With children back in school, we're all stocking up what they'll need, including a LOT of school stationery. As this is the first return to school since lockdown, parents and teachers alike are being extra cautious when it comes to making sure that school supplies like glue, scissors, binders, rubbers, pencils and pens aren't shared between students.
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With that in mind, its a good time to think about school stationery in the context of the "new normal" – investing in personalised items to make sure they stay with their original owner, and stocking up on supplies like pencils and pens that get easily lost and will need to constantly be replaced to avoid borrowing.
It's that time of year again... but this year, post-lockdown school supply shopping means buying in sets and packs
Complete Back to School Stationery Set, £19.99, Amazon
Luckily, you can shop online for personalised items and label makers, as well as cool stationery sets and packs at great prices that even the fussiest of pupils will love and that fits into any parent's budget. We've rounded up some of our favourites from the high street including notebooks, personalised pencil cases and everything else in between.
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Personalised school supplies
A top trend for 2020 is personalised school supplies – not only do these buys make a unique statement, they also will get returned to their owner and not get left in lost and found. Shops like Zazzle and Not on the High Street feature a host of custom stationery to shop.
Beryl Betty Celebrations, personalised clear pencil case in choice of colours, £7, Not on the High Street
Rocket and Fox personalised pencil case, £6.50, Not on the High Street
Personalised happy hedgehog notebook, £14.10, Zazzle
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The best cheap stationery packs and sets on Amazon
When it comes to stationery kits and sets, you can't go wrong with Amazon – the online retailing giant has some seriously irresistible deals on kids stationery, including a sale on Stabilo essentials as well as bulk packs and sets.
Westcott children's scissors with ruler edge, pack of 2, £2.39, Amazon
Uni-Ball Rollerball Pens, assorted pack of 8, £10.99, Amazon
Helix Oxford Clash Stationery Set, £10.36, Amazon
Crayola Super Color Activity Kit, £18.90, Amazon
Staedtler pencil 10-pack, £3.99, Amazon
Oxford Campus, Lined A4 Notebook, Pack of 5 assorted colours, £20.04, Amazon
A4 Binders, pack of 10, £20.04, Amazon
To put your child's name on all of his or her belongings, you can also pick up Amazon's top-selling label maker bundle which comes with a roll of labelling tape:
Dymo LetraTag LT-100H label maker plus labelling tape, £24.46, Amazon
Stationery deals: School supplies on sale
When it comes to basics, buying in bulk is best, so look for budget-friendly packs or big discounts on individual items so you can stock up.
WHSmith has back to school supplies on sale for up to 50 percent off – here are some of the top deals.
Pritt Stick Glue Sticks, Pack of 5, was £6.99 now £2.99, WHSmith
WHSmith Eraser, Pack of 2, was £2.99, now £1.49, WHSmith
Papermate Flexgrip Ballpoint Pens, Black Ink (Pack of 5), was £7.99 now £3.99, WHSmith
WH Smith Assorted Colouring Pencils (Pack of 36), was £4.49 now £1.99, WHSmith
You can also find some great buys on Ryman in the half-price section, where there are hundreds of back to school bargains. You can also get free standard delivery when you spend £25 on back to school deals with the code: BTS25.
Stabilo pastel highlighters pack of 8, Was £9.99 Now £4.99, Ryman
Pukka Jotta A4 Notepad, Was £4.99 Now £2.49, Ryman
Fun stationery for kids
If you are looking for novelty, Paperchase has a fabulous selection of whimsical stationery for kids, with leopard print, unicorn, space, dinosaur and ocean themes, including this set of fish-shaped highlighters.
Ocean Magic Fish highlighters, pack of 6, £4, Paperchase
And for the little ones (or anyone who is young at heart!) Disney has sets featuring some of kids' favourite characters, from Minnie Mouse to Spider-Man, on sale.
Disney Store Minnie Mouse Mystical Stationery Supply Kit, was £8, now £6.40, Disney
Colourful Crayon Erasers, Pack of 6, WHSmith
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