Send your kids off to their first day armed with fun and functional gear that'll inspire them to hit the books.
By Kris Anne Bonifacio
The grips on these BIC erasers will keep fingers smudge-free while correcting mistakes.
BIC Erasers, available at office supply stores, $1.39 for 2-pack and $1.99 for 4-pack
Staples' cute tape dispenser is a sweet addition to any desktop.
Hot Pink Cupcake Tape Dispenser, Staples stores, $8.99
This journal comes with several sheets of scratch art paper—purr-fect for your tween's notes and doodles.
Hello Kitty Neon Scratch Journal, Claire's stores, $12.99
Teens can finish late-night homework in comfort on this portable desk that holds a notebook or a laptop.
With this booklet's grammar guides and quick spelling tips, your kid will excel in English class and never again confuse their, there and they're.
The ultimate companion to any study session—a catchall for pens, highlighters, Post-it notes and flags.
Post-it Pop-up Combo Dispenser by Karim, available at office supply stores, $20.60
Show off your kid's good grades on the fridge door with these sturdy magnets.
If your teens must ride bikes after dark, make sure they have these portable clip-on lights attached to the front and back of their rides.
Pilot's Bottle 2 Pen gets two green thumbs up for being the world's first pen made from recycled bottles.
Say goodbye to sticky fingers and messes—Elmer's glue pen is a clean solution for your kid's science projects.
Staples' Arc notebooks provide as much customizability as regular binders, and the leather cover is definitely a step up from the average canvas variety.
Keep your kid's desk organized with this cute neon green pencil holder from the Museum of Modern Art Design Store.
Simplify note-taking and studying for your teen with this 3-in-1 pen from Post-it, which includes a flag dispenser and a highlighter.
Post-it 3-in-1 Flag+ Pen and Highlighter, available at office supply stores, $5.99 for 2-pack and $7.99 for 3-pack
These nifty binder clips will motivate your teen to keep school papers organized and deadlines in check.
Your teen will get a self-esteem boost every time she writes herself a reminder: Lady Gaga's anti-bullying Born This Way Foundation teamed up with Office Depot to create school supplies that bear messages of empowerment, like those on these "Kindness Sticks" Post-its.
Skip the wooden pencils and sharpener—these BIC mechanical pencils make writing and solving math problems effortless.
BIC Atlantis Fashion Mechanical Pencil, available at office supply stores, $3.39 for a 2-pack and $6.49 for a 4-pack
Both you and your kids will love these scissors that have an attached laser guide to keep cuts straight.
Feed your kids' curiosity with this handy gadget that doubles as a powerful telescope and microscope.
Noise-isolating earphones are perfect for bus rides home from school.
Help your busy teen stay on top of things with a handy pocket-sized notebook that's filled with blank checklists.
Originally published in July 2012 on FamilyCircle.com.
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