Back To School Gift Guide 2021

With 4 children ages 10 to 17 going back to school and college in just a few weeks I have been getting bits and pieces for the last few weeks. When you factor in uniforms, footwear, packed lunch bags and stationary the cost mounts up quickly. I have teamed up with some brands I love to bring you some items you might need for your brood this back to school season, I have also added some items I have personally bought for the tribe myself.

For The College Student

My eldest starts his second year of college in a few weeks, hopefully, this year he will have more face to face lessons, but we know that some lessons will be online for part of the year.

Edifier G2II Headset - £66.95

Edifier® International, a prominent designer and award-winning manufacturer of consumer audio electronics for both the lifestyle and multimedia markets announce its latest offering to the gaming headset world – the G2 II headphones. Featuring virtual 7.1 surround sound, the G2 II headset offers full 360° surround sound effects for a totally immersive gaming experience. With accurate sound positioning, pinpointing exactly where the sound is coming from these are perfect for gaming and taking part in online lessons. The high-performance, the noise-cancelling microphone features a detachable 6mm, electret condenser microphone with omnidirectional reception, vital for making sure your teammates can always hear you despite your surroundings.

Smart Screen - £11.95

Smart Screen’ is a designer cleaning cloth and pouch tailored to neatly fit into any pocket, heavier weight than most microfibre glass cleaning cloths making it easier to handle. This premium product has been specifically manufactured with the current heightened awareness of cleanliness in mind, with a silver ion antibacterial liquid treatment applied during the weaving process. The ‘Smart Screen’ boasts a durability that ensures antibacterial properties lasts for up to 15 washes. This lifestyle accessory, though produced predominantly for phone and tablet use, can also be utilised for reading glasses or camera lens cleaning thanks to its’ versatility. Created for a mass-market audience, the cloth fits into any everyday scenario – from removing screen smears before entering a meeting, eradicating dirt picked up from the bottom of a handbag or getting rid of greasy finger marks on the family-shared tablet.

Educational Items

I love to get the children items that are both educational and fun at the same time, who doesn't like having fun and not knowing they are learning!

Teacher Play - From £5

These books have been created to support children in their understanding and learning of phonics. The teaching of phonics is essential in a child’s early development. By introducing letter-sound relationships, you’re helping to build the foundations of a child’s literacy skills. At this stage, children should have already been introduced to some sounds, therefore these books should be used as a resource to help implement the learning and ensure successful progression. Teacher Play 0 to 20 Number Cards offer children a fun and easy way to practice their numbers. The set features 21 double-sided cards with illustrations that help with correct formation. All cards are wipeable when using a dry wipe pen. Teacher Play a to z flash cards offer children a fun and easy way to practice their alphabet. The set features 26 double-sided cards with illustrations that help reinforce letter formation.

Tackling Tables - £11

Tackling Tables is the fun cards game for times tables success. Play for just 5-10 minutes a day and see a difference! It’s a teacher-developed, game-based method that’s widely used in schools to help students learn and understand their 1 to 12 times tables and corresponding division facts off by heart. Student Set is ideal for home learning or classroom environments to help boost maths fluency. 

Numberblocks Mathlink Cubes - £25

This special edition MathLink Cubes set brings Numberblocks learning to life as children see how numbers work and master key Early Learning maths skills through hands-on discovery and play. Now children can build their own Numberblocks characters using award-winning MathLink Cubes, follow 30 hands-on activities linked to the episodes, and play along as they watch episodes and learn. The 30 activities on the 15 write-and-wipe activity cards feature fun ways for children to use MathLink Cubes to develop early maths skills. The activities have been developed to help children recognise numbers, learn to count, add and subtract, discover division and multiplication, and develop problem-solving skills.

Pack Lunch Essentials

We have 3 on packed lunches as they absolutely hate school dinners!! I have already started to buy pack lunch fillers and water bottles.

Contigo Products - From £15

The swish auto seal bottle is reusable and leakproof, a sports bottle with Auto seal technology, automatically seals between sips to prevent leaks and spills. Push the button for on-the-go drinking and release it to seal the bottle, whether on the go, in the office or outdoors; wide opening for easy drinking, fits ice cubes. The gizmo flip kids water bottle has a spillproof spout and is easily dismantled to be washed all the way through. The stainless steel food flask is great for cold pasta or hot soups in the winter months. It is 100% leakproof even when it's lay on its side in their lunch bag.

