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.

Happy shopping!

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



Black and white and cool all over: cool lunchboxes for back to school | Cool Mom Picks

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

The coolest colorful lunch boxes in every color of the rainbow | Back to School 2016

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

Handwriting tips: Have kids write their own chore lists and school morning schedules

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

Adorable monster lunch boxes | cool mom picks back to school shopping guide

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 Bag


Madpax Nibbler Lunch Pack $28, Zappos

Monster Geek Neoprene Lunch Sack from Dabbawalla Bags | back to school 2016

Monster geek neoprene lunch sack $30 (plus optional personalization),
Dabbawalla Bags


Cool Characters That Never Go Out of Style

scooby doo mystery machine lunch box

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Lunch Box $14.95, Lunchbox.com

5 cool character lunch boxes | Cool Mom Picks back to school guide



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 Snoopy Lunch Box Kit | back to school guide 2016

Thermos dual compartment Snoopy Lunch Kit $13.46, Amazon 

Personalized Lunch Boxes We Love

You can make literally thousands of combos of personalized lunch bags at tiny me | cool mom picks back to school 2016

Personalized lunch bags with your choice of dozens of icons, $32, Tiny Me



A Llama Lunch Box. Because, Llamas.

No Prob-Llama Lunch box. Love this! | Back to school 2016

Fashion Angels No Prob-Llama Insulated Lunch Tote $18, Nordstrom


BIC: celebrating handwriting with the Fight for your Write Campaign | Sponsor of the Cool Mom Picks back to school guide 2016

BIC Fight for Your Write campaign: Sign the pledge to encourage handwriting at home, and they'll donate a pen/pencil to a classroom in need through AdoptAClassroomThanks 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.