It might feel just a bit too soon to hear the words, “back to school supplies.” Summer’s not over yet! The days are still long, it’s hot outside and we’re busy planning trips to swimming pools, hosting backyard barbecues or just spending our evenings stargazing on a blanket.
Can you tell we kind of never want summer to end?
Still, the fact is that school season is just around the corner. We want to make sure you’re prepared! Or at least avoid any last-minute trips to some big box store for plain, boring school supplies. What you bring to class — no matter if that’s elementary school, high school or college — should be as stylish and colorful as it is useful.
We offer so many fabulous supplies and gifts for students, but we were (eventually, and with some difficulty) able to produce a list of our Top 10 Back To School must haves!
1) Pencil and Pen Sets
While many people take notes on a laptop these days, studies have shown that writing things out by hand improves your memory. To take notes by hand, you need a good writing tool! While some of our pens are sleek and sophisticated — ideal to carry when you want to make a good impression — most of our writing utensils are, in fact, hilarious.
Our pencil sets cover subjects like grammar, pets, and social anxiety, and our pens cover everything from adulthood to books and food! Make sure to keep a close eye on these fun pens and pencils, though, because people will forever be asking to borrow them.
2) Pencil Case
Now that you’re set for writing utensils, you’ll need something fun and colorful to carry them around in. Good thing we’ve got you covered! These gorgeous, cotton-blend pencil cases are sure to find a home in your bag or backpack. They’re also perfect for holding snacks and other small items, so you might consider picking up more than one. Looking for something a little more … recycled? Check out our zippered pouches. They’re made from 95% post-consumer recycled material and come in several sizes!
3) Funny Socks
You know this one goes without saying! Even though we’ve outgrown the drawer, fun and colorful socks are still near and dear to our hearts. After all, there’s just something about wearing a great pair of socks to add some spring to your step! We’ve got socks for just about everyone, too, so no matter your passion, you’re sure to make a fashion statement this school year!
4) Stress Ball / Rubber Band Ball
You can find so many uses for rubber bands that it’s wise to always have them around. But did you know that a big ol’ rubber band ball is also a fabulous stress ball? Because it totally is! The physical release created by squeezing stress balls can actually decrease physical sensations of stress. So go ahead, grab one of these colorful rubber band balls while you’re studying or otherwise stressing out. They really work!
This one might be better suited for older kids and college students, but a soothing candle scent may be a great way to help you focus while studying. Scented candles can also help relieve stress, so they can be the perfect way to end a study session! We’ve got candles in glass or ceramic containers, and all of them burn a clean, soy-based wax blend with no phthalates or formaldehydes. Talk about a win-win!
6) Snack Food
All that learning can make a student mighty hungry! Your brain needs fuel to continue learning, after all. We’ve got lots of options for you, like sweet treats, salty snacks and even healthy dried fruits and jerky. Keep in mind, our fun snack options can make for a perfect care package for college students far away. Or even near! Who doesn’t love to get a package in the mail?
7) Tote Bags
Sometimes, everything you need for the day simply won’t fit into your backpack. The solution might not be to go buy a bigger bag! (Unless this is a daily struggle for you.) No, sometimes you just need a cute, stylish tote bag to handle those extra items. We’ve got tons to choose from, in different sizes, and with themes from social justice to pets to just plain funny. Some are even made from 95% post-consumer recycled material!
You might not want to take class notes in one of these special notebooks — although if you do, we support that 100%. You do you! We want to point out, though, that journaling is a great way to de-stress, plan, and jot down memories and thoughts. We’ve got many stylish blank books, as well as Adam JK’s 1 Page at a Time if you need help getting started on your journaling journey.
9) Sticky Note Rolls
We’re big fans of sticky notes here at Goodly. They’re just so … handy. But why settle for run-of-the-mill sticky notes? Even the ones with bright neon colors pale in comparison to sticky note rolls, or notes that come in cool geometric shapes. Some of our sticky notes are seriously funny, and some even come ready made with task lists! A sure winner for organization, fun sticky notes will make back to school chaos much easier to handle.
10) Sunshine Gift Box
Want to surprise a teacher or student with a back-to-school gift? Don’t forget about our gift boxes! The Sunshine Gift Box above has so many items teachers and students will love, like a sunny yellow blank Leuchtturm notebook (with a matching sunny yellow pen!), a tote bag and more. Our gift boxes range from serious to silly, and all of them are chock-full of fabulous items your recipient will love. And if you can’t find the perfect gift box, you can even make your own!
That first day of school will be here before you know it! Everyone needs supplies for class, but we here at Goodly think that school supplies should never, ever be boring. This Top 10 list is just the tip of the iceberg! We’ve got even more great ideas here, so get shopping!