We’re still vacuuming sand out of the car from the last beach trip.  Kids are tow-headed from all the sunshine and punchy from ice cream and late night bedtimes (who can resist with all these fabulous outdoor movies and concerts?).  We’re not ready for it to end.  But there is one thing that gets us all feeling Fall – back to school shopping.  At any and every age there’s something reassuring about the yearly routine of discovering that new thing that makes toting goodies (be it diapers or homework) and snacks (be it goldfish or sushi rolls) easy and fun.  So we sought out the hippest houses of back to school paraphernalia for a stock up shopping day.  Have fun!

Sigg Bottles: The Leak Stops Here

Who doesn’t love shopping for kids’ clothes? And shoes are so much fun. Lunch boxes, backpacks and accessories are all in a days work. What we’re not nutty for? Shelling out bucks for water bottles. We’ve tried practically every kind and they all leak. The only ones that don’t leak seem to have removable caps – the kind that get lost during a long day. So we were thrilled to discover Sigg’s bottles with the active top closure. No leaking. Fun designs. Some even glow in the dark. Since it passed the “take it everywhere in the summer” challenge, we have high hopes for school days.

You can get them at any Whole Foods, REI or Target.

Still standing?  Still shopping?  We’ve also combed the internet for the greatest goods for our ultimate Back to School Guide.

Where do you go for unique local shopping?  Let us know!

Photo credit: Meghan Rose, Monkey Pants, pickettfences.com, dabbawallabags.com, JapanLA via facebook, thewishingwellshop.blogspot.com, and poppystores.com