Back-to-School Top 5 Picks



Back-to-School Top 5 Picks

by Rachel Naud

It’s that time of year! 

Whether you have a middle school, high school, or university student in your house, every student will want some cool essentials to start the back-to-school season off right!


For a Bright and Fun School Year

It is hard not to shop at Staples Canada when it comes to back-to-school shopping since they offer many noteworthy products that are not only great for working and learning but are also very fun! With all the tools kids need to work and learn—notebooks, calculators, lunch bags and more—the bright colours make this Pep Rally line a favourite because, let’s face it, if your kids love their tools, they will be more excited to learn.


Back-to-school must-haves from Staples

All of these items are available exclusively at Staples stores in Canada, or you can order them online at!


For Organizing Toiletries


University students moving into dorms will need some cool bathroom essentials. Bed, Bath & Beyond has everything you need—whether you’re looking for storage solutions or fun décor. Their Simply Essential line has plush towels, flip-flops (a must for any dorm-dweller) and a tote to make storing and carrying their bathroom essentials easy.


Back-to-school essentials from Bed Bath & Beyond


You can shop all these items at Bed, Bath & Beyond in-store or online and if you sign up for the Savings Pass, you can get 20% off while earning points towards future purchases! Also, if your child is moving to a different city, you can shop the app or store and use the Pack & Hold program and they’ll have the order ready to pick up near the campus!


For that rewarding study rest


Back-to-school essentials from Endy


The Endy Weighted Blanket is engineered to promote a sensation of calm and relaxation. This reduces feelings of anxiety, guaranteeing a good night’s rest.  It features a balanced weight that distributes equal pressure across your body. This provides maximum comfort, movement minimization and deeper sleep. Weighing 15 lbs, this personal-sized blanket will envelop you like a warm, soothing hug. This is amazing for power naps and deep sleep, alike!



For a fun, informative, and worry-free academic year


Back-to-school essentials from Alexa


If you’re worried about your teen’s exposure to the Internet, this Fire 7 Kids tablet’s web browser comes with built-in controls designed to help filter out inappropriate sites and let parents add or block specific websites at any time. Your teen can also send announcements and make voice and video calls over wifi to approved contacts with an Alexa-enabled device or app. 


For those Lo-Fi study sessions

The all-new Echo Dot has got it all—it’s perfect for your nightstand since you can see the time, alarms, and timers on the LED display. Want to snooze an alarm? Just say “Alexa, snooze.”

Back-to-school essentials from Alexa


The Echo Dot is also voice compatible. Ask Alexa to tell a joke, play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms, and more. Use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, and lock doors with compatible devices. On top of all that, you can call almost anyone hands-free. 


The Echo Dot is also built with multiple layers of privacy protection and controls, including a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. 

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