The coolest lunch boxes and lunch bags: Back to School Guide 2014

The coolest lunch boxes and bags for kids: Back to School Shopping Guide 2014 at coolmompicks.com

Next up in our back to school shopping guide: The coolest lunch boxes and bags. And wow, there are so many, whether it’s your first year sending your preschooler off to school with lunch, or (lucky you) your kids are finally packing their own.

And what would our guide be without a killer giveaway? This year it’s a $1000 back to school giveaway that we like to think of as a little something for you, a little something for the kids. Scroll down for all the details; entering is as easy as leaving a comment.

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All our picks have been editorially selected by our staff. There has been no compensation in exchange for picks. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate and some picks may include affiliate links which you can click to help support what we do.
Coolest lunch boxes for kids: soft side lunch boxes from SoYoung

Soft lunch boxes from SoYoung ($31.99, SoYoung Modern Family)

We love this company’s fun and durable backpacks, and they also have wonderful soft-side lunch boxes to mix or match them with. The coated linen keeps them very clean, and the detachable strap is great if your kid would rather wear it than tuck it into a backpack.

Coolest lunch boxes and bags: Camera lunch cooler from kids from SoYoung

SoYoung also makes small and large cooler bags ($29.99-36.99) which give you the same durability and coolness factor in a different shape.

 

 

coolest lunchboxes: personalized woodland creature lunch box
Personalized hedgehog (or other woodland creature!) lunch box ($25, Sarah + Abraham)
You can find so many cute personalized items for kids from Sarah + Abraham, but this time of year, we have our eyes on their too cute personalized lunch boxes. It’s hard to pick a favorite–but we bet your kids can.

 

coolest lunchboxes: space monkey lunchbox
Space monkey lunchbox ($34, Beatrix NY)
Beatrix scores again with their always awesome soft lunch boxes featuring tons of fun animals. But the new space monkey? Total win.  [15% off with COOLMOM15 through 8/31]

 

coolest lunchboxes: bat lunchbag from recycled materials
Bat lunch bag ($26, Apple Park)
Your younger kids will definitely be the coolest in the cafeteria with this bat lunch bag from Apple  Park, all made of recyclable materials.

 

coolest lunchboxes: monster geek lunch bag
Monster geek lunch bag ($30, Dabbawalla)
This brand new style from one of our favorite little indie companies is absolutely awesome. Monsters + Geeks? Is there any better combination? Okay, maybe a geeky unicorn. Dabbawalla: Maybe next year?

coolest lunchboxes: unicorn lunch bag
Unicorn lunch bag ($22.50, PBK)
Speaking of unicorns, your unicorn-crazy kid will probably love this lunch pack from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s got all sorts of matching backpacks and other supplies to go with it if you can’t get enough.

 

coolest lunchboxes: hedgehog lunchbox
Hedgehog lunchbox ($14, Skip*Hop)
We knew the second we saw the new hedgehogs from Skip*Hop that they’d be on many a back to school shopping list this fall. The design is irresistibly cute as one of their Lunchie Zoo Packs, and perfect for preschoolers still nibbling on half-sandwiches for lunch.

coolest lunchboxes: Rocket Lunch Bag
Rocket lunch bag ($22.50, PBK)
Also from PBK, this personalized rocket bag has an awesome retro vibe straight out of the mid-century B movies. Our daughters and sons both call it “neat.”

 

coolest lunchboxes: vintage Mickey metal lunchbox
Vintage Mickey metal lunchbox ($12.95, Lunchboxes.com)
Another retro option: We’re totally digging the old fashioned, metal lunch boxes that remind us of our own days of peanut butter sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Well, this or The Partridge Family.

 

coolest lunchboxes: panda lunch sack
Panda lunch sack ($16.99, Built NY)
Built NY really does make durable, smart lunch accessories built to take something of a beating; don’t let the cute exterior fool you. And if you love the panda thing, check out our post on panda back to school supplies. There are so many!

 

coolest lunchboxes: hadaki insulated lunch pod
Hadaki insulated lunch pod ($28, All + Modern)
The pixel design and bright colors of this insulated soft lunch bag is so fun for kids of any age, from preschoolers to teens. And even their mothers. Says us.

coolest lunchboxes: milkdot stoh lunch bag
Milkdot Stoh lunch bag ($25, Amazon)
We continue to be fans of Milkdot, with soft lunch boxes that are structured and keep their shape, even when you squish them down flat to fit empty in a backpack. There are lots of fun designs and patterns, but the solids are smart for older kids.

