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Making a school lunch is every parent’s most dreaded nightly activity. Adding insult to injury is a lunch pail that returns home after a long school day with snacks and a main meal having gone largely untouched and highly moistened/browned/crumbled. Parents, it’s time to stop missing your favourite TV show every night to make a lunch that your kid won’t eat.

Just like adults, kids need something shiny and new to get them excited. We all get a bit of a boost by wearing a new shirt to the gym, and in a similar fashion, your kids may finally get excited about their lunch with a cool new lunch pail. Or snack bag. Or bento box. We’ve got you covered.

1. MANCHESTER UNITED BACKPACK AND LUNCH BAG

Staples

Soccer fans will think this backpack and lunch bag combo featuring their favourite team is a goooooooooal. Available in Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea, the soccer-inspired backpacks come with a matching insulated lunch bag that looks like a soccer jersey. Your soccer star definitely won’t forget this lunch bag on the bus.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Soccer fans

HOW MUCH?

$59

WHERE TO FIND IT

Staples

2. STMT™ MONOGRAM WATER BOTTLE

Indigo

Getting kids to drink isn’t always easy. There’s no shortage of cute, BPA-free and easy to use water bottles, but we like the STMT Monogram Water Bottle because it’s cute, BPA-free, easy to use AND comes with stickers, giving kids the chance to personalize their bottle. You can fight with your kids to drink more milk or water, or you can give them stickers. Choose your battles.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Small kids who like to carry a water bottle.

HOW MUCH?

$23

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Indigo

3. BENTGO® KIDS BRIGHTS 5-SECTION BENTO LUNCHBOX

Amazon

Bento boxes are popular in kids’ lunch packs for good reason. Instead of washing and filling four or five different containers, everything is now in one place, making it easy for kids to see what they’re having for lunch. The Bentgo’s dividers keep food separate, the latch is easy to open and close for little fingers, and the inside tray can be microwaved or frozen, helping to keep food cool until lunchtime.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids aged 3 and up with a highlight on picky eaters who don’t like when their food touches.

HOW MUCH?

$37

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

4. VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CUTTERS

Amazon

You know when you go to a fancy party and the appetizers are in cool shapes and you think, strawberries do taste better when they’re made to look like roses? Kids feel the same way. Get your kid to eat whatever you pack for them by using fruit cutters, which can turn fruit, veggies, cheeses and bread into stars, butterflies, hearts, and healthy food your kid will actually eat.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Small kids who love shapes.

HOW MUCH?

$19

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

5. REUSABLE SILICONE BAKING CUPS

Amazon

Reusable silicone baking cups great for, you know, actually baking, but they’re also a secret lunch weapon. Place the colourful baking cups in a lunch container for your kids and fill them with small portions of snacks like cheese, pretzels, crackers, fruit, and even dips for veggies. Kids love the bright colours and the wide range of food options.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Little kids who love bright colours.

HOW MUCH?

$14 for a pack of 24

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

6. SOYOUNG BLACK PAPER GOLD SPLATTER LUNCH POCHE

Indigo

Lunch time difficulties don’t always get easier as kids get older. Your preteen or teen likely doesn’t want to carry a lunch pail to school anymore, but their overflowing backpack doesn’t leave room for healthy food to keep them going all day. That’s why we love the Soyoung Black Paper Gold Splatter Lunch Poche, which is chic enough to double as a purse, but insulated to keep food fresh all day.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Preteens and teens who don’t want to carry a lunch bag.

HOW MUCH?

$42

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Indigo

7. FULL CIRCLE® REUSABLE LUNCH BAG

Amazon

Kids are more environmentally conscious than most adults, so help your little nature lover keep their snacks fresh and their lakes clean with reusable lunch bags. Available in larger sizes for sandwiches and smaller options for snacks, these bags come in a wide variety of fun designs, can be easily labelled and wiped clean with a dry erase marker, and are even dishwasher safe. Your kids might not care about that last part, but you likely will.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids who are old enough to know to not throw out their reusable bag.

HOW MUCH?

$8

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

8. INSULATED FOOD JAR AND SPORK SET FROM SKIP HOP

Amazon

If your little one prefers warm food over cold sandwiches, a small, easy to open thermos that will keep their food warm all day is your best bet for ensuring they eat their lunch. We love the Skip Hop food jars, which come for a holder for their toddler-friendly sporks.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Toddlers and small kids who like hot foods.

HOW MUCH?

$20

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

9. FLUF KIDS LUNCH BAG

Well.ca

We’re not pointing our finger at kids. Adults are just as guilty as little ones when it comes to forgetting their lunch bag and finding it on Sunday night in a new, toxic-waste state. That’s why we love the FLUF Kids Lunch Bag, which not only comes in a variety of designs that kids will love to use, but it can also be rinsed with soap and water or thrown directly into the washing machine for Category 5 lunch spills.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Older kids who want a cool lunch bag.

HOW MUCH?

$28

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Well.ca

10. LUNCH BOX NOTES

Amazon

We can guarantee that your kids are going to love these lunch time stickers, which come with stock images and inspirational messages, as well as blank stickers for parents to personalize. We can’t guarantee you won’t have a little cry picturing your child reading their sticker at school.

WHO IS IT FOR:

Any kid who takes a lunch to school.

HOW MUCH?

$21 for 60 stickers

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon