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If you’re looking for a lunchbox with a little life in it, we’ve got you covered with some of the coolest, most colorful, and fashion-forward lunch boxes to buy for fall 2020.

Back to school…back to school…to prove to dad that I’m not a fool. I’ve got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight. I hope I don’t get in a fight. Oh, back to school…back to school.”

eat smartBack to School Brain Food for Your Kids' Lunch BoxesYou don’t have to be Billy Madison (or a child to enjoy) a cool new lunch box, but the prospect of heading back to school for a brand new year of learning and crustless PB&Js surely makes the purchase all the more exciting. Not everyone will be doing in-person schooling out of the gate, of course, but in honor of back-to-school (sorry, kids!) we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lunch boxes, all of which have gotten quite the upgrade from the old wrinkled paper bag or thin plastic Ninja Turtles/My Little Pony number we grew up with.

From high-tech and modern to clever and nostalgic, there’s literally a lunch carrier for every preference and personality. Check them out below.

For the Boho-Chic

Insulated Lunch Purse, $17.99 on Amazon


We’re pretty sure this “lunch purse” looks better than most of the designer bags in our closet. And its sole purpose is to hold a sandwich and a bag of pretzels. Gotta love fashion. Buy Now

For the Person Who Only Wears Black

Built Lex Lunch Tote, $24.95 on Williams Sonoma


If you’re the guy or gal who channels your inner tech CEO and wears black five days a week, this sleek and insulated jet black lunch tote is going to work with your wardrobe. It also comes in dark navy for those days you feel like breaking out of your mold.Buy Now

For the Vintage Vanguard

Stanley Classic 10-Quart Metal Lunchbox, $45 on Amazon


If you like to keep it classic, this 1050’s inspired metal lunch pail will turn heads. It’s got a tight locking lid and will keep food both warm and cold. Buy Now

For the Artsy Type

Artist-Designed Neoprene Lunch Tote, $13.99 on Amazon


Oh, look at all the pretty colors! We never thought our lunch bag would like it came straight from the Museum of Modern Art, but we’re certainly not complaining. Sometimes food can be a work of artBuy Now

For the “Star Wars” Fan

Thermos Wookie Lunch Box, $7.99 on Amazon

Star Wars Chewbacca wookie lunch box


This Chewy-inspired lunch box is kind of disturbing, but sure to delight some “Star Wars” fans, as long as they don’t mind the inevitable crumbs and food stains in the wookie hair.Buy Now

For the Eco-Minimalist

Stainless Steel EcoLunch Box, $34.95 on Amazon


This is an ideal option for any eco-friendly minimalist. It also pairs particularly well with handlebar mustaches, skinny jeans, and hipster flannel.Buy Now

For the Whimsical

Unicorn Lunch Pal, $17 on Amazon


Who wouldn’t want to rock a unicorn (with a 3D horn!) in the elementary school or work cafeteria? If that person is you, we’re not sure if we can be friends. Buy Now

For the Kawaii-Committed

Kotobuki Panda Bento Set, $29.95 on Amazon


This adorable Panda is actually a stackable bento box! The different compartments easily separate your different foods, which is perfect for picky eaters who don’t like things to touch. Buy Now

For the Cheeky

Insulated Utensil Print Faux Paper Bag, $12.99 on World Market

World Market

If you like a subtle gag with your turkey sandwich this faux paper bag maybe the little punchline you’re looking for. It’s insulated so it will actually keep your lunch cold too. Just be careful nobody throws it out.Buy Now

For the Minions Fan (or the Just Generally Over It)

“Despicable Me” Lunch Box, $12.99 on Amazon


We’re not particularly obsessed with Minions, but we are obsessed with this Minion-shaped lunch box. This is exactly the face we make when our lunch hour is delayed because of a late meeting.Buy Now

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Joey is a NYC-based writer/editor, TV/radio personality, editor-at-large for Chowhound, author of "Basic Bitchen," and host of "Dish This." His work has been featured in outlets like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, Travel+Leisure, and BuzzFeed. Prior to a career in editorial, he served as the lead publicist for hit TLC shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "My Strange Addiction," and "My Crazy Obsession." In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, visiting the beaches of Naples, Fla. (his hometown), worshipping Beyoncé, eating sour candy, writing depressing poetry, interior design, and perfecting his stand-up comedy routine. He's also been struck by lightning—quite the shocking experience.
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