Back to School Gifts

Heading back to school after hanging around all summer long can be difficult for anyone. Simple necessities like these back to school gifts — and the thoughts behind them — can help make the transition into the upcoming academic year more fun and go more smoothly.

Back to School Gifts

No Basic Bag

This fashion forward backpack is a unique take on the classic structure. The versatile canvas design still meets all the standard needs—room for notebooks, pens and pencils, even a computer—but its school style won’t get lost in a sea of other bag toting students. Penny Flap Backpack by Treasure & Bond,shop. nordstrom.com; $99

Phone Fun

“Real Cute, Real Tough” is the motto for this Hong Kong-based company—and we can see just what they mean. This brand emphasizes protection and self-expression, so not only will phones be safe from accidental falls, but any student holding one will be super stylish for the new school year. Casetify iPhone Case in Custom Neon Sand Liquid, casetify.com; $45 to $49

Activity Tote

Beyond the backpack, your kids will want to have a reliable bag for sports practice, sleepovers and other activities. Away, a new brand in the travel arena, has created just that bag. Made from nylon and leather, this will quickly become the go-to piece for everything and is a sure on-trend item hit. The Everywhere Bag by Away Travel, awaytravel.com; $195

Sneaker Style

The latest line by Adidas is intuitively feminine, less clunky and more streamlined, even slimming according to some. Plus with white sneakers being all the rage with everything from skirts and dresses to shorts and jeans, a pair of these is a must for a back to school gift. Adidas Sleek Super Shoes, adidas.com; $110

Listen Up

Getting back into the swing of homework does not have to mean kissing summer completely goodbye. Listen to your favorite beach tunes while studying with the best wireless speakers out there—plus they’re portable for when you still have some free time on the weekends to chill with friends. Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker, amazon.com; $60

Write On

Notebooks are a necessity, so why not make them meaningful? These Girl boss Paper Notebooks remind girls to reach for their wildest dreams. The Linen Hardback Notebook can be customized with two color covers, elastic band, inside paper and even a first name on the cover. Summorie, summorie.co; $5 to $18

Hip Hip Hooray

Keeping the multitude of printouts and papers organized takes only some folders and the time it takes to put the papers in. But why be so minimal? Make organizing fun and fabulous with pom-pom paperclips that make being on top of homework awesome. Pompom Paper Clips by Meri Meri, merimeri.com; $9 for set of six

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