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35 of the best stationery buys for kids

Kit your child out for the new school year with on-trend pens, pencil cases, notebooks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, folders and more - from top UK retailers like Smiggle, Paperchase, WH Smith, Ryman and Amazon

  • Back to school stationery buying can be a bit of a minefield – but it’s something to think about before September rolls around.In addition to getting what they actually need (like notebooks, pens, pencils, folders etc), you’ve also got to think about what’s gonna be trendy in the classroom.Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the coolest, trendiest and quirkiest exercise books, pencil cases, pens, pencils, crayons, rubbers, pencil sharpers, and so much more.All great buys that not only get your child ready for the new school term – but that we reckon they, and all their school pals, will love ?

    What stationery’s trending for the 2019/20 school year?

    Stationery makers are going big on underwater creatures: especially mermaids, sharks and narwhals for September 2019 – as well as scented notepads, pens and just about anything you can smell, really!

    Jungle creatures remain a steady fave, and 2018’s trendiest animal, the unicorn, is still easy to find on all kinds of stationery ???

    Here are 35 of the best school supplies and stationery you can buy now…

    1. Smiggle Universe Silicone Scented Pop Out Pencil Case, £15.50

    Comes in 5 designs: light blue (cats and cakes), black (aliens), bright pink (unicorns and rainbows), purple (deer in a magical forest) and mid blue (Transformer-style robots).

    This lovely case closes magnetically, has a few pen holders, and has mini scissors, eraser, pencil sharpener and mini tape waiting to pop out. Very cool.

    Available from: Amazon

    2. Stib Jumbo Colouring Pencils, £9.95

    stib colouring pencils

    A stunning set of 12 chunky colouring pencils, all of which have positive wording along the edge. They come in a lovely tube, with an orange double pencil sharpener.

    Available from:  Stib Online

    3. WHSmith Henley Blue Dot Rollbound Expanding File, £8.99

    WHSmith Henley Blue Dot Rollbound Expanding File

    This simple folder is perfect for storing all those papers that can build up over term time. It expands and is very easy to secure.

    Available from:  WHSmith

    4. Kawaii Cool A6 Silver Metallic Cloud Lined Notebook, £8

    kawaii cloud notebook

    This super cute cloud notebook’s unique selling point is that it has 96 pages of ‘rainbow ombre’ coloured paper. If that doesn’t inspire note-taking and idea-jotting, we don’t know what will.

    Available from: Paperchase

    5. Smigglets Scented Sharpener Eraser, £3.50


    This little alien is fun and practical. Combining a pencil sharpener and eraser in one. There are 5 different designs to chose from.


    6. WHSmith Sparkle Pop Llama Plush Pencil Case, £9.99

    An adorable furry Llama pencil case with a white glitter face. The zip has a pom pom attached to it and the plush blue fur is very stroke-able!

    Available from: WH Smith

    7. Crayola Twistable Crayons, £2


    A fun take on the classic crayons we all know so well.

    Available from: Hobbycraft

    8. Smiggle Metallic Football Boot Pencil Case, £12.50


    If your little one loves their trainers, their sports, or just likes to stand out – this classic zippy shoe-shaped pencil case is the perfect fit.

    Available from: Smiggle

    9.  NPW Unicorn Prediction Pen, £8

    This fun pen takes the guess work out of any “difficult” decisions. Use it to find out what a unicorn would do. Problem solved!

    Available from: John Lewis

    10. WHSmith Sparkle Pop Stars and Moon Glitter Shake A5 Notebook, £9.99

    Inspire your future astronaut with this beautifully designed A5 notebook. Perfect for keeping notes on constellations and solar systems.

    Available from: WHSmith

    11. 5 mini dog highlighters, £4.00

    A highlighter for dog lovers. 5 different colours each with their own doggy personality.

    Available from: Paperchase

    12. Ryman Monster Automatic Pencil Sharpener, £8.49

    ryman monster pencil sharpener

    Your child can keep their pencil sharp with this cool, monster-themed automated pencil sharpener – ideal to keep in lockers.

    Available from: Ryman

    13. Tobar Scentos Rainbow Pen, £3.32


    The ultimate rainbow pen. Push down one of 10 nibs to reveal one of 10 different coloured inks – and scents.

    Available from: Amazon

    14. Lecture notebook 4-in-1 A5 – ruled, £3

    A great notebook for organising different subjects. Each divider has a unique, fun theme so you can easily separate subjects.

