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Best Kids Lunch Boxes
Fun stand-ins for the boring brown bag, from stylish lunch boxes to insulated bags.
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Send your kiddo off to her first day of school with this cute critter bag by Stephen Joseph. A long strap makes this lightweight tote easy to carry, and the interior is fully insulated and lead-free. It even comes with 12 decorated note cards—a great way to send her a little love at lunchtime.
Your little star will love this Dabbawalla bag's cosmic cool design; you'll love that it's made from materials that have been rigorously tested for harmful substances. The best part: the bag's insulated fabric is not only stain-resistant, it's machine washable too.
Taste of the East
This unique, Japanese-inspired lunch bag is handmade with 100% cotton fabric and strong polyester drawstrings for kids ages four and up. The look is beautiful no matter how you tie it, and we love that it's reversible. Once emptied and flattened out, the bag doubles as a placemat. Multiple patterns available.
Knight of the Lunch Table
With fire-breathing dragons and knights prepping for battle, this whimsical tote looks like it was ripped from a vintage storybook page. The Yummy Lunch Tote closes with a drawstring and is lined with vinyl for waterproofing—just in case your Prince Charming has a spill.
Say goodbye to blah-brown bag lunches! This handmade oilcloth lunch sack is a lightweight space-saver—she can fold up the empty bag and easily stash it in her backpack when she's done. A double Velcro closure at the top keeps your little one's meal safe and secure.
A is for Adorable
We love this ORE lunch bag's vintage alphabet pattern, which mixes function with early learning fun. The bag's laminated cotton canvas fabric is easy to wipe clean, and is fully insulated to keep your little scholar's food the right temperature. Who knew learning could be so delicious?
Food Meets Fashion
Don't call it a lunch box—it's a lunch purse. Your mini fashionista will love to show off this darling Gymboree bag, complete with a bold tiger print, girly bow and dangling heart charm. The bag features a large, fully insulated interior and straps she can adjust to make it a hand or shoulder bag.
Tiger Stripe Lunchbox Purse, available at gymboree.com, $10
With a rockin' red, white and blue plaid pattern and crown and star accents, this Justice bag is grungy girly fun. The main compartment has a small division for her icepack, thermos or water bottle, and two extra pockets for snacks and other trinkets.
Rock Grunge Plaid Lunch Tote, available at shopjustice.com
Featuring a classic houndstooth print, this chic Room It Up lunch tote will be a hit in the lunchroom. The fully insulated interior keeps food fresh, and a mesh pocket and Velcro strap holds items in place—even when she tosses it in her locker.
Planes, trains and automobiles...they're all here on this fun bag from Wildkin. Made of durable nylon, this lunch bag features a roomy interior with a mesh pocket for a cold pack—or more snacks for big kid appetites.
Wildkin Olive Kids Lunch Bag, available at ebags.com
Outfitted in colorful stars and stripes, the LittleMissMatched lunch case's main compartment is big enough to fit her water bottle, sandwich, treats and more. Bonus: if her arms are full of books, she can attach it to her backpack with two clips for easy toting.
Clip On Lunch Bag, available at littlemissmatched.com
Is your middle-schooler too cool for a lunch box? Try the over-the-shoulder Sifaka lunch bag from GreenSmart instead. It has two large pockets to keep food organized and is made from green, water-based materials. What's even cooler: 10% of profits are donated to non-profit environmental organizations and the company's products are named after endangered animals.