It’s back to school season. As we know you don’t want to think about trading in beach trips for backpack and pen shopping, just yet, we’re highlighting all the best back to school shopping deals on everything from binders and backpacks to calculators and Crayola supplies. Amazon is having a huge sale on backpacks, pens, and other gear kids need for school. Here are ten of the best deals to check out.
Pilot G2 Pens
If you find yourself relying on cheap ballpoint pens all the time, consider an upgrade to this ubiquitous gel pen. They write more smoothly than that pen you stole from your last hotel room, but they’re inexpensive enough that it won’t ruin your day if you lose one. They’re available in a ton of different colors and point sizes, so no matter your preferences there’s a pen here for you. A 12-pack is only 12 bucks.
Sharpie has reached the level of Xerox and Kleenex, products so reliable that their brand name has become synonymous with the thing itself. Five for three bucks is a great deal. Your kids can have one to label all of their new binders and notebooks, and you can stash the rest in your junk drawer at home.
A more expansive, more colorful 24-pack of Sharpies is also available at a great price.
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Colored pencils are less childish than crayons and more precise than markers. They’re great for serious artists and doodlers alike, and at less than 20 bucks (marked down from $45), you can make sure your kid impresses the art teacher without breaking the bank.
Sharpie Accent Retractable Highlighters
No cap, no problem. These retractable highlighters from Sharpie’s Accent line come in a rainbow of colors (for the truly elaborate highlighters) and have a narrow chisel tip for precise highlighting of even the smallest text.
Swingline Mini Stapler
Most kids come to class armed with pencil and paper, but how many are so prepared that they have their own stapler? This mini stapler from Swingline fits easily in a pencil pouch or backpack, ready to attach papers at the drop of a hat.
Nothing says prepared student like a mini stapler from Swingline that easily fits in a pencil pouch or backpack.
Mr. Sketch Scented Markers
These markers are great if you like things that smell delightful. They’re also great if you just want an assortment of bold markers. And finally, at less than $6 for a 12-pack, they’re great if you just want to get your kid some solid markers at a great price.
BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencils
BIC claims that one of their mechanical pencils has the same amount of writing in it as two and a half standard wood pencils. So a 24-pack would be the equivalent of 60 wooden pencils, which means that $6 is an insanely good deal. These pencils come in 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9 mm sizes. They even work on standardized tests.
Mead 1 Subject Spiral Notebooks, 6-Pack
These colorful spiral-bound notebooks can help even the most disorganized kid keep track of her notes. The different colors make them easy to differentiate, and with six in one pack it’s possible to dedicate an individual notebook to each class so your kid’s biology notes don’t get mixed up with her history homework.
AmazonBasics Pre-Sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils
Sometimes you just need a classic. These wooden pencils come pre-sharpened from Amazon, and you can get 30 for just $5 or, if you want an even better deal, 150 for $12.49. They may not give you the precision of a mechanical pencil, but there’s a reason the basic design for the wooden pencil hasn’t changed in decades.
at-A-Glance 2018-2019 Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner
This planner, normally almost $30, is a great deal at $14. Your kid can keep track of everything–homework, tests, field trips–with this academic planner. Organizing and planning your time is a great habit to get into, and it’s a lot easier to do when you have the right tools.