Whether the kids are already back at school or will be returning in a matter of days, we can guarantee that you have had more than a few headaches already. It might seem that you are zipping from clothes stores to stationary stores and back again, but we can help you get back on track!
Backpacks and bags
Lots of stores sell cheap back to school bags, from grocery stores to designer shops but how do you know if they will stand the test of time? IKEA is a winner on all fronts, as their back to school range is always affordable and durable. They also stock water bottles, lunch boxes and all manner of logistical equipment for whatever your child might need. And it’s a one-stop shop so you won’t have to think about where else you need to go. If your child wants something a little more stylish, the classic Fjallraven backpack will make your money go a long way. Pricy to begin with, but they have a real staying power thanks to the material used. Importantly, they are also wipe clean. You can find these bags at Le Petit Society. If you are worried about the amount that your child will have to carry in their backpack, then check out the ergonomic bags at Ergokid. Many of the bags have reflective strips and a whistle attached for safety reasons, and others are designed for supporting a child’s back. They have some super cute animal designs and if the bags aren’t enough, they also stock well-made desks specifically designed for homework. However, if all your child wants is a Disney bag then Pupsik Studio will have all that your child requires. This is a great online store that often has one of a kind and limited edition designs available at the click of a button.
Thanks to Singapore’s weather, your kid’s lunch box might be the only thing standing in the way of a delicious lunch. To keep the humidity off your child’s food, try the range at online store Lulu + Moo. They have some great linen lunch boxes as well as toxin free stainless steel packs. YumBox has a great selection of bento boxes, with compartments to separate food. Most importantly, the lunch box is leak free, so you can include dips and liquids inside. Family favorite RedMart has plenty of boxes and bottles, as well as insulated food jars to keep hot food warm and cold food cool. Especially handy in Singapore’s heat!
If you are looking for stickers to personalise your child’s things, then take a look at Stuck On You or Bright Star Kids. They stock iron-on labels as well as stickers, and Bright Star will ship in two days. For stationery itself, the favorite is Smiggle which has some extremely cool designs as well as being practical. Typo has some great designs at low prices, as does Kikki.K. Tango Mango has great books as well as stationery options, and you can also post your letters whilst you’re at it. If you want bargain prices and plenty of options, then head to Stationery World.
Small is a high-end option with plenty of European brands, and they also stock adults’ shoes too. The Saltwater sandals are a popular option, especially with the humid weather and as long as the school doesn’t object, they can also be part of the uniform. If you prefer something a little more traditional, then go to Seed Heritage. They have a great selection of velcro plimsolls and Mary Janes. They come in dark colours, appropriate for school, and can also be wiped clean. The prices are reasonable and the shoes are long-lasting. Ten Feet Tall is run by an expat mum duo and they offer a full-service measure and fit. Even better, they have an on-site podiatrist and you can also donate your old school shoes once you no longer have any use for them. Stride Rite has plenty of school shoes, as well as the old favorite, Clarks. For sports shoes, head to Decathlon or Queensway Shopping Centre.