Life is full of yin and yang. Back to school season is a good example…summer is almost over (sad), but school is almost back in session (not so sad).
Get on it with our 20 Great Backpack and Lunch Bag picks we rounded up for you. We also have recommendations and tips, checklists and more that might come in handy. Now that you can check this first essential back-to-school item off your list, get back to enjoying your summer.
We admit it—like the Stephen Joseph Owl Backpack, we’re softies too. While you struggle to hold back tears (of joy?) when they walk into school on their first day, take a moment to admire this backpack made of quilted cotton. The soft cotton exterior is lined for durability and the magnetic enclosure keeps everything from falling out (the same can’t be said for your tears). Machine washable, this is one simply constructed, but wisely made, owl-themed backpack. Who (hoo) knew? ($27.95, where to buy)
For the groover in your family, the Cevan Academy Bag is the bomb (for boys seven and up). This PVC and nylon Academy Bag, with magnetic closure and two zippered compartments, comes from the chic California design firm, Allen Ave, who offer limited edition designs. In this case, it’s a screen-print of a vintage airplane in flight. An ample strap offers lots of length to reach across the body for classic messenger-style carrying. A gift of this bag will make you cool in their eyes but there’s no guarantee on how long that will last. ($42, where to buy)
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