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Claire Beaudreault
August 23, 2018 3:38 pm

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

$20 Betty Turbo SHOP IT

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

2Honey Can Do Graphic Laundry Hamper

Wayfair
$15.99 HoneyCanDo SHOP IT

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

3Jemma Sands Venice Candle

Jemma Sands
$68 Jemma Sands SHOP IT

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

4Poppin Blush 3-Drawer Stow Locking Filing Cabinet

The Container Store
$249.99 Poppin SHOP IT

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

5Belkin Pocket Power Portable Power Bank—Rose Gold

Target
$39.99 Belkin SHOP IT

There goes the “my phone died” excuse.

6Le Pom Pom Hand-Wrapped Earbud Headphones

Urban Outfitters
$50 Le Pom Pom SHOP IT

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

7The Daily Edited

The Daily Edited
$39.95 The Daily Edited SHOP IT

Keep your school notes in this elegant notebook.

8Kikkerland Design iBed Lap Desk

Urban Outfitters
$20 Kikkerland Design SHOP IT

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

9Ban.do Medium 13-Month Planner

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

10Japanese Cartoon Cat Gel Pen

Kawaii Pen Shop
$2.29 Kawaii Pen Shop SHOP IT

The most kawaii kitties to adorn your desk.

11Bigso Mint Stockholm Desktop Organizer

The Container Store
$10.39 The Container Store SHOP IT

Move around the custom boxes for your perfect desk configuration.

12Milk Box Pencil Case

Kawaii Pen Shop
$7.99 Kawaii Pen Shop SHOP IT

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

13Skinnydip Velvet Pencil + Eraser Set

Urban Outfitters
$10 Skinnydip SHOP IT

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

14Mustard Marble Pencil Case

Riley Rose
$11 Mustard SHOP IT

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

15Gudetama Sticky Notes Set: Relax

Sanrio
$4.50 Sanrio SHOP IT

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

16Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker

Bed Bath & Beyond
$99.99 Keurig SHOP IT

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

17BKR Elle Glass Water Bottle

Sephora
$38 BKR SHOP IT

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

Bento&co.
$18.90 Bento&co. SHOP IT

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

19Hello Kitty Grid Backpack

Sanrio
$40 Sanrio SHOP IT

Math nerds appreciate a nice grid.

20Betty and Veronica Line Art Tote

Betty and Veronica
$115 Betty and Veronica SHOP IT

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 

Herschel
$99.99 Herschel SHOP IT

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

22The Daily Edited Black Nylon Backpack

The Daily Edited
$149.95 The Daily Edited SHOP IT

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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