Get Ready for School! Top 10 Essential & Quirky School Supplies

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You can stick with the ordinary, plain covered notebooks and binders; the usual markers and crayons in a box; and the typical pile of simple pocket folders — or you can jazz up your school supplies with handcrafted school supplies from expert, indie artisans! From stylish binder covers to crocheted crayon caddies, there is an abundance of varied school supplies that are handmade to quirky perfection. With handmade school supplies, your school supply collection will have an added unique touch and give you items no one else has. Not only are students learning math and history, but they’re also learning about themselves and growing as individuals. It’s important to develop that individuality in every way, no matter how small, from hair color to hobbies. Even with school supplies, you can present your individuality proudly! Start with one-of-a-kind and functional school supplies from our list to see what spunk and personality you can add to your school supplies.

Set of Six Recycled Race Car Pencils Crayons All-In-One
By The Crayon Train

Get your coloring on with crayon and colored pencil doubles at The Crayon Train! This set of race car crayons attached to coordinating colored pencils makes it a convenient and money-saving delight for your child’s pencil box. With each set, you receive swirled color pencil crayons that are in basic colors, such as green, orange, and purple. Want other shape rather than race cars? Contact The Crayon Train to inquire about other crayon shapes for your pencil crayon set.

Printable Daily Planner & To-Do Lists
By Piccadilly Printables

Save yourself an agenda that you can only use for 12-18 months and get Piccadilly Printables’ daily planner instead! This daily planner provides all seven days of the week and won’t ever go out of date since you put in the date yourself for each day. With sections from to-dos to goals, Piccadilly Printables’ downloadable and printable daily planner has everything you need one sheet of paper. Piccadilly Printables’ daily planner lets you endlessly print as many as you want.

Personalized Reverse Clover Designed Pocket Folder
By The Preppy Ladybug

Keep your school assignments safe in a stylish way with The Preppy Ladybug’s personalized pocket folder! From flirty watermelon to nautical navy, you can choose from 18 different colors to personalize your pocket folder’s design any way you want along with various fonts, accent shapes, and colors. Each folder measures 9’’ x 12’’ when closed and 18’’ x 12’’ when opened.

Customized Chevron Monogram Printable Binder Cover
By P2P Printables

Give your binder a boost of trendy and girly design with P2P Printables’ customized, chevron-designed monogram binder cover! With various colors, monogram fonts, and designs, you’re able to completely personalize your binder covers for any school subject. P2P Printables provides one front cover and six binder edges, which are all in PDF format so that you can easily download them to your computer. By doing so, you’re able to print out as many as you want!

Personalized Deluxe Notebook Cover
By Our Little Messes

Tired of that same ol’ marbled composition notebook look? Embellish your notebooks with these vibrant and colorful notebook covers from Our Little Messes! The cover measures at 9.75’’ x 7.5’’, which can wrap around most composition notebooks. You can choose your cover fabric from Our Little Messes’ list and get any chosen name embroidered on the cover. With a sewn-in ribbon, you can always keep your place in your notebook instead of wasting precious class time searching! A pen loop is also added for convenience, perfect for those who like to coordinate colored pens for each class

Homework Designed Leather Pencil Case
By Present & Correct

For the sophisticated and modern fashion centered, keep your school essentials in Present & Correct’s leather pencil case! Present & Correct’s leather pencil cases are designed with basic school lesson necessities, such as pi and colors, along with a friendly message on the front of each leather pouch: Do your homework! Choose from three leather color options for your own leather pencil case: whiskey, yellow, and dark brown. Even at 7.75’’ x 4’’, you can fit scissors, pencils, and more into these dainty and handy leather pencil cases.

Upcycled Crocheted Crayon Caddy
By All Things Granny

Regular crayon boxes can go through wear and tear, so it’s time to up the protection and security for precious crayons with All Things Granny’s crocheted crayon caddy! The colorful and trendy crocheted cover envelops a plastic container to further secure your crayons. Measuring at 6 inches high, you’re able to put other supplies in this crayon caddy as well. Portable and functional, All Things Granny’s crayon caddy is a must-have for every kid’s cubby and provides as a great travel case for on-the-go crafting.

Explore Dream Discover Green Wooden Pencil Set of Six
By Earmark

Kids nervous on the first day of school? Present them with this encouraging and inspirational set of six green wooden pencils from Earmark! Each pencil has the words explore, dream, and discover on them, quoted from Mark Twain himself, which is perfect for ready-to-mold minds. This set of six wooden pencils come unsharpened and in a quirky label and cellophane bag, making it an excellent and useful back-to-school present.

Pencil Shaped & Designed Zipper Pouch
By Sassy Stitches by Lori

What better way to protect your pencils than inside a pencil? Sassy Stitches by Lori presents a pencil shaped zipper pouch that measures 9.5’’ x 3’’ and is roomy enough for pencils, pens, markers, and more. You can also use this quaint pouch for your lunch money or other school supplies. Sassy Stitches by Lori also has a whole collection of zippered pouches in various styles and colors, from Victorian lace to cutesy polka dots.

Chevron Drawstring Gym Bag
By Monogram Envy Boutique

Get ready to run miles and play volleyball in gym class with Monogram Envy Boutique’s chevron designed drawstring gym bag! Personalize with various fonts and colors to ensure your gym clothes and belongings never get stolen. Both boys and girls can enjoy having their own cool and stylish gym bag from Monogram Envy Boutique. Each bag measures at 15’’ x 18.5’’ to give you the most room for all your gym clothing and fit in your locker; no need for your huge, textbook-filled backpack to take up room in the locker room!

When choosing school supplies, whether online at independent shops or in stores at brand name companies, be sure to calculate how many times you’ll be using an item and how long it will last. Just because you’re shopping for school supplies doesn’t mean you have to put a hole in your wallet! Being smart about spending on school supplies can save you I-just-wasted-money regret later. Happy school supply shopping!

Written by Emily Nguyen, a core contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.