Holidays nearly over? Oh, what a *shame*! Sort your kids with our pick of everything they need for the new school term - and then it's a party round at mine.
If only satchels had been this cool when we were at school! We’re loving this tartan rucksack version from The Cambridge Satchel Company. They're not exactly cheap but would make a great gift for teen school goers who’ll appreciate the value of a beautifully-made leather satchel.
Never again nag your kids to do their homework. It’s a table lamp, people, not a genie in a bottle. But perched on a desk this LED lamp, Mr Wattson (yes, he has a name) will raise a smile. His head is inspired by the 1946 Vespa headlight, perched on an ash body, making him an icon in his own right. Available in vintage white, Tiffany green and dream red.
spell it out
If your little one’s off to school for the first time, get ahead of the game with this Alphabet tracing board available at Muddy Norfolk's Award winning Children's Business - Ele and Me. Great preparation for putting pencil to paper, they can trace the letter shapes with fingers or for more messy fun - fill with sand, rice or pebbles.
make a splash
Does your child love jumping in puddles (don’t they all?). Then you’re going to need a good pair of wellies to see them through the year. These rubber ones from Stomp Footwear are handmade, water proof and come with a slip resistant sole. Check out the matching raincoat and umbrella for the perfect rainy day kit
On yer bike!
Check out this wizzy little number from cool cycling brand Islabikes - the Cnoc starter bike, created especially for kids 3 - 6 years, comes in several colours and four sizes to cover little ones through to early growth spurts. Plus, the nifty ‘free floating’ chainguard means no mucky trousers for them, and less washing for you. Result.
time for lunch
These gorgeous insulated lunch bags from Lisa Angel come in four cool designs and are perfect for the little people to carry their favourite foodie items for the day. Bright and colourful, they will certainly stand out on the lunch box trolley and so darn cute they won't forget to bring them home!
School stress saviour
Does your child suffer from anxiety, tiredness or exam stress? The Naked Pharmacy to the rescue with its 100% natural supplement Saffrosun for Children, for kids 6 - 14 years. It’s totally safe, backed by science and is made from organic saffron which boosts mood and alleviates anxiety.
Up and coming tech brand Huami has only been around for five years but its Amazfit Bip smartwatch is already challenging the AppleWatch empire with it’s cool colourways, lightweight feel and whopping 30-day battery life (not forgetting it’s about £300 cheaper). The watch receives text and call alerts too so bound to impress any tech-conscious teen.
This grey knotted headband, from Tarelle, will keep even the most unruly of hair under control - and for the fashion conscious teen, it's also bang on trend this season. We’re loving the black trim (it's fairly subtle, so no head teacher could argue with that), but they also come in an assortment of colours including navy, red or striped.
‘But mum I don’t want to wear a helmet!’ We’ve all heard it. Here’s one your child will actually want to wear from Bobbin Bikes - it’s lightweight, comfy and comes in a range of bright colours and sizes. We’re mainlining this on-trend mint blue star print number.
Stylish, practical and ethical - The Morphbag works hard for students who want something a bit more fashionable than a bog-standard school-issue rucksack. The three-in-one handbags are made from Peta-approved vegan leather – so they’re also ticking that super important ethical box.
£199 - £249
From British bespoke stationery makers Fraser & Parsley, this nifty Nappa leather planner runs Sept to Sept to bring you a little order to the craziness of term time. Of course, it would work for pupils too (if you really wanted to treat them) with week to view, space for daily commitments and to-do lists - choose from pink, mink or navy.
You know the drill. The brand new water bottle is lost within days of being back at school. Step forward this personalised water bottle with cool graffiti font (in a selection of colours) from Love Inc - this one won't be so easily misplaced. It comes complete with a flip up sports or screw top and belt clip (twit-twoo).
save it for a rainy day
A good raincoat is a staple for British weather and it’s no different for the kids. This unisex yellow number from Petit Bateau is lined with the French brand’s signature stripes (100% cotton too) and has ribbed cuffs, hood and double fastening for chillier days. It comes in sizes 3 - 12 years. Très bien.
strong girls club
This neoprene pencil case from Vinegar Hill is a daily reminder that your fearless female can kick ass one colourful pen and pencil at a time.
Don’t want to drive the kids tos school? Skip the mile-long queues by bundling the little ones into a cargo bike and using peddle power. Cambs-based Power by Pedal sell every conceivable type of cargo bike - even one that fits four kids (can we suggest upgrading to a battery pack with that option!)
Made from recycled juice bottles, these retro-style bags (there are matching pencil cases too) with diagonal zipper from cool Netherlands-based brand Engel are stylish AND eco. They come in loads of different colour-ways and guess what? They’re currently a steal in sale from Kidly.
£25.50 down from £32
Have a budding Greta Thunberg in the family? These Concious Craft recycled newspaper pencils are an eco-thumbs up. No trees were hurt in the making, the pigments are bright and when lessons get boring, your child will have some reading material.
by the book
Want to say thanks to a fave teacher? Make it personal with a customised Reasons we Love our Teacher book from Letterfest. Your child (or club together with the whole class) can personalise this cute picture-book with the teacher’s name, school and town along with their fave book and lesson. Beats a boring old apple any day.
This stylish metallic water colour print notebook, from mother and daughter team Bunny and Clarke, is perfect for scribbling down those big ideas, little reminders and everything else in between. Its nifty size means it’ll slot into any school bag.
It’s a keeper
School bag mix-ups? Let us introduce you to Three Little Swans. The family-run online boutique, set up by a Warks-based mum of three, sells a range of sweet backpacks, gym bags and book bags that can be personalised by images, name and colour.