Rule #161: Labels make the world a better place. Or at least mine.
I’ve rounded up some back to school goodies for kids big and small (and the adults, too)! I also listed a few great back to school sales going on plus a few gift ideas for teachers! It’s that time of year, folks! Sharpen your pencils and pack your lunches!
Bentgo Lunchbox | Corey has had these for 2 years now, and we both love them. They’re great for tiny hands, durable, and make for easy lunch packing on crazy school days!
Sticker Labels from InchBug | I put these sticker labels on everything: cups, bowls, bottles, lunch boxes, formula compartments, etc. I hate losing things at school, the gym, or wherever we’re running around to! These labels stay on very well, and they can even go in the dishwasher! InchBug also sells Orbit Labels that are rubber and can go around cups and bottles.
Bag Tags from InchBug | We have one of these cute little tags on Brooke’s diaper bag. That makes it much easier for whoever is watching her to keep track of all of her goodies!
State Backpacks | Corey has two of these (one Mini Kane + one Kane bag). They’re a great quality backpack with tons of compartments, they can be personalized, and they donate a backpack to a kiddo in need for each one purchased. Gotta love a company that gives back!
Nap Mats and Kinder Mats | I found a great shop on Etsy that has personalized nap mats (there are a ton on Etsy, by the way)! Corey won’t need one next year which murders my Mama soul, but I’m thinking ahead to when Brooke will need one!
Thermos Funtainer | We have about 8 of these bad boys. They’re great for kids back-to-school lunches and the extra water they need throughout the day. I slap the InchBug rectangle labels on them, too! They come in a bajillion different styles. We also ordered quite a few replacement straws because Corey likes to chew on them (he gets it from his Mama). I wash the funtainers in the dishwasher on the top rack. CamelBak also has a great cup that a ton of Corey’s buddies have!
Elderberry Gummies | Corey and I take these every day. I think (fingers crossed) it’s helped our immune systems stay slightly strong. It can’t hurt with all of the back to school germs that will soon be coming home with your kiddos! As a teacher, I’d take this on the regular, too!
Headphones for Kids | I was very lucky to get a class set of these through a charity when I was a teacher. They were awesome! No earbuds (those get gross), easy to plug-in, volume-controlled, and durable. These would be great for toddlers or younger kiddos! Corey has a pair now, too. Not bad for under $20!
Wireless Earbuds | I use these when I workout, but they would be great for older kiddos and adults who need some bluetooth action! They have up to 9 hours of playtime, have great sound quality, and come with different size earbuds to fit your gorgeous ear.
Simple Planner | This is geared more towards the adults in the audience. I LOVE this planner! I order it every year. It’s simple: a monthly calendar with biggo squares for writing your business. It’s under $20 and comes in a few different styles! I just ordered my 2020 calendar because I know there will be dates I need to write down once we get the school year started.
Back to School Sales
There are a ton of great sales going on for back to school shopping!
Old Navy: up to 60% off kids’ and baby clothing
GAP: take 50% off kids’ and baby clothes with code: CLASS (also they’ve got 50% off men’s and women’s markdowns
Kohl’s: 15% off site wide with code: SAVE15
Target: BOGO 50% kids’ shoes
American Eagle: 25-50% off
Dick’s Sporting Goods: 25% off select Nike styles
LOFT: pants and jeans only $49.50
Teacher Gift Ideas for Back to School
Candle with Scentsational Tag | This was super easy and a big hit last year for Corey’s teachers. Click the link to get the free printable gift tag.
Teacher T-Shirt | This is just precious and only $20!
Letter Board | These make an easy gift and can be used in tons of ways around the classroom!
To be honest, when I was teaching, the best back to school teacher gift was a gift card! A $5 Starbucks card can make a teacher a pretty happy camper in those first crazy weeks of school! Amazon gift cards aren’t a bad idea either.
May your school supply lists be short, your inservice shorter (for my teacher buds), and your school year a joy!