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Back to school essentials

Take some of the anxiety out of back to school with cool kit for tiddlers to teens that'll keep their anxiety in check, save the planet and raise a smile.

RECYCLED BACKPACK

Sustainable school bag

Practical, planet friendly and perfect for school. The Watershed is a Newquay-based surf brand committed to help clean up our oceans, rivers and waterways. Not only is this bag made from recycled polyester, for every bag sold, a donation is made to clear up 400 bottles, that’s 5kg in plastic. Love the ethos, the roll top and it comes in a range of colours.

£38

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Ink Pot Journal

The Ink Pot Journal

Journals are brilliant for kids to keep their wellbeing in check. Writing down your thoughts, feelings and positive affirmations should be on everyone’s mental health to do list. These colourful Ink Pot journals are really special, cute personalisation and they’re made by a brilliant local company. Just add Washi tape and neon pens… because why not.
£21

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Handwriting kit LITTLE LABELS

Handwriting practice kit

Practice makes perfect – especially when it comes to handwriting. Turn this boring homework into an event with this beautiful kit with fancy fountain pen from Pangbourne-based Little Labels.
£9.99

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No Worries! Mindful Kids Activity Book

School stress can creep up at any time. Have a mindful activity book to hand to keep calm and carry on. No Worries! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence. Sounds good for grown ups too.
£9.99

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Lots of Lovely Art: Funny Feelings

Arty or not, doing something creative gives your a wellbeing boost. Just in time for the new term, Berkshire-based Lots of Lovely Art has created a box that explores art and emotions. Taking inspiration from Matisse, Van Gogh and Munch, there’s lots of ways to create your own masterpieces. Plus six ‘Comfort Cards’ are included to help you express your feelings.
£27

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Plant your pen

A pen that’s a plant? What kind of fresh madness is this? Essentially The Eco Pen from Generation Zero is a basic ballpoint, but the clever bit is that it won’t be going anywhere near landfill. Once the ink has run out, you simply plonk it in a pot of soil and basil, mint, daisies, forget me nots and other flora and fauna will grow. A pretty sweet reward for your furious notetaking. Just don’t forget it will need water.

£7.95

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Muthahood Strong Girls: Boys Patch

Muthahood Worry Patch

If your littlie is heading off to big school, it won’t just be you who’s having a wobble. Gemma at Muthahood created these cute little badges to sew into your child’s coat pocket, jumper or book bag. Whenever panic sets in, they can touch their badge and know you’re right there with them. Sadly it doesn’t come with a gin in a tin and pack of tissues for you. Be strong, they’ll be fine.
£3.99

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Mini Emergency Kit

No teen should be without a Mini Emergency Kit in their school bag. This pouch contains 17 essentials to dodge almost any drama life throws at you. You’ll find a tampon, hair accessories, breath drops, emery board, pain killers, plasters and more, all discreetly tucked away in a cute bag. Crisis averted.
£20

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Auben & Barlowe insulated water bottle

The new Life range from onegreenbottle is an eco-friendly water bottle that’s designed to avoid messy leaks, is BPA and BPS free, and you can use it for water, juice or hot drinks. Available from Berkshire-based Auben & Barlowe, it comes in two sizes 350ml and 500ml and five muted colours.

£15

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Fun rubbers

Making mistakes has never looked so good. Who wouldn’t want to whip out their intergalactic rubbers just to put a smile on everyone’s faces? The set includes three types of spaceships and a mini astronaut… psst there’s matching stationary too.

£2.99

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Huski lunch box

Rice husks are a potential biohazard if not repurposed or disposed of properly. This is why Huski Home recycles them to create a sustainable eco-friendly, non-toxic lunch boxes. Clever non? It’s got to be better than playing hunt the Tuppaware lid game every single day.

£13.99

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