7 back-to-school essentials
1 Magnetic paper clip holder
Make sure your work space is clutter-free with an adorable magnetic paper clip holder. You'll be happy to let this modern, miniature, chrome-plated bird nest on your desk. $57 US, Alessi.
2 Wooden pencil caddy
Cart your pens, pencils and paint brushes around in this retro, unfinished wooden pig caddy. For a personalized touch stain, paint or stencil the caddy yourself -- a fun project that can be done with friends, family or on your own. $26 US, ajn9848 on etsy.com.
3 LED alarm clock
Wake up in time to get to class with this playful LED alarm clock. The four individual cubes can be arranged in a variety of ways, allowing you to play with time. $80 US, velocityartanddesign.com.
4 Eco-art drawing set
Get creative with an eco-friendly colouring set. A pad of paper made from banana tree stalks and ten coloured pencils made from recycled newpaper and natural pigments are green back-to-school essentials for the budding artist. $28, Anthropologie.
5 Label printer
Using thermal technology, the DYMO LabelWriter eliminates the need to buy print cartridges. Compatible with both Macs and PCs, this quick label printer can help you make professional-looking, customized lables in up to sixty different styles. $140, DYMO.
6 Smart Pen
The Pulse Smart Pen can record everything heard, said and written in class. With a 2GB memory that can hold over 200 hours of audio, this sleek titanium writing instrument will also allow you to take everything you've written down and sync it to your computer. $150 US, livescribe.com.
7 Staple-free stapler
Attach up to four sheets of paper without using any staples. This wee staple-free stapler (in the shape of a cute cat or dog) will punch a tiny tab through your documents to bind them together. $10 US, seejanework.com.