Get your freak on

Freak-O-Bag portable reusable bagI’ve seen my neighbor’s tween struggling with a full school backpack, so I may have to play Santa and pass a Freak-O-Bag her way for those days when a few extra books threaten to topple her onto her back.

Now, even my mom knows how smart it is to keep a portable reusable bag folded up and clipped to her pocketbook, but trust me, these are no grandma shopping bags. Instead, the Freak-O-Bag normally looks like a little creature dangling from wherever it is clipped. But, when needed, the “pets” transform into a generous 16″x16″ reusable tote.

The original fair trade reusable bags were made by the Koonin family in Thaliand with colorful button eyes and teeny-tiny bodies. Now, there are silk screened styles designed by North Carolina’s Julie Armbruster and sewn at North Carolina’s Opportunity Threads. Don’t stress over which of them to choose though; all of them are cool enough that even a tween who’d never be caught dead carrying something as practical as a reusable shopping bag will be impressed that you were cool enough to find her this one. -Christina

Over 10 different Freak-O-Bags are available at

Congratulations to Amy H., lucky winner of a Koonin Family Freak-O-Bag of her choice!

Find more great holiday gifts for teens and tweens in the 2009 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide!


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.

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