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    29 Back-To-School Products You’ll Actually Use All Semester Long

    You'll probably use them after you graduate, too!

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    1. An anchor-shaped book prop that'll hold your textbook open, so you'll never lose your place. It's also flat enough to be used as a bookmark when you're ready to stop studying.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.99. Also available in rose gold.

    2. A sticky note dispenser that'll double as a holder for your pens, pencils, and other stationery supplies. Notes pop out one at a time, so you don't have to worry about accidentally grabbing a fistful.

    The sticky note dispenser holding markers and stickers next to a stack of sticky notes
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    It comes with a pad of aqua notes to get you started and you can grab backup here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99. Also available in grey.

    3. A genius reusable notebook that can make electronic copies of everything you jot down with the help of a free app. Using it is simple: when you're done writing, just hold your phone above the page. The free app detects and captures each page, creating a digital copy that looks identical to your handwritten notes.

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    It comes with 36 reusable pages, a microfibre cloth, and a pen. Reviewers love it because they can jot down notes in meetings or class and send them out to friends and colleagues in a flash.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $40+. Available in two styles and eight colours.

    4. A pair of chic blue light-blocking glasses, so that you don't hurt your precious peepers by staring at screens all day. They help protect against eye fatigue, dry eyes, and vision falling, plus they'll make you look stylish as heck.

    A person wearing the blue light glasses in their office
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    "I put the glasses on one morning when I already had a headache and heavy-feeling eyes before 10 a.m. and within about 30 minutes, I felt relief. NO headache, and NO more tired eyes! I can work even longer without feeling like I need to look away before my screen burns holes into my eyes, and I'm in an overall happier mood because I don't have headaches anymore — in fact, since getting these glasses two weeks ago, I haven't had a single headache or moment of tired eyes! Loooooove these glasses! Of course, since they are meant to block harmful light from electronic devices, you should only wear them while you use your electronics and not just casually." —Jasmin Suknanan

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.96. Available in eight colours.

    5. A portable angled laptop desk with a cushioned wrist pad and bottom for optimal comfort. It has a built-in slot for your tablet, so it won't tip over while you work.

    A person using the laptop desk while sitting on a couch
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $49.99.

    6. An anti-spill drink holder that'll save you from knocking your coffee onto your computer. It fits cups and mugs of all sizes, and has a micro-suction base that holds on tight, but won't leave behind residue on your table.

    The anti-spill drink holder on a coffee table with a mug inside of it
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.95.

    7. A password logbook, if you can never remember your login info for anything. It has spaces for websites, software license numbers, and home network settings (basically, all the important stuff).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.49. Also available in solid black, map, watercolour, and floral patterns.

    8. A laptop-cooling gadget that clamps right to the side of your computer and will keep your device from overheating when you've got a million tabs open at once. It can reduce both surface and internal temperature in minutes, and is more effective than most cooling pads.

    A laptop-cooling gadget clipped to the side of a laptop
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    Reviewers say it makes their whole setup quieter, since their laptop fan doesn't have to do as much work.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $33.99.

    9. A slim Keurig machine that'll make you the perfect cup of coffee in under a minute, because using a French press takes far too long when you're working on a deadline. It also doesn't take up very much counter space, so you can probably keep it right on your desk.

    A Keurig machine dripping coffee into a cup
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $79.95. Also available in blue.

    10. A personal library kit that'll help you keep track of all the textbooks you lend out to your classmates. It even comes with 20 card pockets, giving you enough for all of your most-used editions.

    A personal library kit laid out on a table
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    It comes with 20 self-adhesive card pockets, 20 checkout cards, one date stamp, one black ink pad, and one pencil.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $28.80.

    11. A pair of wide-leg flowy pants, because comfy loungewear is essential to productivity (fact: nobody has ever written a successful essay while wearing jeans). Reviewers say they're so soft and comfy that you'll never want to take them off.

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    Get them on Amazon Canada for $19.10+. Available in 18 colours and sizes XS-XL.

    12. A keyboard protector that'll keep your computer safe from dust, drips, and spills. All the essential keyboard shortcuts (like screenshot and search bar) are colour coded, so you'll never have to turn to Google for help again.

    The keyboard protector half applied to a keyboard
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    It's compatible with a ton of different Apple models, so there's a good chance it'll work with yours.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $8.99.

    13. An expandable drawer organizer with different-sized compartments that you can use to hold your notebooks, business cards, and other little bits and bobs. It can be collapsed to fit in smaller spaces or expanded to cover entire desk drawers.

    A desk organizer stocked with thumbtacks, paperclips, sticky notes, breath mints, and more
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $21.57. Also available in clear acrylic.

    14. A High Performance planner that'll keep on track for the entire semester. Not only does it breakdown your daily schedule by the hour, but it also keeps tabs on how you're feeling, what your goals are, how productive you are, and tons of other valuable metrics.

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    Every page offers a comprehensive breakdown of the day (divided into half-hour sections), space to write your goals, end of day reflections, and notes. It also has weekly calendars and pages where you can grade your progress from week to week and month to month. Since starting to use it, I know when everything is happening, when things are due, and am actually a lot more punctual. I also can see trends in my mindset and know what I need to work on (be that mental health, productivity, work, relationships with friends and family, etc.).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $20.39.

