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If you think about it, back-to-school is kind of like New Years for kids. It’s a chance to start anew, refresh, and even set goals for the coming year (‘School Years’ Resolutions,’ if you will). Just as the lead up to the new year is New Years Eve, the school shopping period is the same for the school year ahead. I’m not talking about the lists of the usual basics we all need (one yellow pocket folder with brads, a two-pack of a specific size of glue sticks, the black composition folder with wide ruling… parents know all about that fun). I’m talking about shopping for the unique items that help kids achieve their goals, boost their confidence, and show off their personalities. Today I’m sharing some of our family’s favorite, outside-the-box products from Amazon for Happy School Year. See and shop my full list of Back-to-School Faves on my Amazon Storefront, or by clicking the links in the post below.
Why we love it: We all love those “first day of school” pics! This set of two signs (one for the first day of school and a matching one for the last day of school) comes in adorable designs (I also love this variation) and can be customized with chalkboard markers. Way easier than DIYing and will last year over year!
Why we love it: Not only is it stylish, but the message on the front of this notebook is a reminder for kids to bravely be themselves… and it’s under $5!
Product: ZIPIT Twister Pencil Case
Why we love it: This is anything but your average pencil case! It opens with one long twisting zipper and comes in several cool color combinations. My boys think it’s the coolest thing!
Why we love it: You’re going to need some colorful pencils for that colorful case, right? These mechanical pencils have colored lead for kids to express themselves creatively beyond the required #2s.
Why we love it: It can’t just be my kids that are suckers for cute erasers like this, right? These donut-shaped erasers are not only adorable, but they also smell yummy!
Why we love it: Did you know Amazon carries their own line of quality basics? This backpack from AmazonBasics is a great size, durable, waterproof, has a padded pocket for laptops or tablets, and is available in lots of color options.
Why we love it: This is the best bento lunch box I’ve found, and it’s available in several colors. It also fits perfectly into this insulated lunch tote that has additional compartments and pockets.
Why we love it: These are just the best water bottles out there. If you haven’t tried them yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. They also have several cool pattern and color options available to fit all personalities. Not just for school- you’ll find your kids using these for hikes, road trips, and even around the house.
Why we love it: Don’t forget to label it all! These labels from Avery are durable, waterproof, and thick enough to cover last year’s labels. I like that they’re also simple and gender-neutral.
Why we love it: Our family has been trying to limit our single-use plastic usage, and it’s easier with portable options like this reusable metal straw that collapses and comes with its own case. Each member of our family has one and we keep it in our bags so we never forget to use them and can refuse plastic straws.
Why we love it: Another way we’ve gone green for back-to-school is with these reusable storage bags. This pack comes with different sizes (including sandwich and snack sizes), and the bags are extra thick, leak-proof, and freezer-safe. This small purchase will save you from buying and using countless single-use plastic snack bags.
Why we love it: Speaking of snacks, don’t forget you can also stock up on your favorites from Amazon. The kids and I love these plantain chips, which come in perfectly portioned individual packs in a 36-count box. You can also subscribe and save so you’re never out of this deliciousness!
Why we love it: You probably already know that the Fire is the best tablet for the money, but did you know they have a Kids Edition? It’s a full-featured Fire HD tablet but with additional features with kiddos in mind. For example: a kid-proof case, 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited (which gives your kids access to over 20,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, Audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more), and easy parental controls (including time limits and bed time).
Why we love it: Kid-sized and comfortable to wear, lots of cool color options, and safe-listening levels for children’s ears make these the best everyday headphones around.
Why we love it: Keep the learning going at home while your kids play! STEM Club is a program by Amazon that delivers hand-picked Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys every one, two, or three months (depending on the subscription option you choose). You can choose options in different age ranges, and from our experience, the boys always look forward to getting them and love playing with them!
Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s top picks for Happy School Year here, and Happy School Year to you and your family!