Nothing beats that back to school blues than some brand spanking new stationery. Fresh notebooks, smooth, slick highlighters, funky post-its and clips – all make doing your homework that little bit more exciting. Whether you’re super organised or just want to look super cool, we’ve picked out a range of stationary items for both boys and girls to be fully equipped on their first day back and well-prepared all year round.
Some of us get more excited about stationery than others. There are those who will simply pick up a pack of pencils from their local supermarket, and then there are the stationery aficionados who go on the hunt for quirky, bright and funky items that make the menial tasks all the more joyful. We’ve picked out the latter – simple yet high-quality items that will look great on your desk and easily fit in your school bag. From rose gold unicorns to Star Wars and Harry Potter, we’ve got the latest trends covered.
1. Harry Potter Hogwarts Notebook
Start back to school magically with this wizard’s notebook
Best for: Taking notes | Colour: Brown | Contains: 100 ruled pages
If you’re a Harry Potter fan then you won’t want to be without this wizard’s notebook. Whether it’s at school, at home or at work, you’re never too old to add a touch of magic to your day. This notebook has a high-quality hardback cover and features 100 lined pages with little illustrations in the corner of each page and a ribbon bookmark. Customers love the feel of this book and say it is beautiful to write in as the pages are thick and sturdy; great for writing in fountain pen to make you feel like a truly spellbinding wizard!
2. NPW We Live Like This Sticky Notes Set
Forget bright fluorescent post-its; these girly sticky notes are great for jotting down your thoughts in style
Best for: Making stylish notes | Colour: Assorted | Contains: 13 assorted sticky note pads and page markers
Make your revision more interesting with this pack of pretty patterned sticky notes. Rather than the garish fluorescent post its you’re used to, this pack of sticky notes and book markers can liven up your coursework in a different way. Customers love how good the quality of the paper is and each pattern can be used for different types of notes so you can keep yourself organised. Some have said they don’t stick all that well to some surfaces, but for general bookmarking and note keeping, these are a lovely alternative way to make small reminders.
3. THE BUTT Tape dispenser and Supply Station
A novelty station for all your much-needed desk supplies
Best for: Novelty | Colour: Blue or green | Contains: Sellotape, paperclips, pen and sticky notepad
This tape dispenser is sure to provide a few chuckles when placed on your desk at work. This stationery set is called the Butt and features a man on a toilet who holds all of your desktop essentials including a pen, sellotape, paper clips and more. It would make a great novelty gift for a co-worker, and is actually really useful too. Users have said it’s a little flimsy but other than that it looks great on a desktop and is handy to have close by when you need something.
4. SHEAFFER Star Wars Darth Vader Gift Set with Gel Ink Pen
Budding Jedi’s can keep all their notes in this Star Wars themed journal
Best for: Star Wars fans | Colour: Black | Contains: Notebook and pen
No Star Wars fan should be without a Darth Vader journal, so whether it’s for school work or keeping at home as your very own dark side diary, you can keep all of your notes, secrets or homework jotted down in this 160 page notebook with the black ball point pen included. This is a great gift set to give to any Star Wars fan young or old, and customers are impressed with the high quality of the glossy book and thick pages. If Darth Vader isn't your favourite character, fear not, this Star Wars set is available with R2-D2 or Yoda on the front cover too.
5. Happy Jackson Sticky Notes
Brighten up your revision notes with these stickers
Best for: Adding colour to your notes | Colour: Multi | Contains: Assorted sticky nots and slogan stickers
It's hard to make revision fun, but with these Happy Jackson Sticky Notes, you can brighten up your revision quickly and easily and these post-its are also great for sticking around the house and using as revision prompts or general reminders. Brighten up your textbooks with these happy slogans to keep you motivated through exam seasons... okay, okay, so it won't necessarily make the revision itself more enjoyable, but trust us, colourful sticky notes are great visual prompts.
6. Ted Baker Rose Gold Filled Pencil Case
A stylish pencil case for designer lovers
Best for: Cute pencil case set | Colour: Rose Gold | Contains: Pencil case, rubber, sharpener, ruler and 2 pencils
Girls, this on-trend pencil case is perfect for going back to school or uni in style. It’s rose gold, which everyone is obsessed with right now, and inside it contains all the essentials you need for class. This is a stylish case which could also be used for make-up brushes and will give you a designer edge among your classmates. It is a little pricey but it’s of great quality and you’ll have everything you need for term time.
7. Polaroid 10 Mini Notebooks
A bright and colourful notebook set for every subject
Best for: The design conscious | Colour: White, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red | Contains: 10 notebooks
This pack of 10 notepads is perfect for organising all of your revision notes by topic. With a rainbow of colours and a positive quote on the front of every book, you could easily assign each notepad to a school subject and pack them full of handy revision notes. Of course, they also make great drawing or doodling pads too, so any budding designers or artists out there, take note!
8. How To Survive University Stationery Set For Students
A novelty binder for new students
Best for: Gift for students | Colour: multi | Contains: Ring binder and refill pad
If you or someone you know is off to university, this ring binder will provide a few laughs in the lecture hall. This binder and pad features humorous graphics on “how to survive university”, all of which are completely tongue-in-cheek, but humorous nonetheless. This would make a great leaving present for someone about to embark on their first semester as a uni student, although be warned, the advice is pretty much entirely useless.