Happy Buys: Back-to-school essentials

From stylish backpacks and organisers to cutting-edge tech, jump to the head of the class with the best gear of the season.

It’s that time of year again, when the last carefree days of summer yield to morning announcement bells and homework. But don’t stress. The best way to take the sting out of the back-to-school transition is a good offense. Prepare yourself early with the very best gear for the academic season, and get a fresh start on your first day back.

We’ve got the coolest stuff for fall, from design-forward storage caddies to affordable educational laptops for students big and small. With a little help from the Amazon Pay merchants below, it might just be your best school year yet.

And here’s an easy A: Use Amazon Pay at checkout for a fast, hassle-free purchasing experience. Because our convenient payment service uses the same billing and address information that’s already safely stored in your existing Amazon account, you never have to waste time filling out forms or creating new accounts. See? You already learned something.

PAW Patrol Educational Laptop with 124 activities | Bargain Max

Little ones love to feel like mom and dad — or their older siblings — working on their very own big-kid laptop. From the classic animated children’s series PAW Patrol, this educational laptop comes with 124 fun activities that help kids learn. The easy-to-use keyboard and LCD screen allow children to engage with educational content across multiple categories, including English and French, mathematics, dactylography (aka fingerprints), general knowledge, logic, and clock reading. There are even a few games for when they’re tired of learning, and musical activities that offer a great introduction to fundamentals like notes, composing, and playing melodies.

Vitra Toolbox | Wellworking

Designed by Arik Levy for the iconic furniture and lifestyle brand Vitra, this beautifully simple organisational toolbox should be standard issue for students of all ages. The modern grab-and-go storage caddy keeps everything from pens and pencils to markers, paper clips, scissors, and glue neatly in place but ready for action. Ideal for desks and home offices, the container comes in a wide variety of stylish colours and can be easily put away in a cabinet or on a shelf when not in use.

Life P3 | Soundcore

With Multi-Mode Noise Cancelling technology that seamlessly adjusts to your environment, whether you’re inside, in transit, or outdoors, these wireless Life P3 earbuds are ideal for learning on the go — and filtering out distractions. Six dedicated microphones deliver crystal-clear sound quality on voice calls, video chats, and remote-learning streams. And when you’re ready to rock, their custom 11mm drivers provide rich sound and thumping bass. They’re available in five colours, so you can tailor your buds to your individual style. And with 35 hours of total play time from the ultra-compact charging case, you can use them from bus stop to bedtime without losing a beat.

Spotty Otter Baby Bogs Navy | Happy Little Soles

Children’s clothing brand Spotty Otter teamed up with the footwear company Bogs to create these special-edition Baby Bogs. Lightweight and waterproof, they keep little feet toasty and dry in the elements — while looking pretty darn cute. Perfect for snowy walks to school or drizzly days in the playground, they come with a soft and cosy inner lining and a layer of insulation that gives them a temperature rating as low as -10C. And because they’re for kids, they are also conveniently machine washable.

Lenovo V14 ADA Laptop AMD Athlon 8GB 256GB | Laptops Direct

A productivity powerhouse at an affordable price, Lenovo’s V14 notebook is an exceptionally reliable and durable laptop that’s ideal for students. The AMD Athlon processor and integrated Radeon graphics support smooth online multitasking, with plenty of processing performance under the hood for nearly any educational software. With narrow side bezels, the full HD 14-inch display offers an immersive visual experience, and there are plenty of ports for connectivity in the classroom.

Sony PlayStation Colour Block Backpack | More Computers

If you’re going to carry it around all day, you might as well love your backpack. And for fans of Sony PlayStation, it doesn’t get much better than this official two-tone homage to the legendary gaming console. Constructed from tough, premium-quality polyester material with professional stitching, it comes with everything you need for a full day of classes, including ample room for your books, a double front pocket, and mesh side pockets for easy access to supplies.

Ready to head back to class? When you shop at any of the online merchants above, checking out with Amazon Pay is a no-brainer. It’s fast, easy, and convenient. If you have an Amazon account, you already have Amazon Pay. So get clicking: school is in session.