Kim Cook, Associated Press
For the classroom, Target’s houndstooth, plaid and metallic dot binders hit the unisex pattern trends head on. Blinged-out scissors and staplers, and fun pencil cases shaped like flip-flops or printed in colorful lace patterns have a girly vibe.
At PB Teen (www.pbteen.com), plaid, chevron, patchwork and tie-dye patterns add zing to the pencil case and homework holder collection.
Colorful national flags emblazon a spiral notebook collection at Zazzle.com, which also has fun clip chains shaped like basketballs, softballs or volleyballs. They can be personalized to help young athletes keep track of their stuff.