School’s right around the corner. Supply lists are coming in from teachers and wish lists are rolling off our kid’s tongues. Everywhere we look there are ads for back-to-school shopping, but who has time to sift through it all to find best deals? Psst…We do!
Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Pencils, Unsharpened, #2 HB Soft, 24 Count
Mead Spiral Notebooks, 1-Subject, College Ruled Paper, 6 Pack, 70 Sheets Each
Oxford 3×5 Index Cards, 500 Pack, Ruled on Front, Blank on Back
We’ve combed the back-to-school hub at Amazon and the school supply section at Walmart for the best sales on items on your essential school supplies list. Plus, these mega-retailers’ sites have a special feature this year: You can plug in your zip code to find your school supply list online! Now that’s advanced.
If you have a budding artist or total art star, you’ll want to swing by Blick’s clearance sale, where we found art essentials for up to 65% off. No doubt students want to look good too, so we scoped out the best style deals from Nordstrom’s “Back to School Under $50” section and our fave shoe mega-retailer Zappos. We even dropped by Ulta, with the ever-changing complexion of teenagers in mind.
And to make sure they are well-rested, how about some sleep essentials (on sale, of course) from the bedding experts at Casper? Bedding brand Pacific Coast is having a sitewide sale right now and Bed, Bath & Beyond’s clearance event is off the charts.
Scroll for our 30 school supply essentials and style picks — all on sale right now. There’s plenty here to outfit everyone from your middle-schooler to your high-schooler and the one that’s headed off to college!
Let us highlight that these pens have earned 29,000 five-star ratings. Whoa! One superfan wrote, “The chiseled tip makes it easy to highlight words with just one easy swipe, regardless of the exact size of the letters. The fluorescent colors are bright and easy to see, and none of the colors are too dark…I love them.”
Apple Watch Series 7 GPS, 41mm
Help your student be on time and stay in touch with this majorly marked down Apple Watch — complete with a sporty band — at Walmart. Four other colors are available at a higher price, but we think this green is gorgeous.
We’re willing to bet that your student would want and benefit from having an Apple Watch in a number of ways. Of this Series 7, a five-star reviewer writes: “I can’t believe I waited so long. As is true of all the Apple products I own, my Apple Watch is superb. It integrates seamlessly with my iPhone, iMac, MacBook and iPads…I bought the Apple Watch 7 primarily to monitor my health; it does a great job of that and so much more.”
Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack
This beauty will last and last. No wonder the brand’s stuck with the same iconic design since 1978. It’s water resistant and easy to wipe clean. The backpack has two side compartments, adjustable straps, and even has a seat pad stashed inside (which also serves to cushion the back and protect belongings).
“Everything I hoped it would be,” wrote a happy shopper. “Very comfortable and a nice size for school or just for using as an everyday bag. Love the foam insert in the back, it protects my laptop…I really love the reflective logo patch, perfect for walking or biking at night.”
“This is the perfect universal backpack for all your needs,” reported a five-star reviewer.
“Excellent for school use — even for middle and high school boys!” promised a five-star reviewer. “I bought one for my sixth-grader son so that he would only have to carry around one notebook…It survives being carried around in his backpack and the locker of the sixth grader…I also bought one for my high school age son, and likewise, he uses it as his only notebook for high school. He organizes his notes into his Google Drive account.”
Many educators profess their love for these pencils in their Amazon reviews. Here one testifies: “The best pencils that money can buy! As a teacher, I know my office supplies…These pencils sharpen well…and the eraser is great! It’s not a smudgy eraser, and it doesn’t break off when it is used. If you are still not sure about buying these pencils, see a teacher’s eyes light up when you mention ‘Ticonderoga’ pencils. I guarantee these are their favorites, and they feel as passionately about these pencils as I do…So, make a teacher’s day, and buy these pencils for their classroom. You will automatically be a favorite in their book.”
A five-star fan summed it up: “Paper Mate Pink Pearl erasers are the best there are! Soft and flexible, no smudging. Great price.”
“These are awesome pens!” writes a pleased shopper. “I also got the blue ones from this brand. I really like these and how smooth they write. Also even if you leave them uncapped for a while, they still work like day one. A really good and trusted pen brand. They don’t disappoint.”
Reeves Sketch Pencil School Pack
Those who live to draw will geek out on this pack of 144 high-quality graphite lead pencils. They’ve got an easy grip and are excellent for drawing, sketching and shading. And they’re 65% off!
Conair True Glow Facial Brush
Help your teen give TLC to their changing skin with this cleansing tool. It gently lifts away dirt, oil and the day’s makeup. Three brush attachments let you choose whether to cleanse, exfoliate or moisturize and massage.
According to shoppers, one of these gadgets is not enough for a household. “It’s like a spa treatment!” raved a five-star reviewer. “I have tried all 3 heads and they work like magic! My face feels so clean afterwards…It gets all the dirt and dead skin off, plus cleans out those yucky pores. I have to get one for my teenage son cause he stole mine.”
Native Deodorant, Coconut and Vanilla
No aluminum, no parabens, no cruelty. Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling all natural deodorant is just as popular for what it doesn’t have as what it does have: nourishing probiotics, baking soda plus soothing coconut oil and shea butter.
“Best for my teen’s extreme B.O.,” writes a pleased parent. “Been using Native for over a year now. I originally started buying for my teen. This the ONLY natural deodorant that actually worked against her extreme B.O!!! GREAT product.”
One reviewer said these are superior to the (pricier) competition: “Got these for my partner’s birthday after her Beats took a beating. The sound quality is SUCH an improvement, and the overall aesthetic and workmanship of these destroys Beats overall. More settings, easily paired, and a great value. If you’re looking for a good Beats alternative, or just better headphones — these are them. They don’t get too hot, they look great, they fit great, and they’re relatively inexpensive.”
Still fresh after all these years. One five-star reviewer wrote: “Classic and comfortable. I had them when I was a child; now my children love them too.”
A thrilled reviewer wrote, “I LOVE these boots. The fit is true to size, the sparkly leather is FUN, and they are nice and warm.”
“Soft and comfy!” raves a fan. “Usually a large, bought a medium and it fits perfect. Large chested and this fits super cute, I have a short torso and I can wear this with mid-waisted bottoms without showing midriff.”
Casper Weighted Blanket
A good weighted blanket calms anxiety and ushers in sweet sleep. A true back-to-school essential, if you ask us. All three weights (10, 15, 20 lbs) of this primo Casper blanket are on sale in all four colors.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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