10 half-term holiday buys to give the kids style cred

Cool children's kit for sure-fire school-break chic

Half-term heaven is almost upon us, but there’s still time to snap up a few cool buys to make your break tantrum-free and keep Junior ahead of the style pack. So from a snazzy suitcase to fab footwear via an epic tent, we bring you the pick of the bunch…

1. A wow! suitcase.
Not only will Samsonite’s sturdy Marvel Ultimate upright case, £85, be a doddle to spot at baggage reclaim, it will make cool kids feel like a superhero tugging it along and raise a smile from even the grumpiest fellow traveller.

2. A sleek passport cover.
Once they hit check in, nascent stylistas will feel bang on trend flashing one of these chic Passport Covers, £18 each, by Anne Charlotte Goutal at Bobo Kids. Plus they’re so glossy, you won’t need to spend a panicky 10 mins digging around for one while the queue seethes behind you.

3. Beach-perfect flip-flops
Havaianas have been must-buys for stylish mums forever. Now kids can get in on the fashion-forward action. We reckon the Minions, above, £18; and Slim Frozen, below, £20, both by Havaianas Kids, will put a spring in your little darlings’ step the second they slip them on.

4. An inspiring travel journal
Help Junior improve his literary skills in a really fun way by encouraging him to document his holiday adventures with a customised journal. The 7 Day Children’s Vacation Journal, £6.55, by Bon Voyage Designs at Etsy has lots of different sections and handy space for extra notes. Be warned, though, you will feel obliged to cram his day with activities so he has something to write about…


Older kids on a break from Big School, say, will get a kick scribbling their activity-filled days in the pages of this slightly more grown-up New Adventure Graduation Gift Travel journal, £13, BookishlyUK at Etsy.

5 A lunchtime buddy
We found it hard to choose between this and the Owl, and but this Zoo Lunchie – Cat, £13.99, by Skip Hop at Nubie, won our hearts. The perfect size for stashing sarnies, cookies, bottles of pop and seashells and check out the cute mice zip tags!

6. A fun washbag
The Force will be with little ones who own this Star Wars Wonder toilet kit, £10, by Samsonite. And it’s just the thing for helping them take responsiblity for their own bathroom essentials or for beach musts such as suncream, hand wipes and sweets!

7. A cool water bottle
Encouraging Junior to keep hydrated won’t be a problem with this Big Hero 6 sports bottle, £5.50, by Zak at John Lewis. And it’s bright enough to not get left behind.


8. A zesty bucket and spade

Not only is it sunshine bright, eco-friendly and made out of seaweed (yes, really), but Mibo Ltd’s Beach Kit Crab, £17.50, includes everything Junior needs to make award-winning sandcastles – a bucket, spade, rake and sieve. Bagsy we get first dibs.

9. A smart towel
Wrap Junior up in this waffle Poncho beach towel, £39, by Numero 74 at Bobo Kids, in hue du jour grey and she will be super-stylishly snug and dry from a dip in the pool or ocean in a nanosecond.


10. A top tepee

However, if you’re having a relaxing staycation this half term, treat the kids to this epic Tipi, £149, by Numero 74 at Bobo Kids. Roomy, airy, made of pure cotton and with two windows, it’ll keep them entertained for days. And you might just want to veg out in it yourself…

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