Backpack? Check. School supplies? Check. New clothes? Check. Now what about a snazzy new lunch box? Long gone are the days of the plastic box with Snoopy on it. Now kids want pizzazz, they want style, and apparently, according to Pinterest, a lunch that looks like art instead of food. Whether it’s the traditional lunchbox, or something to properly display R2D2 made of carrots and celery, I’ve got the perfect, super cool, lunch boxes kids love — and you’ll love them just as much.
There’s something to be said for a traditional metal lunchbox. They’re lightweight, no frills, hold everything, and if we’re talking about the Retro Metal Lunchbox from Ore Originals, then add absolutely adorable to the mix. This Birds are Butterflies pattern is one of eight designs to choose from, but this one was the favorite of my little butterfly lover. Pair it with a matching water bottle, snack containers and utensils, and you’ve got everything you need for back-to-school cuteness (Ores Originals Birds and Butterflies Retro Metal Lunch Box and Water Bottle, $28).
Of all of the lunch boxes currently on the market, the Bentology is a happy medium between a traditional lunch box and a full-fledged bento-style box. This modular plastic box comes with five interior containers (three with leak resistant lids) that you can add or subtract to fit your liking, plus a perfect place to put your utensils. For kids, Bentology Kids come in so many fun colors and patterns, the hard part will be to pick just one. For moms, Bentology is made of recycled material here in the USA and is BPA-free, dishwasher and microwave safe. I personally found the size and weight to be perfect for my 6-year-old to handle. But, to my surprise, when I had my book club over recently, three of the five girls said they also use Bentology for their own lunches because of the perfect portion sizing! Looks like I might have to steal my daughter’s lunch box (Bentology Bento Kit, $40).
While on vacation recently with my best friend, she casually mentioned, “If you every do a post about lunch boxes you must include PlanetBox. My kids are obsessed.” Flash forward a few months — here we are, and boy, was she right. According to the word on the playground, this bento-style lunchbox is the Cadillac of lunch boxes. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s also worth it. PlanetBox lunch boxes are made of high-quality stainless steel and warrantied for five whole years, meaning they’re built to last. They’re eco-friendly and, despite the high price tag, will save you money in the long run. Each little well is the perfect size for portion control and since it’s made of stainless steel you can stay goodbye to a stained and stinky messes — even if you haven’t checked it in three days.
PlanetBox has three different sizes to choose from with tons of carry bags to fit any style. Want to personalize even more? Go for pre-printed decorative magnets that you can change daily. You can even design your own. The only downside I saw was their weight, so keep that in mind for your smaller kids — I would say that for age six and below this might be a tad much to carry daily (PlanetBox Rover with Sleeve, $68).
Which is your child’s favorite lunch box?
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