Back-to-school gifts for the kids–or you

Hard to believe that it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. It feels like school just let out, right? I teamed up with Parade magazine to take the stress out of back-to-school shopping. I gathered 12 super cool, hip, awesome (or whatever the kids are saying these days) schoolday-appropriate finds. Check out the featured gear here, then keep reading to see three more things I wished I’d had as a kid–or might buy myself now.

Leader of the Pack
Kids carry it daily, so a backpack should be practical, durable and stylish. These polyester backpacks feature graphic images—from butterflies to mountain bikers (seven different styles)—two roomy compartments, mesh side pockets and an organizer for small supplies, like pencils and highlighters.
Discovery pack

So Write Now
Brighten her musings, doodles and notes with these soft-cover, lined paper journals that come in a rainbow of hues. An interior pocket keeps love letters hidden and the gold or silver monogram makes the notebook feel luxe.
Poppin personalized journals

Wild Bunch
Your child won’t forget—or toss—these animal-print washable, reusable lunch and snack bags because you can write their name on them with permanent marker.
Lunch and snack bags