This post is Sponsored by Officeworks*
It’s that time of year where the school holidays are nearly over and everyone is either scrambling to get just a little more time in the sunshine or just counting down the days until school starts back. The new school year has always been one of my favourite times of year. As a kid I couldn’t wait to get back to school and learn something new. Super nerd over here! But my most favourite part was always the stationery shopping in the week before school. I still love it even now, and I look forward to one day having some kiddos of my own to pass the stationery-loving gene on to. For now, I’m just the Aunty who wants to talk about how awesome a well stocked pencil case is.
What you’ll need:
- Studymate Tartan Pencil Case – I love a big pencil case that fits everything in it like this one
- Faber-Castell Classic Coloured Pencils – These were my favourites growing up, I still have some from high school in a tin just waiting for the nieces and nephew to visit so they can draw with them.
- Faber-Castell Connector Pens – Connector Pens are not only great for colouring and art projects but hours of fun too. They sit so nicely in the pencil case too.
- Staedtler Tradition Graphite Pencils HB – HB pencils are the one thing that it’s great to have a stash of. Only send a couple to school and keep some in a draw at home in case the others get lost during the year. (If you’re in the US, these are equivalent to the No.2 pencil)
- Maped Mini Softy Eraser – I didn’t start using these erasers until I was in France as a grown up, but they are the best for actually removing grey led marks. (I *may* also use them to clean pen marks from my desk and light colour stains from my walls – shh!)
- Stabilo Boss Highlighters – Your kiddos may not need these highlighters if they are in primary school, but these were my go-to in high school and I think I still have a couple that are working from back then!
- Studymate Metal Wedge Sharpener – A good sharpener is a must for any pencil case (or home office)
- Bostik Blu Stick – I think I’ve mentioned this before but this is my favourite glue stick because the glue sticks! (and I love the novelty factor of being able to see where the glue is before it dries clear)
- Bic Reaction Retractable Ballpoint Pens – Lots of kids use computers now, but there’s still a need for the 3 colour essential pens – Blue, Black and Red
- Studymate Stainless Steel Ruler 30cm – Rulers are a must in a good pencil case too! You never know when you’re going to need a straight line
- Celco Blue Student Scissors – Scissors that work really take the frustration out of any craft activity, thankfully there are more left handed ones on the market these days too for us lefties!
- Jasart Brush Pack – keeping some paint brushes in my pencil case was a great way to always be ready for my art classes. (I may have been terrible at art, but I was always prepared) ;)
- Sandisk 8GB USB – USBs weren’t even around when I was at school (we had floppy disks – I feel so old ;) ) but I know that they’re pretty important these days, so a couple of well labelled ones would be a must in the pencil case too.
Every year when I was growing up, (and even now when I need office supplies), we would always head to our local Officeworks store. It didn’t really feel like back-to-school time until I got to go stationery shopping! We lived by the beach so our holidays were low key, and a trip there symbolised that it was nearly time to start a new year with a new teacher. I couldn’t wait to label all my books and pencils with my name. I guess everyone makes their own fun at some point ;)
If you’re not as much as a stationery enthusiast as me, Officeworks is offering their School List Service where you can drop off your school list in store (or select it online), they’ll collect the items on the list and pack your order free of charge and then you can either pick it up in store or have it delivered. (Check their website for details) If you’re short on time, or just don’t love stationery shopping, that sounds like a great idea to me! They’re also offering a Parents’ Price Promise: find an identical stocked item on a quoted school list at a lower price and they will beat it by 10%! (Check their website for details on this too) Always good to get the best deal!
The lovely folk at Officeworks have given me a $50 Officeworks gift card to give away to one lucky Australian winner!!
To enter, just leave a comment below answering the question: What is your favourite piece of stationery for your pencil case (or desk)?
- Open from 23 January 2014 to 30 January 2014 at 8pm ADST for Australian Residents only
- Prize is 1x $50 gift card for Officeworks stores in Australia
- Prize will be drawn at 8:05pm ADST 30 January 2014 winner will be emailed – your address and name will be forwarded to Officeworks (so they can post your prize) if you win
- You must enter a valid email address in the email section below and be contactable if you win
- One entry per person
- If the winner doesn’t reply by 5 February 2014 the prize will be redrawn
- Winner will be drawn using random number generator – this is a game of chance
GIVEAWAY CLOSED – WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED – THANKS FOR ENTERING!
Disclaimer: I worked with Officeworks to create this post. The images are theirs, and were provided for this post. The words and opinions are my own. They have reimbursed me for my time – this helps me to keep this blog running and sharing great content with you. Yay! As always, I only share things I think you’ll love or find helpful. Enjoy and good luck! x