22 back-to-school items to get you excited for the new semester

Classes starting soon? That means it’s time to go back-to-school shopping, of course.

Is your room or study space looking a little blah? Plain No. 2 pencils bumming you out? Maybe you just want to treat yourself to something new to inspire you this semester. Whether you’re a freshman whose parents are helping you out or a grad student on a budget (funny how that works), you can find a little something to freshen up your fall.

We’ve compiled some useful and cute items that will brighten up your back-to-school season, whether it’s at home or on-the-go.

1Betty Turbo Motivational Speakers—Personal Pep Talk Boombox Print


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Inspire yourself with these positive messages on your wall. Because you’re great. Really.

2Honey Can Do Graphic Laundry Hamper


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Laundry is less annoying when it’s in a cute hamper like this one.

3Jemma Sands Venice Candle


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You’re an adult, kinda. You deserve a fancy candle.

4Poppin Blush 3-Drawer Stow Locking Filing Cabinet


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A sturdy and elegant piece that will take you to grad school and beyond.

5Belkin Pocket Power Portable Power Bank—Rose Gold


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There goes the “my phone died” excuse.

6Le Pom Pom Hand-Wrapped Earbud Headphones


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It’s like a friendship bracelet for your ears. Super friggin’ cute.

7The Daily Edited


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Keep your school notes in this elegant notebook.

8Kikkerland Design iBed Lap Desk


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Pulling an all-nighter? At least you’re in bed…

9Ban.do Medium 13-Month Planner


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You get a bonus month, a coloring page, poster, AND stickers. What more could you want?

10Japanese Cartoon Cat Gel Pen


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The most kawaii kitties to adorn your desk.

11Bigso Mint Stockholm Desktop Organizer


Move around the custom boxes for your perfect desk configuration.

12Milk Box Pencil Case


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Your pens won’t go missing if you stash them in these cute milk cartons.

13Skinnydip Velvet Pencil + Eraser Set


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Velvet. Pencils. You won’t be able to stop petting them in class.

14Mustard Marble Pencil Case

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If cutesy isn’t for you, try this classic marble case on for size.

15Gudetama Sticky Notes Set: Relax


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If you’re feeling lazy about studying, we guarantee that Gudetama is less motivated.

16Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker


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Single serving and portable, have a hot beverage wherever and whenever you’re studying.

17BKR Elle Glass Water Bottle


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The brain needs water in order to function at its optimal level. Also, this is just really pretty and free from plastic.

1824 Seasons Bento: 11 Shousho


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Save some dough and pack your lunch. This line of gorgeous Japanese bento boxes celebrate each season.

19Hello Kitty Grid Backpack


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Math nerds appreciate a nice grid.

20Betty and Veronica Line Art Tote


If you feel like skipping the backpack, this tote is great to stash your supplies and such. Comes with a removable inner pouch that you can pass along to your bestie if you feel so moved.

21Herschel Novel Duffle 


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You know, for hauling all of your laundry to the parents’ house.

22The Daily Edited Black Nylon Backpack


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Upgrade your basic backpack for this sleek, sophisticated one. Plus, you can add up to four initials free of charge.

Good luck out there, students! Make this semester count.

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