Where To Take The Kids Back To School Shopping
It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school! There is a lot to do to prepare for the first day. New York City parents can use this guide to find the best places to take their kids back to school shopping in the city, whether it’s for backpacks, school supplies, or clothes. Make the shopping spree into a day date with your kid(s), they’ll be pumped up for the first day back in no time!
For The Perfect Manhattan Backpack
First things first: they’ll need a dependable (but cool!) bag to tote all their school supply goodies in. Enter: Manhattan Portage! The brand is ideal for NYC kids because it’s been a staple in the city since 1983 when they created their very first bag, with the tagline “New York Tough.” The bags are known for being created from durable gear of the highest quality fabrics–making this a perfect way to get a bag for your child that will withstand the test of time (rather than picking up a new cheaper version every fall–bad for the environment and your wallet!) They make bags for all kinds of needs: from different sized backpacks to laptop bags to fanny packs to larger totes, and everything in the middle! This is truly a piece that could carry your little New Yorker from Kindergarten to college. Check out their Downtown shop–perfect for Glenwood residents living at Tribeca Bridge Tower or Liberty Plaza.
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For All The Cute School Supplies
While a typical spot to pick up everyday school supplies would be Staples or Target (both readily available in Manhattan), surprise your kids and take it up a notch by bringing them to Flying Tiger. With locations on the Westside, Upper East Side, and in Flatiron, Flying Tiger is the perfect spot to get all your basics (think: notebooks, pencils, pens, scissors, glue, markers, pencil cases, etc.), all with a touch of whimsy. Rather than the ordinary (and dare we say boring?) yellow Number Two pencils you’ll find elsewhere, Flying Tiger is notorious for having super cute things: pencils covered in glitter, notebooks with llamas on the front, and folders in every shade of the rainbow. And the best part? This Danish equivalent of a Dollar Store is ridiculously cheap: you’ll not only save a lot, but your goods will be so much hipper than ones from a regular office supply chain or big box store.
Also, this is a fabulous place to have in your back pocket for sweet (yet inexpensive) gifts for things like Teacher Appreciation Day or for birthday gifts for your child’s babysitter. Along with every school supply you could imagine, they also have a wealth of adorable card sets, candles, and fun little trinkets for the office or home.
For School Clothes That Run The Gamut
Every school in Manhattan is a bit different when it comes to what students can wear, so check your child’s school’s policy before heading out on a shopping spree. But assuming there’ss not a strict uniform code in place, a few fabulous stores that make for great spots to go back-to-school shopping for your littles are Zara and H&M if you’re looking for on-trend pieces at a super affordable price point, Primary.com if you’re interested in well-priced and sturdy clothing without any graphics or logos (which is a stipulation in many NYC schools), or the Upper East Side’s Crewcuts, which offers J.Crew staples for the little ones (think: preppy and precious!) For shoes, the Upper West Side’s Harry’s Shoes For Kids has been legendary for measuring little ones’s feets for decades, getting the perfect fit. And if your child is wanting something super unique, check out the children’s boutiques Bit’Z Kids, Level 2, and Sweet William. The price tags at the smaller boutiques will be a bit higher, but there’ss a good chance your kid will win the award for most fashion forward second grader.
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