The best back-to-school supplies this year

Left-handed rights

Left-handed kids don’t have to suffer through maneuvering right-handed scissors thanks to the new True Left-handed Blades by Fiskars. Now, lefties can cut with comfort thanks to a Softgrip handle and safety-edge blade that cuts through most craft materials.

Label everything

Keep tabs on all your stuff with Mabel’s Labels, waterproof and durable labels created by four moms frustrated about all their children’s things getting lost. Check out the back to school combo packs or buy separately. $42 for 108 labels

Crack the uniform code

Kids can express their quirky style with Code Socks, colorful socks that still follow uniform dress codes. These knee socks include a variety of fun patterns–think colorful stripes and polka dots–on the soles so kids can choose the pair that speaks to their inner flair. Starting at $8

Schedule in style

Gone are the days of boring planners, thanks to Blue Sky stationery. Whether it’s floral or picnic plaid or cheetah print, you’re sure to find one that matches your style. We especially love the Dabney Lee line, including one planner that lets you create your own cover. $14.99-$19.99

Gearing up

Five Star has outdone itself again. We like the Five Star Reinforced Filler Paper with stronger triangle-shaped holes, the Five Star Expandable Backpack that creates up to seven more inches of storage space in addition to a padded laptop compartment and the Five Star Flex Hybrid NoteBinder that has the sleek look of a folder but holds as much as a 1-inch binder.

Backpacks on a mission

From butterflies to rocket ships, the sky’s the limit when it comes to picking your Bixbee backpack. The unique horizontal design allows your child to keep unnecessary weight off their back and shoulders. For every backpack sold, the company donates a school bag and supplies to a child in need. Starting at $27.99

Less lunch mess

Lunchtime means a mess, especially when it comes to maintaining your lunchbox. But you can keep lunches cool and organized with Nalgene’s Lunch Box Buddy. The BPA-free hard case allows you to turn your lunchbox lid into a serving tray, and the adjustable ice pack lets you pack it in three fun ways. $24.99

Dory-approved lunchware

ECOlunchbox is making a splash in the world of lunchware. The company developed the Blue Water Bento Collection, which has stainless steel containers with silicone lids for a plastic-free and leak-proof design–and an ocean-friendly alternative for lunchboxes. Starting at $9.99

Ditch the sack lunch

You pick out the kids’ outfits and make sure their homework is done. But now you can worry about one less thing with the Pak’d lunch kid paks. These prepared healthy lunches include an entrée, fruit, vegetable and dessert delivered right to your door. $6.50 for kid paks

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