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15 Back to School Products You Were Obsessed With in the 2000s
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15 Back to School Products You Were Obsessed With in the 2000s

Based on 7,599 Influenster Reviews

Remember the good ol' days when you'd pack your Jansport backpack with a pencil case, gel pens, and Lisa Frank folders? It was a simpler time, filled with note passing, secret handshakes, and Disney Channel Original Movies.

Well, you know what? It's #TBeffingT and we're here to take you back in time. Check out this roundup of the most highly rated back to school products that you went crazy for in the 2000s.

Which product was your F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E (spelled out in a paper fortune)? 

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TrailMaker Classic Clear Backpack
BY TRAILMAKER
3.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars46%
  • 4 Stars15%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star31%
3.5 / 5 (13 reviews)
Check out all my stuff inside my backpack. Bet you had no idea what was in there.
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Stephanie M.Stephanie M. said...
This backpack takes me back. It reminds me of having everything i own on display and no privacy. The only thing i never like about this backpack is that it works great unless you carry a lot of heavy things. If you did then the plastic would slowly tear apart from the seam and eventually something would fall out. Other than that its a great backpack. ...read more
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LolliZ Gel Pens 48 Gel Pen Tray Set
BY LOLLIZ
4.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars76%
  • 4 Stars19%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (54 reviews)
Were these intended for doodling all over your arm? Possibly.
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Marie M.Marie M. said...
Am I the only one who color coded ALL of their notes for every class with gel pens? When I wasn't too busy studying I always enjoyed writing fun and flirty notes with different colors to friends and that one guy who we don't speak of anymore lol!!! Although LolliZ wasn't available back then I still love using these to color in my Adult Coloring Book...some things never change! ...read more
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LolliZ Gel Pens 48 Gel Pen Tray Set uploaded by Suzanne A.
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Little Debbie Zebra Cakes - 10 CT
BY LITTLE DEBBIE
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars73%
  • 4 Stars16%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star2%
4.6 / 5 (467 reviews)
Zebra Cakes, brownies with the sprinkles, and other Little Debbie products were the best lunch bag dessert.
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Caitlin T.Caitlin T. said...
Ahh... Little Debbie. I can't escape you! Zebra Cakes were my favorite as a kid, and I still like them as an adult! There's something so deliciously satisfying about biting into the protective layer of zebra covering... it never gets old! As an adult, my waistline wishes they didn't come in two-packs, but whaddya gonna do. ...read more
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Smucker's Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich - 4 CT
BY SMUCKERS
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars78%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars3%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.7 / 5 (143 reviews)
By noon these bad boys were thawed to perfection.
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Lauren L.Lauren L. said...
I have eaten Smucker's Uncrustables for years. They are perfect for lunch. All that you have to do is put them in your lunch box from the freezer and by lunch they are completely defrosted. The bread is soft and they have the perfect amount of PBJ in the middle. I love both the grape and strawberry flavors. ...read more
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US Toy Company KA292 Insect Push Point Pencils
BY US TOY COMPANY
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars50%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars18%
  • 2 Stars7%
  • 1 Star0%
4.2 / 5 (82 reviews)
When you lost one of the tips, there was always lined paper around to stuff inside.
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Alina M.Alina M. said...
Who doesn't love these push pencils? While the eraser sucks, I LOVE finding these.. it brings me back to my childhood days! Great product! ...read more
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Lunchables Extra Cheesy Pizza
BY LUNCHABLES
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star0%
4.5 / 5 (90 reviews)
Not sure what it was made of, but hot d@## if they didn't taste amazing.
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Kristine P.Kristine P. said...
Be still my childhood heart <3. I loved these as a kid, and honestly, when I'm in a hurry these are still a fine/quick lunch. I prefer the crackers & turkey now, but I'll always hold a special place in my heart for the pizza lunchables. ...read more
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Lisa Frank 2-Pocket Folders, Pack of 2
BY LISA FRANK
5.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars96%
  • 4 Stars4%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
5.0 / 5 (91 reviews)
No matter what age you turn, these will still always be the best.
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Zaneta O.Zaneta O. said...
Lisa Frank always made the cutest and most adorable folders ever. You just look at the cover and instantly fall in love with the graphics and bright colors. They are very eye catching and they are made of very good materials. They are still just as pretty today as they were when I was in school. ...read more
