Browsing the endless pages of Amazon.com can be, in a word, overwhelming. Especially when looking for back-to-school or work items! There are so many products that look intriguing, but also look like they could break 30 seconds after you take them out of the box. So how do you filter out the products that are junk to get to the good stuff? Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve written about hundred (and hundreds…) of products over the years, but these are the best of the best. This list contains 37 of the best back-to-school products, and trust me on this, they do not disappoint. If you are looking for a way to be better prepared this school year, look no further than this roundup of items that are great for school, or work!
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These Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Reducing Computer Eyestrain
I recently noticed that I was getting a lot of eyestrain and thought I needed prescription glasses. But actually, all I needed were these blue light-blocking glasses. The Amazon’s Choice product takes away that discomfort because of its UV400 protection and glare reduction on the eyes. Blue light is something that comes out of phones, computers, and gaming devices, which cause headaches, blurred vision, and eye aches.
A Lipstick-Sized Charger
This is — hands down — my favorite portable charger. No, it doesn’t have the power of some of the larger brick-style batteries, but this one will give you enough extra juice to send that text or plot your directions so you can get to your standard wall charger. My favorite feature is the built-in lightning cable that stores under the cap for a thoughtful, all-in-one design.
This Top is an Easy Way to Look Dressed Up With Very Little Effort
One can never have too many simple blouses. You can wear them as is in the summer or layer them up with a cardigan or jacket in the winter. This tank top is the ideal basic layering piece that can be worn with anything and everything. The lace is a fun, romantic detail that dresses the top-up instantly.
This CPU Cart Keeps Your Computer Tower Contained
Computer towers take up so much room on your desktop, and they collect dust when they’re sitting on the floor. What to do? Get this CPU cart on wheels so you can easily roll it around to clean under it while keeping your tower off the ground!
Bring Your Favorite Movies Outside With This Projector
I purchased this portable projector for our house last year, and it has been such a fun addition to have. We set it up in the backyard during Halloween to watch scary movies, and now it sits in our bedroom and acts as our TV. Grab a bowl of popcorn and turn any wall or your backyard into a movie theater instantly.
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This Bodycon Dress Works from Day to Night
Need something to wear to your next meeting or presentation? Either way, this bodycon dress has you covered. The ribbed fabric contours to the shape of your body, while the ruched sides won’t chafe against your skin. Plus, it comes in a ton of trendy colors — including a dusty shade of rose.
You Need These Shorties
Most people I know are always on the hunt for a longer lightning cable, not a shorter one, but the new monitor stand I bought has USB ports right in the front which warranted — you guessed it — short lightning cables. This two-pack fit the bill at just about seven inches long (each) so that they don’t take up valuable space on my desk. If you’re looking for a new shortie, this one is it.
This Desk Riser Fits Two Monitors
If you like to have flexibility in your office setup, peep this desk riser that lets you work standing up or sitting down. It’s even big enough to fit two monitors if you’re the fancy type! Since it raises with gas power, there’s basically no effort involved to change positions.
Wireless Watch Charging
If you’ve ever traveled with an Apple Watch, you know exactly where I’m going with this product. How are you supposed to easily charge it with the existing bulky factory cord? You’re not so let’s just stop dreaming. What you need is this portable wireless charger that you can attach to your keychain. It’s itty-bitty, comes in black or pink, and solves that how-do-I-charge-my-watch-while-on-vacation conundrum.
Need a charge … quick? This Nano charger from Anker is designed to give your iPhone a charge three times faster than older charger styles. Not only does it deliver the juice fast, but it’s also 50 percent smaller than other chargers like it so it won’t take up much space in your bag or when plugged into your wall outlet. The lightning cable here is included.
This Ingrown Toenail Clipper Saves You a Trip to the Doctor
Ingrown toenails are the worst, and can crop up at any time. Save yourself a trip to urgent care or your doctor with these heavy-duty ingrown toenail clippers that get the job done easily and safely. These work especially well for trimming thick toenails, too.
Liquid Joint Pain Relief
Have you jumped on the turmeric bandwagon yet? There’s a strong body of evidence out there that turmeric supplements can help with all sorts of things like reducing inflammation and improving your heart health. This turmeric liquid has high-potency down pat, with one reviewer saying: “We started taking this turmeric liquid and within less than 2 weeks my wife (near 60) exclaimed one morning ‘I don’t hurt anymore!'”
