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Back to school: 12 Adorable lunch boxes

Amy Hatch began her career as a print journalist, and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Urbana, Ill. with her husband and two children.

Fun lunch boxes for busy school mornings

One of the best things about back-to-school is a new lunch box, and these cute finds are our favorites of the season.

There's nothing like packing the first school lunch of the year, and your kid's PBJ will be even tastier tucked inside these inspiring, super-fun lunch boxes.

Launch Complete from PlanetBox

Launch Complete from PlanetBox | Sheknows.com

If bento-style lunches are your jam, you'll love this set from PlanetBox, which includes a stainless steel lunch box with molded compartments, two separate small containers and an insulated bag. (PlanetBox, $70)

Big Apple Buddies Lunch Sack

Big Apple Buddies Lunch Sack | Sheknows.com

This adorable little lunchbox features a cheerful ladybug. Made from food-safe materials, it seals tightly with Velcro and keeps food cold for up to four hours. (Built New York, $17)

Dabbawalla Bags Vintage Flyer Backpack

Dabbawalla Bags Vintage Flyer Backpack | Sheknows.com

It can be hard to find lunch boxes that aren't gender specific. We love this design from Dabbawalla, which turns any little boy or girl into a flying ace. (Amazon, $40).

Little Lunch Pal

Little Lunch Pal | Sheknows.com

For the older child with a real sense of personal style, you'll want to check out the Little Lunch Pal from Little Name Design. Made from wood, its vintage-inspired design will please even the most discerning tween or teen. (Little Name Design, $35) 

Eco-Friendly Lunch Box Deluxe

Eco-Friendly Lunchbox Deluxe | Sheknows.com

Another great choice for a kid who has his or her own design aesthetic. The Eco-Friendly Lunch Box Deluxe by OOTS comes in three colors and arrives with five stackable containers. (Amazon, $38)

Personalized Jungle Fun Lunch Box

Personalized Jungle Fun Lunch Box | Sheknows.com

What kid doesn't love a lunch box with his or her name on it? This personalized lunch box is dishwasher safe and comes with waterproof faceplates that can be replaced as your child gets older and his taste changes. (Rosenberry Rooms, $35)

Aqua Seahorses Lunch Box

Aqua Seahorses Lunch Box | Sheknows.com

Another great choice for picky tweens or teens, this lunch box comes with an easy-to-clean removable insert and is BPA free. (SoYoung, $32)

Personalized Lunch Box

Personalized Lunch Box | Sheknows.com

This simple lunch box pops with bright colors and your child's initial. A good choice for toting snacks or even breast milk to a day-care provider. (My Sweet Dreams Baby, $26)

LEGO Food Container

LEGO Food Container | Sheknows.com

Everything is awesome when your lunch is packed in a giant LEGO. This container will be the envy of every kid in the cafeteria. (POSH365, $15)

Luckies of London Brown Paper Lunch Bag

Luckies of London Brown Paper Lunch Bag | Sheknows.com

For the kid with a sense of humor, pack her lunch in this ironic (and iconic) brown bag, made from tear-proof Tyvek. (Amazon, $13)

Goodbyn Bento Box

Goodbyn Bento Box | Sheknows.com

Bento-style lunches are perfect for picky eaters. They keep food separated and offer plenty of creative options for packing finger foods. This lunch box from Goodbyn can be personalized with a set of stickers, sold separately. (Goodbyn, $9)

FreckleBox Personalized Lunch Box

FreckleBox Personalized Lunch Box | Sheknows.com

Every child loves to get a note from mom inside his lunch box. With this personalized model from FreckleBox, you can write encouraging words on the inside of the lid, which doubles as a chalkboard. Bonus: The outside can be personalized with a name. (FreckleBox, $30 to $40)

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