One company that can help out with this is Stuck on you
Now personally I am not a lover of names on public display on children's bags but plenty of people are, be it a back pack, a lunch box , library bags , book bags or pencil cases, Stuck on You offers them all.
If your child has a fairly common school bag, many slightly older kids want what every body else has, make it easier to spot by adding a bag tag, or why not buy them their own water bottle, never need to go hunting for a sports top style bottle again.
I was offered to chance to pick some items from the back to school range for the grandchildren. So first off we let Fifi loose on the website where she spent over an hour looking at the huge choice of colours, styles and items available. She already had her heart set on a bag she had seen on the town so she decided to go with other items.
She choose The Tool 4 School pack, the pack contains a pencil case, 12 coloured pencils, 10 double ended felt tip pens, a ruler, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, 2 writing pencils and a pair of scissors with a blade cover on. The pencil case comes in a choice of 43 different designs each in a choice of 3 colours, thats 129 different options. The pencil case can have one name on, but the accessories that are included in it can, if you wish as Fif did, have your middle name as well as your surname on, just add your middle name in the surname
box.You also get to chose a small picture to add to these accessories. She chose the pink colour with birds on, and a cat as her small picture.
She liked the fact you could chop and change on the website and you can see a preview of the finished item before you confirm the entry. Half the fun for her was using the website.
The accessories seem to be of a very high standard, I love the double ended pens, one end think, one thin for both colouring and writing. The blade cover on the scissors is a nice safety feature, and as the name is on this they are less likely to loose it, or more likely to put it back on. The sharpener is inset into a small container so the sharpening's are not dropped on the floor. My only negative point on this was the ruler was slightly too long for ease of getting in and out of the case itself and I recommended to Ffif she did not put it back in as I feel over time it may damage the zip end on top of the pencil case.
She also chose a water bottle to match her pencil case as her school do not allow juice to be drunk in school only water so this is ideal, at evenings and weekends she could use it out and about playing with juice in.
Next off we got Bob some items, he got The Artist series Activity Pack . What we liked about this was depending on what design you picked the inside of the book is different, so technically you could buy a different set for each child with a different pages inside.
Bob has got the rocket set that has robots in and he has been working his way the puzzles, I would say they are designed for 5-8 years depending on the ability of your child, but that an older child would still enjoy doing them.
You also get a set of double ended felt pens and a set of pencils. These do not have a name on them, but you do get a sticker sheet that allows you to personalise the pencils if you wish and you can also use them on books, jotters etc.
The pencil case is a good size and will hold a jotter which is why we chose it for Bob as he is being home schooled and this will allow him to carry his jotters to home schooling group.
As his sister has personalised pencils we chose a set for Bob as well. You can buy just a set of pencils and double ended pens , would make a novel birthday or Christmas present.
If you have a slightly older child that does not want a picture on their bags but would still like their name on you can also get very nice embroidered ones .
Now I am running a competition with this, and you get to choose which you would like as a prize. You can pick from the three items either the lunch bag and water bottle set, the artist series activity pack or the tool for school pack.
To enter just let me know which prize you would like to win and which colour and design you would like. Please leave this information as a comment along with a means of contacting you if you win. If the comment does not have all the relative details in then your entry will not count. Once the winner has been confirmed I will ask you for the personal details you would like on it as well as you address and pass the information to Stuck on You for delivery.
Competition closes September 11th at 8pm GMT. The winner will be contacted and has 7 days to reply before I choose another winner. Competition is open world wide.
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