20 Items to Add to Your Cart for Yourself While Back-to-School Shopping

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Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be just for kids! Sometimes I miss the feeling of receiving a school supply list and heading to the store with my mom to pick out everything I needed for a new year in the classroom. So as August rolls around, I always like to check out what new stationery and organization products are available for me, too.

From functional lunchboxes and bags in fun patterns to upgraded pens and paper, there are definitely items that you’ll want to throw into your cart for yourself while you back-to-school shop for your kids. These items can upgrade your desk set-up (at home or in an office) or help you organize your day-to-day mom duties.

We’ve rounded up 20 of the cutest items to treat yourself to while back-to-school shopping this year:


Kaya Laptop Backpack

This laptop backpack is not only stylish, it's super functional—the multitude of pockets and easy-to-clean material make it an ideal choice for everything from work to traveling.

10+ colors available


Stackable Salad Container

8 colors available


All-in-One Stackable Bento Lunch Box Container

We love Bentgo lunchboxes for kids, but did you know they make adult versions as well? Pack up this bento box for an office lunch or an on-the-go charcuterie board.

8 colors available


Insulated Lunch Bag

8 colors available

Etsy | Cottonn craft

Quilted Zipper Pouch

I'm a strong believer that you can never have enough pouches. They're an organizer's best friend, and these handmade options from Etsy come in multiple gorgeous patterns.

Etsy | HighIcon Studio

Checkerboard Pouch

6 colors available


Gel Ink Pens 10-Pack

Refresh your desk accessories by swapping out those boring old pens and markers with some pretty pastel options.

The Everygirl x Day Designer

Non-Dated Assorted Notepads

Our non-dated products in collaboration with Day Designer not only look cute on your desk, they will help you stay on track with your to-do list.

The Everygirl x Day Designer

Assorted Poly Folders


Lined Journal Notebooks with Pen Holder 4-Pack

These beautifully colored notebooks are great for everything from your ongoing lists to journaling or collaging.

Etsy | Phoebe And June

Personalized Stationery Set

Multiple styles available


Wellness Journal

Want to journal but don't know where to start? This wellness journal from Papier has daily guided prompts so you always know what to write.

Multiple patterns and styles available


Sticky Tabs 3-Pack

If you like to annotate as you read or need a fun way to mark important documents, these sticky tabs are perfect for you.

2 colors available


Color Palette Lined Sticky Notes

4 colors available

Simple Modern

Insulated Tumbler Cup with Straw Lid and Flip Lid

Our editors' favorite tumbler now comes in tons of new colors and with two lid options, so it's a great time to grab one!

6 sizes and 30+ colors/patterns available


Silicone AirPods Case with Keychain

30+ colors available

Etsy | Zoocoming Tree

Natural Canvas Laptop Sleeve

Keep your laptop safe and your bag organized with this pretty zippered sleeve that can also store pens and paper.

3 colors available

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