Local + Independent = Cool for School Gift Guide

03 August, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Its that time again folks, the upcoming school year and semester is almost upon us! Students of all ages will be back at desks, tables and chairs. To keep from staring blankly at the clock, out the window or at their professor, everybody needs a nice batch of school supplies to start the year off right. The right supplies could be the difference between classroom boredom and attentive success. I for one prefer to be writing with an awesome pen in notebook that’s handmade, but that’s what keeps me motivated. Here at the Mouse, we’ve got that vibe and more to get you or your kids ready for class!

From top left to right: Fleece Backpacks by Poketo; Taking It One Day At A Time Journal/Calendar by Bylee Design; Write It Down Essential Everyday Journal by Ruby Taylor; Rainbow Journal by Cathy Durso; SF Pocket Notebook by Note-ify; San Francisco & Unicorn Lunch Bags by Girls Can Tell; Cone of Shame LED Keychain & Hamburger Laundry Hamper by GAMA-GO; Buttons by K is for Calligraphy, Beanforest and Le Petit Elefant; Lets Make  a Deal Coin Pouch, Tool Kit Pencil Case and Vintage Plaid Messenger Bag by Blue Q; Nerd Pouch and SF Pouch by Seltzer Goods; Plaid Watch & Blue Birds Watch by Modify Watches; Shakespeare Fish and Hide-and-Seek Bear Canvas Bookmarks by Studio M.M.E.; SF Pens by Tomoko Maruyama; 7-Year Pens by Seltzer Goods; Bear, Owl, Bear and Hippie Pens by Poekto.

From top left to right: Fleece Backpacks by Poketo; Taking It One Day At A Time Journal/Planner by Bylee Design; Write It Down Essential Everyday Journal by Ruby Taylor; Rainbow Journal by Cathy Durso; San Francisco Pocket Notebook by Note-ify; San Francisco & Unicorn Canvas Lunch Bags by Girls Can Tell; Cone of Shame LED Keychain & Hamburger Laundry Hamper by GAMA-GO; Buttons by K is for Calligraphy, Beanforest and Le Petit Elefant; Lets Make a Deal Coin Pouch, Tool Kit Pencil Case and Vintage Plaid Messenger Bag by Blue Q; Nerd Pouch and SF Pouch by Seltzer Goods; Plaid Watch & Blue Birds Watch by Modify Watches; Shakespeare Fish and Hide-and-Seek Bear Canvas Bookmarks by Studio M.M.E.; Colors of San Francisco Pens by Tomoko Maruyama; 7-Year Pens (Hedgehogs and Fox) by Seltzer Goods; Owl, Bear and Hippie Pens by Poekto.

Write It Down – The Paper

Skip the boring college-ruled paper and binders for awesome notebooks & journals! The “Write It Down” Essential Everyday Journal designed by Ruby Taylor is sure to last at least a few classes, while Bylee Design’s Planners Journals are a match made in school supply heaven. Now we know that there’s always that tidbit of information that’s forgotten in the hallways, but no more! The Rainbow Jotter Notebook by Cathy Durso and San Francisco Pocket Notebook by Note•ify will only be a quick reach away, so you’ll never miss a beat throughout the day.

Write It Down – The Pen

Best friends are great, until they “borrow” your pen forever. What we all need are pens individual to ourselves, so they’re never mistook for someone else’s. At the Mouse, we have a number of artists with great pen designs. Tomoko Maruyama has some amazing San Francisco-inspired pens, while Poketo brings fun friends to your writing utensil. If you’re thinking a bit more long-term, Seltzer Goods offers a plethora of  rad 7-Year Pens that can write up to 1.7 meters a day, for (you guessed it) seven years!

Maximized Organization

No more backpacks full of wads of paper and pencils. We’ve got the goods to keep that under control; specifically, Seltzer Goods Canvas Pouches that are perfect for organizing everything. Plus, from Blue Q comes 95% post-consumer material Pencil Pouches, Coin Purses and Messenger Bags. These too are perfect for systematized school-life, but if you need something a bit bigger, Poketo offers super cute Fleece Backpacks! And nothing is worse than your homework soggy from sandwhich jelly that leaked into your backpack, so keep your food contained in one of the awesome Lunch Bags by Girls Can Tell.

Keepin’ Time and Place

Don’t be late for class, practice or club-meetings ever again. Sometimes your phone is just a pocket-too-far away, that’s where Modify Watches come in! Be right where you need to be with the coolest interchangeable time-keepers you’ll find, right on your wrist. While we’re talking about it, don’t ever lose your place in that book assigned for class. Keep your books as organized as your backpack with Canvas Bookmarks by Studio M.M.E.

Say It Loud and Proud, with Buttons!

Once you’ve got all your essentials together, its time to deck out your backpack, tote and maybe even your pants. What I speak of are buttons, the ultimate opinion-sharing, personality-showing piece of plastic and metal. Looking for cute? Le Petit Elefant always has fun characters on colorful backgrounds. How about funny, ironic and weird? Beanforest is the perfect button-connoisseur for you, putting more into 1.25″ than anyone ever has. The most handmade buttons come from K is for Calligraphy though, each one being a tiny piece of art.

With every passing semester and year, we’re that much closer to who we’re going to be, so give yourself or your kids a leg up in life with school supplies that are as fun as the personality of the owner. Best of luck to all of the students and parents out there! We’ll see you at the Mouse. :)

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