For many, September sees the start of a new school year. In recent weeks I’ve seen quite a few panicked looking parents roaming the shops with their offspring in tow. From school shoes to bags, lunch-boxes to pencil cases, the list of school essentials is endless. My boys are still a way off starting school but nursery is on the cards and I’ve already started scanning the shops for possible bargains. Forget back to school, for those new to school it can be a very exciting (and expensive) time. So here’s my list of 10 NEW to school essentials that might just be of use!
THE SCHOOL BAG
THE PENCIL CASE
Get fruity with these Fruit Pencil Cases from Amazon for under £5.00. The colourful designs will brighten up even the rainiest school day!
Keep your child’s swim stuff organised in this bright Ribbit the Frog bag from Trunki. At £16.99, the bag comes in different designs and is completely water-resistant.
A lot of schools and nurseries now insist that clothes, kit and stationery are all clearly labelled. If you’re not a fan of sewing and are worried that stick on labels will fall off, try these personalised iron on labels from notonthehighstreet.com. At £4.50 you really can’t go wrong.
Paperchase have some really snazzy back to school essentials including this online exclusive lunchbox set for £50.50. Go bananas and nab the snackboxes, water bottle, lunch bag and backpack or pick and choose if you don’t want to splash out!
Never lose a pencil again! Give your child a special starting school gift in the form of a set of personalised gold embossed pencils from notonthehighstreet.com (£12.95).
Your child will love to doodle on these Mini Scented Notebooks and they make great gifts! A pack of 12 for £2.99 will last ages!
THE WATER BOTTLE
Smiggle is the stationery equivalent to Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. Notebooks, pens, backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles – you name it, Smiggle has it. And all adorned with funky designs. Check out these water bottles (£13.50) and keep your little ones hydrated throughout the school day.
Keep your child’s first school certificates and badges neatly stored in one of these handy folders available from WHSmith. With lots of different designs for mostly under £5.00, you can keep their important first achievements recorded in style.
PICK & MIX STATIONERY
Children lose stuff all the time so there is probably no point in splashing the cash on expensive stationery for their first years at school. Why not head to Wilko and check out the huge range of ridiculously cheap school essentials on offer. You won’t be disappointed!
Good luck to everyone heading to school!
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