Whether for back to school or homeschooling, parents are all stocking up on everything their children will need, including a LOT of school stationery for kids.
For home classrooms, it's wise to stay stocked up so you don't get caught off guard and find yourself rushing for overnight shipping or trying to figure out which shops are open that might have what you need.
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And when it comes to the eventual return to school, parents and teachers alike will be 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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Its a good time to think about school stationery in the context of the "new normal" – that is, keeping your home stocked like the improvised classroom it has become, and stocking up on supplies like pencils and pens that get easily lost and will need to constantly be replaced. For a return to school, meanwhile, it is essential to have well-labelled or personalised items to make sure they stay with their original owner and don't get shared.
During the pandemic, school supply shopping means being well-prepared and 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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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, as well as bulk packs and sets.
Westcott children's scissors with ruler edge, pack of 2, was £6.89 NOW £2.63, Amazon
Uni-Ball Rollerball Pens, assorted pack of 8, was £20.16, NOW £10.99, Amazon
Helix Oxford Clash Stationery Set, £11.92, Amazon
Crayola Ultimate Tub of Colour, £27, Amazon
Staedtler pencil 10-pack, was £7.20 NOW £3.49, Amazon
Oxford Campus, Lined A4 Notebook, Pack of 5 assorted colours, £17.20, Amazon
A4 Binders, pack of 10, £11.87, 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, £27.70, 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 is a great place for school supplies in general, so check out some of the popular picks below – and make sure to keep an eye on the retailers' special offers!
Pritt Stick Glue Sticks, Pack of 5, £6.99, WHSmith
WHSmith Eraser, Pack of 2, £2.99, WHSmith
Papermate Flexgrip Ballpoint Pens, Black Ink (Pack of 5), £7.99, WHSmith
WH Smith Assorted Colouring Pencils (Pack of 36), £4.49, 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 £40 on back to school deals with the code: FREEDEL40.
Stabilo pastel highlighters pack of 8, Was £9.99 Now £5, Ryman
Pukka Jotta A4 Notepad, Was £4.99 Now £1.99, Ryman
Fun stationery for kids
If you are looking for novelty, there are plenty of stationery sets and bulk packs for kids at retailers from Amazon to Disney.
Chupa Chups Scented Stationery Set, £7.99, Amazon
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. Check out the retailer's sale section for the best stationery deals!
Ocean Magic Fish highlighters, pack of 6, was £4.80 NOW £1.20, Paperchase
And for the little ones (or anyone who is young at heart!) Disney has sets featuring some of kids' favourite characters. If you're a major fan, take a minute to browse the Disney stationery on sale or all of the current offers on Disney merchandise.
Disney Animators' Collection Notebook and Folder Set, £10, Disney
Colourful Crayon Erasers, Pack of 6, £1.99, WHSmith
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, £7.50, 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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