27 Cutest Back-to-School Products You’ll Want to Snag for Yourself
You’re going to want to order doubles of these adorable back-to-school products—one for the little one and one for you!
For a bright, stain-free year
Those colorful gel pens are a favorite of school-aged kids (and artsy adults) everywhere, but until now, they came with a stain hazard. These Crayola Washable Gel Pens can easily be removed from clothes, furniture (ahem, children), or just about anywhere else a creative writer may find themselves spreading ink.
For a rose golden year ahead
Nothing will beat back-to-school stress quite like the addition of a truly magical rose gold backpack from Quilted Koala. She’ll be the coolest kid at school, and still have plenty of space for binders, folders, and books, as well as compartments for all the other necessary accessories. Find out genius swaps to save big on back-to-school shopping.
For always-delish lunches
Get your little one a very practical Built NY Insulated Lunch Bag. It’s a hit for adult lunches, too, so you’ll definitely want to get a pair.
Disposable cutlery you’ll feel good about
With major restaurant chains scrapping disposable straws and cutlery, it looks like the world is finally moving in a more sustainable and eco-friendly direction. Help your little one simplify their lunch and still feel good about your environmental impact by packing totally compostable and biodegradable forks from Birchware.
Signs of good things to come
Maybe your teen and you both need a little inspiration—try wording these hilarious inspirational quotes on a felt letter board from Pier 1, or just stick with a casual “Done Homework = Dessert” message.
A dose of good karma
Yes, there’s more learning to do as a kid than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. Teach your little girl the value of giving back with a fashion-forward headband from Headbands of Hope. The brand gives a headband to a child battling cancer for every headband or other hair accessory purchased, and that’s pretty beautiful.
Some cool refreshment
It’s no secret that water bottles are trendy for just about every age and stage, but this super-cute Nalgene Chomp bottle is designed for little spill-prone hands, and near magically keeps everything neat, leak-proof, and hydrating through lunch, recess, and beyond. Find out the 14 back-to-school supplies that are a waste of your money.
You’ll want these on your desk, too
These rainbow-colored Make No Mistake Markers by Ooly are every little artist’s dream—one side colors, and the other side erases. Imagine, that? Erasable markers finally exist. We’re assuming pigs will start flying soon, too.
For the gym class hero in your house
Give her a pair of organic cotton joggers from Hyde, and then borrow them when she’s not looking—they’re that comfortable. Don’t miss these tips for a healthy back-to-school season.
For the least likely to tie their laces
There’s always one running around with just too much to do and not enough time to commit to properly tying laces. Rather than standing in his way, let him zip off to the school bus with these very functional and sturdy slip-on sneakers by Plae.
They’ll stick with you after this
Want to really excite your kids? Sure, you could give them a regular bottle of glue (that works, too), but did you know Elmer’s makes a new Glow In The Dark version of their glue now, too? It’s an inexpensive way to up the art project ante, and look like the truly cool parent you are. And don’t worry—it’s washable.
An easy-to-use lock
Forget all the extra homework, space-age calculators, and social dynamics they’ll need to figure out: combination locks are often a whole other layer of stress teens and tweens just don’t need to add to their days. The Master Lock Padlock with Magnification Lens makes it easy to get in and out of tricky high school lockers in a breeze, and comes in a set of two in case you need a backup for gym class or an after-school sport. Check out the school supplies that can make your child healthier.
For the littlest trend-setter
If you already got her that rose gold backpack, it’s pretty clear she’s going to need these Keds Double Up High Top Sneakers to match. They’re a trendy way to let her feel dressed up playing in the school yard, trying new science experiments, and picking her kickball team.
To get out the door a little quicker
The top of your parenting priority list each morning should be making sure they eat a good, nourishing breakfast, and that they brush their teeth thoroughly before heading out. You can make part two of this task hassle-free to save time with kid-approved Watermelon Toothpaste from Hello Oral Care.
This pencil case will take you places
This NYC Subway Line Pencil Case is a cute way to remember your family Labor Day getaway, a favorite Broadway show, or even your hometown. Don’t miss these 18 shopping secrets teachers use when buying back-to-school supplies.
Versatile denim pieces
She’ll fawn over a new pair of Kut From The Kloth Connie Step Hem Skinny Jeans. They’re great with sneakers, leather ankle booths, or even sandals on a still-warm autumn day.
Out of this world layering
Stock him up on essential hoodies with personality, like this very-affordable Space Zip Up Hoodie from Carter’s, which now extends their sizing all the way up through size 14.
For the fastest runner
If she’s running to the bus, running to her locker, and then running to class pretty routinely, we can’t blame her, and suggest you just give her the tools to make those runs a little easier. These Nike Women’s Run Swift sneakers from Dick’s Sporting Goods will take her from her morning rush all the way through after-school practice. Find out the ways to beat back-to-school stress.
Simplify her morning routine by buying predetermined (and totally cute) outfits like this leggings and shirt set from Pippa & Julie. It’s an easy way to keep her on-trend and on-schedule, plus, she’ll have plenty of time to mix and match on the weekends.
The best leggings
There’s a reason Yummie leggings have a cult following—and we’re convinced your teen will wear these as often as her backpack. They’re a versatile layering piece that easily can be worn alone, under skirts and dresses, or paired with a trendy tunic. Pick a pair up for yourself, too, because they’re just about the most flattering wardrobe staple you can imagine.
The perfect every day shoe
Somewhere between athletic and ultra-trendy is where the Koio Platform Nero shoes exist, and that’s perfect, considering that’s probably where your teen exists, too. They’re slightly elevated, sleek, and offer just the right amount of bold confidence in her every step. And yes, they make shoes for him, too.
For the cutest little hero in your home
If the little hero of your heart is heading off to school and likely to face at least a few rainy days, this Western Chief Fire Cheif Raincoat is ideal.
High-waisted and homework-friendly
She’ll love the many washes AE Denim Super High Waisted Jeggings come in, how comfortable they are through long days of studying, and you’ll love how affordable the whole line is. Take a look at these hilarious back-to-school pictures that’ll leave you in stitches.
The chicest way to organize homework
You could just pop all those worksheets in regular paper folders, but why? These adorable Lifeturn Binder Clips come in a variety of prints and colors, meaning you’ll be able to sort papers by subject, semester, and aesthetics, obviously.
Everybody needs a reminder
For older children with hard-to-keep-track-of assignments, try re-purposing a magazine rack for the ultimate homework sorting tool. One compartment becomes dedicated to “to-do” assignments, while the other is dedicated to completed, or long-term pieces. Find out the back-to-school secrets from parents of A-list students.
Just because your student has to wear a uniform doesn’t mean she or he can’t do it in style—and at Kidbox, you don’t have to spend a lot. You can score a curated box of six to eight pieces of clothing from French Toast for less than $10 a piece.
Unicorns do exist
This Skip Hop backpack is practically a supernatural find: It’s sized for your preschooler and is insulated, which means it can double as a lunchbox. For you, that means no more furious hunting before heading out the door every morning. Next, find out how to prep your home for a successful school year.
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