Don’t Miss: Top 15 Back-To-School Bestsellers + Free Designs

Don’t Miss: Top 15 Back-To-School Bestsellers + Free Designs

Prepare your shopping lists and online stores for school sales as the new back-to-school season approaches in full swing.

Whether you’re looking for new products to sell, thoughtful back-to-school gifts, or just a little something for yourself, we’ve got a wide selection of back-to-school products you can customize to your heart’s content.

When Does Back-To-School Shopping Begin?

August is the official back-to-school month, which means your wallet, shopping list, or online store should be ready.

54% of back-to-school shoppers start looking for school essentials and convenient deals in the last two weeks of July.

If your online store plans to participate in this seasonal sales event, make sure your products, designs, and deals are ready for the early shoppers.

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Check out our marketing calendar, where we've marked all the important dates and events throughout the year – to keep track of your sales campaigns.

How Big Is Back-To-School Spending?

A boy in a store with his parents, shopping for school essentials for the upcoming school year.

The 2023 total expected back-to-school spending in the United States is $41.5 billion. That’s a lot of money to spend on school-related essentials.

The average US household plans to spend $890 on back-to-school items in 2023. The most sought-after items include:

  • electronics and computer equipment
  • clothing and accessories
  • shoes
  • school supplies

More importantly, 45% of consumers plan to switch back-to-school shopping from in-store to online. This means a lot more people looking for epic deals on eCommerce platforms and marketplaces.

If you’d like to launch your own back-to-school campaign, check out our article on back-to-school marketing ideas. It offers a variety of insightful methods and effective strategies that you can use for your back-to-school promotions to attract customers and increase your sales.

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Top 15 Product Bestsellers for the Back-To-School Season

Whether you’re searching for new products to add to your back-to-school collection or some thoughtful gifts for your little ones, here are our top 15 products you can customize with just a few clicks.

A home display with a matte canvas that has important math formulas printed on it.

From heartwarming pictures to inspirational artwork, a canvas is a great gift for the upcoming school year. Whether sending your child off to college with a sentimental reminder or starting the first year of school – make those moments extra special with a custom canvas.

Sustainable, vibrant, and easy to care for, these canvases are perfect additions to any home, dorm room, or classroom during the new school year.

A white youth t-shirt with a colorful custom design that says "Back to School Vibes".

Seasons change, but custom t-shirts are here to stay. T-shirts have proven themselves as a clothing staple that feels at home in every wardrobe.

Made of 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, available in five different colors and four sizes, these tees are perfect for every student. 

Whether for daily wear, sports, or casual outings, t-shirts are a great canvas for unique designs.

A hardcover journal with a custom design that has a blue owl pattern.

With a full wraparound print and matte finish, these hardcover journals ensure crisp and vibrant colors for your epic back-to-school designs.

Taking notes, writing poetry, or making to-do lists – a journal is a must for high school and college students, parents, and teachers preparing for the upcoming school year. 

If you’re searching for profitable products for your back-to-school campaign, it’s a must for you, too.

A nice home display with a satin poster that says, "Never dream for success but work for it".

This satin poster with a low-glare finish is a back-to-school must-have for every home or classroom. Available in seven different sizes, it provides freedom for full customization – whether it’s learning materials or inspirational quotes.

Start the new school year with vibrant colors, sentimental imagery, or encouraging words.

A desk mat with a creative back-to-school pattern consisting of colorful letters.

With eLearning becoming more popular, people are eager to upgrade their desks and learning spaces. An excellent way is with a stylish yet practical desk mat.

A neoprene desk mat with anti-slip backing and all-over print will keep your desk neat and tidy and make the mouse slide like butter over your creative and inspiring designs.

An accessory pouch with a custom design – a pattern consisting of school essentials.

Whether at home, school, or work, accessory pouches are an easy way to organize all of your small items.

Our all-over-print accessory pouches come in multiple sizes and colors, providing full freedom for unique customization.

These custom pouches – the perfect combination of fashionable and practical  – have a zipper closure to help you safely store earphones, charging cables, and other important daily knick-knacks.

A custom magnet in the shape of an apple that says, "Be awesome today".

Fridge, whiteboard, and all things metal – those die-cut masterpieces will stick to anything. Perfect for daily encouragement or as learning materials for the little ones, magnets come in handy.

With five sizes to choose from and a bright final print, you can customize magnets to fit your or your customer’s needs.

A backpack with a custom design – a pattern of colorful stripes.

