Claire Beaudreault
August 23, 2018 3:38 pm
Credit: Phil Boorman/Getty Images; Alyssa Morin / HelloGiggles / Wayfair / The Daily Edited / Band.o

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


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

2Honey Can Do Graphic Laundry Hamper


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

3Jemma Sands Venice Candle

Jemma Sands

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

4Poppin Blush 3-Drawer Stow Locking Filing Cabinet

The Container Store

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

5Belkin Pocket Power Portable Power Bank—Rose Gold


There goes the “my phone died” excuse.

6Le Pom Pom Hand-Wrapped Earbud Headphones

Urban Outfitters

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 Opens a new window

Keep your school notes in this elegant notebook.

8Kikkerland Design iBed Lap Desk

Urban Outfitters
$20 Kikkerland Design SHOP IT Opens a new window

Pulling an all-nighter? At least you’re in bed… 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 Opens a new window

The most kawaii kitties to adorn your desk.

11Bigso Mint Stockholm Desktop Organizer

The Container Store
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Move around the custom boxes for your perfect desk configuration.

12Milk Box Pencil Case

Kawaii Pen Shop
$7.99 Kawaii Pen Shop SHOP IT Opens a new window

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

13Skinnydip Velvet Pencil + Eraser Set

Urban Outfitters

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

14Mustard Marble Pencil Case

Riley Rose

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

15Gudetama Sticky Notes Set: Relax


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

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

17BKR Elle Glass Water Bottle


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


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

19Hello Kitty Grid Backpack


Math nerds appreciate a nice grid.

20Betty and Veronica Line Art Tote

Betty and Veronica
$115 Betty and Veronica SHOP IT Opens a new window

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 


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

22The Daily Edited Black Nylon Backpack

The Daily Edited
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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.