Saying good-bye to the laissez-faire days of summer is never easy, but there are plenty of awesome things that come along with the start of a new school year. Your kids get to meet new friends, embark on a fresh start and indulge in the oh-so-awesome ritual of back-to-school shopping. This year, instead of fighting the crowds at major chain stores, earn extra marks by shopping local. We’ve rounded up six of our favorite San Diego shops to score everything your little one needs to head back-to-school in style.

Hillside Artisan

If you’re looking for a fun, quirky shop to inspire your star student’s creativity, look no further than Hillside Artisans. The shop consistently tops San Diegan’s list for ‘best of the best’ in kid’s shopping (they’ve legitimately won the award from San Diego Magazine three years in row) and it’s easy to see why. The selection of goods is boutique worthy and the prices won’t break the bank. They also have an awesome play area that keeps kids busy while parents shop. Stop in before the first bell rings for Skip Hop backpacks and lunch bags, art and craft supplies, rain gear and an awesome collection of kid’s shoes.

827 West Washington St.
San Diego, Ca 92103

Photo: Ly T. via Yelp 

Where do you love to get your back to school clothes and supplies? Are there any favorite store we missed? Leave us a comment below!

— Aimee Della Bitta