This year, a few folders, notebooks and pencils aren't going to cut it when it comes to school supply shopping. So, we collected a few local items that will help make a very different school year feel a little more comfortable.
Lakeshore Learning's Portable Desk
Who would have thought you'd be setting up a home office for your student? Well, Lakeshore Learning did. The shop's independent floor workspace bundle ($279) features two portable desks and two chairs, and are available in blue, green, orange and grey. Single lap desks ($79.99) are also available in classic maple wood. lakeshorelearning.com
MilkEyed’s Everyday Backpack
A brand new backpack is the best way to start fresh — even if the backpack is just going to keep mom's home office neat when the final bell rings on a virtual school day. These book bags from MilkEyed ($179), which range in options from blossom two-toned Niagara blue-green, warm grey and pistachio, are hand-sewn in Lakewood and made to order in three weeks. etsy.com/shop/milkeyed
Yellowcake Shop’s Toddler and Youth Face Masks
If you actually want your student to wear a face mask, it needs to fit comfortably. Luckily, Yellowcake Shop makes masks specifically for toddlers ($10 per mask), ages 2 to 5, and kids ($12 per mask), ages 6 to 14. The masks, which are available in eight different plain and patterned colors, offer three layers of protection and come with one carbon filter. We suggest getting a little crazy with the fuchsia stripes or yellow floral patterns. yellowcakeshop.com