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Too cool for school

Back to school klaxon! Shop the coolest kit to ensure your kids stand out from the crowd, starting with this backpack made from recycled plastic bottles.

The future's bright

Stylish, sustainable and helps you stand out from the crowd. This cool backpack is made from recycled plastic bottles, has a waterproof graphic print lining and is roomy enough for a laptop. You might as well start polishing your halo now. Available in store and online from Newbury's B The Lifestyle Shop.

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No drifting off at the back of class, this neoprene pencil case comes complete with a daily motivational speech. It will probably hit home more than your nagging. Available from Vinegar Hill in Windsor or online.

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While the digital nanny may have been working over time over the last six months, a cool colour-block notebook might inspire them to go offline – especially if it's personalised. This Papier notebook is so good you may have to order one for yourself.

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This is genius. If you hate labelling your kids' kit, do yourself a favour and buy School Sox. They'll knit names into all uniform socks – so no sewing, no label rub, easy to sort and there's half a chance they'll come home. *Pours wine*.
£14.99 for two

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Can you kick it?

Getting young kids ready for PE is like herding cats. Make life a little easier for the poor teachers and your littlies with this cool kicks by Nike – stretchy laces, velcro strap, and unique enough to ensure they don't end up in someone else's bag.

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Bottled up

We're not going to mention the C word, but it's safe to say sharing water bottles is a no-no. Chilly's have launched a personlisation service. Choose the size, colour of the bottle and lid, engrave your name and, hey presto, a bottle that won't get mixed up. It'll keep cold drinks icy for 24 hrs, hot drinks toasty for 12 hours, with no leaky top.
From £31

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Going for gold

Given up fighting over screen time? Let's hope with this Apple MacBook Air what they are producing could be 24ct gold. It has a retina display, Intel Core i3 processor and other techy stuff that go over our heads. Looks cool though.

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Lunch is served

A deliciously retro lunch collaboration between LEON and John Lewis. The result? A paper lunch bag that's reusable and washable. Just add spam sarnies, a Penguin and Ski yoghurt. Just me?

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Colour coded

Who wants to write in boring ol blue or black when you can take write in rainbows? This Paperchase set of 24 bright finer liners and ball point pens should help your kids keep their school work in colour-coded order. A parent can dream.

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