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How To Stock Up On Stationery Your Kids Will Love

You may be overwhelmed with school books and uniforms, contribution payments and new runners; many of which have little room for personal taste, or enjoyment. But don’t let this inevitable ‘back to school’ stress get in the way of some quality stationery shopping.

Different classes need slightly different items so we won’t get overly prescriptive; indeed, it may all be provided by the school. Even if your little one is all set for the new term; there may be lost pencils, dried up pens, and broken pencil-cases zips along the way. Plus if you’re craft box is looking depleted, or you want some beautiful stationery for yourself, look no further:

Clockwise from top left: Blue Backpack Dunnes, Dunlop Backpack Mr Price, Paw Patrol Backpack Dunnes, Dinosaur 3 pce Set Eason, Hello Kitty Backpack Mr Price, Monster Backpack Dunnes.

Start with a good bag

As with so much in life, a good bag makes all the difference! Important things to consider (apart from price) are:

Weight - It's amazing the difference in weight between one bag and another. If they're pretty heavy before you put anything in them, it isn't good for your child's back; and it is much more likely that they'll want someone to carry it for them!

Durability - Not only do you want zips that will last, and fabric that can stand being dropped on the floor and accidentally left in puddles; you also want something that they won't go off too quickly if trends change.

Practicality - Can they open and close it easily themselves? Will it fit everything they need (without everything getting squashed?) Will they like it enough to want to carry it around?!

Clockwise from top left: Peppa, Crocodile, & Hello Kitty Pencil Cases from Eason, Neon Pencil Case Dealz, Coke Pencil Case Mr Price

Consider Quality

Everyone loves a bargain; but before you get the value version of everything, think about how long it needs to last. There are some items (like crayons) which don't have too much of a difference; but if you want pens that last, and pencils that won't have broken lead inside them, and glue that really sticks things, it might be safer to stick to the likes of Bic, Staedtler, and Pritt Stick; rather than going for the own brand options.

Clockwise from top left: Tiger stationery, Paperchase Pencils, stock image, Muji Stationery, Eason Pencil Toppers, Mr Price Mini Pencils

Shop Around

There is a huge difference in price between different brands, different shops, and different styles of stationery; so it may be more cost effective to pick things up gradually rather than going 'supermarket-sweep' style in one shop. 

  • Old Reliables: Eason, Tesco, Mr Price,
  • Fashion Items: Dunnes, Penneys, 
  • Cost Effective Basics: Dealz, Flying Tiger, IKEA
  • Quality Treats: Paperchase, Marks & Spencer, Muji

And above all:

Don't panic! Stationery shopping can be wonderful, but you don't need to buy everything: This is particularly important to remember in Tiger, and Ikea. Just breathe, and think about what you and your family actually need, and will use.

So where are your favourite haunts for stationery shopping? We'd love to hear!

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About the Author

Emily is a Writer, Editor, Blogger, and our new Digital Content Intern. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake; and she still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last eight years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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