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    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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    1. A Star Wars: The Mandalorian Baby Yoda backpack, because cool, carrying all their stuff to school, your kid must look. Bonus: It also lights up.


    Promising review: "My son loves this backpack! I didn't realize it actually lights up on the little traffic light part in the corner, too! It's good quality and really cute." —Greengirlohio

    Price: $13.59 (originally $16.99)

    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.

    blue bento lunch box with sandwich and and other foods in separate compartments

    Promising review: "I have been using Bentgo boxes for a couple years and recommend them to everyone! I have multiple styles to adapt to my kids' lunch choices and love that they are easy for kids to open! This saves time in the school lunchroom, which ultimately helps them have time to eat AND continues to foster a sense of independence. Easy to clean, stacks for storage, and with so many colors and styles Bentgo are here to stay in our house!" —Momma_bear_paddy

    Price: $24.99 (available in four colors)

    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).

    green plastic camelback water bottle with dino design and blue straw

    Promising review: "I am a big fan of this brand. I have four kids (6, 4, 2, and 10 months) and have been using these cups since my first little one could drink from them. Why do I like them so much? They are dishwasher-safe!! The pieces come apart easily to make sure they get properly cleaned. They get dropped, bumped, tipped, scratched, you name it and they don’t leak. They last a long time (even going through the dishwasher daily). Also, the cherry on top is the cute designs." —Mamajewell85

    Price: $10.39+ (originally $12.99, available in 13 colors/designs)

    4. A set of three Wonder Woman face masks so they can look extra super while staying safe.

    three different colored Wonder Woman cloth face masks

    Promising review: "My daughter loves these. They are lightweight and comfy. These are the only ones she’s had that don’t move while she talks. Definitely recommend!" —JennG

    Price: $10 

    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.

    12 bic pens in an array of rainbow colors

    Promising review: "My daughter asked for gel pens and I bought her these... she loves them! Very smooth writing and the colors are so vibrant. I recommend!" —Sara Vasquez

    Price: $14.99

    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.

    Box of 24 washable Crayola crayons

    The crayons wash off skin, most washable clothes, and most painted walls.

    Promising review: "These crayons are fantastic! My toddler really loves coloring.....everything. The crayon wipes off so easily, I love it!" —medicmama

    Price: $2.49 

    7. A pack of mini highlighters that are easy to toss in a backpack or pencil case —wherever they need to go.

    10 different colored mini highilghters

    Promising review: "My kids love to use these highlighters for school and artwork at home. Convenient, compact, great colors, and easy to use." —mommyof3

    Price: $6.99

    8. A Thermos insulated food jar so they can enjoy a warm lunch sometimes, instead of the standard cold sandwich.

    Teal thermos with unicorn design and flip lid, foldable plastic spoon inside the lid

    Promising review: "This container is for my daughter for school. She brings something warm prepared in it almost every day. It keeps it warm from the time it’s packed until lunch." —Supertrendy6

    Price: $14.99

    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.

    five different colored spiral notebooks

    Promising review: "Great for homeschooling. My son has them set up in his file cabinet by color with the folders to match. Very easy to keep classes in order." —gram gram

    Price: $3.99

    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.

    kid wearing purple and gray headphones

    Promising review: "We are a tech family with a variety of expensive headsets. Our daughter (8) will only use these headphones. They fit great, sound good, are durable and great for the price. Love them and purchased a second pair so we never go without!" —TechFamily

    Price: $15.99 (available in three colors)

    11. A magnetic dry-erase board to remind kids when they have homework deadlines, extracurricular activities, or chores they have *conveniently* forgetten to do.

    dry erase white board on a wall with magnets

    Promising review: "Love this! The board was easy to put up. I bought one for each of my kids for their e-learning work stations." —Target customer

    Price: $9.99

    12. A scientific calculator so your kids can double-check their (and your) math.

    black and gray Texas Instruments calculator

    Promising review: "Great value for a well-known name in the calculator business." —tutu

    Price: $8.99

    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!

    six different pens with cat head tops

    Promising review: "These pens are so cute! I was not aware that they have two ink colors each. They write super nice and soft. The ears pull down to reveal a different color. I definitely recommend."  —ccibelesc

    Price: $8

    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.

    three pastel colored document holders with snap closure

    Promising review: "Best $5 I've ever spent! these are so cute and so useful. I bought them to hold my daughters art, certificates, and important documents. I will definitely be repurchasing! (They hold construction paper perfectly.)" —Hazeldeee

    Price: $4.99

    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.

    lavender rectangular insulated lunch bag with dual compartments and food inside

    Promising review: "This lunch box is for my daughter and so far it’s been holding everything we need. Ice pack, Lunchables, and multiple snacks. Even a drink in the top with some silverware. Very happy with purchase." —DPS2006