As practical as they are popular, backpacks are the best way to carry things comfortably. With all-over print you can add an artistic touch to everyday gear, covering the backpack in epic art from seam to seam. 

Our backpacks are lightweight, waterproof, and tear-resistant, making them perfect for school, college, gym, or travel.

A "back-to-school" pin button with a black-and-white background pattern consisting of school essentials and symbols.

Express yourself in style with cute but flashy pin buttons. From “Welcome back” to “Good riddance”, pins can be customized for every purpose. 

Available in three sizes, these pin buttons ensure vibrant prints for your creative designs.

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A pink youth hoodie with a custom design that says, "Wild about books".

Whether it’s a crisp morning or a rainy afternoon, heavy-blend hooded sweatshirts are the perfect choice for chilly days.

With over 16 colors to choose from, you can create sweatshirts that fit your personal style and showcase your creativity. Hoodies are a hit all year round, especially if they feature an original, eye-catching, inspirational design.

A gym setup with a stainless steel water bottle that says, "Know your power".

Whether it’s tea or coffee in the morning or homemade orange juice for lunch, these stainless steel water bottles are the perfect choice for students and teachers. They’re designed to keep the drinks hot – or cold – for longer.

Available in three sizes and wraparound print, these bottles are a great addition to your back-to-school sales.

A slim phone case with a custom design – a pattern of colorful school essentials and symbols.

Slim phone cases are a subtle yet effective way to protect smartphones – they’re made with a material that’s lightweight, impact resistant, and durable. Stylish, practical, and flawlessly fitting, these slim phone cases are the perfect accessory for a wide variety of smartphones.

How many smartphones have you seen without a case lately? They are exactly what students and teachers need for the upcoming school season.

A custom puzzle with a world map design for some back-to-school fun.

Puzzles are a great way to train your brain in a fun way. They can be an even more fun way of learning new and exciting things. 

Create educational designs like numbers, alphabets, animals, or periodic table, and improve the learning process. Puzzles will be a hit among students, parents, and teachers.

A desk calendar with a creative design – a colorful pattern of school supplies, symbols, and daily essentials.

Custom desk calendars are a great way to keep track of the current events during the new school year. From soccer practices to tests and chess club meetings, a desk calendar will help every student or teacher stay organized.

Add school-related designs, inspiring quotes, or mood-improving imagery.

A sticker sheet with cute back-to-school stickers showcasing school essentials like a backpack, globe, and more.

Stickers, despite their modest size, can have a big impact. They are the perfect canvas for conveying personality, hobbies, interests, and support for different causes or groups.

Our sticker sheets are the perfect product for the back-to-school shopping season. We offer three different sticker types, easy application, and an eco-friendly way to express yourself.

Save Time and Increase Your Sales With Free Designs

If you’d like to start creating your own back-to-school collection, we have quite a collection of free designs. All of them are originally created by our team of designers, so you don’t need to worry about copyright risks.

Use these designs as is or customize them to fit the needs of your target audience – it’s up to you. Although simple, all of them are print-ready, making them ideal for t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, or anything else.

But that’s not all. Our Mockup Generator now has a free graphics library full of colorful designs that will fit different niches and audiences. When designing your products, click the Graphics tab, pick your favorites, and customize to perfection.

If you want to learn how to make your own designs from scratch, hire a freelancer, or explore websites with ready-made designs, our recent article on creating your first design will guide you from start to finish.

With Printify, Anyone Can Get an A+ in Sales

Whether you want to sell back-to-school goods or design them for yourself, Printify has all the tools, features, and guidelines you need for the perfect back-to-school season.

With more than 850 products in our Catalog, we have something to suit everyone’s taste and needs. Finding your next back-to-school must-have or bestseller is as easy as singing your ABCs.

When it comes to personalization, our free and intuitive Mockup Generator remains undisputed. Anyone can easily design and create one-of-a-kind products that outclass the competition.

Pick your back-to-school essentials and start designing with Printify.

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  1. Ashley
    August 7

    Last time I used the free designs Etsy removed them from my store claiming copyright infringement…. I can’t risk using anymore or they will shut down my store.

    1. Elina Stafecka
      August 12

      So sorry to hear that, Ashley. Our designer updated the designs, so shouldn’t be problems anymore. 🙂 Best Wishes, Elina

  2. Bahutbek
    August 2

    hello i am very glad that i started working with you i like your service and how everything works i hope for long-term cooperation

    1. Elina Stafecka
      August 3

      Thank you for your kind words, Bahutbek.


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