The back to school ritual can be a stressful time. Balancing affordability, style and function can become a dizzyingly frustrating task, which is compounded by hordes of families seemingly more organized and prepared than you. The good news is we’ve done some of the work for you. Here are a few essentials that will put you in the good books with your kids and get you one step closer to enjoying some you time when this September hits.
1. Kanken Back Pack If you are wondering if Sweden does everything better, stop wondering. They do. Fjallraven has expanded to all corners of the globe over the last 50 years. There’s even a store right in Vancouver at 147 W. Broadway. The Kanken backpack is designed so that the shoulder straps are always even, protecting posture and homework. They use super lightweight Vinylon F material, which makes it durable and moisture repellent. With a wide variety of dazzling and subdued colours and sizes, everyone can get one and still feel unique.
2. Herschel Supply Settlement Case Herschel backpacks have taken the crown as the it accessory around the globe. Just imagine the looks of envy when you pull out the military inspired Settlement pencil case. With exposed brass zippers and leather sipper pulls, keeping your pens and pencils organized has never felt so “en flique.”
3. Small Wall Decal Chalkboard Calendar Etsy brings you the Small Wall Decal Chalkboard Calendar that can be customized by the whole family. Once you’ve spotted the perfect location, you and your peeps can stay connected with colourful chalk ink pens that can be erased and re-used each month.
4. The Tinitell Wristphone For Kids Is your helicopter parenting style getting tiring? Are your friends sending you Facebook ‘literature’ condemning your unhealthy desire to know your child’s whereabouts at all times? The Tinitell might be for you. This wearable technology is made of durable materials that resists dirt and water, and is designed to be worn by your child like a watch. It features a GPS locator and a programmable interface with one big button. When pressed it alerts you through an app on your phone. This is great because many youngsters can’t read or remember phone numbers. Land your helicopter and breathe easy knowing you can connect with your child at any moment, and more importantly your child can connect with you when the going gets tough.
5. Boogie Board E-writer Writing lists, sticking stickies and leaving notes can be a great way to stay on top of things. Too bad the practice kills trees and leaves you hanging if a strong breeze scatters your notes. Put all of that aside and check out the Boogie Board E-writer. It’s magnetic so you can stick it to metal surfaces and has many useful functions, such as saving and exporting handwritten notes, and posting notes for family to read on the way out (much like a stickie). It can also be a great tool for kids to draw and practice their cursive (not cursing).
6. Native Jimmy Rainboot Engineered for exploration, Native’s whimsical footwear is anything but boring. This fall, the Vancouver brand returns with new colours and patterns to keep the good vibes going even when the sun’s hiding behind B.C.’s notorious grey clouds. We love this rainboot, which features easy-close laces and heavy duty soul to withstand the toughest terrain.
7. Stance This company makes socks that are works of art. No, really. Made of the finest materials (Supima cotton, cashmere), these socks cradle small (and big) feet in comfort thanks to reinforced heel and toe for added cushioning and durability. A self-adjusting cuff ensures that they won’t fall down on the job — or the playground.