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17 Back-to-School Gifts for Grade Schoolers

Celebrate the start of a new year with these creative back-to-school gifts for kids. We have ideas that are practical, creative and just plain fun.

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Hot Pretzels Kit back to school gifts for kidsvia baketivity.com

After-School-Snack Baking Kit

Keep the learning going even after the school day ends. This kid-friendly baking kit will help your little ones whip up hot, homemade pretzels—perfect for a snack. Try these back-to-school cookies, too.

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Amazon Book Box back to school gifts for kidsvia amazon.com

Amazon Book Box

“The love of reading, delivered.” That’s the promise behind Amazon’s new book subscription for Prime members. Choose to receive new children’s books from four different age categories every 1, 2 or 3 months.

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back to school gifts for kids Minnie Mouse Rose Gold Pencil Casevia shopdisney.com

Minnie Mouse Rose Gold Pencil Case

Bring the Disney magic to school with this gorgeous rose gold pencil case. It has Minnie-inspired ears, a sparkly bow and a pom-pom pull tab for easy opening.

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Colorful Pensvia amazon.com

Colorful Pens

Between random doodles and art class, this set of colorful pens will get a workout. The 24 color options give your kiddo lots of room to express themselves.

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back to school gifts for kids Personalised Name Tags Childrens Bookvia SebandRoo/etsy.com

Custom Name Keychain

A personalized name keychain will help set your kiddo apart from the pack—literally. Not only are these homemade creations cute and colorful, but they’ll help prevent accidental backpack swaps with classmates.

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back to school gifts for kids Magicbac Light Up Camera Hand Sanitizer Case More Than Magicvia target.com

Cute Hand Sanitizer Case

Keep your little one safe in style. This light-up camera case is the perfect size for holding a mini bottle of hand sanitizer. Plus, it clips directly onto a backpack.

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back to school gifts for kids Star Wars The Mandalorian Backpack Personalizedvia shopdisney.com

The Mandalorian Backpack

If your kid can’t get enough baby Yoda, let him take The Child to school with this adorable backpack. You can buy it as-is or personalize the strap with a name.

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back to school gifts for kids 15oz Stainless Printed Water Bottlevia target.com

Printed Water Bottle

Rawr! We like this S’ip by S’well water bottle for its fun pattern, but we love its vacuum-insulated interior that keeps drinks cold all day long. Plus, it features a leak-free cap.

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back to school gifts for kids Personalized Moon Stars Nightlightvia uncommongoods.com

Personalized Night Light

A good night’s sleep is imperative for school day success. And this beautiful light personalized with your child’s name will keep them cozy and comfortable all night long.

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back to school gifts for kids Paint By Stickers Kidsvia amazon.com

Paint by Stickers Book

Need a fun activity that won’t break the bank? This paint-by-sticker book costs less than $10 and offers hours of creative fun. As an added bonus, it will inspire your child to learn about animals, too.

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Playful Sports Mugs back to school gifts for kidsvia uncommongoods.com

Sports Mug

If your grade schooler struggles to eat breakfast, make mealtime more exciting with this playful mug. They’ll look forward to dunking their breakfast every day! Make these first-day-of-school breakfasts to make the day even more special.

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back to school gifts for kids Accessories Backpacks Bagsvia hannaandersson.com

Funky Lunch Bag

Sharks, rainbows and unicorns—oh my! These fun, printed lunch bags are quirky on the outside and practical on the inside. Each includes an insulated lining, interior pocket, durable fabric and beverage-holding loop. Pack one of these healthy school lunch ideas inside.

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back to school gifts for kids Custom Pencils Personalized Pencils Backvia VestaDesignsPencils/etsy.com

Personalized Pencils

For a fun twist on a back-to-school essential, consider these personalized pencils in a rainbow of colors. Etch on their full name or a fun nickname.

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back to school gifts for kids Cheetah Sticker And Sketchbookvia merimeri.com

Sticker and Sketchbook

Channel your child’s wild side with this cheetah sketchbook. It’s the perfect spot to jot down ideas or drawings—plus it’s packed with a variety of fun stickers.

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back to school gifts for kids Crayola 96ct Special Effects Crayonsvia target.com

Special Effects Crayons

Creativity has no boundaries when this gigantic crayon collection is in play. It includes color effects for pretty much anything—glitter, metallic, neon and pearl.

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Disney Plus back to school gifts for kidsvia disneyplus.com

Disney+ Subscription

The whole family will enjoy this back-to-school gift. A Disney+ subscription is ideal for unwinding after a busy week, and it includes top-notch content for all ages.

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back to school gifts for kids Therapedic Weighted Elephant Plush Toy In Greyvia bedbathandbeyond.com

Weighted Pal

Ease back-to-school jitters with a cuddly friend. Not only is this plush elephant super sweet, but he offers 2 pounds of weighted comfort. Ease the nerves with these other back-to-school ideas, too.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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