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10 brilliant back to school essentials for grown ups

Published 1 month ago. Estimated reading time: 5 minutes.

Aug 26

Whether you’re in school, uni, college or like us, left decades ago, we hope you’ll agree that the end of August / early September means one thing and one thing only…new stationery time! Yep, we very much get that back-to-school feeling around this time of year where we update our pencil cases and everything inside of them, and get ready to be our most productive selves (it’s never too late)! So, as stationery connoisseurs, we’ve found some brilliant back to school essentials for grown up that’ll leave you feeling not only nostalgic, but organised too!

10 brilliant back to school essentials for grown ups

1. A delightful desk plant

martha brook blog post back to school essentials for grown ups that back to school feeling heart shaped plants

First up on our list of back-to-school essentials are these adorable heart shaped plants from Beards & Daisies. We think no desk is complete without a little greenery, and not only does it look good but it’s also fabulous for your physical and mental wellbeing. Win, win!

Want to read more of the unexpected benefits of plants? Check out our blog post here!

2. A pretty pencil case

martha brook blog post back to school essentials for grown ups that back to school feeling vegan pencil case

Big enough for all of your pretty pens, pencils and pastel highlighters but small enough to be popped into your rucksack or laptop bag, treat yourself to our Martha Brook vegan leather pencil case. Embossed with up to four of your initials and made from super soft faux leather, this pencil case is handmade in the UK and features a gorgeous pop of colour when opened…

3. Reuse, refill, rehydrate!

martha brook blog post back to school essentials for grown ups that back to school feeling reusable water bottle

Boasting an unbreakable base and zero spill (where have you been all of our lives?!), this blush reusable water bottle from Frank Green is a must-have at any desk, office or classroom to keep you nice and hydrated. It’s BPA-free and reusable so you can say goodbye to single use plastic.

4. A sweet treat

martha brook blog post back to school essentials for grown ups that back to school feeling biscuiteers biscuits

We can only think of one thing better than stationery that looks good, stationery that tastes good too! And before you ask, no we unfortunately haven’t made that April Fools edible notebook – we’re talking about Biscuiteers! This Back to School Biscuit Tin is filled with post-it notes, all kinds of stationery and just for luck, some four leaf clovers. Once you’ve enjoyed your sweet treats with a cuppa, keep the tin for a safe place to keep all your stationery.

5. A lovely leather laptop sleeve

martha brook blog post back to school essentials for grown ups that back to school feeling laptop sleeve

Keep your laptop safe and secure when out and about with this stunning personalised leather laptop sleeve. With interior padding and a range of timeless colours to choose from, this personalised laptop sleeve will be the envy of your classmates or colleagues.

6. Pretty pastel candles

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We cannot resist a candle or two! Almost too good to burn, these beautiful summer pastel candles from Retros Vintage will add a little brightness to your desk and will add a lovely glow whilst you’re working away.

7. A refillable notepad

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Love making a list or jotting down notes? Who doesn’t?! The perfect back to school essential for all ages is our Martha Brook personalised vegan leather refillable desk pad. Once you’ve used all of your pages, refill it so you can enjoy this sustainable piece of stationery for years to come.

8. A little lunchbox

martha brook blog post back to school essentials for grown ups that back to school feeling lunch box

Remembering the days when we’d take our packed lunch into school? Go back to basics with this beautiful lunch box by Sass & Belle, a fantastic back to school essential that’ll give you that back to school feeling! Designed for our everyday snacking (guilty!), these lunchboxes are great for the planet too, crafted from beautiful bamboo.

9. A cute keyboard

martha brook blog post back to school essentials for grown ups that back to school feeling keyboard

Seeing as we have a little bit of a thing for all things pink… we could not resist!! Have you ever seen such a pretty keyboard?! Adorned with flowers and blush pink in colour, this adorable keyboard will add a little bit of whimsical wonder to any desk! In fact, we’d go as far as saying we love this just as much as those glittery gel pens that were a high school must!

10. The prettiest rucksack


It wouldn’t be a list of back to school essentials without a brand-new bag! Celebrating British wildlife, this blush rucksack from Fable is the perfect size to fit your stationery essentials and will quickly become your go-to for when you are on-the-go!

There you have it, 10 back to school essentials for grown-ups who are itching to get that back to school feeling again. It doesn’t stop there however! You can check out our full back to school category here that’s filled with stationery and desk accessories galore!



P.S. Want to win yourself a back to school bundle worth over £200? We thought so! We’ve teamed up with Biscuiteers to give away one epic stationery and biscuit bundle. Find out how you can enter here. Ends 11th September 2022.

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