Remember when back to school shopping mostly involved Bic pens and spiral-bound notebooks? These days, students are more connected than ever, which means many of-the-minute electronics and extras to kick off the school year.

But, of course, we couldn’t put together a gadget wish list without including some chic low-tech finds, too! Because one can’t be online all the time, and taking handwritten notes in class won’t ever really go out of style.

With this chic rose-gold charging cable from H&M in the bag, you may never run out of juice on your phone again.

Forget boring white earbuds; these Parrot Bluetooth headphones at Hudson’s Bay look as good as they sound.

You could spend a whole afternoon browsing all the pretty notebooks at Indigo; start with this Instagram-friendly set by Andrews + Blaine Ltd.


Digital images are great and all, but something you can hold in your hand is even better. Get hard copies of your fave phone snaps using Prynt’s photo printer, at Urban Outfitters.



This vegan leather, millennial-pink Matt & Nat pencil case can double as a makeup bag, too!

Phone upgrade means cute fresh phone cover. Kate Spade has a plethora of colourful styles in stock; we want this playful cactus-shaped case.


If you have an Apple Watch, you’ll want this stunning Native Union charging dock from Urban Outfitters that doubles as minimalist sculpture for your desk.



This kit by littleBits, available at Indigo, will show you how basic coding works. It’s recommended for kids, but would be a valuable skill for anyone to learn!

Hudson’s Bay carries a number of colourful, patterned laptop sleeves and cases by Marc Jacobs. We love that this camouflage-print one comes with a cross-body strap and top handle.

LuMee’s sleek iPhone case, available at the Apple store, is popular for selfies but is also useful for well-lit photographs…for school assignments?


Truc Nguyen

Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based freelance stylist, fashion editor, and writer. She’s worked as a style editor at Flare, Teen Vogue, Vogue Living, and StyleCaster​.com​​, and is a co-founder of Editors Inc​.