13 Cool School Supplies You’ll Actually Want As a Gift This Year

I very much doubt that the subject of school supplies is something that is at the forefront of your mind at this exact point in time. It is not peak school supplies season, first of all–as everyone knows, that happens precisely between July 27th-September 5th–and you are also probably more concerned with trying to deal with the results of the 2016 presidential election and the very likely possibility of that you maylose all autonomy over your own body come January.

But, uh, back to school supplies. While you are probably not thinking of them right now (how could you be?) I would argue that the winter season is the very best time to stock up on school supplies, and thus, school supplies are the perfect thing to ask for as a gift during the holidays. See, everything you bought back in August and projected all of your lofty academic expectations upon has now become scuffed and torn. You need a new, shiny notebook to represent your new, shiny goals for your next semester! Plus, sixteen-month academic planners–which I firmly believe are the biggest scam our generation will ever endure, for reasons I will be explaining  in a graduate thesis at an as-of-yet undisclosed date–always run out in January. So you’ll need a new one of those, if nothing else. So, check out these cool school supplies that you’ll actually want as a present this year:

Inspirational Pencils

It's been a rough year! Everyone could use this message, right?

Buy it at Etsy for $2

Equally Inspirational Pencils

And, in the wake of the past few week, you could probably use these pencils, too. (They aren't actually censored, so make sure you're in a place where you won't get in trouble for using them.)

Buy it at Etsy for $8 for a set of 6

Pocky Pens

You could use the regular pens you've been using all year. Or--since those have probably run out anyway--you could get these ones. They work just as well as a regular gel pen, only they look like Pocky. Who wouldn't want to take notes with these?

Buy it at Etsy for $3.86

Pencil Case

You'll need something to put all of your writing utensils in, of course. I nominate this adorable, soothing canvas pouch.

Buy it at Etsy for $20

Pencil Holder

You should probably also find a way to deal with all of the pens, pencils, and various school debris that's strewn all over your desk at home. Start with these pencil holders.

Buy it at Etsy for $30


Sixteen-month planners are a scam, and I will never stop saying this! If you use the sixteen-month method, however--as many of us do--you'll need a new one. This one is cute, plus, you can get it monogrammed and customize the start month so you don't have to waste space.

Buy it at Etsy for $20


You've run out of space in all of your notebooks. Bring in an auxiliary supply with these super cute bound journals that you can stick into any binder or folder so you can add on more information without losing track of your old notes.

Buy it at Etsy for $20.13 for a set of 3

Sticky Notes

All of your sticky notes have lost their "stick," right? Or, at the very least, they're just scuffed and torn not that all that cute anymore. Change that with these hedgehog sticky notes.

Buy it at Etsy for $3

Index Tabs

Need a fresh start? Stick these in your binder. They'll help you keep organized between different subjects and also give you something to smile at when you're taking notes.

Buy it at Etsy for $2.57

Panda Tape Dispenser

Look. I'm not telling you that this tape dispenser is going to single-handedly make friends for you during your next semester. I'm just saying that it's going to help a whole lot.

Buy it at Etsy for $2.80

Milk Erasers

I like a big eraser that's separate from the one that comes attached to the pencil, personally, since I always run outof that one. FWIW, I am also obsessed with these particular erasers that look like tiny milk jugs. They're so cute!

Buy it at Etsy for $3.86


A ruler is one of those things that you probably never think you need, but becomes super useful once you actually have it. So, get this one!

Buy it at Etsy for $2.80

Brass Clips

Shiny. Strong. On-trend. What more could you want?

Buy them at Etsy for $1 each

What do you think of these school supplies? Are you going to ask for any of them? Let us know in the comments!

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