Get Ready For School With Staples & Win!

Can you believe it’s been 4 years since I graduated from the MIT program at Western? Even though I’m not stepping into a classroom after Labour Day, there’s still something exciting about the back to school season. It symbolizes a fresh start and new beginnings, not to mention that it’s a good excuse to go shopping!

Fall is also a very busy time of year. “Canadians are among the most time-squeezed people on the planet,” says Mary Sagat, president of Staples Canada.

With that in mind, I’ve narrowed it down to my top suggestions for your back to school shopping list. This is based on current trends, technology and my own experiences as a student, employee and blogger. And the best part is that you can win a huge prize pack from Staples Canada – more details below.

What’s Hot for Back to School

Hot On The Street & Staples Canada - Canada 150 Crayons

Considering that we’re celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, why not rock some red and white in the classroom? For example, Crayola has designed a pack of 64 crayons with Canada 150 branding.

The #1 item on my current shopping list is a new digital camera. Did you know that Staples sells cameras? Sometimes your smartphone won’t cut it, especially when you want to take nice photos with your new friends from school and don’t want them to be ruined with red eye.

Being eco-friendly is always in. With this prize pack, you can get a set of 24 eco-friendly Staedtler coloured pencils. Colouring became a more popular hobby among adults lately, so everyone could use these.

Hot On The Street & Staples Canada - Avery Emoji Binder

Between homework, readings, essays and tests, you end up accumulating a lot of paper at school and need to organize it. I always liked to have a different coloured binder for each class. How cute is the emoji-covered binder from Avery? The emoji craze probably isn’t ending anytime soon!

Notebooks, notebooks, notebooks… In elementary school, I had a chunky Five Star notebook to scribble reminders (and let’s be real, I used that to pass notes!). In university, some of my media studies classes banned laptops, so I carried lightweight and colourful notebooks to class. You need to stock up on these so you’re always prepared.

Once you’ve picked out your favourite writing instruments at Staples, you’ll need a cute pouch to carry them in. Keeping in mind that somehow backpacks always end up feeling heavy, I recommend getting a soft pencil case. You can get a red Merangue pencil case with gold polka dots in the prize pack!

Hot On The Street & Staples Canada - Me to We Bracelet

Of course, fashion is really what’s top of mind for going back to school. I was delighted to see that Staples now carries ME to WE bracelets, which support a good cause. One of the prizes is a beautiful beaded bracelet from ME to WE. I collect these bracelets and they’re affordable enough to buy multiples and coordinate with different outfits.

Hot On The Street & Staples Canada - Dudley Lock, Headphones & Poster Puddy

If you’re heading to college or university, you’re going to hang posters on the wall. Period. And that means you’ll need poster puddy, which is included in the giveaway. This lets you hang up photos of your favourite celebrities or friends and family without leaving marks on the walls. At one point, I had so many vacation photos in my dorm that I nicknamed it the shrine.

Everyone needs a reliable lock. That’s pretty straightforward. After I graduated high school, I used mine at Western’s gym and always had piece mind that I could safely store my valuables while going on the elliptical. You can win a Dudley lock in the giveaway below.

Finally, when you’re walking across campus or taking the bus home, you’ll probably want to listen to some music or podcasts. You can win headphones as a prize too, so what are you waiting for?

Staples Canada x Hot On The Street Contest Details

Hot On The Street & Staples Canada Back To School 2017 Contest Prize

The best part is that you have the opportunity to WIN products worth over $250+ that will help you prepare for school and work. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest open to Canadian residents only. Must be 18+ to enter.

Disclosure: I partnered with Staples Canada to host this contest.

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  • Reply Lushka Smith September 2, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    A backpack is number one.

  • Reply Laurie P September 2, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    We still need to find the right Contigo bottle for my kiddo! We love the brand. A great set of colored pencils would be pretty useful too!

