With a new school year beginning, I’m always on the hunt for fun and unique back to school products. Sure kids need new binders, pencils and backpacks, but what about some other fun and unique back to school items to have that aren’t on your typical back-to-school shopping list?

Here are some fun and unique back to school products to have this year:

Nixplay Seed

With the start of each school year comes a feeling of nostalgia. Once your children are in school, the years seem to fly by with little warning. But with less and less time, many of our photos end up only as files on our mobile devices or cameras. Display those precious moments on your cell phone on the Nixplay Seed display screen. The 10.1-inch widescreen presents your most treasured snaps on a sleek frame.

The Nixplay App for iOS and Android gives you full control over your frame; Connect to Google Photos to ensure your frame is always up to date; Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram also supported from the website. Both the app and website are easy to use; just upload your photos and add them to your playlist. Share photos and videos from your phone or by email to the Nixplay frame, wherever it is!

$169.99 Nixplay

Fun and Unique Back to School Products to Have - Nixplay Seed

Skrible pencil case

Now here’s a smartly-designed pencil case – the Skrible. There is room for all of your pens, pencils, erasers and other school gadgets. The Canadian-designed Skirble has a molded hard shell but with a soft feel and cool designs your kids will love. The best part of this pencil case is that it opens up like a book – the heavy-duty wrap-around zipper opens flat so you can see everything inside easily. No more digging to find that eraser or sharpener.  The mesh compartments keep everything organized.

What’s more is that each Skrible purchase supports WE Well-being, an initiative that empowers youth and families with educational tools and resources to promote their own positive well-being and the well-being of their community.

$19.99 – $25.99 Skrible

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - Skrible pencil case


NoteTower Desktop Pro

Trouble finding that scrap piece of paper with important info on it from the other papers strewn across your desk? Well, the NoteTower® Desktop Pro will help with your most important papers, photos and sticky notes. Since the NoteTower® Pro takes space upwards, your desk can remain clean and organized. This innovative organizer keeps can hold your documents in place for easy viewing, organizes your sticky notes, business cards, and other important mappers.  The clever lever arms extend from the rear of the tower to hold copy paper in portrait or landscape positions. The bottom of the NoteTower has suction pads to provide stability and can be moved without leaving marks on your desk.

$19.99 NoteTower

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - NoteTower Pro

Mead 2019-2020 Donut Planner

Show off you personality with a fun, unique design on a daily planner. The Mead 2019-2020 Gold and Bold Donut Large Weekly/Monthly Academic has a weekly two-page spread, and a monthly as well. It also comes with telephone/address page, pages for notes, event calendar and holidays; twin coil binding resists snagging and lays flat for ease of use.

$16.99 Amazon.ca

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - Mead Planner

Drawstring Bag

Kids will obviously have their backpacks for books and binders. But it’s helpful to also have a drawstring bag for gym clothes, extra shirts and other belongings. This cute monogrammed bag on Etsy can be personalized with your child’s initials.

$21.96 Etsy.ca.

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - monogrammed bag

First Day of School Sign

Thanks to social media, every start of school means your feed is full of back-to-school “first day of school” photos. A perfect prop when taking photos as they’re ready to head off to school on the first day (and eager on their last) is this handmade wood sign with “My First Day of _” on one side and “My Last Day of _” on the other. Each side has a painted chalkboard label to customize each year.

$42 Etsy.ca

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - First Day of School Sign

Metallic Sharpie Markers

Add a little pizzazz to your daily planners, calendars and notebooks with this 6-pack of Sharpie Metallic Fine Point Permanent Markers.

$12.99 at Staples.

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - metallic Sharpies


Pineapple Backpack

Kids and moms alike will love the pineapple and coconut patterns on this fun backpack. It’s durable and water-resistant and has many pockets to help keep your things organized.

$38.99 Amazon.ca

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - pineapple backpack

Animal USB Memory Sticks

I love these adorable USB Flash drive memory sticks in either a penguin, owl, bee, or fox. They come in sizes 4GB up to 128GB.

$4-$11 Wish.com

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - animal memory stick

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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  1. Lynda Cook Reply

    I love those pencil cases, and I might get a couple for the home office!

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