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Best Gifts to Give your Child Who’s Going Back to School


While this time of year brings lots of pens and highlighters to the forefront of stores, back to school isn’t all about school supplies and new clothes. It’s also a great time to let your child know how much you love them.

You’re likely stressed out and stretched thin trying to get everything together for your child to start school. You’re thinking about lunches and books and… Oh! How your child has grown! And your child could be thinking the same thing. It’s not only the intellectual demands and the time restraints it poses, but the social aspects of maintaining relationships. School often brings forward extra emotions and drama.

But there you are, your child’s parent. You have the power to brighten your child’s newest transition with a thoughtful gift. Here, we’ve outlined a few gifts to give your child who’s going back to school:

1.) A (think outside the) Gift Basket

First, find a unique container, chest, or wicker basket. You can search places like Target, The Container Store, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Hobby Lobby, or a local boutique/consignment store. Then fill it. Movie tickets, iTunes gift cards, something fancy that they don’t usually get with back to school supplies like candy, their favorite junk food they don’t get very often, picture frames, etc. Anything that your child loves can go into this container! Include a small note telling them how proud you are and how much you love them. Even if it’s cheesy, it will communicate love and support to your child.


2.) An Adventure (in or out!)

Quality time is always a great gift. Spending time with your child not only helps them feel loved, but it provides an opportunity for you to get to know them on a whole new level. Think about what your child loves. Bumper boats and race cars? Roller coasters and funnel cakes? Tea time at a fancy restaurant? Rock climbing? Fishing at the lake? Jumping into the ocean? Going to the theatre? You can search Groupon or Living Social for great deals on outings like these. You can start this gift by making or purchasing a greeting card. Inside the card place any tickets that go with the adventure. If you’re not going anywhere that includes tickets, make your own. Say something like, “This ticket is good for Family Dinner Out in Your Honor”. If your budget is tight, do something at home! Make a special time to celebrate your child. Call it “Back to School Extravaganza!” Make their favorite dinner. Play their favorite game. Or watch the movie of their choice. Hang streamers or balloons and a banner with your child’s name on it (Target has great blank party banners in their dollar section right now!) for extra festivity.


3.) Enlarged Photos

Photos are always great! People love photos because they remind us of good times. Kids and teenagers especially love to be reminded of fun smiling and silly faces. Consider surprising your child with enlarged photos of them with their friends or at a memorable occasion like a dance or a birthday party. This could be the perfect thing to brighten their back to school season. Consider enlisting the help of their friends with some unexpected photos that you might not otherwise have access to. Maybe a collage is just what they need.


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Photo Credits: Lisa Storms | Good At Everything