    15. A ladybug-shaped desk vacuum that can tackle petite messes, like crumbs in your keyboard and pencil shavings on your notepads. Reviewers say that it's a great conversation piece and is great at busting dust.

    The ladybug vaccum sitting on a desk in front of a computer keyboard
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    It requires two AA batteries (not included, but you can grab them here).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.98.

    16. A flexible phone mount that'll hold your phone while you click-clack away on your keyboard (perfect if you don't have the desk space for a regular mount). Clip it to your desk and stream Netflix or FaceTime to your heart’s content, hands free.

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    "I'm a total klutz when it comes to holding my phone. I can't tell you how many times I've dropped my phone on my face while video chatting with friends and family, even if I use the phone grip on the back of my case. It feels awkward holding my phone up, and my arm eventually gets tired after keeping that position for an hour. But this phone mount was a game changer. The mount is wide enough to clip onto my headboard, and I can use it on different pieces of furniture in my house, like my desk or shelf. Plus, the holder stretches open really wide, so it'll fit any phone." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.99. Also available in white.

    17. A clip-on book light, if you're a night owl who does their best work after the sun goes down. The flexible holder allows you to bend it to hit your page at just the right angle.

    A person using the book light to illuminate the pages of their novel
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.99.

    18. A dual-ended laptop cleaning device that'll sweep your keyboard and clean your screen, so you don't have to work with a gadget covered in crumbs and smeared fingerprints. The brush side is retractable and the screen wipe has a protective cover, so it won't get messed up if you throw it in your bag.

    A person sweeping their keyboard with the cleaning tool
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    It doesn't require any extra sprays or supplies to get the job done, either!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.12. Also available in a deep clean set with two tools.

    19. A pair of acrylic memo boards that attach to the sides of your computer, so that you don't have to cover your desk in sticky notes. The bottom has a lip that can hold your untouched notes, too.

    An acrylic memo board on the side of a computer monitor
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    Get a board for the right side of your monitor for $10.78. Also available for the left side and in a pack of two (one for each side).

    20. An apple-shaped magnetic paperclip holder that'll keep your smallest desk doodads in one place. It comes with paper clips, but you can also use it for things like pushpins and sewing needles.

    A magnetic paperclip holder filled with paperclips
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.39.

    21. A set of wallet-sized pastel highlighters that'll fit easily into smaller pockets and pencil cases. As an added bonus, they won't dry out, even if you leave their caps off for hours.

    A person holding a highlighter above several other highlighters on a table
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    Get a pack of six on Amazon Canada for $13.95.

    22. A patterned cork board where you can hang your calendar, to-do lists, and other essential documents. Reviewers love that it's prettier than a regular cork board, meaning it doesn't mess with their home decor vibe.

    A patterned cork board with postcards and a calendar on it
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    It only comes with two push pins, so you'll probably want to grab extras here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $34.30.

    23. A pack of spiral cable protectors that'll save your precious charging cords from fraying when they're about to bite the dust. The pack includes a variety of different colours that'll help you identify which cord belongs to who, so you'll never feud with your partner or roommates over stealing your stuff again.

    A spiral cable protector o a phone cord and computer charging cord
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    If you want to make your cords cuter, there are also cartoon animal-themed cord protectors available!

    Get a pack of five in assorted colours for $7.99. Also available in larger packs.

    24. A compact monitor raiser with storage shelves that'll keep your desk space free of clutter. Reviewers say it keeps their computer screen at eye level, so it might help alleviate stress on your neck, too.

    A computer monitor on top of the monitor raiser with a laptop and magazines beneath it
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $32.99. Also available in a larger size.

    25. A mini hole puncher with an ergonomic handle that'll help make all of your loose sheets fit into your binder. It has a built-in waste compartment, so you won't create a mess on your desk when you use it.

    A person squeezing the handle of the hole punch.
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    The colour is chosen randomly at the time of shipment.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.91.

    26. A slotted cord organizer that'll hold onto all your wires, so they don't slither away under your desk. It's made of natural wood, making it a more eco-friendly option than plastic alternatives.

    The wooden cord holder stuck to the side of a desk with four cords clipped into it
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    This one has adhesive backing, so it can be stuck to almost any surface.

    Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

    27. A set of ruled sticky notes so you can attach additional notes on top of your notes. These are great if you want to flag something in a textbook but don't want to write on the actual page (keep that resale value high; you've got student loans to pay).

    A ruled sticky note on top of a page of notes
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    Get a pack of 60 notes on Amazon Canada for $16.03. Also available in larger value packs.

    28. A faux wood electric pencil sharpener that'll shave your writing tools down to perfect points in mere seconds. Now you won't have to spend minutes cranking away with a hand sharpener only to be left with a dull or broken pencil.

    A person putting a pencil into the sharpener
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.34. Available in five styles.

    29. And finally, a staple-free stapler that'll bond your pages together without any extra accessories. It simply punches through the paper and folds it over, no staples necessary!

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    Get it on Amazon Canda for $12.99+. Available in four colours.

    You preparing for your first day of school with all your new stuff:


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