The 30 Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s School Supplies

In the '90s, around mid-July, every jerkwad Target, KMart, Sears, Walmart, and Office Depot location would start advertising their "Back to School" stuff right in the middle of summer as a horrible omen of what was to come: the next school year. The only consolation was that the '90s was a decade of loud colors, appealing to kids by making everything into the coolest school supplies.

If you didn't have to most awesome '90s school supplies, you weren't ostracized, but you definitely weren't cool. You'd sit there with your sharpened #2 pencils, off-brand crayons and boring pencil bag, wishing your parents had sprung for the cooler stuff. This is a list of all the cool stuff we either wish we had or remember having in school during the '90s. We would all lose everything by about the third week, but those first three weeks of awesome stationary and every color of gel pen were really, really awesome.

The best '90s school supplies were the ones that they had commercials for on TV, trying to convince young students that normal pens were for old people. These are the greatest, most nostalgia-inducing '90s pencils, '90s stationary, and nostalgic '90s school supplies (Lisa Frank included), ranked in order of awesomeness by voters who knew what it mean to cool for school in the 1990s.

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  • Mr. Sketch Scented Pens
    1

    Mr. Sketch Scented Pens

  • Multi-Colored Push-Up Pens
    2

    Multi-Colored Push-Up Pens

  • Gel Pens
    3

    Gel Pens

  • Scratch N Sniff Stickers
    4

    Scratch N Sniff Stickers

  • Trapper Keepers
    5

    Trapper Keepers

  • Floppy Disks
    7

    Floppy Disks

  • Spacemaker Pencil Boxes
    8

    Spacemaker Pencil Boxes

  • Mead's Five Star Notebooks
    9

    Mead's Five Star Notebooks

  • Gelly Roll Pens
    10

    Gelly Roll Pens

  • Colorful Erasers
    11

    Colorful Erasers

  • Simple Jansport Backpacks
    12

    Simple Jansport Backpacks

  • Neon Colored Pencil Grips
    13

    Neon Colored Pencil Grips

  • Erasable Pens
    14

    Erasable Pens

  • Troll Pencil Toppers
    15

    Troll Pencil Toppers

  • Neon Pencil Boxes (Later Used For Make-Up)
    16

    Neon Pencil Boxes (Later Used For Make-Up)

  • Elmer's School Glue GEL
    18

    Elmer's School Glue GEL

  • Mead's Five Star First Gear Binders
    19

    Mead's Five Star First Gear Binders

  • Crayola Magic Scent Crayons
    20

    Crayola Magic Scent Crayons

  • Yikes! Pencils
    21

    Yikes! Pencils

  • Electric Organizers
    22

    Electric Organizers

  • Nice-Smelling, Plastic Cartoon-Themed Pencil Bags
    23

    Nice-Smelling, Plastic Cartoon-Themed Pencil Bags

  • Cartoon-Themed Pencils (With Snow Globe)
    24

    Cartoon-Themed Pencils (With Snow Globe)

  • Sanrio Stationery
    25

    Sanrio Stationery