Everything you need to get your toddlers, tweens and teens prepped for the new school year!
Whilst we’re still enjoying making the most of quality time, and keeping the whole family entertained through this Hong Kong summer, the first day of school is quickly approaching! And we completely get it, mamas, school is just as stressful for the parents as it is for the kiddos. Whether your little learners are heading through the gates for the first time (hold back the tantrum, mama!) or are all grown up and marching confidently into secondary school (hold back the tears, mama!), we’ve put together our list of essentials. Time to pack that backpack!
Stationery, Planners and Books
If you want to pass down your obsession with stationery to your little one, then we’ve got the store for you, mama. Kikki.K produces the most adorable, well designed stationery you could ever lay your eyes on. All of their stuff is categorised into the most creative and useful themes. From cool notebooks to chic pencil cases, and colourful pens. As you can tell from our video, we fell head over heels for their lush goodies (especially the purrfect Vanskap collection). Warning: you may not be able to resist buying yourself a planner whilst you’re there!
Needing some story time inspo, or just looking for extra activity books for your primary schooler? From water bottles and school bags, to a whole host of books for early learners, Bookazine’s vast range has everything you need to stock up for the next school year! Plus, with several locations around town, it’s a great last-minute stop.
Bookazine, Shop 309, Landmark Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.bookazine.com.hk
This is one chain store in town that’s got minimalistic designs that are easy additions to any school gear – from pens and notebooks to calculators and box files. You’ll also find small storage units that are great for your teen’s desk area at home (along with paints and colouring pencils for budding artists!).
Bags and Gear
Cotton On’s Typo brings us a selection of accessories, stationery and mugs that we just can’t get enough of. We love the range of little colourful bags and backpacks on offer for super reasonable prices (featured in our video above)! Whether you’re after a trusty backpack, or a quirky satchel, we love that Cotton On combines style and affordability!
Flagship store: Typo at Cotton On, Shop 34-36 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2367 2190; 2/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2557 1110, www.cottonon.com/HK
Now this store you possibly can’t miss when you’re at your nearest mall around the city. Known to literally have everything you could possibly think of in one store. From watches, to makeup, to bags, to stationery and anything else that comes to mind, LogOn has it! So if you can’t think of a place to buy anything school related, head on over to your nearest store!
Log-On, various locations in Hong Kong, website
For backpacks that you know will last through Hong Kong’s wear and tear (hello, typhoon 8!), check out Kipling’s classic backpacks. These super lightweight and durable bags come in trendy colourful patterns, and are guaranteed to last through every whole academic year. Phew!
Shoes and Sports Gear
For tiny tots starting kindergarten, Gusella offers the cutest black or white leather shoes. Whether you’re looking for laces, velcro straps or easy-peasy slip-ons, this store has got all styles covered. The soles are comfy, and flexible – ideal for your growing walkers!
Gusella, Shop 3023, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2940 2238, www.facebook.com/gusellahk
With stores all over town, Dr. Kong is great for basic black or white school shoes that your cheeky cherubs need. Good footwear for school is essential as kids are in those shoes all day long, and Dr. Kong has a range of different styles, from mary-janes and slip-on flats, to shoes with Velcro straps and laces.
Looking for sports gear? This place stocks all our favourite sports shoes (from Nike, 2XU and Adidas, to fitflop Outdoor and Skechers), so it’s a great stop to get the kids kitted out for sports classes. After all, young athletes always perform better when they’re decked in the coolest kicks…
Ta-Da prides themselves on having the best quality and unique products from around the world, suited for the cosmopolitan and fast paces lifestyle for the modern young family (hey, that’s us, mamas!). This brand offers you new looks, high quality material and affordable prices. Your kiddo will be the most fashionable one on their casual dress day!
Ta-Da, Hollywood Road 66, 2 Elgin St, Central, Hong Kong, www.ta-da.com.hk
This local online children’s boutique is the perfect site for you to shop as every item is carefully handpicked from premium indie brands of Asia. They give you simple, comfortable and innovative designs for your little kiddos to enjoy and look stylish in! Remember to choose comfort over style.
Naomi Wear, www.naomiwear.com
Looking for quality comfortable clothes for your 0 to 24 month year olds, mama? Petit Bateau has had the perfect unique style featuring the highest quality clothing specifically for your little ones. No matter how old you are, your kiddos deserve to feel good in their clothes, especially at a delicate age.
This Australian brand stocks a range of items for kids, and we can’t get enough of them! From itsy-bitsy sandals to super-soft clothes (great if your baby is still at playgroup and doesn’t yet have a uniform). We adore the girls accessories as well, with cute hair bands that give every student a polished look! P.S. Seed has just opened in IFC!
Animal themed lunch boxes and water bottles? Um, yes please! These cute additions to a backpack are sure to make sure your tinies will be looking forward to their lunch break even more! Trust us, mamas, SkipHop’s fun variety will definitely add a cute pick-me-up to their day.
This online marketplace is a great spot to hunt down unique buys for the new school year. From cute stationery, planners, backpacks, phone covers and laptop or tablet cases, Etsy makes it easy to find everything in their back to school section.
Looking for guilt-free snacks to pack in that backpack? Ditch the chocolate bar and packet of crisps for Chewswize, and you won’t regret your decision. Simply head to their website: chose 5 out of 40 snacks and get ready for the lovely, well-crafted box to arrive right on your doorstep. Oh, and if your little angel is allergic to nuts, they offer nut-free snack packages specially for kids!
Not On The High Street
Let’s face it, mamas, personalised gear just makes everything a little more special? Not On The High Street is super useful for youngins who want to plop their name and class details on their pencil case, for example. They make cute school bags and lunch bags, and offer personalised stationery galore. Especially cute as a birthday gift!
Not On The High Street, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Since we are all about adding that personalised touch, you can bet that we’re huge fans of Stuckonyou. They offer personalised name labels on all their products – whether it’s plain name labels to stick anywhere and everywhere, or tailor-made backpacks, and lunchboxes… There’s no chance these goodies will get left in lost-property!
One Stop Shops
Petit Bazaar is one of our faves to stock up on cute school bags and lunch boxes because they offer a variety of different designs. Perfect for toddlers or primary school-aged children! Blue lovers will treasure this comic themed one, while little princesses might like this cute animal themed one.
Petit Bazaar, 9 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2544 2255; 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2528 0229, www.petit-bazaar.com
Once in a while we need to remember that Tung Chung isn’t just where the airport is. It would be a shame to miss out on Citygate so head on down there to stock up on reduced-price items for kids! Don’t forget to stop at the Dr. Kong, Geox or Rockport outlets for school uniform shoes! It’s definitely worth spending an afternoon here getting organised.
CityGate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, www.citygateoutlets.com.hk
Bumps to Babes
Stock up on all the school accessories your kid could possibly need to start the school year off with a bang! Whether you want to sit back and browse online or hop on down to this mega-store, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. School bags, lunch boxes, wallets? Tick!
Time to get ready for that first day, mamas!