  • Reply SUMMER PLEWES September 2, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    We are so late on our back to school shopping. We are headed out today. Along with clothes we need all basic school supplies.

  • Reply Barb W September 1, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Pens! They are forever getting lost.

  • Reply Sara Black September 1, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    My kids need the basics – pencils, pencil crayons and cute pencil cases! Can’t believe that September is already here!!

  • Reply Monique L.S. August 31, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    My daughter needs a new backpack. She went through 2 last year. Apparently she is pretty rough with them.

  • Reply Christine Thompson August 31, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    My 3 kids need backpacks. Thank you Staples <3

  • Reply TARA August 31, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    For me, my number 1 thing to buy as a mother of 3, a big calender to remember important dates, bday parties etc.
    For my kids, new back packs. And for my 5yo, this will be the first of several a year. 😉

  • Reply Erin August 30, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    Jeans! I need jeans! 😃

  • Reply melissa black August 30, 2017 at 10:36 PM

    a decent pair of athletic shoes! he’s 10 and burns through them

  • Reply jenn August 30, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    The #1 on my list is art supplies. The best markers seem to always be the most expensive and as a low income family the dollar store stuff is just second rate.. TGIStaples! Would love to win!

  • Reply Liz August 30, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    My kid needs new backpack, grade six woah,

  • Reply Katie Lawrence August 30, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    A new lunch bag and t shirts for the kids

  • Reply Jennifer Oikle August 30, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    My #1 item is a box of fresh crayons. Even though I have lots, there is something about a new box that starts the year off right.

  • Reply nicolthepickle August 30, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Books, I still need a few for school.

  • Reply LILLIAN BROWN August 29, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    My grand daughters need new gym sneakers this year

  • Reply Kristina August 29, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    Our #1 Is a new backpack and lunch bag for both kids:)

  • Reply Melanie Domonsky August 29, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    We like to start with new runners and pencil crayons. There is something for everyone in our home at Staples. Thanks for the contest.

  • Reply Alison Braidwood August 29, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    I really want a new HP All-in-One desktop pc. But failing that, I’ll take a new backpack :0

  • Reply dave August 29, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    My #1 item is a new school backpack

  • Reply Soozle August 29, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    A new backpack is number one

  • Reply Maria August 29, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    My kids need backpacks

  • Reply Gina Bell August 29, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    My boys always need new sneakers!

  • Reply Nikkie August 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    #1 staple is a new backpack just feels fresh and it’s always packed with the back to school essentials new pens, binders etc.
    Thanks for the chance would be great to win!

  • Reply Courtney August 29, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    A new backpack. My son has had the same one for 3 years so it’s pretty beat up

  • Reply Carole D August 28, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    My #1 item is a new school backpack! I see Staples have really nice one!

  • Reply Josh S August 28, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    a new backpack is at the top of the list!

  • Reply Elaine G August 28, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    The #1 item for us a backpack.

  • Reply Jenny (@jnylala) August 28, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    The #1 item on my fall list is a big family calendar to keep track of holidays and school events.

  • Reply Elsie MacLeod August 28, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    So many of these items can be used by adults (not in school) as well as students. Love all the options and descriptions you’ve posted.

  • Reply Sabrina G. August 28, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    My #1 item is a new school backpack! I would love to win! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway and good luck everyone!😊

  • Reply krisha4444 August 28, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    The number one thing on my daughters back to school list is a new lunch container, notebooks and shoes

  • Reply tania capredoni August 28, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    My kids first need a good school bag

  • Reply tania capredoni August 28, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win

  • Reply treina August 28, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    New backpacks 🙂

  • Reply Shannon 🇨🇦 (@ShannsView) August 28, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    New lunch kits!

  • Reply Treen Goodwin August 28, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    The #1 item on my shopping list is a nice warm hoodie for my grandson 🙂

  • Reply Carmen August 28, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    We need new backpacks and clothes. 😊

  • Reply kathy downey August 28, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    #1 item on my shopping list for fall is lunch boxes

  • Reply Alicia Boisvert August 28, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    My #1 item for fall shopping is new clothing for the change of weather for my children and shoes for sure. That’s definitely number 1.

