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Back-to-school-flickr-o5com1When the kids go back to school, we grandparents like to encourage with a gift to begin the year. What better gift than a snazzy backpack to organize and protect all the supplies, papers and whatevers that need to travel from home to school? Here are some suggestions for children of various ages:

Toddlers: The Skip, Hop Zoo Pack gets rave reviews from parents. It comes in sixteen animal shaped designs and is machine washable. It has a roomy compartment plus an insulated front compartment for snacks. It also comes with an exterior cup pocket for drinks. A write-on nametag is another plus. One warning: this backpack is not for school children as it is not large enough for folders to fit.

K- Middle School: The JanSport SuperBreak is a good choice for elementary through middle school aged students. It comes in over fifty colors and designs and is roomy and lightweight. It too, is machine washable and relatively inexpensive. It comes with a lifetime warranty.

High School: The Case Logic Berkeley Plus is a great choice in a backpack for high school students. There is a compartment specifically for laptops and a hidden panel for valuables. It is roomy and has a twenty-five year warranty. There are oversized zippers for ease in opening and closing and separate compartments for electronic accessories.

College: The JanSport Odyssey is a great choice for the college student who likes lots of room and will appreciate the laptom compartment.  The JanSport Wasabi Daypack is a good choice as well with a V loft security pocket for CD players and a pocket for water bottles. The High Sierra Swerve Backpack will please the ladies with its colorful designs. There is room for changes of clothing, cell phones, PDA’s and MP3 players.