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November 21, 2013
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.
Black packpack canvas classic student holiday gift guide Joshu Vela
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.
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Cork desktop organizer student gift guide 2013 holiday
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.
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Green glass table lamp Ikea Gavik student gift guide 2013
Small but mighty, Ikea's glass Gavik lamp will bring a glow to even the most dire of study situations. $14.99 at Ikea.
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Dwell store gift guide tool the magician drafting set brass Tom Dixon
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.
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Book/Shop powder-coated steel bookends library office holiday gift guide student 2013
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.
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Trash can storage waste back to school shopping list Schoolhouse Electric
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.
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Jayson Home brass colored pencil holder desktop accessory student gift guide 2013
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.
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healthy ergonomic office seating exercise ball ErgoErgo stool Alan Heller Dwell store
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.
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desktop diary paper calendar 2014 gift guide present & correct shop
Paper makes for the best stocking stuffers, particularly paper in the form of a smart linen diary. Start 2014 with an immaculately managed schedule, why don't you! £16.50 from Present & Correct. (And see here for more giftable desktop items from Present & Correct.)
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Poppin desk accessories lime green student gift guide 2013
For the student who tends to fall asleep in front of his laptop, may we suggest a desktop set in a neon so searing it will keep eyeballs open? Desktop set in Lime Green, $51 from Poppin. (Or go minimalist with the cool, crisp, all-white version.)
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Black packpack canvas classic student holiday gift guide Joshu Vela
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.

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