Five must-have items for students

It’s never too late to gear up. Here’s a quintet of items guaranteed to ease student life


Moshi Cardette Ultra Card Reader 3.0

$59.99 at Jump Plus (275 College, 416-927-8000)

Why it’s hot The Moshi Cardette is a multi-card reader that allows you to upload files stored on various memory cards onto your Mac or PC computer. This is particularly useful if, say, multiple students are working on a project together. It’s great for handling large files and has more storage than typical USB sticks or storing in the cloud.

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Herschel Settlement Backpack in Studio Blue 

$149.99 at Te Koop (421 Queen West, 416-348-9485)

Why it’s hot Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co. is a winning Canadian brand popular with students. The Settlement Backpack is made of waterproof tarpaulin material and has an interior sleeve that accommodates a 15-inch laptop. Perfect for keeping all your schoolwork dry while looking stylish.

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TOPMAN Touchscreen Knit Gloves

$15 at Hudson’s Bay (176 Yonge and others, 416-861-9111)

Why it’s hot No more having to choose between warm hands and using your touchscreen device! Plus, the price point of these gloves means that if you (inevitably) lose one, it’s not the end of the world.

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Skullcandy Grind Wireless Headphones 

$89.99 at Best Buy (Eaton Centre and others, 416-642-8321)

Why it’s hot Most wireless headphones are expensive (like $200-plus), and most students need a decent, semi-noise-cancelling pair. These have a 12-hour battery life and tap-tech technology. (You can control volume and pause or skip songs by tapping the headset.) Sound quality is great for the price.

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Field Notes Dot Memo Book 3-Pack 

$15.50 at Wonder Pens (250 Carlaw, #105, 416-799-5935)

Why it’s hot Sure, students do just about everything on computers and tablets nowadays, but it’s still useful to have a small notebook for jotting things down. This fall 2016 limited-edition three-pack by Field Notes looks sleek.

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