Best school lunchboxes, lunch bags and bento boxes for kids

Top lunchbox options that are (hopefully) too cute for your child to leave behind...

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If you’re looking for a lunchbox that’s practical, fun and a bit different – we’ve got some great options here.

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Now that we’re all trying to reduce single use plastic, a reusable lunchbox is a great way to cut out the clingfilm and throw-away plastic bags.

We’ve rounded up various different styles here – from stainless steel bento boxes, to smaller one-sandwich/salad silicone boxes, to insulated lunch bags.

Think about what kind of lunchbox is right for your kids: lunch bags, for example, are good for holding a drink and separate pots with salads or cut fruit in them.

All the lunchboxes we recommend below are easy to clean and easy to carry. And these boxes should last your kids for years.

10 of the best school lunchboxes….

1. Not On The High Street Personalised Lunchbox, £18.99

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Pickle Pie have produced this fab personalised lunchbox. It comes in either pink or blue and the text can be anything or any colour you want. You even get a proof pdf before the box is made! The box is made of plastic and is is a great size – 18.2cm x 12.4cm x 5.8cm – and a practical shape. It won’t get mixed up with anyone else’s lunch box – bonus!

Available from: Not On The High Street

2. We Might be Tiny Bear Snackie, £18

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This We Might Be Tiny lunchbox is very versatile. Made of a flexible non-toxic food-grade silicone, this 11.5cm x 18cm lunchbox also comes in multiple colours and a bunny, bear or cat design. It can also be heated, used as a bowl (the lid has a strap making it is non-spill), and is oven-proof so you could even make a bear-shaped cake in it! It is dishwasher-proof, microwave and freezer safe.

Available from: Kidly

3. Lunchbots Bento Duo, £36

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Made of the highest quality stainless steel, this eco-friendly, easy-to-clean bento box is virtually unbreakable! It has two compartments that are 10cm x 15cm each – so the box itself is pretty large at at 15cm x 20cm. Its best for dry-foods (like sandwiches and fruit) because its not water-tight. Yes, it’s plain, but they can always personalise it by adding stickers (or magnets, because its stainless steel) – and they most definitely will!

Available from: Little Acorns

4. Bobble Kids Large Lunchbox, £13.99

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How cool is this bit of lunchbox kit?! As well as an ice pack in the lid to keep your lunch cool for approximately 2 hours, this plastic 20.2cm x 15.2cm x 8.4cm lunchbox from Bobble has a removable divider shelf – so you can keep your sandwich, fruit and nuts separately – and is microwave and dishwasher friendly.

Available from: Amazon

5. Babymel Zip and Zoe Lunch Bag, £14

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If you prefer a bag to a box, this 19cm x 21.5cm x 12cm one from Babymel is a great option. It has an easy-open zip and comes with a freezer pack to keep contents cool. It has a bright and fun design, and the external, mesh side drink pocket is a great way to stop the bottle from squashing the sandwiches. It is made of wipe-clean material, too.

Available from: Kidly

6. Blafre Tractor Lunchbox, £19

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Slowly cruise on over to the dining hall with these tractor lunchboxes! These smart and stylish 19 x 13cm lunchboxes come in grey, blue, red and green. They’re made of plastic, designed to withstand huge variations in temperature and are dishwasher friendly. Also, rest assured your child’s lunch is in safe hands – the Norweigan brand’s designers are both parents themselves 😍

Available from: Shak Shuka

7. Vaya Tyffyn Insulated lunch box, £39

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Dishwasher-friendly and BPA-free, this eco-friendly stainless steel set of 22.1cm x 18.3cm x 13.5cm stacked lunchboxes keeps food warm for 4-5 hours. It is leak-resistant and comes with two containers. A great way to keep food warm or cold.

Available from: Amazon

8. LEGO lunchbox, £10

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Is it a giant LEGO brick? Is it a 7.5cm x 20cm x 10cm lunchbox, too? Yes, and yes! In fact, this bright yellow showstopper is THE lunchbox for any budding LEGO obsessives.

Available from: Royal Design

9. Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Fox, £14

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Skip Hop’s 22cm x 8.2cm x 19cm lunchbox is 100% polyester and is insulated, with a wipe-clean interior and a mesh pocket for an ice pack to keep sandwiches cool and fresh. There are a number of animal designs to choose from, including a unicorn, an elephant and a zebra.

What it costs: John Lewis

10. Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag, £25.96

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You can’t mistake what this bag is for! There are plenty of design options, too – from sharks to unicorns, to lollies and rainbows. This eco lunch bag has a cotton outer, and a food-safe polyester liner with a pouch inside for securing drinks – which will stop sandwiches from getting squashed. It is machine washable, too.

Available from: Babipur

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