This Magnetic Calendar To Help You Keep Track Of Your Life
I’m sure your schedule is just as hectic as mine, which means this magnetic calendar is definitely one of the must-have items on this list. Not only does it come with an extra “To-Do” list, but the premium whiteboard surface doesn’t absorb stains — even when you leave ink sitting on it for a full month.
Tote Your Gear In Style
If toting a laptop around is part of your daily routine, you need a bag that’s both functional and chic. This two-tone laptop bag checks all the boxes for me: Large enough to hold various sizes of laptops and tablets, 15 interior pockets, waterproof material, and a classy design. This style also comes in a floral pattern and black leather, if either of those is more your speed.
Darling Desk Decor
Add your own pizzazz to your desktop with a six-piece desk organizer set in gold, black, rose gold, white, or one of several other fashion colors. Included with the set is a letter tray, magazine rack, business card holder, sticky note organizer, pencil cup, and supply rack. Not only can you stay organized, but you can look especially good doing it.
Maybe it’s the writer in me or maybe it’s typist training I had in high school (yes, I’m typewriter old), but this colorful keyboard is just what you need to spice up an otherwise mundane workday. I love the retro round keys and the auto-power-saving feature that conserves battery life. Grab it in pink, teal, or this colorful combo above and be the envy of the entire office.
This Magnetic Car Mount Will Never Slip
Tired of your phone slipping off the dash when you’re trying to make a call or read a map? Try this magnetic car mount that’ll never fall.
“My Prius doesn’t have much room for phone mounting unless you use the cup holder type but I use my cup holders… this thing solved that issue! And it’s super easy to use. You can move it to any vent in a matter of seconds. Also, the magnets are STRONG!” – Rob C
This Facebook Portal TV for Smart Video Calling
I found this Facebook Portal TV because it was ranked as an Amazon’s Choice product and was instantly impressed. Not only can you watch movies and Netflix through it, but you can also video call friends and coworkers using Messenger, WhatsApp, or Zoom.
It also minimizes the background noise while focusing on your voice when video calling, so I can have clear conversations with friends and family.
This Light Stand with Phone Holder for Remote Recording
Let’s face it, we all record ourselves on our phones, especially for school and work!
This is why I love this light stand with a phone holder because it’s the ideal remote recording device. All you have to do is assemble the tripod and ring light to your height and your home recording studio awaits.
Smartwatch for a Smart Price
I’m not judging you if you paid $400 for an Apple Watch. I have one myself. But, I wish I had known about this smartwatch deal on Amazon that’s literally less than 10 percent of the cost of the Apple version. This one does all the things you’d expect: Tracks your fitness activity, monitors your heart rate, analyzes your sleep, delivers your notifications, and lets you take or end phone calls. (Phone calls? What are those?) It’s available in black or pink and looks just like it’s more expensive cousin.
If You Struggle To Find Jeans That Fit You, You Need These Removable Buttons
Do you have a hard time finding jeans that fit correctly? Do your jeans typically fit well in the thighs but gap in the waist? Yeah, me too. It can be extremely frustrating. These removable buttons that I found on TikTok have changed my life. They allow you to make your pants smaller by replacing the button that is already on the pants. Whether you’re taking them in an inch or five, you can finally rest easy knowing your pants will fit like a glove.
Keep Your Keys In The Clouds
I’m a big fan of “the cloud.” Being able to access your documents and photos across multiple devices; how convenient is that? Oh, wait, that’s the wrong cloud. I’m still digging on this cloud, which is a clever magnetic key holder that you can install anywhere to keep your keys always within reach. You should buy a couple to make your own little cloud family for everyone’s keys.
Return To Your Elementary School Roots with this Electric Pencil Sharpener
This classroom-style electric pencil sharpener is equipped with a heavy-duty blade for extra-precise sharp pencils. There’s arguably nothing more satisfying than sharpening a pencil and shaving down the point just right. Relax and repeat. Every home office should have one of these sitting on the desk!
For Perfect Pedicures At Home, Get this Electric Foot Scrubber
Safely remove dead skin from your feet with the push of a button! The perfect home pedicure device that will have you feeling confident about your feet in no time. Features three speeds and multiple functions to detail hard, cracked, and dry skin. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on your work or school day!