  • Reply Kristy August 28, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    My #1 for me a is a new external hard drive or high capacity USB drive. For my daughter, it’s a new backpack.

  • Reply Francine August 28, 2017 at 5:08 AM

    a new mouse!

  • Reply Viv Sluys August 28, 2017 at 12:57 AM

    Lunch boxes are my #1 on the list (well, technically a backpack was the top but we bought one already).

  • Reply Robyn Bellefleur August 28, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    A new lunch bag for my daughter.

  • Reply Jolie August 27, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Backpacks for my daughters 🙂

  • Reply Michelle W August 27, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    The #1 item on our list is a new laptop.

  • Reply beewbedard August 27, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    we need a new back pack

  • Reply Judy Cowan August 27, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    #1 items is definitely a new backpack, the ones we have around the house are getting worn out.

  • Reply Casey Miller August 27, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    New clothes!

  • Reply Liora Shapiro August 27, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Would love stock up on school supplies for my girls.

  • Reply loriag August 27, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    The number #1 item on our shopping list for the fall is pens and pencils.

  • Reply Jenn Erin August 27, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    The #1 item on our fall shopping list is a new printer.

  • Reply Florence Cochrane August 27, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    I new backpack is the #1 item on my list this year.

  • Reply Gillian Morgan August 27, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    A new backpack.

  • Reply Brenda Penton August 27, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Binders are a big one. Both of the kids need one for each subject.

  • Reply Tainan Lu August 27, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    A backpack is the #1 item on my shopping list for fall

  • Reply Tara Betterley August 27, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    My #1 item on my list for my kids is a new laptop and book bags.

    • Reply Sarah Prince August 27, 2017 at 4:03 PM

      I could write a whole blog post about buying a new laptop. That’s at the top of my list too! Are you a Mac or PC?

  • Reply Jenness M August 27, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Both my kids need a good backpack and running shoes.

  • Reply ivy pluchinsky August 27, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    We need new shoes and a new lunch box and backpack!

  • Reply Andrea Arkell August 27, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    What would help me prepare for this fall school start up for my daughter – would be a really loud alarm clock 🙂 but she would love the emoji stationary

  • Reply Charity Banman August 27, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    The number one item on my list is glued sticks. My son needs 4.

  • Reply michelle tremblett August 27, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    I still have to find the kids backpacks and notebooks, also since the weather seems to be changing so quickly I will be on the hunt for hoodies soon 🙂

  • Reply edmontonjb August 27, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    New backpacks is my number one item. The kids are so rough on them!


  • Reply Maritess S August 27, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    The number 1 thing in my #backToSchool shopping list is shoes for the girls.

  • Reply Carolle H August 27, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    A new backpack is the #1 item on my shopping list

  • Reply Anne Taylor August 27, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    Lots and lots of fresh, clean paper!

  • Reply Jennpup August 27, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Me to We Notebooks from Staples

  • Reply Christy Eldred August 27, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    A new backpack is #1

  • Reply Jenny Major August 27, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    The #1 item my daughter wants is a backpack

  • Reply Sarah August 27, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    My number one on our back to school shopping list is a couple of new pairs of footwear.

  • Reply Haley kurzawski August 27, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Definitly some new crayons and pencils. My little guy is going to s.k so hes going to be drawing a lot and also learning to write more!

  • Reply julielaura1 August 27, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    A new backpack is on my list!

  • Reply Ashley August 27, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    For the fall I want to stock up on notebooks! Love to use them for everything.

  • Reply lisa bolduc August 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    A new lunch bag. they can get pretty stinky at the end of the school year

  • Reply Amy Heffernan August 27, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    The #1 item on my list is a new bookbag for my lil guy! Thanks. Staples do have some nice ones!

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