The life of a student may differ slightly from what you remember as a pupil, but even with so much technology in play, organization and great desk supplies go a long way towards success. After all, good design is an appropriate gift for any age, or any grade level.
This logo-free, classic canvas backpack is handmade in Joshu + Vela's San Francisco studio and features a laptop sleeve on the interior as well as an outside pocket with two compartments. $165 at The Primary Essentials.
Table Island is a multifunctional organization unit that can stash desktop detritus or keep mail and keys tidy near the front door. It's made of compressed cork, an elastic and moisture-resistant material that would be right at home in a dorm room. $60 from Leibal.
Small but mighty, Ikea's glass Gavik lamp will bring a glow to even the most dire of study situations. $14.99 at Ikea.
Art and science become one in this endlessly practical piece from Tom Dixon. This oh-so-properly-British kit of parts is comprised of sleek sheet brass cut into functional tools— a ruler, protractor, set square, and paper clips— etched with the most precise of measurements. $130 from Dwell Store.
Book/Shop's heavy-duty bookends can hold up even the heftiest textbooks. 18-ounce steel sheets are bent then buffed to smooth rounded edges; they're available in three colors (shown here). $30 each at Book/Shop.
Trash cans may not be at the top of your shopping list this holiday season, but when they look this sharp, why not? This one is inspired by Richard Galef’s midcentury modern designs and comes with gold or pale green wireframe legs. $125 from Schoolhouse Electric.
This polished brass pencil holder (which comes complete with 24 colored pencils) is a very efficient way to add some minimalist glam to someone's workspace. $75 at Jayson Home.
Alan Heller's ErgoErgo stool takes over where the exercise ball left out. Students (or adults!) can work out their core while spending some of that excess energy by bouncing around on the perch's recyclable technopolymer. $100 at Dwell Store.