The kids will be back to school before you know it (yes, I know it doesn’t feel like that right now!) – and chances are, you’ll need a backpack. A new backpack is always an exciting purchase, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best. There’s something here for your child, whether it’s their first day at preschool, or first day at high school. Come and see.
If you are shopping for a little girl who loves all things pink and girly, you should head over to Giggle Me Pink, where the backpacks are sparkly, and more than likely to sprout fairy and butterfly wings. I know lots of little girls who would melt at the chance to tote around the Ballet Tutu backpack (pictured above). Best of all, this level of cute comes affordably – each backpack is only $39.95.
This one’s not a backpack, it’s a library bag, but trust me, you’ll probably need one of those too. Made from heavy duty cotton drill fabric, with a sturdy drawstring closure, it will keep things tidy and neat inside, no matter what else goes on in your child’s backpack (including forgotten bananas). Better yet, it comes with four colours of puffy paint, so your child can get creative and put their own mark on it. You can pick it up for $35 from Blank Canvas Gifts.
If you’re in the market for a lunchbox as well as a backpack, you should consider a combo like this one – the So Young toddler backpack set. It’s designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers, with space for all the things a little person needs to carry around (change of clothes, anyone?) and a detachable, matching lunchbox that can clip off and pop straight into the fridge. The combo is $69.95 from So Young.
One word: sparkly. Honestly, that would be enough to make the Bixbee Sparkalicious Turquoise backpack my daughter’s backpack of choice, but there’s so much to choose from in the Bixbee range (and in three different sizes) that even if your tastes don’t lean towards sparkles, you’re sure to find something. Perhaps the Rocket Flyer backpack is more your style? Whatever you choose, you can feel even better about your purchase knowing that for every Bixbee backpack sold, Bixbee donate a backpack full of school supplies to a child in need. You’ll find the whole huge range at Silly Milly Moo, where prices begin at $49.95.
Here’s another backpack/lunchbox combo, this time from the bright sparks at Gooie. This one is impressive because it’s a full sized backpack and insulated lunchbox, and in the combo you also get a stainless steel drink bottle. The woodland and car-mo designs (pictured here) are just two of the four designs which are available in the combo, and they’re $69.99 each. If you want the backpack without the lunchbox, the price goes down to $59.99 and there are plenty more designs available.
Everyone loves the chance to personalise their things, and you can do that if you go instore to buy one of these spacious backpacks from Pottery Barn Kids. The unicorn style caught my eye (because, yes, I have a six-year-old daughter) – but there are also fairies, owls, superheroes, dinosaurs and trains, among many more in the Mackenzie backpack range. There are two sizes of backpack, and prices begin at $49.
Has your household succumbed to Minecraft fever? If it has, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find decent Minecraft merchandise, but fear no more – your own little creeper can have their own Minecraft Creeper backpack just like this one. It’s a great size and it’s just $39.99 from Think Geek, though shipping to Australia is a little pricey.
These preschooler sized backpacks from Crocodile Creek are a great option for the younger set. In lots of bright colours, they each have one distinct motif on the front and there’s such a range that you’ll have no trouble finding one to match your child’s interests. What’s more, they’re a great price at $39.99 from Kids Bags.
Are you buying a backpack for that most difficult species of all – the tweenager? Here’s a backpack for the older kids that will get the thumbs up – it’s the Billabong Kids Recess 12L backpack. It’s made from heavy duty polyester, so it will stand up to some rougher treatment, and it’s big enough to fit A4 size paper and folders into without squishing them up. It even comes with a Billabong branded water bottle. The whole thing comes in at $49.99 from SurfStitch.
Rounding out the list is something a little bit different. It’s the Trunki Paddlepak – a backpack and swim bag in one. It’s lightweight and water resistant, and it has a clever roll top opening that is easy to pack, while also creating a tight seal to stop wet things leaking out. Best of all, it comes in so many cool water-inspired designs (from clownfish to killer whales!) that your biggest problem will be which one to choose. You can pick it up for $39.95 from Fairy Blossom and Friends.
Still not sure which new backpack to choose? Browse our past posts on backpacks for more great ideas.