook
This stylish notebook from the stationery label Papier will ensure all your notes and ideas are kept in one convenient location that is easily accessible at a moment’s notice. Your scribbles will be housed in a lined book with 37 slices of Mohawk paper pages and bound with a soft back cover that you can personalise with you name so that you can never lose it. The label offers lots of colour and design variations so you will be sure to find the perfect book to suit your taste.
£12.99 | Papier | Buy it now
A6 Notebook Set
kikki.K are offering a notebook set with five different variations in a selection of pale pink, black and white books designs that feature gold foil details and hand-drawn illustrations. Set to make a great gift for budding writers, write your notes, ideas and inspirations on the go. See below to shop the full range of unique, practical and personalised back to school supplies.
£7.50 | kikki.K | Buy it now
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Pilot V Pen Fountain Pen
Ideal for those that are always losing their pens, Pilot v-pens are disposable fountain pens with the quality of a fine variation. Available in a pack of six, the pens are durable, long-lasting and easy to use as well as offered with eight different colour options, from black and blue, to pink and green.
£14.56 | Amazon | Buy it now
Kikkerland Dry Erase Board Daily
Keep on track of your school work as well as after school arrangements with this handy whiteboard. Use the marker included to fill in the weekly grid with your homework or chores to ensure that you never forget. The whiteboard features a colourful day of the week design and can be kept on the fridge.
£5 | John Lewis | Buy it now
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Esselte Assorted Lever Arch Files
This pack of ten lever arch files are offered in an A4 size and in multi-coloured pastel design. Allowing you to keep your papers organised and in perfect condition, these attractive files can store up to 500 sheets of paper.
£38.99 | WHSmith | Buy it now
Acrylic Hole Puch: Gold
For the style minded student (or parent) this acrylic hole punch is a handy way to keep assignments neat and orderly. Given the amount of A4 papers kids will accumulate throughout the year this practical and stylish desk device will get a lot of good use.
£18 | kikki.K | Buy it now
0.5 Gel Ink Set - 12 Pack
This set of gel ink pens are stored in an elegant handy pot to ensure that they do not get lost. The envy-inducing set of pens are on offer from the Japanese label Muji that specialise in minimalism and using recycled items. Set to make your notes colourful and attractive to look at, there are 12 different colours included.
£16.95 | Muji | Buy it now
Flamingo Lake Planner
Invest in your own personalised planner to keep on top of all your work and extracurricular commitments. With a pretty flamingo design, the planner allows you to fill in the month, year and date so can start using it whenever you like, instead of having to wait till the new year. As well as the included 52 weeks, there are also extra pages for notes and important dates.
£16.99 | Papier | Buy it now
Helix Oxford Maths Set
If you are heading into higher education, you need to invest in a set with all the essential equipment that you will need for maths. Stored in a sturdy case, this set includes geometry equipment such as a protractor and compass. Putting a bit of organised style into maths, it is offered in a bold green colouring.
£4.49 | Staples | Buy it now
CASIO FX-85GT Plus Black Scientific Calculator
Recommended by many schools, this calculator is offered by the UK’s number 1 scientific calculator brand, Casio. Designed for GCSE studies and exams, it has 260 functions, an easy-to-read display and a hard protective case to protect against any potential knocks.
£14.99 | WHSmith | Buy it now
Philip Normal carved avocado pen
Sure to put a smile on your face every time you open your pencil case, why settle for a regular pen, when you can be using an avocado one? This pen has gone straight to the top of our back to school wish list and even we can admit we graduated quite some time ago.
£3.50 | Paperchase | Buy it now
Star Wars Comic Stationery Set
Whether you are buying for yourself or the Star Wars lover in your life, this stationery set would make the ideal back-to-school gift featuring the characters from the franchise in a colourful design. The set contains a pencil, pen, ruler, pencil sharpener and eraser with the series’ logo.
£2 | Ryman | Buy it now
Happy French Fries Pencil Case
Warning this pencil case may induce a perpetual craving for chips, but it is so worth it for this super cute addition to your stationery collection. Set to brighten up any desk, the pencil case features a cheery smiley face design and a large compartment to keep all your stationery safe and secure.
£14.99 | WHSmith | Buy it now
kate spade new york Tackle Box
Smarten up any desk with all the essentials that you need to stay organised in a stylish polka dot and cream design. The Kate Spade set contains pencils, double-sided highlighters, sticky notes, magnets, photo corners, a sharpener, paper clips, binder clips and nail files so that you have everything that you may need in one convenient place.
£36 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Packit Freezable Lunch Bag
Say goodbye to ice packs with the cleverly designed Packit lunch bag, which features built-in freezable gel that helps keep contents fresh. Simply freeze overnight and it will be ready to chill food and drink all day long. We also love that this bag folds down with ease when not in use. It comes in a huge range of fun designs to suit different tastes. To see more of the Best lunch boxes and bags for kids click here.
£27.14 | Amazon | Buy it now
Herschel Supply Co Heritage Multi-coloured Dots Backpack
Part of Herschel Supply’s best-selling Heritage range, this sleek backpack has been designed with little ones in mind. The main compartment is lined with the brand’s signature striped fabric and includes a handy name label. Its leather details and hard-wearing fabric also make it ideal for those starting primary school. Other designs available. To see our full roundup of the best backpacks for kids click here.
£45 | Selfridges | Buy it now
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