7 Hot Back-to-School Trends

PERSONALIZATION

Kids want back-to-school gear as unique as they are.

Graffeeti Backpacks ($24) feature a panel on the back where kids can write messages whenever the mood strikes (markers included). The backpack also has more than enough room for books and school gear, and two additional zippered utility pockets on the sides to hold keys and knick-knacks.

Kids can design their own 3-D notebooks ($16.99 large/$9.99 small) at Snapily by uploading photos or choosing from a number of options in the site's gallery.  

Zazzle, the online home of customization, lets kids to design their own binders ($20.80) with images and text of their choosing.

Another option, Target’s Personalized Stationery ($1.50 each), includes notebooks and folders decorated in black and white patterns.

COLORS AND PRINTS

Kids want to stand out, so you be seeing bright colors, patterns and animal prints.

For the Younger Set

Skiphop makes adorable backpacks ($20) sized perfectly for little kids. They come in several animal varieties with matching insulated lunch bags.

Crocodile Creek makes practical lunch bags ($17.99) with underwater scenes, ladybugs, dinosaurs … all the creatures children love. Check out their stainless steel bottles, too.

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