There are two types of kids, it seems: the ones who love back-to-school shopping (because it means they’re, you know, headed back to school and they absolutely can’t wait to show off their new clothes, binders and backpacks) and the ones who need to be dragged to the seasonal aisle in Target to scoop up the bare necessities before the first bell rings. And, too, there are two types of parents: Those who prep for back-to-school season well ahead of time and those who wait until the very last possible minute to do… well, anything. (We may or may not be in the latter camp).
Whichever end of the spectrum you/your kids seem to sit on, we challenge you not to get psyched about the school supplies we’ve rounded up ahead. We’re talking 16 unique, adorable and just plain fun back-to-school accoutrements that are just begging to find a home in your kids’ (carefully selected) backpacks. Here are 15 items that put the “cool” in “back-to-school.”
A version of this article was originally published in July 2017.