Back when we were kids, metal was in — at least in our lunch boxes. Often branded with the iconic characters of our time, they traipsed back and forth to school with us and became sturdy, constant companions. These old-school lunch boxes will bring your child happiness and you some serious déjà vu — in a good way.
Snoopy metal lunch box
Who doesn’t love Snoopy? This metal lunch box (Lunchboxes.com, $13), complete with familiar handle and clasp, features our favorite beagle sleeping on a rainbow. Embossed on both the front and the back, this will be an adorable addition to your child’s back-to-school supplies.
Spam tin lunch box
If your kiddo has a sense of humor — or just really loves Spam — this Spam tin lunch box (Amazon.com, $13) may be just what you’re looking for. Bright and bold colors make it a definite conversation piece, and it may be a box he treasures for many years to come.
Strawberry Shortcake lunch box
This lunch box may look similar to one you carried as a child. This super sweet Strawberry Shortcake and Friends lunch box (Amazon.com, $10) will make your kiddo happy as a clam. This box also features embossed sides and a spiffy handle and clasp — just like those lunch boxes of yesteryear.
Black dome lunch box
Really — how much cooler can you get? This Black dome lunch box (Lunchboxes.com, $15) would be perfect for your teen who isn’t into characters or fancy colors. Reminiscent of boxes used in the 60s and 70s, this is as basic as you can get. The box is made of steel with an updated design that features improved latching and closing system.
Star Wars Episode 4 tin tote
We can’t have a vintage lunch box roundup without at least one Star Wars lunch box, and this Star Wars Episode 4 tin tote (Amazon.com, $13) is exactly what we had in mind. Modern kids love the timeless story of Star Wars as much as you did (and still do), and paying homage to the film that started it all is the way to go.
Doctor Who lunch box
It’s bigger on the inside! Not really, but fans young and old of the long-standing BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who will go nuts for this lunch box that looks just like the Doctor’s TARDIS (Amazon.com, $16). What will your child take to lunch for an adventure through all of time and space? Your child will be the talk of the lunch table with this impossibly cool lunch box.