    Available from: Hema

    15. Fashion Stationery Dinosaur Ruler 20cm, £2.75

    Erm, how cool is this ruler for dinosaur lovers? It is also very practical as it can be worn as a slap bracelet. Win win!

    Available from: Amazon


    16. Brown Owl Rubber and Pencil Sharpener, £1.95

    owl sharpener

    A reprieve from the underwater and mythical creatures currently dominating school stationery trends.

    Available from:  Not On The High Street


    17. Pritt Permanent Roller Adhesive, £5 for 2

    Pritt stick just got even better with this roller style applicator. Makes sticking down papers a breeze.

    Available from: Amazon

    18. Disney Store Aladdin A4 Magic Carpet Journal, £14

    Lovely design with a page keeper – this notebook brings all the magic of Aladdin into the classroom.

    Available from: Disney Store

    19. Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters, £3.89 for 6

    stabilo pastel highlighters

    Pale pink, peach, lilac and light blue highlighters – to pretty up any child’s notebook.

    Available from:  Ryman


    20. Smiggle Fab Triple Up Hard Top Pencil Case, £18.50

    smiggle unicorn case

    Three zip pockets, 5 mesh pockets, a different design on either side – it’s the pencil case to end all pencil cases. Also available in mid blue, featuring a shark design.

    Available from: Smiggle

    21. Texas TI Little Professor Solar Calculator, £14.99

    texas calculator

    A cool calculator for your little maths whizz. We like that it’s narrow and not super square, so there’s a chance it’ll fit in bigger pencil cases as well as bags.

    Available from: Amazon


    22. 6 Feathery Fluffy Emu Pens, £6.99

    We love a good fluffy pen, and these colourful characters will adds heaps of fun to any writing assignments.

    Available from: Amazon

    23. Tinc Fruity Torpedos Scented Highlighters, £7.50 for 6

    tin torpedo highlighters

    Six delicious-smelling, brightly-coloured highlighters which come in a smart, see-through case.

    Available from: John Lewis


    24. Anker Kids Craft Scissors, £1.95

    scissors for kids

    Giraffe and zebra patterned safety scissors, suitable for children above the age of 6. Again, these might be best off living in a craft box!

    Available from: Amazon

    25. WHSmith Owl Erasers (Pack of 4), £1.99

    WHSmith Owl Erasers (Pack of 4)

    Four adorable owl eraser. They come apart so you can have fun reassembling them.

    Available from: WHSmith

    26. LEGO 9 Count Coloured Gel Pens, £14

    lego gel pens

    LEGO’s twist on the never-ending gel pen craze. These are hard to come by, and are just still available on Amazon.

    Available from: Amazon


    27. Papier Astronaut Boy and Girl Notebooks, £10.99 – £12.99

    papier astronaut girl and boy

    This Papier series is truly lovely. There are multiple books to choose from, with a variety of characters (boy and girl, all representing multiple ethnicities).

    You can get either a plain sketchbook or a lined notebook, and all are personalised with your child’s name.

    Available from: Papier

    28. Sharpie Fish, £12.99

    sharpie fish

    Honestly, we’re not quite sure what our little ones would do with 28 permanent Sharpie markers. All we know is that we want them (for ourselves).

    Available from: WH Smith

    29. WH Smith Tropical Blast Peach-Scented Journal, £9.99


    Peach-scented notebook with a cover that reminds us of a totally-kawaii squishy! Safe to say it’ll be a hit…

    Available from: WH Smith

    30. Hema notebook A6 ruled, £2

    Add some positive motivation to homework time. This fun notebook as a doubly positive message.

    Available from: Hema

    31. Banana Plush Pencil Case, £3.75


    A simple, no-fuss pencil case – it’s a banana character with big eyes wearing a pair of glasses.

    Available from: Sainsbury’s

    32. WH Smith Narwhal Rollbound Ringbinder Set, £14.99


    Pastel colours, sequins and an on-trend narwhal design. It also comes with dividers and notebook pages already slotted in. Everything your child needs to get the new term started…

    Available from: WH Smith

    33. Hema Washi Tape 3-Pack, £2.50

    Three washi tapes, which are ideal for kids to use to personalise their workbooks and stationery. A lovely alternative to stickers.

    Available from: Hema

    34. Hema Flamingo tape holder with tape, £4.00

    A cute flamingo shaped tape holder that dispenses animal themed tape.

    Available from: Hema


    35. Maped 30cm Folding Ruler, £2.49

    This ingenious ruler doubles in size from 15cm to 30cm making it great for storing in pencil cases.

    Available from: WHSmith

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