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8 fun and funky school-gear buys

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It’s that time of the year when the tinsel and fairy lights in supermarkets across the country are being replaced with stacks of lunchboxes, piles of backpacks and rows of school stationery. Yes, we know you’ve barely dusted the beach sand off your feet, but it’s time to start compiling those back-to-school shopping lists. 

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Nothing gets kids quite as excited as new gear! That being said, it’s never easy to get out of holiday mode and into the back-to-school routine. So make going back a little easier for them with these great school buys that won’t break the bank. 


1. A personalised backpack

A Macaroon backpack makes the perfect personalised pressie for a tween or teen. This high-quality school backpack comes in six colours. It has zippered compartments, a mesh water-bottle pocket, adjustable shoulder straps and a top grab handle, and it can be personalised with gorgeous gold shimmer or coloured vinyl. 

Personalised Backpack in Footloose Hot Pink / R350 from Macaroon


2. A not-so-boring calculator

Brighten up your child’s day with this hot-pink scientific calculator. (Also available in blue.) Features include previous answer key for recursive functions, nine memories, random integers for statistics, plus much more!


Casio FX-82 ZA Plus Scientific Calculator in Pink / R199 from Takealot


3. (Almost) good-enough-to-eat erasers

These delectable-looking mini junk-food erasers are sure to make homework time much more fun!

Set of six junk-food erasers / R49,99 from MRP Home


4. A supercute sharpener

An animal-inspired sharpener will add a fun element to your child’s stationery essentials.

Pig/Flamingo Sharpener / R49,99 each from MRP Home


5. A personalised journal

Macaroon’s Whoop Whoop personalised journals and notebooks come in A4 and A5 sizes, and are the perfect gift for a busy or creative teen.

Whoop Whoop Journal – Bright Ideas / R270 from Macaroon


6. A rainbow highlighter set

You’ll score some major brownie points with this set of four highlighters.

Rainbow Highlighter Set / R79,99 from MRP Home


7. A funky cooler bag

Make sure your child’s treats and cool drinks are kept cold while they’re on the go with this tropical-design cooler bag.



Tropical Script Cooler Bag, Small / R99,99 from MRP Home


8. A too-cool-for-school pencil case

Your teen will love this cheeky little zipper pouch, which is perfect for keeping stationery neat and tidy. And at this price it’s an absolute must!

Heartbreaker Pencil Case / R29,99 from MRP Home


Main image: iStock/Steve Debenport


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