OUTER LAYER 530 Bloor West, 416-324-8333, and other, outerlayer.com
If you go through a lot of notebooks in a semester, consider going the green route with Canadian-based line Ecojot from Outer Layer. Not only are they made using recycled paper, but for every journal sold, the company donates one to a child in need.
Other back-to-school options at one of the city's favourite stationery shops include Hachi silicone pouches that make great pencil cases, and lots of cards perfect for kissing up to teacher. There's also a second, similarly well-stocked location at Queen and Portland.
Outer Layer picks: Sym makes sharp printed canvas lunch bags, $29.95; a ninja figure is actually a 4GB USB flash drive, $29.95; pens don't come much more svelte than the slim Bobino model from Kikkerland, $5.95.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.
MORE SUPPLIES TIPS
Above Ground Art Supplies (74 McCaul, 416-591-1601, and other, abovegroundartsupplies.com)
Cubeshops (11 Baldwin, 416-260-0710, cubeshops.com)
Curry's (283 Dundas West, 416-585-9292, and others, currys.com)
FedEx Kinkos (505 University, 416-979-8447, and others, fedexoffice.ca)
Grand & Toy (180 Bloor West, 416-928-0213, and others, grandandtoy.com)
Midoco (555 Bloor West, 416-588-7718, and other, midoco.ca)
Staples (542 Keele, 416-762-2816, and others, staples.ca)