Shopping for school supplies is a time-honored American tradition that marks the beginning of another scholastic adventure. Parents and their children, however, often view school supplies differently. Parents look for items that are reliable and budget-friendly, while students want things that reflect their personalities.
Whether you shop at a stationery store for the perfect planner, or an office supply or discount department store for one-stop convenience, there are lots of choices in essential products as well as the latest novelty items. Here are some tips for making school shopping enjoyable for students and parents alike.
• Personality locked in — A locker is one of the few spaces at school that kids have to express their individuality. A locker chandelier from Locker Lookz illuminates with seven LED lights to add instant glitz and glamour. Decorating locker walls is simple and easy with magnetic locker wallpaper, miniature shag rugs and magnetic accessories.
• Paper trail — Students require binders, folders and notebooks each school year and the designs this season are fun, artistic and varied. Let your student pick out notebooks and binders that inspire him or her — and won't get lost in a crowd.
• Flash drives with flash — Flash drives are an academic essential these days, allowing students to carry work to and from school on a simple, compact tool. Not only are flash drives useful, they also come in fun designs. This year you can buy flash drives shaped like characters from the The Simpsons and Family Guy TV shows, the Angry Birds game, and even sports cars designs featuring Lamborghini, Mini Cooper and Aston Martin.
• Core tools — Designs that blend fun and function rule the scene for 2012. For examples, students can make school work sweeter with novelty-shaped fruit and cupcake tape dispensers and memo books. Kids can show off their wild side with stylish zebra and cheetah prints found on basic tools like staplers, clipboards and magnetic clips.
At Office Depot stores nationwide, if you name a school you want to support at checkout, the company will donate 5 percent of your purchase to that school.