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.

Magical Child

Calling all earth mamas! Shopping at Magical Child in Encintas will make you feel good about where you spend your pennies, since eco-friendly is the name of the game at this local shop. Find all of your favorite wears from Tea Collection, including a wide variety of printed leggings that are sure to be a school day favorite.

967 South Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, Ca 92024

Photo: Colleen R. 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