Your Essential 2019 Back to School Checklist | Hugs For Kids

Your Essential 2019 Back to School Checklist

While back to school has its ups (for those school parents who can't wait for their kids to go back) and downs (for those with littles off to the big house for the first time), it is unfortunate that getting all the school and kinder stuff has to be such a chore. I mean, who wants to drag the kids around to 12 different stores to get all the supplies they need.

Especially after 6 weeks of holidays (am I right?).

The best thing about Hugs for Kids is that we have already scoured the globe for the very best school supplies and that is all we stock. Because we have to do supply shopping too.

From Shoes to Lunchboxes to Backpacks and even new School Friends, if you need it, we have it.


PLAE School Shoes (from $84.95)


What happens when a big kid has his own little kids? Well if you were a design guru for the likes of Puma, Diesel, and UGG and live in San Francisco, you launch a start-up for kids of all ages and name it PLAE. Ryan Ringholz has outfitted an entire generation, so when fatherhood entered the picture it made perfect sense for him to style the next generation as well. His goal? Design premium products that can handle all the things that kids dish out on a daily basis. PLAE shoes are made from eco-friendly, breathable, and washable materials that are engineered to be durable, flexible, and customisable to allow for the natural development of children’s feet.

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Yumboxes (from $26.95)


The Yumbox is a leakproof, kid-friendly, bento-style lunch container designed to help parents pack healthy lunches. The Yumbox checks off a long list of positive attributes: a box housing a bento-like tray, one lid that sealed all compartments, designated food groups to encourage and assist parents in packing a balanced meal, built-in portion control, a cool design and illustrations to make this little box more of an adventure in good nutrition than just plain old lunch! And, it's easy for kids to use and a cinch for parents to pack. It cleans easily, will save you money, and will help you to reduce waste. Yumbox is leakproof; its silicone lid engages with the tray to create a tight seal keeping food contents in place, including wet foods like yogurt and applesauce. Foods will not leak between compartments or outside of the box.

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Drink Bottles (from $16.00)


Water is life. And making sure your kids drink enough of it starts with ensuring they have a user-friendly bottle. Making sure they keep using it means buying a quality, durable item. And making sure you never have to worry means buying a safe and BPA-free bottle. At Hugs, we have two brands that check all the boxes, the traditional-style of Cheeki and the insulated-style of Ecococoon. You can't go wrong.

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Backpacks (from $49.95)


Designed to please not just the kids but their parents too! These backpacks are roomy enough for all the things a preschooler needs – a pair of shoes, a change of clothes and of course something for Show and Tell! And joy of joys, the uncoated linen allows the bag to be cleaned in the washing machine or dishwasher. Yes, you read that right.

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Lunchbags (from $36.95)


Nothing makes a child feel more like a big kid than the first lunch box they can call their very own. Our range of insulated  and freezable lunchbags are BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free and lead safe.

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Food Wraps (from $9.95)


Proudly Australian owned and operated, 4MyEarth’s aim is to help make a difference in healing our planet, starting with the little things that everyone can do. Their practical and stylish range of fabric food packaging (food pockets, snack pockets and sandwich wraps) help make it easy for you to change your lifestyle so you can contribute towards a brighter cleaner and happier earth for generations to come. And all their pockets are durable and washable. Not only that, but with no plastic wrap, foil or other food coverings to use, you’re saving money at the same time. And with many schools beginning to place bans on those types of wraps, you’re being proactive. 

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Sunhats (from $24.95)


There is no way to avoid wearing a hat in the Aussie Sun and as you would know, schools won't let kids outside unless they have one. The only problem is, most kids hate most hats. With heavy, hot canvases, floppy brims in their eyes, clashing prints and little to offer in the way of practical sun protection it is no wonder why little one's would keep ripping their hats off. Bedhead Bucket hats however are super soft, supper comfortable and have been tested in accordance with AS/NZS 4399, where a UPF rating of 50+ Excellent Protection was reported. All bedhead styles that comply with this rating are ticketed as such.

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Sunglasses (from $33.95)


Sun safety is important in Aus and NZ. That is why the team has brought Babiators to the our shores because their sunglasses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection, the lenses are shaped for maximum coverage from the sun and the frames are designed to flex and bend to resist breaking.

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Back to School Lottie ($26.95)


Looking for something to calm the nerves of a school newbie or take the edge off a transfer? Maybe you just want a friend that can empathise with all the feelings inside child going to school. Lottie can't decide what the best thing about going back to school is; seeing her friends, learning new topics, or meeting her new teacher. In the playground Lottie is always the girl her friends come to, to think up new games and solve problems and when Lottie needs advice she turns to her special leadership cards.

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There you go. Apart from stationery and uniforms, you're all set. And the good thing about quality products is that once you have them, you can forget about them. We know these work because we use every single one of them. And have for many years.


Please Note: Prices are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change without notice. Please check the individual product pages for current pricing. While all products were in stock at the time of publication, we cannot guarantee that stock will remain available at all times.

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