Back to School Gift Ideas

Whether or not to give a child back to school gifts is a hot parenting topic. Some parents think back to school gifts encourage self-esteem and academic performance. Others feel gifts essentially bribe children into learning, when learning should just be expected from them.

A third, and somewhat sneaky, option exists. Choose school supplies the child needs, but seem like gifts to the child. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite back to school gift ideas.


Themed Backpacks

Chances are good that the backpack you bought your junior scholar for last year looks like it’s been dragged through the mud (it has), ripped on something sharp (it has), and set on fire (let’s hope not). Kids are hard on backpacks, is what we’re suggesting here.

Kids also switch interests quickly—what was hot at the beginning of the last school year is old news now. Choose a themed backpack that matches your child’s latest obsession, and stock it with school supplies and other back to school gift ideas.


Novelty Pencils, Erasers, and Notebooks

It’s a given you’ll need to buy pencils, erasers, notebooks, crayons, and other essentials at the start of the school year. It doesn’t follow that they have to be boring. Decorative pencils and stationary are fully functional, but more likely to bring a smile to your child’s face than plain, ordinary supplies. As for notebooks, teachers often have children personalize them with doodles and drawings, so why not add some personalized stickers to really make your child’s school supplies stand out?


Personalized Lunch Boxes

Personalized lunch boxes are popular back to school gift ideas. Food-safe, beautifully illustrated, and emblazoned with your child’s name, our lunch boxes really stand out in the cafeteria. The inside lids are chalkboards, so you can leave special messages with every meal.


Books and Little Extras

While most of our back to school gift ideas are practical, you can jazz up school supplies with a few little extras. If you’re proving coloring crayons anyway, why not add a personalized coloring book? Coloring improves fine motor skills, so it technically counts as school supplies….

Books are a vital part of the learning process, and encouraging your child to read is never a waste. I See Me’s personalized books delight children by making them part of the story, and help develop a love of reading that serves kids well throughout school and all the way into college. Whether your child dreams of being a doctor, a firefighter, an actor, or a dinosaur rancher, the education they need to make those dreams reality grows out of early learning.


Well okay, we haven’t found any postsecondary degrees for dinosaur ranching. Yet.

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