The start of the new school year is a big occasion for every school student, and you may sense your child getting more and more apprehensive, whether they’re starting kindergarten, going into high school or going to college. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeping many students at home much longer than the summer vacation and altering the structure of the school day, 2020’s back to school season could prove even more momentous. To mark the occasion, here are four meaningful back to school gifts ideas for your child.
- A nice pen
Pens are possibly the most essential piece of equipment for any school student, with many relying on ballpoints scavenged from the classroom. Why not inspire a sense of responsibility by gifting your child a nice pen that they are anxious not to lose or break? Fountain pens, such as Waterman, are the ultimate in luxury writing equipment, and could even encourage your child to neaten their handwriting. You can even get a pen engraved with your child’s name for a personalized touch, which might be a particularly thoughtful gift if they are headed into the next stage of their education.
Jewelry is a classic gift idea that is suitable for many occasions and is now commonly worn by both sexes. You could opt for a bangle that can be customized with a short message and your child’s name. Or, if your child goes to a Christian school or has a strong sense of faith, a crucifix necklace will provide a comforting reminder of their faith throughout the school day. Alternatively, if you want to give a meaningful gift, a wristwatch provides style and utility and is particularly useful for telling the time if your child’s school has a no-phones in the classroom policy.
3. A laptop
From typing essays to researching a class project, access to a laptop is becoming an ever-more indispensable piece of equipment for a school student. However, laptops also have a habit of quickly becoming defunct, requiring extensive repairs or replacement every couple of years. Fortunately, laptops are available to suit every budget, from top of the range MacBook Airs to more affordable HPs. Surprising, your child with a new laptop is sure to be an unexpected treat, as they can be used not just for school work but also for leisure activities such as playing online games with friends and watching Netflix.
4. A backpack
As with the aforementioned pens, backpacks are an essential piece of school equipment; however, the combination of heavy books and cheaper backpacks made from low-grade plastic materials has probably resulted in your child going through several backpacks each school year. You might consider investing in a higher quality backpack for your child that, while being slightly more expensive, is long-lasting. Look for sturdy sports backpacks made from durable materials; or, as an investment piece, choose a classic leather satchel that will carry your child through to college and beyond.