Back-to-School Shopping Guide 2014

From the hip to the helpful, these are your back-to-school must-haves

Ring the bell – this year go back to class in style

The leaves may not be changing colour yet, but fall is just around the corner and with it comes the beginning of a new school year. If you (or your kids) are suffering from the end-of-summer blues, then a school-supplies shopping spree might just be the perfect cure. Here are some gadgets and accessories to start the year off right.  

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Lunchtime Must-haves

One thing everyone can agree with is that lunchtime is the best part of the school day. Make it extra special with a retro lunch box from SoYoung. With a wide selection of images that kids will love and an easy-to-clean, leak proof design that moms will love, it’s a great choice. Now that you’ve got the lunch bag, you’ll need something just as good to put in it. Ditch the plastic wrap and pick up a couple of reusable Abeego pockets. Abeego products are made in Victoria and coated in a combination of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil to keep your food naturally fresh.

SoYoung Lunch Boxes – $31.99; Abeego Little Pocket – $11, Big Pocket – $16

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Tech Accessories

Back-to-school shopping sure has changed in the last decade, so get with the times and make sure you have all the right tech gear is a great way to start the year right. Vancouver’s Herschel Supply Co. is well-known for their backpacks, but they also make trendy laptop sleeves to keep your gear protected.

You can save your bag from a tangle of cords with the Calamari from Outdoor Technology. The Calamari has a USB on one end, and three different charging options on the other end, including a 30-pin, 8-pin lightning and a micro-USB. It’s perfect for making sure none of your batteries die throughout a busy day, and for transferring data on those group projects. 

Herschel iPad Heritage Sleeve – $34.99, MacBook Air 11” Anchor Sleeve – $39.99; Outdoor Technology Calamari – $14.95

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The perfect bag combines comfort and functionality without forfeiting style. Luckily, there are a few places around town where you can find that elusive mix. Gastown’s Rowan Sky has a selection of bags available, such as their Brooks Brixton Tote. The bag is designed for cyclists and has a strap that can be done up around the waist for ultimate comfort while biking to class. For fun prints check out Herschel’s fall lineup, or drop by Main Street’s Umeboshi for a sophisticated Twill Backpack from Filson.

Rowan Sky Brooks Brixton Tote Moss – $280; Herschel City Backpack Mid-Volume – $49.99; Umeboshi Filson Twill Backpack – $295

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Get Organized

Organization is the key to success, and with some handy tools it’s easy to stay a step ahead no matter how busy you are. An agenda from Indigo is the perfect way to keep track of your busy schedule and leaves room for a to-do list. Keep the whole family organized with a dry erase memo board and planner from Room In Order that includes two hooks, a pen cup, a magnetic strip and a pocket for mail.

Indigo Academic Agenda Chalk – $19.95; Room In Order Dry-Erase Channel Panel + Planner – $99.99