 Coolest lunch boxes and bags: Jujube Fuel Cell
Jujube Fuel Cell Lunch Bag ($30, Nordstrom)
Love the sophisticated styling of this lunch bag collection, and the subtle star embroidery keeps it fun for kids. Not that we wouldn’t borrow it too.

coolest lunchboxes: Chewbacca lunch bag
Chewbacca lunch bag ($14.99 Think Geek)
Okay. Game over.

 

EXTRA COOL: WIN IT!

We’re so excited to give away one massive Back to School prize pack valued at more than $1000, filled with back-to-school essentials for both kids…and moms! Because let’s be honest, we’re going to be working hard too, this school year.  We deserve a designer handbag, right?

 

CoolMomPicks.com $1000 Back to School Shopping Guide Giveaway

PRIZE INCLUDES:
Mad Pax Warp Speed Bubble backpack | 2. Superga sneakers for kids | 3. Big white box of Back to School essentials from Yoobi | 4. Late July snack pack | 5. Griffin Kazoo MyPhones kids’ headphones | 6. HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer + 6 months ink subscription from our sponsor HP | 7. Fanny Wang 1000 series on ear headphones for women | 8. Target gift card for the kids and a Sephora gift card for you |  9. momAgenda personal organizer | 10. Superga sneakers for moms | 11. Rebecca Minkoff ‘MAB’ Leather Tote. Because we love you.

TO ENTER:
To enter,  just leave a comment on this post telling us which of these lunch boxes or lunch bags you think is the coolest. You may enter one time per post on our Back to School Gift Guide series, up to 6 posts. Be sure to include your email so we can contact you. One winner will be drawn at random on or around September 6, 2014. You must be a legal resident of the US, 18+. Contest ends midnight PST on September 5, 2014. Void where prohibited. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. If you don’t follow the contest rules you be disqualified and we will feel bad for you. Don’t cheat. Eat leafy green vegetables. Be nice to puppies.

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Other 2014 Back to School Guide posts to check out:
The coolest preschool backpacks
The coolest backpacks and bags for big kids
The coolest lunch box accessories
The coolest back to school printables
The coolest school supplies

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.

168 Comments

  • August 14, 2014

    Kathleen S.

    The Skip Hop Hedgehog is just the cutest.

  • August 14, 2014

    TJ

    Dude, Chewbacca rocks!! I think we will probably go with the so young-larger size for family outings and such but if my boys needed lunch bags at school, I would push for Chewbacca! :)-

  • August 14, 2014

    Denise L

    I love the Hadaki insulated lunch tote. I want one for myself.

  • August 14, 2014

    Denise L

  • August 14, 2014

    Kellie

    The bat lunch bag

  • August 14, 2014

    Kellie

  • August 14, 2014

    Diana G

    The Chewbacca one is definitely the best!

  • August 14, 2014

    Margaret

    Chewbacca. How could it be anything else?

  • August 14, 2014

    Liza Centeio

    The Bat lunch bag is adorable.

  • August 14, 2014

    Leigh A

    Bat lunch bag!!

  • August 14, 2014

    Isabel

    The bat one si the best!

  • August 14, 2014

    Nisha

    The Milkdot Lunch bag wins, hands down :))

  • August 14, 2014

    Laurie

    Chewy. Has to be Chewy.

  • August 14, 2014

    Amy Rivers

    Oh my gosh! The Chewbacca one actually made me laugh out loud. That rocks.

  • August 14, 2014

    Nisha

    Milkdot wins

  • August 14, 2014

    Susan Kern

    Hadaki insulated lunch pod – perfect for my daughter going into 6th grade!

  • August 14, 2014

    Autumn

    Chewbaca. Hands down.

  • August 14, 2014

    Amy Rivers

  • August 14, 2014

    gita prasad

    unicorn lunchbag

  • August 14, 2014

    gita prasad

    like on facebook

  • August 14, 2014

    gita prasad

    follow on twitter @gjprasad

  • August 14, 2014

    Kirsten H

    LOVE the SoYoung cooler bag!! I love the simplicity and the shoulder strap!

  • August 14, 2014

    Guille A.

    The personalized Fox lunch box is my pick for little one. That was his nursery theme, cute forest animals. He also loves the song “What does the Fox Say”. Lol!

