While we admit we don’t always love packing lunches every morning, we do love picking out cool new lunch boxes for our kids each year in time for back to school. And so, our Cool Mom Picks 2016 Back to School Guide continues with tons of our favorite finds this year! From colorful and happy lunch boxes, to adorable animals, kids’ favorite characters, hip designs for tweens and teens, and everything in between, hopefully there’s the perfect one for your kid.
(We sure know our kids are having trouble picking a favorite.)
And we’re so pleased that our guide is brought to you by our fantastic partner BIC, who’s celebrating handwriting through their Fight for Your Write campaign. Visit the site, sign the pledge to encourage handwriting at home like we do, and they’ll even donate a pen or pencil through AdoptAClassroom.org, to help support classrooms in need. What a cool way to help promote giving back and handwriting all at the same time.
All products are selected by our editors; there has been no compensation in exchange for recommendations. CMP is an rstyle affiliate.
Other Back to School Guide Posts:
– The coolest back to school printables
– Cool, colorful school supplies to make September a little more fun
– 23 cool backpacks for teens and big kids
– The coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids
Above: Totoro Lunch Bag $13.93 on sale, Hot Topic
Black and White and Cool All Over
Bandana skull lunch box $12, Loungefly | Recycled PET Penguin Lunch Pack $26.50, Apple Park | Ju-Ju-Be Fuel Cell Lunch Bag in Empress $42, Nordstrom | Sorry for what I said… lunch sack by Built NY $20, Things Remembered | Tokidoki Space Place Fuel Cell lunch pouch $28, Ju-Ju-Be | Thermos Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet Insulated Lunch Box $9.99, Toys R Us | Skip*Hop Insulated Cow Lunch Pack $15, Kohl’s | Built NY Uptown Lunch Tote in black dot $23.74, Amazon | Star Wars classic lunch bag pbk $24.50
Lunch Boxes in Every Color of the Rainbow
Rainbow Dog Photo Real Lunch Box $4.97 on sale, Children’s Place | Nomnom insulated lunch cooler $24, Zoli | Personalized kaleidoscope lunch box $32, Tiny Me | Milkdot Stoh striped Insulated lunch boxes $26.99, Milkdot | Vera Bradley Pop Art Quilted Lunch Tote $34, Zappos | Nailhead Cosmic Kittens Lunch Bag $7.99, Target | Pack-it lunch bag in colorful camo $19.99, eBags | Thermos Rainbow Dot Lunch Bag $10.99, Target | Tie dye lunch box $17.50 on sale (personalization extra), PB Teen
About our partner
If you believe in the importance of handwriting like we do, visit the BIC Fight for Your Write campaign, sign the pledge to commit to handwriting practice in your own home, and one pen or pencil will be donated to a classroom in need through AdoptAClassroom.org.
Not So Scary Monster and Creature Lunch Boxes
Nuby Green Monster Lunch Box $14.99, Kohl’s | Snaggletooth monster lunch box $39.50, JCrew | Daisy Dragon Face lunch bag/ice pack $16.95, Babymel | Nuby Red Monster Lunch Box $14.99, Kohl’s
Madpax Nibbler Lunch Pack $28, Zappos
Monster geek neoprene lunch sack $30 (plus optional personalization),
Cool Characters That Never Go Out of Style
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Lunch Box $14.95, Lunchbox.com
Insulated Star Wars BB-8 Lunch Box $9.99, Toys R Us | Ju-Ju-Be for Hello Kitty Fuel Cell Lunch Tote $28, Nordstrom | Powerpuff Girls Lunch Box $9.99, Toys R Us | Thermos Batman v Superman Insulated Lunch Bag $11.99 each, Target
Thermos dual compartment Snoopy Lunch Kit $13.46, Amazon
Personalized Lunch Boxes We Love
Personalized lunch bags with your choice of dozens of icons, $32, Tiny Me
A Llama Lunch Box. Because, Llamas.
Fashion Angels No Prob-Llama Insulated Lunch Tote $18, Nordstrom
Thanks so much to our amazing 2016 Back to School Guide sponsor BIC, who’s celebrating handwriting in fun ways through their Fight For Your Write campaign. Visit their site for more info.
Any suggestions fora lunchbox for a teenage boy?
Hi Elin! If nothing here suits him, click through the links at shops like Loungefly and PB Teen and MadPax, which have plenty of options for older kids. If he’s more subtle, brands like the Pack-It lunch bag or Built NY offer plenty of solids and pattern he might like.