Drink. Pack a favorite drink like hot chocolate or iced tea to go in a detailed, bespoke map of your hometown (or favorite place) in an insulated tumbler by Well said. Custom text can also be added to the side for an extra personal touch. The tumbler is ideal for children all year round and also makes a great gift for teachers. $34.95. welltolddesign.com.
Lunch essentials. Parents who prefer to pack lunch for their teens will appreciate a stainless steel Bengo lunch box. Built to last, this essential lunch container features an airtight lid and a leak-proof silicone seal to keep contents in place instead of having to scoop up leftovers from a book bag. It’s also odor resistant (great for teenagers who forget it in their bag for a day or two) as well as dishwasher and freezer safe. $29.99. bentgo.com.
Take-out food. Brown lunch bags get a new look with reusable, water-resistant paper lunch bags from out of the woods. Shaped like a brown bag with the addition of a top carry handle and buckle, this durable bag is made of washable paper with a thick insulating lining to keep food fresh. The bag may look like leather, but it’s also fully vegan and washable. Kids will be happy to eat their fruits and veggies when they’re packed in an adorably stylish lunch bag featuring Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The interior is washable and has a mesh pocket and label to eliminate lunch mistakes. This lunch bag can be carried by hand or worn over or across the shoulders with the addition of the matching bright red adjustable shoulder strap. A small citrus-themed machine-washable lunch bag is also available and ideal for tucking into a larger book bag. Both are available at Funkins. Out of the Woods lunch bag, $30. outofthewoods.com. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” bags, $22.95 – $32.95. myfunkins.ca.
Digital devices: Start the school year ready to work with a multitude of equipment from Apple which offers MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones and more. These are the perfect tool for reading, researching, writing articles, FaceTiming classmates and teachers, learning to code and designing with special education programs and just about anything that requires the use of a QWERTY keyboard, d a camera and/or a drawing pen. Prices vary. apple.com.
The cover. Protect a 14″ or 16″ MacBook Pro with a lightweight, form-fitting hard shell In case. Decorated with dots, the sleek and durable design protects laptops from normal wear and tear like scratches. Features like rubberized feet keep laptops in place when working on a table and easy access to ports make it a must-have for popular MacBooks. $54.95. incase.com.
Fashionable things. Between learning and studying, children also want to be cute. Step into the Lilies & Roses NY popcorn headband, available at Just shoes for kids which features a sparkly popcorn box on the side. For something softer, opt for the glittery ice cream cone headband. Of course, the boys just want to have fun too, so team it up with white high-top trainers with a large navy lightning bolt design by Old Soles. Headband, $22; sneakers, $80. justshoesforkids.com.
Write it. Crayola offers a wide range of writing instruments that kids will love and parents will appreciate. Washable crayons and markers make note taking, art lessons and doodling time a colorful and clean affair since any extra “artwork” on clothing can be machine washed. There’s an assortment of colored pencils as well as new products like neon light-effect markers and comic book character-themed coloring books for teens. Prices vary. crayola.com.