Every year around the end of August, we find ourselves drifting toward the school supplies aisle. Even though we've been out of the classroom for (ahem) quite a while now, a dozen-plus years of back-to-school shopping lists will do that to a person.
So, if you're also feeling that same urge to buy a fresh pack of pencils right about now, take heart — we may have outgrown Trapper Keepers, but we can still spruce up our desks and hopefully capture some of that new-year-ahead energy. That's why we rounded up a slew of notepads, planners, pens, and office essentials that are way cooler than what you can scrounge up from your office's supply closet — click through to kick your desk (and your day!) into high gear.
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Delfonics for Top Hat Pen, $10, available at Madewell.
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Poppin Orange Stackable Inboxes, $24 for two, available at Poppin.
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SparrowNestScript Idea Notebook with Handwritten Calligraphy, $20, available at SparrowNestScript.
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Paper Source Underwhelmed Binder Clips, $10.95, available at Paper Source, 118 King Street, Alexandria; 703-299-9950.