Planning to start your back to school shopping soon? I remember this being my FAVOURITE time of year when I was little — actually, I STILL love shopping for stationary and organizational items… I could spend hours at our local office supply shop. Despite the fact that I graduated university nearly seven years ago, September still feels like the start of the year to me.

Now it’s a little different — I get to shop for my own little girl! She’s excited to stock up on her own back to school items and I can’t wait to help her pick out her very first indoor shoes, lunch box, and pencil case! If you see me crying in the paper aisle, you’ll know why.

Here are a few of my top choices for the back to school shopping season — whether this is your little one’s first year, fifth year, or more!

Back To School Must-Haves

Cool Finds: Back To School Must-Have Backpack

I adore Herschel brand backpacks. Definitely my first choice for a durable, classic style. They make adult sizes, as well as child and youth.

Cool Finds: Back To School Must-Have Pencil Bag

Try this adorable pouch from Zakka Studio for keeping pens and pencils tidy.

Cool Finds: Back To School Must-Have Bento Lunch Box

Make lunch fun! My daughter spotted these bento lunch boxes Chapters Indigo this weekend and was really excited about the idea of taking a lunch to school each day — and I’m excited to make them! Be sure to check out this post filled with Bento box idea for kids AND adults!

Cool Finds: Back To School Must-Have Journal

Moleskine notebooks have my been go-to notebooks for years. I love the quality of the pages and the variety of styles they come in. I tend to go for the journal style with the soft spine. My daughter like the blank paged books for drawing. They also make a great planner for the older kids.

Cool Finds: Back To School Must-Have Bag

And last but not least, a sweet tabby cat lunch bag A Little Lark.

What’s your your back to school shopping list this year?

PS. Send your kiddos back to school in style, plus, tips on making a smooth transition from daycare to school.