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10 Things That Make Back to School More Fun for Teenagers

While you're looking for the best back to school sales, be on the lookout for items that your teens will love.

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A Locker Done Up Right

For teens back in the classroom, their locker is their base camp. It’s also kind of like an extension of their rooms and a place they can express themselves. Get your house organized, before the back to school rush, with these tips.

Hook your teen up with this Locker Selfie Phone Mount from Five Below, so they can take the perfect first day of school selfie. This chic seven-piece locker kit will help your student organize all their supplies. It includes a wire shelf, magnetic storage cup, dry erase marker and a mirror. Finally, they can hang their favorite photos with this magnetic photo grid.

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American Eagle Jeans

Teens are really into American Eagle clothing, so it’s likely that American Eagle jeans will be on their back to school list. Business Insider reports a survey of 8,600 teens in the U.S. said that American Eagle is their second favorite apparel brand next to Nike. This is why you should never sit on your bed in your outside clothes.

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Hydro Flask

Everyone is looking to stay hydrated, including our teens. Hydro Flask is today’s trendiest reusable water bottle, according to BuzzFeed and the teens at Central High School in Fresno California.

These bottles come in all sorts of colorful designs and are made to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for 12 and 24 hours, respectively. These babies will cost you about $29.99 and up and will help your kids stay hydrated when they head back to school.

Keep your kids’ school supplies and lunch essentials organized to make mornings less chaotic.

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Anything 80s or 90s

Bringing back vintage fashion is fun (right?). Teens are flocking to trendy stores like Urban Outfitters to get their retro 80s and 90s clothing fix. You can also just let your kids raid mom and dad’s old wardrobe if you haven’t Marie Kondo‘ed it yet. New clothes can be the best part of preparing for back to school season.

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Make sure your teen has the necessary school technology to succeed. Every teen needs a good pair of headphones for their online class meetings or for when they’re trying to get in the zone for studying. The headphones of choice among teens are Apple’s AirPods. They are compact and can fit right into your teen’s backpack. Here’s how to fix earbuds on your own.

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Zebra Pen’s Mildliners Highlighters

Having fun school supplies makes doing schoolwork a lot more bearable after you’ve spent the summer at the pool. But, forget about those boring neon highlighter colors. Zebra Pen Mildliners highlighters come in a rainbow of beautiful soft tones like mild smoke blue and milk vermillion. A 10-pack of Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter‘s costs about $20.00. These back to school products will keep you and your family organized.

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A New Pair of Nikes

Back to school season means getting a brand-new pair of sneakers for most teens. Nike is a number one brand among teens and their white Air Force 1s are a can’t-go-wrong sneaker for everyone. Since platform sneakers are in, the Air Force 1 Sage Low for women have a larger sole and cost about $100 a pair. The Nike Zoom Fly 3 for men also has a thicker sole at $160 a pair.

Nike also allows your teen to custom design their own pair of Nikes with glitter, crazy laces and colorful swooshes. You can also check out their back to school picks here. Use this method to get your sneakers clean.

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Backpacksvia Mochila JanSport


The next best thing after picking out a new pair of back-to-school shoes is getting a new backpack. JanSport backpacks never seem to go out of style and come in all kinds of cool colors and quirky prints.

Nike‘s popularity also translates into their other sportswear items, including backpacks. Adidas isn’t far behind Nike when it comes to popularity and you’ll see teens wearing their backpacks this fall, as well. The North Face also makes durable backpacks that are popular with teens. This backpack offers a lifetime guarantee.

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Multitab Notebooks

Most of us remember having a five subject notebook in school. They are still on your high schooler’s back-to-school list, except your kids want multitab notebooks. These notebooks are more expensive than their multi-subject counterparts but are more durable and separate each subject with a plastic divider. This one is available at Walmart for $14.49. These are the 20 worst products for left-handed people.

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Positive Affirmation Books and Cards

This year can be your teen’s best year yet. Positive affirmations can help them to create the mindset they need to achieve their dreams and be the best they can be. There are all types of positive affirmation books and cards that are funny and can help your teen start off the school year on a positive note. Check out these 10 things that will make you happier at home.

Check out “Afromation: Positive Affirmation Book For Black Girls”, Louise L. Hay’s “Power Thoughts for Teens Cards,Positive Affirmation Notebook For Teens or “Affirmators.

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D.G. Sciortino
D.G. has more than a decade of experience as a spirited writer, journalist, and digital media specialist. She enjoys writing content that inspires people to love and live their best lives. Visit for more information about her work.