Wax Wraps - From £12

With 8.2 million children heading back to school this September - pandemic permitting, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your kids started early with their eco-education. For those children who opt for a packed lunch, show them how to make environmentally friendly choices and switch to plastic-free options, such as using WaxWrap beeswax wrap which provides a fun and natural alternative to harmful clingfilm and keeps food super fresh.* Perfect for wrapping fresh and cooked food - everything from sandwiches and cheese to fruit and veggies, the colourful wraps are sustainable and reusable, will impress their classmates and might even earn brownie points with their teachers. In contrast, to cling film, WaxWrap comes in a handy bag, pre-cut sheets and on-a-roll format. Made from a perfectly balanced formula of just four natural materials: organic cotton, organic jojoba oil, pine resin and beeswax – which makes them super grippy. Once used, WaxWrap can be washed using cold water and washing up liquid, then patted dry with a clean towel. They can be washed over and over and if used correctly should last for around a year.

First Day Items

There is always those items that you want and need for their first day, whether that be a little treat to say well done, vitamins to keep those bugs at bay or a little packet of tissues to mop away those first-day tears.

Zoobles - £6.99

Experience magical pop-open transformations with Zoobles. The Zoobles and Happitat 1-Pack include one adorable Zoobles Animal character, a matching Happitat with a themed backdrop and a checklist to keep track of your collection. Each Zoobles Animal starts out as a colourful ball and opens up into a super-cute animal when you roll it onto its Happitat. To activate your character’s awesome transformation, simply drop or roll the ball over the metal hot spot on the Happitat — your character magically springs to life, revealing your Zoobles Animal. It’s so much fun! 
Twisty Girlz - £9.99

Introducing the newest way to twist to the playground. These fashionable dolls transform from cute girls into a bracelet you can wear. Each Twisty Girlz features a different stylish outfit and cool hairstyle and comes with a secret Twisty Pet. They are the perfect pocket money purchase for glamourous kids!


ColdZyme® is a mouth spray that treats and alleviates the common cold. ColdZyme® is unique as it works immediately to create a protective barrier between you and the cause of the cold, the actual common cold viruses. ColdZyme® is unique because it acts against the cause of the cold, the cold virus itself. ColdZyme® is easy to use and acts immediately by forming a protective barrier in the oral cavity and throat. The barrier works by capturing cold viruses and deactivating the virus' ability to infect cells so that the body can get rid of the virus naturally. ColdZyme® protects against cold viruses, relieves cold symptoms and can shorten the course of the disease when used at the early stages of a cold. ColdZyme® is available in 20ml and 7ml packs.

High School Essentials

When you reach high school you can be tricky, they want the named clothing, but they have to fit in with the school's policy. Here are 3 items I bought myself for my teenagers in high school.


Gripping the streets for decades, literally!! These were popular when I was in school the Kick Hi with trademark chunky sole, padded collar and all the small details that make them unquestionably Kickers. This pair is finished in matte black leather, all-black matching construction and branded eyelets, ready to tackle the school day in style. They also do these in the patent style, but I thought leather was more sensible! I bought these for Pops and got them from Amazon, they were even available on next day delivery.


This on-trend Adidas 3 Stripe Versatile Backpack is great for school or when you're on the go available in various colours and completed with the Adidas 3 stripe styling. It has the iconic 3 stripe styling, 3 compartments, adjustable straps and is big enough to house a laptop. It fits our school's bag criteria and it also comes in black, but if yours isn't too strict there are some funky colour options.


I ALWAYS use the Regatta outlet for our back to school coats because there are always lots of fab deals. The Baysea Jacket is made of soft-touch Hydrafort polyester with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish and sealed seams. Cut hip-length with curved side seams and a stripe-lined hood with the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home print for extra-cute style points. With the Regatta Outdoors badge on the left sleeve. Wear this casual mac to weatherproof your commute or weekend walks in the park.

I am still waiting on a few items filtering through, I will add them as they arrive.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
xx

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