Back to school goodies


You’ve probably got all you need for your family as the new school year starts this month – but what about you? Don’t you deserve a treat or two? Here are some ideas…

Get organised

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We say that every year, but the BIG Family School Year Diary (£16.95) from MUM’s Office could really help. Available in raspberry, blackberry and peppermint covers, inside you can see every family member’s whereabouts and plans at a glance plus other important information.


Or prove you’re not too cool for school with the Back to School organiser (£20) in red or green from Filofax. Looking like a classic school notebook on the outside, inside you’ll find a contacts section, paper, to-do lists and a ruler (but you’ll have to add your own diary).


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Carry it all

Make sure no one else in the family claims this cotton tote bag (£16) by selecting the initial of your name at The Letteroom.


Or why not treat yourself to a real leather satchel in gorgeous colours like indigo, violet, red or aquamarine from Hampton Blue (£89).


Or a dual opening leather satchel (£28) with detachable strap in tan, black, lime green or fuchsia from


Computer love

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If you want a tablet but don’t want to spend a fortune, take a look at the Disgo 8400G. You can browse the net, read emails, listen to music and Skype any offspring away at uni – but at just £149.99 it’s not a disaster if younger family members get their grubby mitts on it!


Or what about the Nook HD (£129) from John Lewis, a great family option as each person can create their own profiles.


And whatever your tablet of choice, why not give it a funky look with this retro typewriter case (£14.99) from The Literary Gift Company.


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Desk dynamics

Keep scissors and paperclips to hand with this cute bunny desk holder (£16) from Zinc & Co.


Get your paperwork in order with funky magazine holders (£10.50 each) from Idyll Home.


Or treat yourself to a elegant hand-carved desk tidy (£75) from The Oak and Rope Company to keep all your gadgets in one place.



Student life

Gill extra feature 5If you’re waving a teenager off to university this month, arm them with The Ultimate Student Cookbook by (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £14.99 or £7.99 as an ebook).


Get them kitted up for the kitchen with bright, modern implements such as a masher, ladle and this spaghetti spoon (£2 each of two for £3) from Matalan.


And prepare them for washing their own clothes with this laundry basked (£10), also from Matalan. All they need do now is to work out what a washing machine is…

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