Calling all back-to-school shoppers! You may think you're wrapping up your shopping, but wait, do you have all the things that will make your kid the coolest in the class?
Just in case you're not sure what's happening here in 2011, we've found what's hot in the hallways this school year.
Here are 10 must-haves for your young hipster, just in time for back-to-school.
1. Rad Graphic Tees
Something that seems to rarely go out of style, is just slightly edgier than when you were a kid. Pick up a graphic tee with a message, humorous, subversive, or political. Just be sure you let your kid pick it out so she can tell the world exactly who she is, via tee.
2. A Tight Lid
Your personal style will guide you, but a super hip hat will go a long way on the first day of school. Of course, you'll have to remove it once you're buckling down in the classroom. But you can rock that hallway.
3. The SmartPhone
Whether your kid is an Apple junkie, or is partial to the Droid, every kid wants a smartphone as their #1 accessory to the school year. Be sure you get that unlimited texting plan too, unless you want a big surprise at the end of the month.
4. Music Mags
Whether your kid goes NME or Paste, a subscription to her fave will wind up in her locker, back pocket, or messenger bag. Yes, there's always Pitchfork online, but how can you show people you're obsessively reading music reviews if it's not in print? (Don't say Facebook, it doesn't work when trying to impress someone who isn't in your feed.)
5. The District Scooter
The scooter that gets built like a skateboard, it's the newest in kid transportation, but also doubles as entertainment. You'll also want to be getting that kid a helmet before he heads down the rails.
6. Hair Father Extensions
What every girl has been sporting all summer, it's going to make an appearance in the school yard this fall as well. Just have a pair of pliers handy when you get over the hair feather extensions and move onto . .
7. Bling Strings
The latest in hair addition trends, the bling strings are tinsel for your hair year-round. Also not quite as stuck in there as the feathers, your trend-setter can get these in every color for every day of the week with no muss, no fuss.
8. Books. No, Really!
When you're talking about your first edition of The Hunger Games, or signed copy of I Am Number 4, your kids are going to want to have a whole library.
9. TOMS Shoes
These casual slip-ons have been all the rage out west, and they're slowly taking over the rest of the country. Comfortable, and simple, there will surely be a knock-off any second now. You can even get TOMS in your favorite school's colors, via the campus classics.
10. A Swatch
Like most fashion this era, this one is another blast from the past. If you kept your own Swatch, you won't have to go buy a new one. But your kid will want one, even though he doesn't need one what with the clock on his smartphone.
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside