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    22 School Supplies You'll Actually Use All The Time

    They won't take up a lot of space, I swear.

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    1. A pack of retractable pens that'll become the most functional writing tools you own. Each one combines four pens of different shades so you can write with all the colours of the wind.

    A person writing with a pen
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    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $8.19.

    2. A Kate Spade pencil case that you'll want to show off at every opportunity. It already comes filled with basic school supplies (like pencils, a sharpener, a ruler, and an eraser) so you won't have to buy them separately.

    A small leather pencil case with two pencils, a ruler, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener beside it
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    And when you're not using it for school, you can use it as a travel pouch for beauty products.

    Get it from Indigo for $31.20 (originally $39.99).

    3. A pack of brush pens that'll help you create the most beautiful watercolour paintings, without the mess of actual paint. The set comes with 20 colourful dye pens and a water brush. All you'll need is a little cup of water to dip your pens in if you want to dilute the ink.

    Twenty watercolour brush pens placed around a small drawing of a sun setting behind a mountain
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.99.

    4. An eco-friendly notebook that you can scan using the Rocketbook app to create digital copies of all your notes. The paper is reusable, so once you're finished with your notes, just wipe the paper with a damp cloth to erase everything.

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    It comes with one pen, but you can find a pack with multiple colours here.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $40.07+. Available in two sizes and seven colours.

    5. A pack of tiny highlighters that'll make reading your notes a little easier because they come in pretty pastel colours instead of intense neon ones. They have a wedge-shaped tip so you can highlight or underline your notes, and they’ll still work if you accidentally leave the caps off for a couple hours.

    Three highlighters on a handdrawn floral background
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    Get a pack of four from Amazon Canada $9.18+. Also available in packs of six and eight.

    6. A pack of tiny sprout bookmarks that'll root themselves between whatever page you left off at when you're finishing studying. The stem is long enough that it won't fall out and lose your page, but they're also thin enough they won't ruin the integrity of the book's spine.

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    Get a pack of six from Amazon Canada for $11.03.

    7. A pencil case that you can use to store your growing collection of school supplies. It has 64 elastic bands inside that'll stretch to fit any sized pen, pencil, or marker.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99+. Available in 17 prints.

    8. A pack of colourful pencils that are so pretty, you'll never want to lend them out. Each pencil comes pre-sharpened so you can use them ~write~ away.

    A bunch of pencils in a small jar
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    Get a pack of ten from Amazon Canada for $15+. Available in six styles.

    9. A rechargeable book light that'll make reading in a dark car, bus, or train way easier. You can adjust the angle and the brightness to provide enough light for you to read without disturbing the people around you

    A person reading a large book in the dark There is a small book light attached to the top of the book
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    And when you're ready to charge it, just plug it into your laptop, computer, or power bank charger.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.99+. Available in three colours.

    10. A mini stapler that is small enough to fit in your pencil case and won't take up a lot of space on your desk. It has a built-in staple remover on the back and a little storage space on the bottom so you'll always have backup staples if you run out.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.20+. Available in four colours.

    11. Or try an eco-friendly paper clincher that'll bind up to five pieces of paper together so you won't have to use an actual stapler. It'll also be easier to shred and recycle your papers when you're finished with them because you won't have to mess around with any metal.

    A stack of paper sitting in the teeth of a miniature staple-free stapler
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.49+. Available in two colours.

    12. A little slicer that'll help you quickly and safely cut through tape, paper, or plastic packaging. It has a small ceramic blade that'll never get dull or rust and it's almost impossible to cut your fingers on, making it safer than a regular pair of scissors.

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    I keep one on my keychain, so I always have it near me. I love using it when I’m unpacking groceries and need to cut through the thick plastic packaging. It’s also easier and much more satisfying to open boxes that are covered in packing tape. The ceramic blade is smooth, making it impossible to cut yourself with it, but it can easily cut through paper, plastic, and cardboard. I feel much more comfortable carrying it around than a pair of scissors, and it's only a third of the size.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.29.

    13. A pack of file folders that'll keep your loose papers from getting bent or ripped while they're in your bag. It can hold up to 60 sheets at once and the durable plastic material will protect your notes from getting wet, too.

    A large plastic folder placed on a book
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    Get a pack of five from Amazon Canada for $17.98+. Available in four colours.

    14. A pack of erasers, because accidents happen. They'll remove your mistake in seconds without leaving behind those dreaded smudges and eraser crumbs. And each one has a little quote on it that is equally funny and encouraging.

    Six small erasers organized in a circle
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $4.99.

    15. Or pack of correction tape if you prefer using pens over pencils. It'll dry down immediately so you'll be able to correct handwritten or typed notes in seconds.

    A person using correction tape on a piece of paper
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    16. A pack of Sharpie gel pens that'll make you actually want to take notes because they write like an absolute dream. The ink dries down quickly so it won’t bleed through your paper or smudge if you write with your left hand.

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    "I saw someone on TikTok rave about these, and I was like, 'How good can they really be?' Y'all, they're THAT good. I'm an office supply junkie, and I love a smooth pen, and these pens are silky, silky smooth. (Please forgive my terrible handwriting in the GIF above.) I'm so glad I bought a whole box of them, because these are the only pens I'm using from now on." —Kat Angus

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Sharpie S Gel Pens (#1 on the list).

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon Canada for $18.99.

    17. A bullet journal that can be whatever you want it to be. Each page has a dotted grid, making it easy to use as a sketchbook, diary, planner, or notebook.

    A person placing a notebook on wooden table
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    Add a set of fun stencils to your cart that'll help you design and organize each page.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.95+. Available in five colours.

    18. A tiny but mighty pencil sharpener that has an adjustable insert hole so you can customize the size and thickness of the lead point. The dial on the side changes the angle, creating a longer and thinner point when you use a higher setting.

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    The pencil sharpener works with the graphite grading system. Levels one and two are for coloured pencils, level three for 2B pencils, and levels four or five for HB pencils.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.01+. Available in three colours.

    19. A travel-friendly hole puncher so you can store and organize your worksheets, syllabus, and other sheets of paper in your three-ring binder. It has a tray at the bottom to collect the punched paper and holes on the sides to fit in your binder.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.99. Available in three colours.

    20. A pack of gel pens with adorable animal faces on the lids. The ink is erasable so you can easily make corrections while you're writing.

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    Get a pack of four from Amazon Canada for $11.40.

    21. A USB flash drive that comes in different shapes, like animals, food, and other random objects so you won't lose or confuse it with another flash drive.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.67+. Available in six sizes and 33 styles.

    22. And finally, a colourful agenda that'll help you plan for the year ahead. You'll have enough space to write out your schedule for the day, mark down important deadlines, and jot down tasks on a to-do list.

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    The agenda is filled with fun and useful features like an overview of the month, a notes section, a collection of inspirational quotes, and reminders about fun holidays like National Donut Day.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    You heading to school with your new school supplies:

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