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Binders, pens, lunchboxes and water bottles are not created equal—just ask your nine-year-old. Thankfully, Amazon has a ton of cool stuff you can’t find at your local big-box store (bendy pencils! Star Wars folders!). Browse our favorite back-to-school picks from Amazon, then crown yourself with the Best Mom Ever award.

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OPUX Premium Thermal Insulated Mini Lunch Bag

With its subtle (read: non-embarrassing) design and practical hot/cold insulation abilities, his friends will never suspect you’ve slipped a mushy love note inside.

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Mikey Store Hairball Ballpoint Pen

Cher Horowitz would totally approve.

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Beyle Laptop Backpack

This water-resistant bag comes with a built-in USB charging port. (Because high school is officially high-tech.)

Buy Now ($26)

Jojo Kids Unicorn Pencil Case

Keep his backpack clutter-free with this magical crayon carrier. It even has a mesh pocket where you can secure important items, like that permission slip he swears he’ll hand in.

Buy Now ($14)

Star Wars Folders

May the force be with him…in Earth Science.

Buy Now ($15)

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ArtCreativity Flexible Bendy Pencils

She may not be allowed to have a fidget spinner. But some kids simply focus better when their hands are busy having fun.

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Amazon Basics Classic Notebook

Because creative writing is serious business.

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Contigo Trekker Auto-Seal Kids Water Bottles

All sleek, no leaks. Cheers to hydrating in style.

Buy Now ($12)

Godery Five-Pocket Wall Organizer

Every homework subject has its place. Or, designate a color-coded file for each family member’s paperwork, from your preschooler’s nut allergy instructions to your middle schooler’s team sports sign-up forms. Family life is looking bright—and orderly. 

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Luxe School Locker Organizer Kit

With a shabby chic mirror and plush shag carpet, her locker will be the middle school sanctuary we all could have used. Climbing inside and hiding from frenemies, optional. 

Buy Now ($43)

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