    Price: $9.99 (available in three colors)

    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.

    blue rectangular pencil case with zipper closure

    Promising review: "This is perfect! The colors are bright and pretty! My daughter is going into kindergarten and this fits everything she’ll need to put in it. She can also open it very easily!" —Cruzmom

    Price: $6.99

    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.

    white and pink stackable storage bins on top of each other next to a desk

    Promising review: "Our homeschool room has never been more organized! I hated those flimsy plastic drawers we were using for storage before. These bins are so sturdy and stack perfectly to save space." —annabelle

    Price: $15 (available in six colors)

    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.

    pink mini office supply set with case, staplers, scissors, tape, pencil sharpener, staple remover

    The set includes a pencil sharpener, scissors, stapler, staple remover, staples, tape dispenser, tape refill, hole puncher, and carrying case.

    Promising review: "Adorable, everything is tiny and cute!!! Great value and well-designed storage case." —NSleve

    Price: $5.99 (available in two colors)

    19. A box of 100 Crayola colored pencils to let them draw whatever their imagination holds in vibrant colors.

    box of 100 Crayola colored pencils

    Promising review: "Loved the assortment of colors. Great for kids and adults." —T

    Price: $14.99

    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.

    desk with stacks of colorful post-it note pads and post-its on the wall

    Promising review: "I really love the bright colors of this set. They brighten up my work space, and stay where I stick them!" —TamB

    Price: $5.39

    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.

    pink two pocket plastic folder with prong fasteners holding papers inside

    Promising review: "Sturdy! These survive the in-out of the backpack routine way better than the cardboard folders!" —tiredmom

    Price: $1.99 (available in four colors)

    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.

    pack of 2 red scissors

    Promising review: "I just bought a pair! I am very pleased with the design, how sharp they are, and how one can be left- or right-handed to use them. The cut beautifully." —Tkachov

    Price: $7.59

    23. A set of mechanical pencils so they can write and rewrite notes without worrying about sharpening.

    six different colored mechanical pencils on a desk next to a notebook

    Promising review: "These are my son’s favorite mechanical pencils to use for school. He says they are comfortable to hold and use, thanks to the soft grip and excellent design. They are smooth to write with, durable, and the points don’t break easily. The lead is easy to advance because the button is on the side. The eraser works much better than other pencils and can be refilled." —DerekB

    Price: $12.99

    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.

    model with an HP Chromebook

    Promising review: "My daughter loves her new Chromebook! It turns on quickly and stays charged for all of her classes. It is compact, so she has room on her desk for taking notes." —sbills

    Price: $259.99

    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.

    desk lamp with gray lampshade and base on a desk

    Promising review: "Great for a kid's desk or even an adult. It is low but is flexible so it can be adjusted to any angle. Very bright built-in LED light." —MommaBear

    Price: $7 (available in four colors)

    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.

    red D-ring binder

    Promising review: "These binders are durable and seem high in quality. They work perfectly for my children’s school subjects. The clear-view inside pockets are helpful for keeping class materials and the clear-view outside cover is great for labeling/creating binder covers for each subject." —Erica H

    Price: $3.49 (available in 10 colors)

    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.

    Dove lavender and chamomile hand sanitizer

    Promising review: "This is perfect travel size bottle! It smells like lavender mostly, and the texture is gel-like. The fragrance lingers a bit, not too strong! It feels moisturizing, doesn't lead to dried-out hands, which other sanitizers do." —crazymomvivi 

    Price: $2.99

    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.

    round acrylic desktop organizer with four compartments and gold tone handle

    Promising review: "The organizer looks elegant. My daughter liked it at first sight and uses it for markers organization. The clear transparent and spinning features are very practical for her to search for and find a specific color marker." —tenet

    Price: $15

    29. A chalkboard calendar you can reuse every month, to stay on top of school activities and events without going through tons of paper.

    chalkboard calendar on a wall

    Promising review: "Bought this to help manage virtual learning at home, the magnet and chalk pencils are great and it comes with a hanging guide, which made it so easy to hang on the wall." —Target customer

    Price: $15.99

    30. A set of floral file folders so pretty that your kids' schoolwork will always look good (even if their grades sometimes don't).

    three floral print file folders

    Promising review: "These files are beautiful and well made. They are the perfect thickness." —bhanke

    Price: $6.99

    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.

    marble design notebook with gold foil

    Promising review: "Solid hard cover and nice marble paper finish. Great size for a bed side journal. Each page has a heading for subject and date, and then college ruled lines on both sides of the page. Placeholder ribbon is nice. Great price for a quality product." —Truetales

    Price: $4.99

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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