I am one of those parents who adore school holidays. I love that we don’t need to rush anywhere, there’s no stress about what to put in the lunchbox for picky eaters, no stress about getting stuck in peak hour traffic and, of course, I love being able to spend more quality time with my son.
So naturally, I tend to be in complete denial about summer holidays coming to an end, and the fact that it’s probably time to get organised and get the school gear ready for the new year. Then, on the last evening before school starts, I curse myself while trying to put 500 school labels on pencils and books in one sitting.
The good thing is, unlike my mum, who had to carve my initials on my school pencils (I can’t even imagine how painful that would have been) there are endless wonderful options available for school labels these days. The most difficult part is being able to choose which to buy.
Over the years, I have tried a few different brands and of course, learned what to look out for and what not to get.
Here are a few criteria I use when shopping for school labels:
- They stay on (for months)
- Dishwasher safe
- Microwave safe
- Freezer safe
- Easy to iron
- Wide variety of sizes.
To make your selection easier, here are 5 of our favourite back to school label brands:
Photo credit: @tinymepics ( Instagram)
I absolutely love Tinyme, not only for the quality of the labels but also for the many different personalisation options available, especially for boys. I loved the options for labels based on the type of sports kids play: soccer, basketball, rugby, cricket etc. What’s even better, they offer rush shipping options for parents like me, who insist on leaving things till the last minute.
To check them out, go to www.tinyme.com.au
Image credit: www.stuckonyou.com.au/
What a fantastic way to keep your child with food allergies safe! No more stressing about whether the relief teacher also knows that your child has dairy intolerance or, worse, peanut allergy. Stuckonyou is another great option with durable stickers in a variety of different designs.
To check them out, visit https://www.stuckonyou.com.au/labels/all
3. Hippo Blue
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Who doesn’t love gorgeous designs, practical bento boxes and even DIY lunch box design options and personalised story books? The creative design team thought of it all at Hippo Blue.
To check them out, visit https://www.hippoblue.com.au/
4. We Are Future Folk
Image credit: futurefolk.com.au
If you want something really different, look no further than the funky designs at We Are Future Folks. The designs are all created by independent Australian artists, which makes them a definite stand out piece and gives you the great feeling that you’re supporting local artists too. Not to mention that the kids wouldn’t want to leave their belongings behind with these unique designs!
To check them out go to https://futurefolk.com.au/
5. Label My Stuff
Last but not least, if your child loves characters such as Disney Princesses, Pokemon or the Avengers, Label My Stuff on Etsy has you covered!
To check them out go to: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LabelMyStuff