Top must-have products for the back-to-school season

December 16, 2019

School’s in! But that doesn’t mean the shopping season is over. As students settle into a new school year, many are rushing to fill last minute needs in supplies, or furniture, or exchanging products. Some, still, have procrastinated until now and are rushing to scoop up sales and what’s left in store. If you find yourself in one of these categories, you’ll appreciate this list of this year’s top must-have products.

University living

Moving away from home for the first time can be both exciting and nerve wrecking. The transition from your childhood bedroom to sharing a dorm or an apartment with other students can be difficult.

To help students embrace a more independent lifestyle, Staples Canada has introduced a line of products from its Student Living Centre that caters to students living on or off campus. Products, such as functional furniture for small spaces, necessary kitchen appliances and cleaning supplies can all be found in store and online to help students feel more at home. For more information on the Student Living Centre, visit

Top trends of the season

Each year, Staples releases its 2018 Back-to-School Lookbook, which includes the season’s hottest products. Popular must-haves include sequin and iridescent backpacks, sparkly lunch bags and glittery school accessories. Patterns and textures are also a favourite among students with denim backpacks and pencil case holders as well as other items with geometric and chevron shapes as well as food print backpacks and accessories. For more information on this year’s top trends, see Staples Canada’s lookbook.

Windows computers for every budget

There are so many options out there when it comes to choosing a personal computer that is right for you. Luckily, this year Staples and Microsoft have partnered together to curate an assortment of A+ School Ready devices that satisfy your needs and budgets.

If you are looking for a computer that is budget-friendly, has a long battery life and is preloaded with Windows 10 to help you do your schoolwork easily, then HP Stream 14 or the ASUS W202 are the best option for you. However, if you are looking for a computer for more intensive things like photo, video editing or gaming, then ASUS Zenbook UX430 is a better choice. This computer has 7th Generation Core-13 processor, Intel HD graphics, 128GB SSD for storage and Office 365 subscription, which gets you your favorite Microsoft Office apps. For more information on the computers from the A+ School Ready Windows Collection, see Staples Canada’s lookbook.

Win the latest back-to-school essentials!

As part of Staples Canada and Microsoft’s A+ School Ready campaign, both organizations are hosting a contest for students to win one of 30 A+ School Ready Ultimate Lockers, which includes prizes, such as a laptop from the latest Windows collection, gear from Adidas, Ray-Ban and Urban Outfitters as well as A+ School Ready prize packs.

To enter the contest, students must answer an online pop quiz to determine what type of student they are: The Achiever, The Athlete, The Creator or The Socialite. To qualify, students must fill out the five-question personality test online at by September 14. There’s still time!

What is your favourite back to school item? Do you love back-to-school shopping? Share some of your favourite products and stories in the comments section.

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