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Roll-On Body Glitter
BY AMSCAN
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars3%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star3%
4.5 / 5 (37 reviews)
Because covering yourself in purple glitter is the "cool" thing to do.
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MJ Soffe Soffe Juniors' Authentic Short []
BY MJ SOFFE
4.8 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars87%
  • 4 Stars13%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.9 / 5 (15 reviews)
Always rolled these one more time than was necessary.
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Faith H.Faith H. said...
These shorts are so comfortable and affordable. They're sold pretty much everyhere, and although you may not know them as a brand, you definitely know that these are the quintessential "cheer/lounge shorts" . They are affordable, and I believe they are about $8.00 dollars a pair. They come in so many different colors and they hold up well through multiple washings, and are made to last. ...read more
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up & up - Durable Ring Binder Clear View
BY UP & UP
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars78%
  • 4 Stars14%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (104 reviews)
When you were creative and decorated sheets of paper that you placed in your clear plastic binders.
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Joanna V.Joanna V. said...
My favorite binders ever since I was in middle school. These are great because they're cheap and also extremely durable. I'm in college and I'm still using them. ...read more
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Sony 80 Minutes 30-pk. CD-R Music with Spindle Cases
BY SONY
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars74%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (34 reviews)
Burning CD's for the car ride to school or if you got to leave for off campus lunch.
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Erica H.Erica H. said...
I love these sooo much!!! these come in handy when my data plan runs out and streaming spotify is super slow, just pop in a mixed cd! I remember how cool these were as a teenager and I always made the BEST mixes! ...read more
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LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS®
BY LISTERINE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (419 reviews)
Buy on Target for $3.47
Listerine for the cute kid that sat next to you in Biology, because there was serious chemistry.
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Kaitlyn S.Kaitlyn S. said...
I have used these for years. I love them. They are a quick fix, and give you freah breath in an instant! They are also discrete and easy to store in a small clutch! Love these and will continue to buy as long as they have it on the shelves. ...read more
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Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Body Lotion
BY BATH & BODY WORKS
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars76%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.7 / 5 (1,139 reviews)
When your mom finally allowed you to shave the two hairs on your legs.
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Amber R.Amber R. said...
One of my all time favorite lotions, I carry a bottle in my purse everywhere I go and I am constantly getting compliments on how good it smells. It's not too pricey, smells amazing, and rubs in to the skin well and does not leave a greasy feel at all. Definitely leaves my hands feeling super soft, and I have extremely dry skin. And that's why I love this lotion, it gives me everything I want AND everything I need. I have used this lotion in this same scent since the eighth grade, about ten years now! It's like they say, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I can't say enough good things about this lotion, I love it!

Random Side Note: If you like this scent I also recommend Japanese Cherry Blossom, and A Thousand Wishes. They also smell amazing. I always buy a bunch at a time around the holidays because they have amazing deals so I stock up for the whole year! ...read more
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Yoobi 8 color Retractable Ballpoint Pen - Multicolor
BY YOOBI
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars60%
  • 4 Stars40%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.6 / 5 (15 reviews)
This pen wasn't always easy to find in-store, but when you did, what an accomplishment it was.
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Sam W.Sam W. said...
I used to love to steal this pen from my older sister. There was something therapeutic about the ability to click it to change colors. The freedom to write in red, black, blue, green, and whatever other colors it included and only carry one pen? Amazing. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that it wasn't always the smoothest tool. It sometimes took a few tries to get the ink to come out properly. Still awesome. ...read more
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Plastic Pencil Box
BY NONE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star4%
4.4 / 5 (28 reviews)
Remember the sparkly version of this plastic pencil box?
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Alicia E.Alicia E. said...
There was nothing more exciting when I was a kid to get a new pencil box for the school year. I love this product because they last forever and are really durable. My child likes that they come in different colors and she loves to organize the boxes. Plus you usually can't beat the price and its lasts all school year. ...read more
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