Talking top back-to-school trends with Staples + A $250 giveaway!

Things are looking up for back to school at casa try small things.¬†The kids are happy with their teachers (for a change the school’s told us who they’ll have before the first day), last year’s backpacks and lunch bags are in good shape for another year and I won’t be on duty for every after-school pick-up, which saves me from making small talk every day in the yard. And AND (and it’s no small thing), Staples sent us enough school supplies to last the whole year through. Today I’m sharing a sampling of the season’s major trends — Staples has you covered! — plus a $250 Staples giveaway for one lucky reader.¬†

Staples Canada BTS 2017 Merangue Emoji Pencil

Cartoon craze Emojis are still big (which I think I love even more than the kids), along with licensed products like HEYS¬ģ Star Wars, Minions and Frozen backpacks.¬†

Staples Canada BTS 2017 Canada 150th mouse

O Canada! Canada looks pretty good for 150 with¬†Canadian-themed products in nearly every aisle. Our favourites include this wireless mouse with Canada icons from Logitech, Hilroy’s Weekly/Monthly Student moose-themed planner, and these beaver pens from Merangue, which would make a cute gift from teachers for the first day of school or a job well done throughout the year. Teachers can save 15% on most in-store purchases and 10% percent on technology purchases at Staples’ Teacher Appreciation Days September 2 and 9. (The discount is valid at Staples stores outside of Quebec; teacher appreciation days for Quebec stores were held in August.)¬†

Staples Canada BTS 2017 Mr. Sketch Ice Cream markers

Staples Canada BTS 2017 PaperMate erasable gel pens

Staples Canada BTS 2017 Expo Dry Erase markers and Elmer's School Glue

Vibrant colours Staples has school supplies in every colour of the rainbow, from our favourite Mr. Sketch markers and Papermate erasable gel pens to poppin tape dispensers, files, cups and trays. 

Staples Canada BTS 2017 calculator

Staples Canada BTS 2017 Maxell Action Kids earbuds

Technically thinking¬†My 10-year-old is delighted to have her own calculator and share the ipad, but we may end up springing for a computer as well. Staples has a great program called Bring Your Own Device¬†that¬†helps students and teachers choose the right devices for their needs.¬†I’ve got my eye on the Acer Chromebook — it’s compact and light with a vivid display and a super-fast start up time.¬†

Staples Canada BTS 2017 school supplies

Want to see more? You’ll find a complete list of the year’s top trends and products in Staples’ 2017 look book¬†and by visiting Staples on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.¬†


Thanks to Staples, I’ve got a $250 gift bag filled with all kinds of school supplies to share with one lucky try small things reader (sorry, no Quebec this time). To enter to win, visit Staples and tell me three of your top must-haves for this back-to-school season. (This entry is mandatory).

For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.

For a third entry, follow try small things on Instagram, and tell me your Instagram handle in the comments below.

And feel free to tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet). Make sure you’re following try small things on Twitter for your entry to count.

Staples has you covered for back to school! #Win a $250 prize pack from @trysmallthings CAN 9/15 #ThinkStaples

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on September 15, 2017. The potential winner (chosen at random) must respond to prize notification within 48 hours and provide the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another will be selected.

Update September 16, 2017: Congratulations Kristy R! 

Staples sent me a selection of school supplies to facilitate this post, however all opinions are my own. 

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