They sure didn't make fun school supplies like this Walking Robot Pencil Sharpener ($9.99 at ThinkGeek.com) when we were little. This gadget converts pencil shavings into energy and brain matter and walks away when it's full.
They certainly didn't make bookbags this hot when we were in grade school. Get the Pufft Pack ($36 at MojoBackpacks.com) in red, pink, white, silver or black.
Floppy Disk Sticky Notes
Odds are, your kid won't find these Floppy Disk Sticky Notes ($9.99 at ThinkGeek.com) humorous, but you can tell 'em the tale of the good ol' floppy and get all nostalgic.
Jonathan Adler Desk Dock Organizer
This Jonathan Adler Desk Dock Organizer ($25 at SeeJaneWork.com) is so snazzy, it might just encourage homework out of your little one.
USB Flower Hub
USB ports are not made to be fancy, but this USB Flower Hub ($18 at SeeJaneWork.com) is downright pretty.
Doing homework (or grownup work) won't be such a drag with these Baliyo Pens ($28 at UncommonGoods.com). The aerodynamic pen comes with an instructional DVD set so you can become a pen-twirling champ.
Your (or your kid's) desk can be a little cuter with these Desktop Pals ($13 to $16 at UncommonGoods.com). Use 'em to hold your mobile device, paper clips, pens or rubber bands.
iPad Case with Built-In Keyboard
If you have a hard time typing on your iPad, this iPad Case with Built-In Keyboard ($99 at AhaLife.com) provides a stylish solution.
Verbatim 4GB Clip-it USB Drive
These adorable Verbatim Clip-it USB Drive ($11.25 at VerbatimStore.com) offers functionality and fun. It also doubles as a paperclip.
Rad and Bad Sticky Flag Matchbook
Mark your projects "Rad" and "Bad," "Dope" or "Nope," "Hot" or "Not," "Mack" or "Wack," and "Shazam" or "No Ma'am" with these tabs from the Rad and Bad Sticky Flag Matchbook ($7 at KnockKnock.biz).
Quirky and eco-friendly, this Staple-Free Stapler ($9 at FredFlare.com) will punch sheets of paper together - really!
Kensington BlackBelt Protection Band for iPad 2
There's a color to suit every iPad 2 user when it comes to the Kensington BlackBelt Protection Band for iPad 2 ($29.99 at Kensington.com). We love the red and green ones, don't you?
Report Cards for Real Life
With these Report Cards for Real Life ($15 at KnockKnock.biz), you can give constructive criticism to friends and family. Its tear-out sheets are easy to tear out. Just try not to offend anyone!
Medieval Weapons Push Pins
We don't mean to highlight warfare - especially to school kids - but these Medieval Weapons Push Pins ($9.99 at ThinkGeek.com) are just so darn cute.
It's the smallest microwave we've ever seen! Perfect for undergrads, the iWave Cube ($99 at iWaveCube.com) can fit in any dorm room (or your home bar). And the best part is, it's so quiet that you won't even hear it running.
Tocky Alarm Clock
With such a cute and cool buzzer like these Tocky Alarm Clocks ($69 at UncommonGoods.com), your little one won't mind waking up in the morning. They can roll around, too.
Shakespeare USB Flash Drive
The thespian - young or old - will appreciate this Shakespeare USB Flash Drive ($40 at Filanthropists.com). One hundred percent of profits support Broadway Cares/EFAids.