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The must-have back to school items for 2017

Mia Steiber 23 January 2017

back to school must have items

Discover the top 11 must-have back-to-school items for 2017 and why they're so popular this year.

Back-to-school is always one of the busiest shopping periods of the year and a rise the sales of black leather shoes and stationery is always expected. But every year there are a few unexpected must-have items that fly off the shelves.

With the new school year fast approaching, many savvy mums and dads are turning to eBay to source the bits and pieces their kids need for the new school year. And the data team at eBay has analysed Aussie searching and buying behaviour to find the most-wanted items for this back-to-school season.

It seems the eBay data the popularity of Pokemon is showing no signs of slowing down with a 15% growth in total sales of Pokémon backpacks and pencil cases over the last two week.

These days many schools in Australia require students have a tablet and as a result eBay has seen a spike in tablet purchases of 30% over the last month.

Personalisation is also a massive trend for back to school. eBay has seen a 58% increase in sales of personalised backpacks in the past two weeks.

Scroll through to see the top 11 must-have back to school items for 2017 and why they're so popular this year.

Let’s go with LEGO: LEGO stationery & lunch boxes

It’s no surprise that LEGO is one of the hottest items for back to school shopping. In the past two weeks total sales of LEGO products have increased by 28%. From drink bottles to lunch boxes, colouring pencilsstationery organisers and erasers, all kids can go back to school with the latest LEGO accessories.

S’well Drink Bottles: Preparing for a hot summer

With Australia in the midst of summer heatwaves, smart parents are keeping their kids cool with SWELL water bottles. eBay has seen a 24% increase in the sales of the bottles which are sure to keep water chilled for 24 hours and kids hydrated.

Pokémon - Gotta catch em’ all  

After Pokémon GO’s release in 2016, eBay saw a huge surge in the sale of retro-devices, toys and merchandise. When it comes to back to school, the Pokemon trend isn’t slowing down. eBay has seen a 15% growth in total sales of Pokémon backpacks and pencil cases over the last two weeks – check out this adorable Pikachu backpack.

Star Wars

With the release of the Star Wars Rogue One film, thousands of kids have fallen in love with the Star Wars series just like their parents did. Nostalgia-driven mums and dads are turning to eBay to snap up Star Wars themed lunches and drink bottles including these R2D2 chilled bottles and lunch boxes.


Nowadays most schools are including a tablet as a "required" item on back to school lists and as a result eBay has seen a spike in tablet purchases of 30% over the last month. Samsung and Apple tablets are both top picks for any age, whilst ProTab is great for those on a budget.


Whilst most of the emphasis is on the classroom, we mustn’t forget the trending back-to-school items for the home. A new laptop makes school work that much faster to get through! eBay has seen sales growth across most laptop brands over the past two weeks, in particular Toshiba and Apple which have shown a 17% increase in sales.

Personalisation: Make it your own, keep it personal

Keeping items personal adds that special touch when going back to school in style. As well as having a customised item, it also helps kids identify their own possessions with ease!  eBay helps find options for personalisation and has seen a 58% increase in sales of personalised backpacks in the past two weeks.


eBay has recorded a 13% increase in sales on all Trolls-themed back to school products over the last two weeks and it expects this to increase as parents sneak in final shopping in the days leading up to the school term beginning.

Crayola + Faber Castell: Back to basics

Crayola and Faber Castell have been helping Australians fill their pencil cases for years and this year is no exception. The range of products including pencilssharpeners and erasers make it a one stop shop for all those essentials. The ever popular Crayola has seen a 28% increase in sales, maintaining its spot as a trusted brand for classroom needs.

Go back to school with ultra-stylish sneakers

After The Australian dubbed 2016 as the "Year of the Superstar", eBay has seen leather sneakers snapped up, with sales of Adidas Superstar shoes increasing by 40% in the past two weeks. From Converse to Adidas Stan Smith’s, these shoes are the perfect way to head back to school in style.

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