Much to the dismay of kids everywhere, summer fun does not last forever. Soon your kiddos will be trading in their water balloons for book bags in preparation for the new year—and we are here to help with our top picks for back to school gear.

There is something for students big and small on our list, and all of these products are from awesome retailers. Vintage lunch boxes, eco-friendly sandwich bags and notebooks, stylish messenger bags and more!

Take a look and see if you can find one or two things that will make your scholar feel more organized, and dare we say excited, about tackling the books for another year.

our top 7 back to school products

back-to-school-cherylstyle-cheryl-najafi-wonder-woman-lunchbox1.  vintage lunch boxes

too cool for, well….school! Back in our day, lunch boxes were a status symbol—the cooler the lunch box, the cooler the kid. As parents, we’d like to think things are different today, but just in case, you should check out the classic metal designs at LunchBoxes.com. They’ve got all the kid’s favorite characters from today as well as some blasts from the past.

http://shop.lockerlookz.com/collections/locker-wallpaper2.  locker wallpaper

rock your locker. Did you hang posters and pictures in your locker as a kid? What about wallpaper? Yep, you heard us right! Now your kids can add some sass to their boring lockers with custom magnetic locker wallpaper from Locker Lookz. The patterns are so cute they really make us wish we had a locker of our own to decorate!


3.  The Locker Ladder

easy organization. If you ever have the chance to look inside your kid’s locker mid school year, we are willing to bet you’ll find all of their belongings in one big pile on the floor. The Locker Ladder provides truly nifty organizational space for books, binders and folders while still leaving room for jackets, shoes and sports equipment. Oh yeah, and it leaves their floor empty for whatever else they decide to cram in there!

back-to-school-cherylstyle-cheryl-najafi-hardcandycases4.  Shockdrop iPad Case

stylish protection. The all mighty iPad has quickly become an essential part of student life—and those babies are expensive and sensitive pieces of equipment! Do yourself a favor and don’t let them even LOOK at it until it is safely entombed in a Shockdrop iPad case from HardCandyCases.com. You know it’s going to hit the floor at some point, so it better be protected, right?

back-to-school-cherylstyle-cheryl-najafi-Jumbojournals5.  Jumbo Journal

noteable notebooks. Plain notebooks are functional, but they don’t do much to inspire creativity-and the whimsical, inspirational designs of ecojot® 100% recycled stationery totally speak to our creative side. You could stick with plain old back to school supplies (the world does need accountants after all), or you can foster some burgeoning creativity and give back at the same time. Every time a Jumbo Journal is purchased, a child in need around the world receives a workbook and pen. Too cool! Save 10% with coupon code “CSTYLE10”.


6.  Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags

sustainable snacking. FACT: Packing lunches every day with disposable sandwich and snack bags is expensive and wasteful. Seriously, imagine all those bags in our landfills? reuseit.com provides an eco-friendly and cost saving alternative to single-use baggies—and they are super cute and machine washable to boot! Now all you need to do is make sure they come home every day!

back-to-school-cherylstyle-cheryl-najafi-modernmanbag7. Modern Man Bags

stay on trend. He’s carried his trusty book bag for years, but this year it’s time for something different! Messenger bags are super trendy right now and young men everywhere are making the switch. We particularly love the look of this “Colonial” Italian Style Messenger Bag from modernmanbags.com. We can’t see any reason girls can’t carry one too!

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back-to-school-cherylstyle-cheryl-najafi-cherylsaysIf the back to school items on your list are not on sale just yet, hold off until they are!