20+ cool products for back to school



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After months of virtual school or hybrid learning in much of the country, we’re betting it’s high time for new school gear! We’ve got more than 20 sweet picks for returning to the classroom (no matter what that classroom looks like), from binders to water bottles to backpacks and more, at all kinds of price points. Happy shopping!

backpack with grey spots
Earthology Beeswax Food Wraps
lunch box with a watermelon print
Kinto Day Off Tumbler in rose
purple sparkly lunch box
water bottle with spout and sloth design
purple bento box with Parisian decals inside
cloth snack bags with jungle animal motif
small colourful backpack with patches of pinks and blues

High Sierra Swoop SG Backpack

Why we love it: With virtual and hybrid learning, needing a laptop for school is starting younger and younger. This pack has a separate foam-lined pocket that can accommodate a 17-inch laptop or tablet. There's room for lunch and papers, too. $60, samsonite.ca

Pep Rally Better Binder, 1"

Why we love it: This is the binder of our teenage dreams (after the Trapper Keeper, obviously). It's cute, sure, but it's also durable with three, easy-to-open D-rings, a clear presentation window and more. $5, staples.ca

Earthology Beeswax Food Wraps

Why we love them: A pretty way to approach low waste, stock up on a few packs of reusable beeswax food wraps. Use them to wrap foods or cover bowls. These ones are locally sourced and use sustainably harvested beeswax from independent beekeepers. Just gently handwash and use again and again. $34 for a five-pack, prettycleanshop.com

Sony Fashion Ex Series Earbuds

Why we love them: These high quality wired earbuds by Sony are perfect for students on the go and at this price point, you won’t freak out if your kids lose them. $13, staples.ca

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Why we love it: This sleek, lightweight laptop is compact and versatile, with a 12.4” touchscreen and all-day battery life. It’s perfect for online research, writing essays, streaming online classes and more! Starting at $760, microsoft.com

Made Good Soft-Baked Mini Cookies

Why we love them: These delicious, school-safe mini cookies are made with organic, plant-based ingredients. And yes, parents, feel free to sneak a few cookies for yourself. $4.50, well.ca

Melon Lunch Box

Why we love it: Watermelon Sugar, say hi to this cutie insulated lunchbox. The waterproof lining means easy cleanup. $40, cocovillage.ca

Spiderman Thermos FUNtainer

Why we love it: In addition to the fact that Spiderman is the star of this lunchtime show, this trusty Thermos has a push-button lid for easy opening, keeps cold food cold and hot food hot and comes with its own spoon! $25, toysrus.ca

Kinto Day Off Tumbler

Why we love it: A durable, double-walled tumbler is perfect for the backpack. It will keep beverages hot or cold for up to six hours. Hot chocolate for an afternoon treat? Whaaat? $50, oldfaithfulshop.com

Crayola Silly Scents Mini Art Case

Why we love it: With everything from twistable crayons to washable markers in sweet scents, this kit is perfect for every art project they'll be assigned this year (plus we adore the handy carrying case!). $23, toysrus.ca

Gry Mattr Sterilizer Box

Why we love it: It's a device sterilizer, it's a phone charger...it's both! This cool gadget kills 99.9 percent of germs using UV light and is equipped with a fast charger for multitasking at its best. Works with all smartphones and devices. $55, staples.ca

Little Lunch Box Co Bento Three: Glitter Purple

Why we love it: Is this a sparkly lunch box? Yeah, it is. But the perfectly purple vessel is limited edition so grab it before it's gone. Can we have one, too? $45, cutekidstuff.com

3 Sprouts Water Bottle

Why we love it: This sloth bottle is so cute and made from high-quality plastic that's odour, stain and scratch-resistant. Accessible for the younger crowd, it has a soft silicone drinking spout. $9, well.ca

Crayola Colors of the World Skin Tone Coloured Pencils

Why we love them: These 24 specially formulated, skin tone coloured colours represent the people of the world, to help kids make their drawings more inclusive and realistic. $6, staples.ca

Yumbox Original Bento Lunch Box Container, Bijoux Purple

Why we love it: Got a fussy eater? Slide this six-compartment tray in front of them. With Parisian illustrations at the bottom of the tray, there's space for snacks, dips, yogurt, finger foods and star-shaped-whatevers. But don't forget: It's OK if your bento box fillers aren't Insta-worthy. $42, indigo.ca

Pizza Party Backpack

Why we love it: Because every day can be pizza day with this fun backpack made from recycled materials! The interior and exterior pockets make packing for school a breeze -- it fits three 1" binders easily. (Does it come in adult sizes? We’re asking for a friend.) $45, chapters.indigo.ca

Microsoft Surface Pen

Why we love it: For some kids, writing notes is still preferable to typing. That’s why this stylus/digital pen, for use with Microsoft Surface products, is so cool. It operates just like a pencil with a precision tip and an eraser, and has virtually no lag. And it comes in four colours! $129, microsoft.com

Now Designs Snack Bags

Why we love them: Cute and waste-free. Replace plastic snack bags with a jungle friend. Made from a cotton-poly blend, the food-safe and washable bags do their job well: protecting snacks. $12, goodnessme.ca

Kånken Art Backpack

Why we love it: Made from heavy-duty recycled polyester and organic cotton, Fjällräven (which translates from Swedish to Arctic fox or mountain fox) bags are nice to look at, but also thoughtfully designed. There's a removable seat pad, roomy pockets and comfortable shoulder straps. Part of the sale of each bag supports the environment and climate projects through the Fjällräven’s Arctic Fox initiative. $120, fjallraven.com

25 oz. S'well Water Bottle, Santorini

Why we love it: This trendy, super functional water bottle keeps liquids cold for 12 hours. Cheers to staying hydrated this school year! $44, staples.ca

Attitude Little Leaves Hand Sanitizer

Why we love it: This pocket-sized hand sanitizer mist has 62% alcohol for germ-busting power, plus the sweet scent of watermelon and coconut. Throw a bottle in their backpack for health and safety on the go! $6, well.ca
High Sierra Swoop SG Backpack
Pep Rally Better Binder, 1"
Earthology Beeswax Food Wraps
Sony Fashion Ex Series Earbuds
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
Made Good Soft-Baked Mini Cookies
Melon Lunch Box
Spiderman Thermos FUNtainer
Kinto Day Off Tumbler
Crayola Silly Scents Mini Art Case
Gry Mattr Sterilizer Box
Little Lunch Box Co Bento Three: Glitter Purple
3 Sprouts Water Bottle
Crayola Colors of the World Skin Tone Coloured Pencils
Yumbox Original Bento Lunch Box Container, Bijoux Purple
Pizza Party Backpack
Microsoft Surface Pen
Now Designs Snack Bags
Kånken Art Backpack
25 oz. S'well Water Bottle, Santorini
Attitude Little Leaves Hand Sanitizer

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