  • August 14, 2014

    Sandy Lorenz

    I love the Milkdot Stoh lunch bag.

  • August 14, 2014

    RachelM

    I like the bags from SoYoung.

  • August 14, 2014

    Lisa B.

    Hadaki insulated lunch pod but for my kids I love the Chewbaca one…so cute

  • August 14, 2014

    Janet

    space monkey!

  • August 14, 2014

    Yvonne Lopez

    Monster geek bag is so cute..

  • August 14, 2014

    Pam Flynn

    Love the Space Monkey lunch bag

  • August 14, 2014

    arely colin

    the Hadaki insulated lunch tote

  • August 14, 2014

    Shelley

    Rocket

  • August 14, 2014

    Leah Ingersoll

    Chewbacca. Hands down.

  • August 14, 2014

    fatima calderon

    Yeah, for me it’s the Chewbacca bag too. And it’s so affordable -that may be the best part of it ;)

  • August 14, 2014

    Lisa

    I like So Young.

  • August 14, 2014

    Ebs

    I like the monochrome star lunch bags myself, but the chewbacca one is pretty awesome.

  • August 14, 2014

    K

    Chewbacca, are you kidding?! It’s amazing!

  • August 14, 2014

    Lee anne

    Love the rocket lunch box!

  • August 14, 2014

    Caitlin

    I l-o-v-e the So Young elephant one!

  • August 14, 2014

    kristi

    The SoYoung cooler bag is what I’m in need of, but the Chewbacca lunch bag wins for coolest, hands down!

  • August 14, 2014

    Hank McKinsey

    I love the hedgehogs!!

  • August 14, 2014

    Cassandra Eastman

    My favorite is the Unicorn Lunch Bag!

  • August 14, 2014

    KD

    Chewbacca is coolest

  • August 14, 2014

    Jamee Patton

    So many to choose from, but the boys would love Chewy!

  • August 14, 2014

    Jessica B

    Chewbacca FTW.

  • August 14, 2014

    Kim

    I love the bat for my boy and the personalized owl for my girl

  • August 14, 2014

    Hannah N

    I <3 the jujube fuel cell!

  • August 14, 2014

    Dana Merrill

    Panda sack by Built

  • August 14, 2014

    Bekki

    The Chewie one would be the biggest hit in our house!

  • August 14, 2014

    Bekki

  • August 14, 2014

    libby k

    I like the personalized boxes! Too cute.

  • August 14, 2014

    libby k

  • August 14, 2014

    Molly C

    Camera lunch bag – Might have to get it for myself.

  • August 14, 2014

    Lauren

    Chewy for sure. It’s totally worth the inevitable peanut butter that will get stuck in his “fur”

  • August 14, 2014

    Heather R

    The Chewbacca lunchbox is by far the coolest.

  • August 15, 2014

    Jennifer L

    Camera cooler bag :-)

  • August 15, 2014

    Jenelle

    I love the SkipHop hedgehog, but my five-year-old loves the unicorns.

  • August 15, 2014

    LaraS.

    I like the Hedgehog lunchbag – SkipHop stuff is all just so cute to me!

  • August 15, 2014

    Helen N

    Love the Jujube Fuel Cell Lunch Bag

  • August 15, 2014

    Lien

    I love the Milkdot Stoh lunch bag.

  • August 15, 2014

    sarah tyau

    Hedgehog is so adorable!!!

  • August 15, 2014

    Lisa Friedman

    I like the Built NY lunch sack!

  • August 15, 2014

    Barbara

    Love the Hadaki lunch pod.

  • August 15, 2014

    Tanisha

    Chewbacca, hands down!!!

  • August 15, 2014

    Lisa Friedman

    Shared on my Facebook page: http://shar.es/1njg24

  • August 15, 2014

    Kelli Wood

    I really love the Jujube Fuel Cell Lunch Bag

  • August 15, 2014

    Gail P

    My son would have a hard time choosing between the space monkey and Chewy. A very hard time!

  • August 15, 2014

    Angela L

    The hedgehog one is so cute! The bat one is a close second!

  • August 15, 2014

    Betsy

    Have to go with the Panda lunch sack, given the kids’ current obsession (and fighting over) a stuff panda.

