The Best Back-to-School Gear for the New Year
Back-to-class shopping feels especially celebratory this season. Get kids in on the excitement with fun yet functional supplies, from stylin' backpacks to so-cool pencil sharpeners.
Mini Kane Fuzzy Bolt Backpack
Your child will feel like a superhero when wearing this lightening backpack! At just over a foot high, it's large enough to fit lunch and early-grade-school supplies. (And a shout-out to the brand for gifting backpacks to children in need.)
Staples FurReal Heartdogs Backpack
Liewood Allan Backpack in Arctic Mix
LEGO Brick Backpack
Their favorite toy in bag form: The LEGO Brick Backpack is a little over 15 inches high, comes in 11 colors, and has one water-bottle pocket and two fun circular zipped pockets, plus a laptop sleeve inside.
Skip Hop Zoo Big Kid Backpack
The soft ears make it, but we love the clear pouch and puffy koala nose too. Skip Hop's 14-inch-tall backpack—which comes with a water bottle pocket—is the right size for preschool and kindergarten.
L.L.Bean Junior Original Book Pack
Kids can rock the coolest reptile print with this classic 16-inch backpack for grade school. Add a monogram so that the swamp comes back home with the right kiddo.
Stasher Sandwich Bags
Nalgene Kids On-the-Fly Lock-Top Astronaut Bottle
The BPA-free 12-ounce bottle serves up out-of-this-world characters: space explorers doing their thing as surfers, dancers, loungers, and dunkers.
Bear Ice Pack from The Container Store
Who better to chill out your child's lunch than a frosty blue polar bear? And don't worry; the nose on the lightweight Bear Ice Pack is sealed shut for a leak-free freeze.
Scandibørn Fabelab Lunch Bag
Precidio Design Snack in the Box
Reminiscent of a Tic Tac box but with dual compartments, these containers can fit 4 ounces of snacks in either side, which kids can have fun dispensing from the tiny doors. The boxes are also dishwasher safe.
Lands' End Kids Insulated TechPack Lunch Box
This lunch box, which comes in this otherworldly Mermaid Multi Swirl pattern, is thick and sturdy so food stays cool and unsquished. FYI, you can stash a drink in the bottom.
Yoobi x Marvel Avengers Amazing Spider-Man Bento Box
The skateboard, hammock, pool float, and break dance motif on this bento box is a mash-up kids didn't know they needed. It's got three compartments and an ice pack.
ban.do Write On Pencil Set
Fiskars Blunt-Tip Kids Scissors
These Fiskars scissors are engineered with your child's safety (no sharp edges) and comfort in mind. A little digit can fit nicely into the finger loop, while the smaller thumbhole prompts more precise snipping.
OLIKA Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Spray with Clip-On
ZIPIT Monster Pencil Case
Drop writing utensils into the mouth of an amusing monster! The soft sack is actually one long zipper, so your kid can unzip it all the way to watch the monster unravel, then cinch it back up again.
OOLY ClickIt Eraser
Encourage less stress about making mistakes with the ClickIt Eraser at the ready. Your kid taps the top, and more eraser appears.
Poppin Neon Pink Ruler
Genuine Fred Great Write Pencil Sharpener
Here's a shark that doesn't chomp—it sharpens. Open mouth and insert pencil with the Great Write pencil sharpener.
Little Navy Sticky Labels Sport Pack
Kids get a kick out of designing their look-alike with these labels! You'll be thrilled that the name stickers are waterproof—they stick to clothes through the washing machine and lunch supplies through the dishwasher. Label with abandon!