9 Must-have back to school deals and steals

Because great back to school gear shouldn’t have to cost you a fortune

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For most kids, going back to school can be a somber experience. Fortunately, we’ve put together a fun list of gadgets and toys that will make the experience a lot more fun, and nothing on this list will cost a fortune.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop

Perfect for a student’s budget, Lenovo’s ThinkBook 13s delivers premium features in a sub $999 price point. Starting at just $735 you get a lightweight, durable all-aluminum chassis with a fingerprint reader, along with a top of the line 13-inch narrow bezel display with Dolby Vision HDR support. These are the kinds of laptop specs that would normally cost a lot more.

Beats Solo3 Wireless Club Collection

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The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones have a new retro Club Collection which takes the signature headphones and emblazons them in 4 new colors that are all screaming of an early 90’s vibe. You can pick a pair up for $199. Apple is also offering a limited-time promotion where they throw in a pair of Solo3 headphones for free when you purchase a laptop or iPad.

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3

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This portable wireless speaker is water, dust and drop proof, which means it’s ready to handle even the toughest school environments, but most importantly it sounds fantastic. It also comes in a selection of super fun colors. It retails for $149.

Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim

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The 30-watt PowerPort Atom III Slim is about the size of a couple of stacked credit cards, which is why we’re so impressed that it’s powerful enough to charge a 12-inch MacBook in only 2 hours! Of course, it offers high-speed USB-C charging for other USB-C phones and devices, which makes it a great dual-purpose laptop / phone charger. You can pick one for $34.99.

WowWee Lucky Fortune Blind Collectible Bracelet

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For the little ones, these new collectible toys are sure to inspire them to study harder. From the folks who brought you Fingerlings, each one of these Lucky Fortune boxes contains an adorable collectible bracelet and a game to play. There are a total of 100 bracelets to find, each with a fun theme, and yes, there are unicorns. You can pick one up for $11.88.

Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel Teakettle

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New dorm room or apartment? Don’t forget the kettle for making coffee for late study nights! Available in several fun colors, you can pick one up for $39.99.

Rocketbook Everlast

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If you insist on taking notes the old school way, you can still save the trees by picking up a Rocketbook which is a reusable digital notebook. Scribble away, then capture your notes with an app. Afterward, you can wipe the pages on the Rocketbook Everlast with water and a cloth. You can pick one up for $29.95.

Xiaomi Yeelight WIFI LED Bulb

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Smart home lighting is no longer too expensive for a student’s budget. This Wifi LED Bulb offers full Amazon Alexa support, it supports a rainbow of colors, and it costs nearly half as much as its competitors. You can pick one up for $19.99.

Google Pixel 3a

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Don’t have the budget for an iPhone? There’s no need to feel bad because the Google Pixel 3a costs nearly half as much, it shoots phenomenal photos, and it offers very solid performance. You won’t miss the iPhone, we promise. You can pick up the Pixel 3a unlocked for just $399.