  • August 15, 2014

    Beth

    You guys found some great ones! I am a longtime fan of Sarah + Abraham, but the Chewbacca one wins my heart because for some reason Chewie is my husband’s nickname. I think it had something to do with his friends teasing him for his manly hairiness in college…

  • August 15, 2014

    Beth

  • August 15, 2014

    Marla

    I think the SoYoung soft boxes are the coolest!

  • August 15, 2014

    Betty B.

    I love the Bat lunch bag!

  • August 15, 2014

    Shauna Reynolds

    That bat!

  • August 15, 2014

    Betty B.

  • August 15, 2014

    Betty B.

    follow on twitter @angelgeniusjail and tweeted https://twitter.com/angelgeniusjail/status/500296271702130689

  • August 15, 2014

    Kat

    That Chewbacca lunchbag is definitely coolest!

  • August 15, 2014

    Lu

    We love the Milkdot!

  • August 15, 2014

    Jenn S

    the Chewbacca lunch bag! OMG!

  • August 15, 2014

    Sarah Severson

    love the hedgehog!

  • August 15, 2014

    Gina H.

    Geeky Monster bag!

  • August 15, 2014

    Renee

    I love the soyoung cooler bags!

  • August 15, 2014

    Cathy

    My favorite is the hedgehog, but each kid picked a different one… the personalized, the rockets, and the unicorn.

  • August 15, 2014

    Lisa Marz

    I like the soft lunchbox from SoYoung with the blue scooter.

  • August 15, 2014

    YVONNE LOPEZ

  • August 15, 2014

    YVONNE LOPEZ

  • August 15, 2014

    YVONNE LOPEZ

  • August 15, 2014

    Elizabeth

    We went to buy the Rocket bag at PBK…no longer available, boooo! Luckily, my son also liked the Monster Geek!

  • August 15, 2014

    Ann

    The seahorse and camera designs by SoYoung Modern Family are great!

  • August 15, 2014

    Erin

    I like the one with the camera because I love photography.

  • August 16, 2014

    Amanda Alvarado

    I love the Unicorn bag – it’s the coolest!

  • August 16, 2014

    Amanda Alvarado

  • August 16, 2014

    Amanda Alvarado

  • August 16, 2014

    Nicole

    I like the PBK’s unicorn lunch box. With three girls in our family, this would definitely be their pick!

  • August 16, 2014

    Jane

    Love the SoYoung line of lunch boxes!

  • August 16, 2014

    Meghan

    The panda bag is adorable, but I really like that Hadaki insulated lunch bag!

  • August 16, 2014

    Lisa

    Pbk unicorn bag – my 3 year loves unicorns

  • August 16, 2014

    Jessica Dillon

    I like the SoYoung bags – I want the camera one for me!

  • August 16, 2014

    Mell

    My son thinks the Rocket lunch bag is the coolest.

  • August 16, 2014

    Mell

  • August 16, 2014

    theresa J

    The coolest is the Chewbacca lunchbox

  • August 16, 2014

    theresa J

  • August 16, 2014

    theresa J

  • August 16, 2014

    Corina

    The SoYoung lunch bags a

  • August 16, 2014

    Julie U

    Love the colors of the Hadaki Lunch box!

  • August 16, 2014

    Jessica W

    Love the SoYoung bags!

  • August 16, 2014

    Amie H

    Ummm….HECK YEAH! On the Space Monkey lunch box. So cute!

  • August 16, 2014

    jennifer

    Lovin’ the bat lunch box. You all are great, thanks!

  • August 16, 2014

    Stephanie

    My favorite is the photography one but my son would take the Chewbacca one and my daughter would totally have the Unicorn one:)

  • August 17, 2014

    Heidi

    What great choices!!! The design aesthetic of So Young and Beatrix have been perennial , favorites, but, Wow, how do you walk past that Chewbacca box? Then again, from the antics I’ve witnessed during school lunch periods, I wouldn’t want to have to clean it after a few trips to the cafeteria. Euchk! Not gonna show that one to my son…or husband!

  • August 17, 2014

    Lynn

    The SoYoung lunchboxes are great!

  • August 17, 2014

    Carla

    Personal favorite: The bat. Runner up: The hedgehog. The one my son would actually be stoked to take to school: Chewbacca. :-)

  • August 17, 2014

    Michelle C

    Chewbacca lunch bag is the coolest, for sure!

  • August 17, 2014

    Michelle C

  • August 17, 2014

    Karine

    There are so many cool choices! I like the Beatrix NY Dieter (space monkey) lunch box.

