While there are certain must-haves for school, like backpacks and lunch boxes, we always love finding the coolest school supplies that just make things a little more fun this time of year. Whether you’re helping your kid express his or her individuality with a cool backpack charm, making reading time more special with personalized bookplates, or tracking down file folders in different styles —  so that there is no fighting among your kids about whose is whose — we love these little indulgences that make for big smiles.

[click here for our 2016 back to school guide]

And so we’re thrilled that this post is brought to you by our partner, the Amex EveryDay Credit Card which helps you make the most of those #EveryDayMoments like back to school shopping! Especially since these are the very kinds of items you can purchase with your Amex EveryDay to start earning  Membership Rewards points; in fact you get a bonus of 20% extra Membership Rewards points after making 20 purchases in a billing period.

In other words, those pencils, backpacks, and sticky notes can add up to oh…let’s say a family vacation, far far away from anywhere you might be required to pack school lunches. And there’s no annual fee at all. Sweet.

So enjoy our picks for these cool school supplies tracked down from all over the web, which hail from smaller retailers, indie designers, and those big shops you may find yourself visiting anyway. Happy shopping!


The coolest school supplies for back to school

work hard and be kind pencils $9/5 design gem | ice cream erasers $1, stubby pencil studio | heck, yeah! notebook $9.95, paper source | school year paint chip calendar $24.95, paper source |  scissor + ruler set $10, poppin | ugly doll drawstring bags $20, ugly doll


The coolest school accessories for back to school shopping | Cool Mom Picks

tattly science kit temporary tattoos  $15 tattly| kaiju monster LED key chain $5.99 perpetual kid | personalized dragon + knight bookplates $12, the fox and the teacup | personalized beetle name labels $12/sheet minted |  colorful file folders $15/24 poppin | personalized avery panda binder $20.95 zazzle

band aids by oh joy | back to school shopping guide

band-aids by oh joy $2.49, target



Cool school supplies for preschool | Back to school shopping guide

personalized pencil case  $22 tiny me |corkboard hedgehog $10.27 amazon  |  personalized name labels $12/sheet minted | wooden animal ruler set $8.97, world market  | ugly dolls ice bat umbrella $15, ugly dolls |happy whale bookplate sticker pack  $4.50, boy girl party



Minecraft Cases: The wolf for your iPhone 5/5S or iPhone 6

minecraft wolf phone case $19.99, think geek


Cool back to school supplies for big kids and tweens

arrow sticky notes  $3 see jane work | retro pen set $6, kikkerland | kawaii ghibli doodle ipod skin  $15 by kira kira doodles on society 6 |personalized kawaii pencil stamp $18.95


Hello Kitty black pencil pouch | cool back to school accessories

hello kitty pencil pouch $9, sanrio


Cool, colorful school supplies for kids | Back to school shopping guide

geometric pencil set $9, see jane work| i am very busy pencil pouch $7.80 on sale, see jane work | bear letter organizer $22.50 amazon | geo composition book $5, poppin + matching school supplies | mt washi tape assortment $15.47, amazon | geometric file folders $9 see jane work


cool back to school gift: personalized stationery + like a boss pencils | back to school shopping guide

 like a boss pencils  $10/6 Macarons and Mimosas | personalized stationery  $15 the fox and the teacup

Cool school supplies to make back to school more fun

personalized pencil case $9.50 PBK |viva bicycle accessories copper bike bell  $20 cooper hewitt museum shop |8-pack colorful velcro cable ties $6.50/8 gorilla gadgets |ninja eraser set $13.99 perpetual kid |   pixel superhero alphabet tote $22 society 6 | red monster avery binder $20.95 zazzle


Unicorn erasers! Cool school supplies for kids

unicorn erasers $1 each, stubby pencil studio



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Back to School Guide 2015 posts:

12 awesome DIY back to school crafts your kids can actually do
The coolest lunch boxes and bags for kids of all ages
The coolest backpacks for preschool and little kids
The coolest backpacks for big kids
The coolest lunchbox accessories