Best Bets for Local Back-to-School Shopping in Ottawa
Whether you are celebrating the upcoming school year or pretending it’s not just around the corner, it’s time to talk about and plan for back to school shopping in Ottawa. Students of all ages will be heading back to school in the Capital Region soon which means parents are looking for supplies, backpacks, lunch containers, new clothes, and more.
We’ve collected a list of some shops where you can find amazing products while supporting local. You’ll find everything you need at one of these shops (in person, or order online for delivery! We know how busy you are.)
Best Places for Back-to-School Shopping in Ottawa
Tag Along Toys
Packing lunches can be stressful; not only planning and deciding what to pack that the kids will eat, but also finding the best containers for packing everything too. You’ll be able to stock up at Tag Along Toys at the Blue Heron Mall on Bank Street. For example, the YumBox has many compartments to pack favourite snacks and an easy to open lid. Then, grab the perfect reusable water bottle with a wide lid they can fill up at the water fountain. Don’t forget to browse the back packs!
Hintonburg Kids stocks a variety of lunch bags to put all of your containers in. Shop in-person for their full variety or online. Their stainless steel bento containers are easy to clean and dishwaster safe. The Dabbawalla lunch bags come in fun designs like dinosaurs, flowers and elephants.
There are multiple Kiddie Kobbler locations across Ottawa and for years they have been helping parents stock up on indoor and outdoor shoes for the kids who seem to always grow a size or two over the summer. Shop for brand names like Blundstone, Vans and ensure the perfect fit with help in-store.
The Village Quire
Older students with aspirations to stay organized (or who just love gorgeous stationery) will want to shop at The Village Quire (online or in-store) for agendas, journals and accompanying stickers, markers and pens to personalize everything.
When looking to stay on track with your back to school budget, second-hand and gently used will help you save money, and give clothes new life for your kids. At Boomerang Kids (several locations are in Ottawa), you can shop second-hand, or find new school items like bookbags, winter gear, lunch kits and everything you need to make the shopping experience easier.
Once Upon a Child
In Kanata and Orleans turn to Once Upon a Child for your stress-free back-to-school shopping experience. Stock up on new-to-them school clothes in whatever style, comfort and colours they love. The bonus is you can bring last year’s outfits from your own kids’ closets for cash too!
On Bank Street we know parents will love browsing the selection at Readi Set Go. They keep school shopping on the mind year round and always stocks up on helpful lunch bags, containers and watter bottles to make planning and packing school lunches, even for the youngest of school-goers, easier for students and parents.
One final tip!
When looking for back to school supplies, start with last year’s stuff or what’s in your craft bin. You may save some money by reusing items again and it’s always surprising how long glue sticks and erasers last.