I remember when I was a kid and how important stationary and lunchboxes were to me, not to mention the uniform! If the designs were too ‘babyish’ or not current, all would ridicule you. Having the latest characters or brands was your golden key into cool-dom. Now a parent myself, I look back and applaud my folks for keeping up with (my) demands.
So with kids soon going back to school (hurrah), what cool stuff should you be getting them?
Footwear – what you wear on your feet is a style statement at school. For younger kids, CROCS Wellies (Handle It Rain Boots, £19.99) are perfect for rainy days and school trips. They’re easy to pull on thanks to the handles, are fully waterproof, comfortable and in a range of fun colours. BHS has a great range of patent brogues for girls and leather loafers for boys, while H&M Kids has the most stylish array of trainers, ballet pumps, small heels such as mini wedges. Office is now open too so look out for their children’s range plus the adult sizes start small for big-footed teens.
Kitsch Lunchboxes – Tiger has a great line of lunchboxes and storage boxes for girls, from smiling pink teddy bear faces to watermelons and strawberries. Is it wrong that I want one of each too?
Tiger Lunchboxes from £2 each
Novelty Stationary. Novelty pens always spark conversation with friends and that cute boy they’ve liked for ages. This daisy pen from Tiger is sure to turn heads. Novelty erasers are fun too- they’ll never use them as they’re too cool but having them in their pencil case will give them style brownie points. I love the houses at Tiger and the footballs at Smiggles.
Tiger Novelty Pens starting at £1, Tiger House Erasers, £ and Smiggles Soccer Erasers, £4
The pencil case matters too- you’ve got to get this one right! Smiggles has a selection for any taste and personality, from spiders and racing car styles to quirky milk cartons. Prices start at £3.
The school bag – if it wasn’t the latest brand, it has to be the latest style at least. Smiggle has a range of metallic satchels for girls, £26 while BHS has colourful rucksacks for anyone and everyone.
School uniform – By far, BHS offer some of the most affordable versus high quality uniforms around, starting from just £4. They cater from early years up to Sixth Form College too. I love that they have plenty of different styles. From formal pinafore dresses, classic white shirts, sweaters and ties to #Tammy Girl School Uniforms for teens, that offer more trend lend pieces such as patent shoes, pencil skirts and culottes. The BHS Generous Fit range caters to plus sizes with features such as an elasticated waist for added comfort and improved fit. They also have reinforced knees, secured hems and a Teflon® coating to repel stains, so kids can be kids. They even sell name tapes to label your kids clothing, P.E. Kits and all accessories so you’ll definitely find it all here.
Phew, it’s nice to know you can save a bit of time and stress by finding it all in one place, eh? Churchill Square also sells good coffee too 😉