This Monitor Stand That Adds Storage to Your Desk
Craning your neck downwards to read your computer can leave it feeling sore. This monitor stand, on the other hand, lifts your screen up to help alleviate strain — and it even adds storage space to your desk. Plus, it’s ready to go right out of the box without any assembly required.
This Uber Flattering T-Shirt Dress
The best dresses in the world are the ones that are somehow both comfy and also structured enough that they look on point. This dress is one of those. It’s made of t-shirt material so you know you’re going to love wearing it, but it also has a great belt so that you don’t end up looking shapeless. Absolute perfection.
Say Goodbye to Stiffness and Tension
I think we can all agree: Massages are oh-so-good but they can get expensive fast. Relieve your muscle tension at home with this Amazon classic. Pop it into the microwave for 2 min, put it around your neck, and enjoy the relief it brings. Literally so good.
This Waterproof Notebook Is Great For Outdoorsy Types
My eldest is a very outdoorsy girl and she’s obsessed with this waterproof notebook. You can use it in any weather condition to take notes, make sketches or just doodle if you’re camping, hiking, or on a nature walk. Even in class! If you’re the type who gets your best ideas in the shower, keep this handy and never miss out on the next genius brainstorm.
No Pills, No Problem With This Liquid Multivitamin
I’ve never had an issue swallowing pills but I know a lot of people who do. Don’t skimp on essential vitamins and minerals because you struggle with choking down those horse pills. You can still get the supplements you need in a tangy liquid format with MaryRuth’s liquid morning multivitamin. Choose from raspberry, strawberry, or “fruit” flavorings to benefit your overall health and give you an immunity boost.
The Best Healing Ointment
If you don’t have a jar of Aquaphor in your medicine cabinet or linen closet right now, are you even doing life right? Aquaphor Healing Ointment is everything for dry, chapped, or irritated skin and is even gentle enough to use on baby. No kidding, I have a large tub and have used it on everything from chapped lips to minor burns to diaper rash with flawless results.
Don’t Project On Me
There’s just something about watching a show or movie outside that makes it more fun than doing it indoors. Just think: Wouldn’t the kids love to watch their favorite characters while hanging out in the swimming pool? This mini-projector will do the trick. Once priced at several hundred dollars, mini-projectors like this one have dropped to being supremely affordable, making you the coolest parent on the block. What a great way to relax after school!
This Large Heating Pad Is So Comforting on My Back
If you want to soothe a larger area of the body, it’s handy to use a Large Heating Pad that covers more surface area. This pad measures 12 by 24 inches, with three heat settings and a soft, microfiber cover.
This Spaghetti Strap Mini Dress Is Feminine Yet Casual
Who doesn’t love a spaghetti strap mini dress for a pool party or summer cocktails with friends? This dress is boho-meets-sophistication and comes in a range of colors and patterned designs.
My theme this back-to-school is a white fabric to compliment my tan from the summer and this is the perfect dress to do just that.
The Teeth Whitening Product that Actually Works
Yes, they actually work! As an avid coffee drinker, I use these all the time and whenever I have an event, they are my go-to. In minutes, my teeth look whiter and cleaner without the sensitivity. A cult favorite that I will keep buying again and again – I can’t recommend these enough.
These Cold Therapy Packs Give a Dose of Cute Comfort for Fevers and Teething
When my kids were little, I always kept a stack of these cute ice therapy packs in the freezer for everything from fevers, to toothaches to bumps and bruises. Sometimes back-to-school means back-to-sick! This set of four ice packs can be wiped clean and used over and over for cool relief.
Upgrade your Mouse Pad
A few months after I started working from home full-time, I decided it was time to invest in a larger mousepad. And, when I say large, I mean “go big or go home.” This extra-extra-large mouse pad will probably cover most of your work surface, which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. It not only gives you plenty of mousing (micing? mousenating?) surface, but it protects your work top as well.
This Bodysuit Can Be Worn So Many Different Ways
Bodysuits like this one are usually priced pretty high at big department stores and online retailers. But why would you spend the money when you get this one for less than $20? I know what you’re thinking–the more expensive something is, the higher the quality, right? Not always. And just because something is cheap doesn’t mean that it won’t last you for years. This bodysuit is the perfect example of that.