31 Things From Target That'll Help Parents Finish Their Back-To-School Shopping
Getting your kids to school is the hard part, buying the right supplies shouldn't be.
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2. A leakproof bento box to keep even the pickiest kid (you know, the one who insists their foods never touch each other) happy at lunchtime.
3. A 14-oz Camelbak water bottle that can keep your kiddos hydrated and withstand getting banged up and dropped every day (as it inevitably will).
5. A set of Bic pens in a variety of hues to make note-taking more fun and bright, even if the subject itself isn't so colorful.
6. A box of washable Crayola crayons, so that your kids can feel creative whenever and wherever the urge may strike...without potentially ruining their clothes or the walls.
7. A pack of mini highlighters that are easy to toss in a backpack or pencil case —wherever they need to go.
8. A Thermos insulated food jar so they can enjoy a warm lunch sometimes, instead of the standard cold sandwich.
9. A set of five spiral-bound notebooks they can color-code and use for five different classes, so they're not grabbing the wrong notebook for the wrong subject.
10. A pair of kid-sized headphones so you're not subjected to whatever song your kids are currently playing on repeat, every hour of every day.
11. A magnetic dry-erase board to remind kids when they have homework deadlines, extracurricular activities, or chores they have *conveniently* forgetten to do.
13. A set of six cat pens that are the purr-fect writing instrument for doodling, note-taking, or homework assignments. Each pen has two ink colors!
14. A set of three document holders to hold important papers, so they don't end up crumpled up in the bottom of a backpack or drawer.
15. An insulated dual-compartment lunch bag with plenty of room for drinks, food, snacks, and more. The zip-up compartment in the top makes maximum use of all the bag's space.
16. A sturdy pencil case so pens, pencils, and other small items have a secure, cute place to live, instead of being strewn all over the desk, floor, locker, or backpack bottom.
17. A stackable storage bin to hold files, books, and other school items in an organized way, so they're easily accessible when you need them.
18. A mini office supply set that will come in handy whenever they need to staple, cut, or tape something quickly and don't feel like hunting all over the house (or in their backpack) for the right tool.
19. A box of 100 Crayola colored pencils to let them draw whatever their imagination holds in vibrant colors.
20. A six-pack of Post-it notes because sometimes you don't need a whole sheet of paper to jot down a reminder or task. They come in super-bright colors, so you won't be able to miss them on a desk or wall.
21. A durable two-pocket plastic folder with prong fasteners to secure papers. Plus, it also has two pockets to hold additional notes, stickers, or miscellaneous items.
22. A two-pack of scissors because they never seem to be able to find a pair of scissors when they need them — so it pays to have a spare.
23. A set of mechanical pencils so they can write and rewrite notes without worrying about sharpening.
24. An HP Chromebook that is light, affordable, easy-to-use, and has an impressive battery life (up to 15 hours!) to keep up with all of their academic adventures.
25. A gooseneck desk lamp so they have a bright place to finish up any homework they've left until the night before it's due.
26. A D-ring binder that's a tried-and-true school classic — it's simple, sturdy, functional, and has clear interior pockets to hold handouts and forms.
27. A portable bottle of hand sanitizer because kids get grimy real fast — this will hold them over until they can properly wash their hands or take a bath.
28. A round desktop organizer with four compartments so each school supply can have its own dedicated spot. Plus, it has a minimalist design that won't take up too much space on any already-cluttered desk.
29. A chalkboard calendar you can reuse every month, to stay on top of school activities and events without going through tons of paper.
30. A set of floral file folders so pretty that your kids' schoolwork will always look good (even if their grades sometimes don't).
31. A marble journal with gold-foil details that they can carry with them to jot down thoughts, complaints, jokes, and maybe even some class notes.
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