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10 Must-Have Back to School Items for College Students

August 24, 2010

No more school. No more books. No more teacher’s dirty looks. At least for a few more weeks, that is. Soon college kids will be dragging their feet back to early morning classes, cramming at late night study groups, and partaking in wild frat parties. Below are 10 useful and entertaining items that any college kid (and graduate, for that matter) would love to own.

A Whole New World


Perspex Globe, Pedlers, £99.00

Expand your horizons with this graphic globe from Perspex. The sleek design and vibrant colors (available in red, yellow, blue, black and green) make it a scholarly addition to any dorm room.

Got You Pinned


Knit Frog Dissection, Paxton Gate, $124

I almost leaped out of my chair when I spotted this. Hand-knit in Vermont, this charming and funny piece is the animal-lover’s alternative to lab class. Made of silk and wool blend yarn and 100% wool-felted organs, you’ll fall in love with this funny little guy from the inside out.

When the Hair of the Dog Won’t Cut It

Hangover Recovery Kit, Knock Knock, $14

We’ve all overindulged and paid for it the next morning. When greasy food and sleep just won’t cut it, turn to the Hangover Kit from Knock Knock. The little tin box contains a 16-page remedy booklet, a silicone bracelet, 5 affirmation cards, 5 healing bandages, a recovery certificate, and a metal charm.

A Novel Laptop Case


BookBook Laptop Case from TwelveSouth, $79-$99

Carry your laptop in style with a BookBook laptop case from TwelveSouth. A smart way for you to carry your Mac,the case is modeled after a vintage, leather-bound book. With a padded interior and a hard top and a rigid spine, the BookBook protects your comp from being crushed. It also serves as a great disguise and will help prevent your laptop from being stolen.

Big Man on Campus


More Sex Condoms by Mads Jakob Poulsen and Robert Nagy, Not for retail

Prove that you’re a big man on campus by always being equipped with the proper protection. These cheekily packaged condoms, which are a packaging concept by two designers, aren’t actually available for retail. But that shouldn’t stop you from picking up a pack of your favorite brand – just in case.

Off the Record


Vinyl Bookends, Pedlars, £16.95

College textbooks are expensive; protect them with this pair of bookends made from recycled vinyls. Slim enough to fit in a cramped dorm room yet bold enough to stand out among the clutter, these are a creative way to display all of your books (when you’re not studying all hours of the day, of course.)

Not Your Grandma’s Jansport


Vintage Reissue Backpack, Fossil, $218

I am so obsessed with this bag it’s not even funny. Durable leather, vintage details, timeless shape and style – what’s not to love? Plus, it’s big enough (12″ W x 13″H x 4″ D) to fit your books, notepads, cell phone, and writing utensils. Wish this puppy was around when I went to college!

Fruitful Notes


Fruit Slices Memo, Urban Outfitters, $6

With this bright cheery notepad on your desk, coming up with clever concepts for assignments will be a breeze. It features 150 individual pieces of apple-slice-shaped paper (with seeds!), it’s the perfect place to jot down a quick note.

Waste Not, Want Not


Legal Paper Paperweight, MoMa Store, $28

Hold down all your homework assignments with this clever paperweight designed to look like a crumpled piece of legal paper. Tibor Kalman’s typically clever style is evident in this rigid silk-screened vinyl paperweight, hand-crumpled and wrapped around a steel weight.

Prioritization in a Cinch


Importance Task Clips, Knock Knock, $9.50

Stay on top of things with these Important Task Clips from Knock Knock. Helping you to prioritize with “Urgent,” “Important,” “Can Wait” and “Trivial,” each of these will help you figure out what needs to get done now and what can wait another day (or two).

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