  • August 17, 2014

    Jen

    The bat, no contest!

  • August 17, 2014

    AustinMochi

    I have a SoYoung large cooler bag, and it’s great — lots of room and looks classy enough for an adult to carry!

  • August 18, 2014

    Kalani

    As a Star Wars lover I like the Chewbacca lunch bag

  • August 18, 2014

    holly

    I love the hedgehog lunch bag the most!!

  • August 18, 2014

    Margaret L

    My daughter loves the Jujube Fuel Cell bags.

  • August 18, 2014

    Rachel mills

    Hands down the hadaki … So cool ( even for me:)

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

    That bat lunch bag is AMAZING!!!

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

    The SoYoung lunch bags are so cool!

  • August 21, 2014

    Sarah J

    No contest- Chewbacca!

  • August 21, 2014

    Sarah J

  • August 21, 2014

    Cecilia

    I love the SoYoung lunchboxes and cooler bags. They are the coolest! I want one for myself!

  • August 21, 2014

    Lindsay

    Love the jujube star lunchbox…for myself!

  • August 21, 2014

    Laura H

    hedgehogs just make me want to hug something!

  • August 22, 2014

    Jamesie

    The lunch boxes from SoYoung are not only retro cute, but very cool with its various ways to carry.

  • August 22, 2014

    Carla

    The Chewbacca lunch box.

  • August 22, 2014

    michelle

    The lunch boxes from SoYoung. I do like them so!

  • August 22, 2014

    Michelle

    Love the hedgehog lunchbox!

  • August 22, 2014

    susan

    The So Young cooler bag.

  • August 24, 2014

    Cat

    the hedgehog luchbox is the cutest!

  • August 27, 2014

    Caterina Mangano

    The Chewbacca lunch box! My son would love that one!

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

  • August 28, 2014

    Arwen Lee

    The bat lunch bag from apple park.

  • August 29, 2014

    miranda

    I love the Vintage Mickey metal lunchbox

  • August 29, 2014

    miranda

    like you on FB

  • August 29, 2014

    miranda

    followed on twitter and tweeted

  • August 29, 2014

    Bill

    I like the Chewbacca one

  • August 30, 2014

    Marva

    Hands down, the Chewbacca lunchbox is the coolest!

  • August 30, 2014

    Anne

    My older daughter would dig the Hadaki, my youngest the PB Kids with drink attached drink holder is awesome- as long as the water bottle doesn’t leak!!

  • August 31, 2014

    Maria

    I love the Milkdot Stoh lunch bag!

  • August 31, 2014

    Deirdre

    The Built Panda lunch bag is the cutest. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • August 31, 2014

    gary

    love Chewbacca

  • August 31, 2014

    gary

  • September 1, 2014

    Mona A

    The Chewbacca lunch bag is too cool!!!!!

  • September 1, 2014

    Molomatic

    The bat box is ridiculously cute!

  • September 1, 2014

    Molomatic

  • September 1, 2014

    MindyB

    The Chewy lunch bag is my favorite!

  • September 2, 2014

    jesi

    This list of lunch boxes is awesome!!! Thank you!
    I think my fav is the first ones…

  • September 2, 2014

    jesi

  • September 2, 2014

    marybeth

    my almost 11 year says the jujube! fancy pants!

  • September 3, 2014

    Emily M.

    The rocket lunch bag would be perfect for my son!

  • September 4, 2014

    Cynthia Richardson

    The Space Monkey Lunch Box would be so cute for my toddler grandson to take to daycare.

  • September 4, 2014

    Cynthia Richardson

  • September 4, 2014

    Cynthia Richardson

    Twitter follower @hofken and tweeted
    https://twitter.com/hofken/status/507595903713017856

  • September 4, 2014

    RICHARD HICKS

    I think the Chewbacca lunch bag is just way too cool!

  • September 4, 2014

    RICHARD HICKS

  • September 4, 2014

    RICHARD HICKS

  • September 6, 2014

    Sarah L

    I think the coolest one is the Personalized hedgehog (or other woodland creature!) lunch box.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • September 6, 2014

    Bryan E.

    Thanks for the giveaway… our daughter thinks the Unicorn lunch bag is very cool

  • September 6, 2014

    Sarah L

  • September 6, 2014

    Bryan E.

  • September 6, 2014

    Sarah L

  • September 6, 2014

    Sand

    I adore the Space monkey lunchbox.