Gifts for the First Day of School

August 5, 2013    |    By +
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No matter how long ago you graduated, that late-summer back to school feeling is still vivid. Remember shopping for new crayons and notebooks, or picking out a pair of shiny new school shoes? (And you had to wait until school started to actually get to wear them!) If you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew or any other special young person in your life, you get to live vicariously through that back to school excitement again. It’s a good bet that children are feeling nervous and excited about their first day in school or in a new classroom. To ease their nerves, make them feel extra special with a fun gift that will enhance their new adventure.

Gear

Nothing says back to school like a shiny new backpack and lunch box. Here are some of my favorite picks from this year’s crop of lunch boxes and backpacks:

Skip Hop Dino Backpack ($20)

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Batman Backpack  ($26.50)

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Fairfax Aqua Mini Backpack ($29.50)

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My First Backpack Owl ($34.50)

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Personalized Monster Lunch Box ($30)

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Early Bird Personalized Lunch Box  ($30)

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Supplies

Don’t settle for boring notebooks, binders, or pencil cases. Personalization is a hot trend, so think about giving your little student a notebook with his or her name on it. There are great options for boys

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and girls.

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Keepsakes

Educational toys, personalized books, and picture frames also make terrific back to school gifts. You could even stash a few inside the backpack and present the gift that way.

Want more help making the grade with back to school gifts? Click here for ideas for both little kids and tweens.

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