19 Top of the Class Picks for Back To School 2019

by The Texas Lifestyle Magazine team on August 8, 2019 in Gift Guide, Lifestyle,

With school right around the corner, we have the perfect gift guide to help any student (and their family!) survive the late nights, study sessions and whatever else it takes to make the grades.

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K-12

Is your kiddo into wearing a cool shirt for a good cause? Sand Cloud partnered with Ryan’s Recycling to launch its first ever kids line of apparel that inspires kids to recycle their plastic bottles. (Lots of opportunities for that in school!) Help them be a trend-setter with this graphic tee. $24.95
Make sure they are top of the class with the Little Joule collection. Perfect for heading back to school in style, these high quality bags and backpacks come in a great selection of designs for either him or her. Pictured: zipback dinosaur backpack, $42.95 (Currently on sale: buy one, get one 50% off)
Back to school in August means there are plenty of sandal days ahead in the Lone Star State. Teens will love LifeStride’s chic lightweight styles, all under $100, and perfect for late summer adventures. Comfortable and super versatile, the use of natural materials such as cork and leather makes them perfect for any outfit! From $39.99
This Bluetooth-enabled Personal Safety Beacon by Breadcrumb attaches to your child’s backpack, bike, waist or arm and allows you to share his/her location. Perfect for little ones who might bike to school or walk home. $39.99
With kids back in school, parents running from activity to activity and unhealthy food options at every turn, Huel is an easy and fast way to get the complete nutrition you need. Huel offers a wide variety of ready-to-drink meals and powders (including gluten-free options) to match any lifestyle, whether you need a complete lunch in a bottle (a 400-calorie nutritionally complete meal) or after-school snack. From $2.35/bottle
We know that healthy snacks for the kids can be hard, especially with a fast-paced lifestyle. Good Dee’s is a new line of gourmet low-carb, sugar-free baking mixes “making the impossible, possible,” as they say. Good Dee’s make up into great lunch treats or after-school snacks. From $11.99
Every kid needs a new pair of sneakers to start school. These H20 Mainstay Sneakers are the most versatile shoes that Sperry has ever released. Perfect for water and land, they are great shoes for school and the outdoors. We love the style and comfort of these “runners.” $69.99

College

Natural Fragrance Rose: Similar to an oil diffuser, this fragrant rose is the next generation of diffusers. A brand new technology enables the cut rose to take in moisture from the air and last for months after removing the cover of the cute circular container. We love this idea for a dorm desk, to both add a pop of color (pink/ white) and to keep the room smelling fresh. $19.99
Every college student needs a pair of slides to wear around the dorm or apartment. (Especially for that quick run to the laundry room.) Playful, cute, and adorably on-trend, these Fuzzy Babba fluffy soft-slide slippers add flair and comfort. $14
The Downtown Travel Collection by Solo New York is a sharp new line of bags that are designed for the busy traveller. Every college student needs a weekender bag but we do love their sectional backpacks, too. Choose sleek designs for both so your student is set for school and trips back home! $19.99 – 129.99
Help them help the environment by reducing single-use plastic waste with this multi-tasking stainless steel water bottle that holds both a beverage (hot or cold) and a snack (or personal items like keys, cards and cash) in two separate chambers. Perfect for dorms, study halls or that big Spring Break adventure. $34.99
Near, far, wherever they are! Send some love their way in the form of a beautiful luxe care package. Shop from John & Jackie’s fun, modern curated collection or create your own custom gift in three easy steps. Plus, you get to add a charming personal card. Free U.S. shipping. Gift prices vary
Looking for simple and nutritious snacks for your college student on the go? Then try SimplyProtein. These seriously delicious and nutritious snacks are a good source of satisfying protein. They’re the perfect snack for kids of all ages, with 3 grams of sugar or less. Choose from crispy bars, baked bars and crunchy bites. Available at HEB, Kroger and Target. Prices vary
Avoid the freshman 15 by eating healthy meals. This book helps college kids live their best life and thrive. The practical nutrition advice includes ready to cook healthy meals with whole (real) foods. It’s also great for parents looking to add some new recipes to the weekly meal rotation. $24.99
Simple yet beautiful (with optional monogramming), this Marie Mae weekly planner has everything you need and nothing you don’t. We love the size, style and sections of this planner that make it easy for your student to stay organized and manage time. $14
This fashion-forward product is a great alternative to wearing a clunky raincoat or lugging an umbrella on rainy days. The design of the RAINRAP combines the popular style of the pashmina and wrap and comes in a variety of colors—including college colors. We’re thinking this is perfect for game days! $65
That’s right, wallpaper is back in style. Chasing Paper is beautiful, well-designed, removable wallpaper that will stick to nearly any surface. This is a practical and fun way to decorate a dorm or apartment. Get fun and creative with colors and patterns. And it’s easy to remove when you leave! $40
Roma rain boots are completely waterproof, crafted with the subtle fashionista in mind and a great addition to every womanl’s wardrobe, young or older. A proud Texas company, ROMA sends a brand new pair of rain boots to a child living in poverty for every pair sold. We recommend the Chelsea Matte Eggplant boots, compact and stylish and perfect with any outfit. $59
Being hands-free while on the road is important, both in a new college town and driving back and forth to home. SnapTo is the easiest-to-use and most efficient wireless car charging system available. This tool keeps their phone charged and in a hands-free location that’s easy to access if needed. $59.95

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