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2020 Back to School Gift Ideas and Buying Guide

Disclaimer: Beautiful Touches has received products from some of the brand below, to facilitate this Gift Ideas and Buying Guide posting.  No monetary compensation has been exchanged.  All opinions expressed are those of the authors.

Welcome one and all to the 2020 Back to School Gift Ideas and Buying Guide

School in now in session – or will be soon. No matter if your child’s (our your) education will be back in a brick and mortar facility, online virtual, or homeschool,  supplies will be needed, and special extras are always appreciated and looked forwards to.  The smell of new crayons for the younger set.  Backpack and new clothes for the older kids.  Fun things to help with the transition of new rules and regulations.  Let’s take a look at some great back to school gift ideas in our 2020 buying guide.

Sage Owl The Great Grill Scraper

Don’t let dirty grills hamper your back to school cookouts. Using The Great Grill Scraper from Sage Owl, with get your grill clean (and keep it clean) safely and easily. There is a Grill Scraper for just about every type and size grill…there’s even a grill scraper for Porcelain Coated Grates! And, you can get a handle for even easier clean up.

Sage Owl The Great Grill Scraper

From Sage Owl

SAFER THAN A WIRE BRUSH – While BBQ grill brushes can LOSE THEIR BRISTLES (which can land in your food), our bristle-free grate cleaner ELIMINATES THIS SAFETY HAZARD for your peace of mind.

UNIVERSAL FIT – has 6 round grooves – from 1/32″ (thick as a credit card) up to 1″ (size of a quarter) and 5 V-shaped grooves for grates with round tips – grates must be spaced at least 1/2” apart

WON’T DAMAGE YOUR GRILL – Made of SOLID BRASS, which makes these heavy-duty barbecue tools last for years and years. At the same time, it’s 100% SAFE TO USE use on Porcelain and Teflon-coated grill grates.

TAKE IT ANYWHERE – Its COMPACT SIZE lets you stash this bar b que tool in your pocket, backpack or glove box. Take it camping or hiking with you. Included Accessories – BOTTLE OPENER, GRIDDLE SCRAPER, S-hook and ball chain for easy storage.

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – We want you to be thrilled with this barbecue grill cleaning tool kit accessory. If you don’t find this to be the SAFEST GRILL SCRAPER you’ve ever used, return it for a prompt refund.

Learn More, Follow, and Shop Sage Owl: Website | Amazon | Facebook

Nurture Life

Complete meals and sides designed for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults.  Purchase family meals, sides, and cold lunches too.  My daughter has been loving these.  She is going through chemo and steroid infusion therapy and most of the time she just doesn’t feel like cooking.  Nurture Life makes it easy for her to quickly heat up a complete and balanced meal that tastes great!

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Info from Nurture Life

As parents, it can be hard to balance your kids’ plates when you have too much on yours. Trust us, we understand!
Nurture Life was born out of our own experiences as busy parents trying to juggle demanding full-time jobs, quality family time and healthy meals for our kids. After way too many nights of exhausted midnight meal prep, our co-founders Jennifer and Steve decided it was time for a change. They left positions in the tech industry to start Nurture Life, with a dream of helping other parents manage impossibly full schedules without settling for typical “kids meal” nutrition.
Unlike many kid-focused food brands, we truly look at the full picture—nutrition, taste & kid acceptance (because a healthy meal doesn’t matter if they won’t eat it!). Every meal is thoughtfully developed by registered dietitians and chefs in order to balance these elements and help teach your kids to love healthy foods for a lifetime. Rather than replace your kitchen, we’re an extension of it—offering flexible, fast and nutritious meal options whenever you need a helping hand.
As one more member of your village, we’re here to support you in raising kids to be happy and healthy. It’s not only about breakfast, lunch or dinner today; it’s about building healthy futures for your family, one meal at a time.
Read more about our food & nutrition here, or explore our kids meal delivery menu now.

Use Code BEAUTIFULTOUCHES25 for 25% off your first TWO orders!

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Shrewd Food

Awesome, healthier snacks, that are lower carb, pack a punch of protein, AND taste really good! Easy to pack and carry packets of tasty morsels…savory and sweet.

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Info from Shrewd Food

At Shrewd Food we rack our brains to create and bring you foods that Taste Great and are significantly healthier.

Caring about who we are is a big deal! If you’re going to trust a snack company to deliver everything you always wanted in a snack and more, you need to feel confident that they’ll do it right. That’s why you can trust Shrewd Food to deliver our promise of offering high-quality snacks to the masses.

We are the premier high protein, low carb, low sugar, low-calorie snack choice for everyone including kids, parents, diabetic and bariatric patients, keto followers, fitness enthusiasts, health nuts, and athletes.

Shrewd Food Protein Puffs are gluten-free, non-GMO, contain no peanuts, or tree-nuts, soy-free, egg-free, Kosher dairy and have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Whew! Simply put, our snacks have more of what you want and less of what you don’t. Start your Shrewd snacking today.

Learn More, Follow, and Shop Shrewd Food | Website |Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 


Receptra Naturals

Starting college is stressful (for students and their parents), but this year with so much uncertainty, and all the new rules and regulations… it’s even more so. To help ease that stress, and the pain that can accompany it, check out this awesome Back to School CBD Set.

  • Seriously Relax + Lavender tincture (0.5oz) 
  • Serious Relief Targeted Topical™ + Arnica (0.62oz)

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Info From Receptra Naturals

Producing high-quality, full-spectrum, pure hemp CBD extract products. Receptra cares, naturally.
Health and Wellness begin with Receptra Naturals Pure Hemp CBD Oils. Pure Hemp CBD oils are ideal for those new to CBD and also those who depend on it for advanced health and wellness needs. At Receptra, we take pride in producing high-quality, full-spectrum, organic hemp CBD extract products. All of our pure hemp oil is extracted from premium hemp flower that is 100% grown on family farms in Colorado. We use organic growing practices to create pure CBD oil that is always submitted for independent third-party testing to guarantee quality and consistency. From the field to the lab, and to your home, Receptra cares for your quality of life each step of the way.
Our Values
All of Receptra’s pure hemp oil extracts are extracted from premium organic hemp flower grown on family farms in Colorado. We use sustainable organic growing practices to create pure cbd oil that is always submitted for third party testing to ensure quality and transparency. We share these results with you so that you can be confident in what you are putting in and on your body.
100% Colorado Grown
Every bit of the hemp used in Receptra Naturals products is 100% grown on family farms in beautiful Colorado. Our pure cbd oil is grown through 100% organic farming practices. Each plant is both planted and harvested by hand to ensure only the highest quality hemp is used in our oils.
Third Party Tested
Quality and transparency are as important to us as they are to you. Every batch of Receptra hemp oil is submitted for third-party testing. We proudly share our testing results with you to ensure full transparency into our process and products. Third party testing and validation allows us to guarantee consistent, pure hemp extracts for your daily routine.
Know What’s In Your Bottle
All of Receptra’s pure cbd oil is extracted in a fully licensed extraction facility. Our expert laboratory technicians take special care to create safe and contaminant free, pure cbd oils through every step of the process. From the field to the lab, and to your home, Receptra products are developed with your health and wellness in mind.
Whole Plant Floral Extracts
Every drop of our pure hemp oil is extracted from premium organic hemp flower. We ensure a full spectrum of hemp’s cannabinoids from only the highest quality hemp flower, without using the plant’s seeds, stems or stalks. You can be confident that your body will benefit from the entourage of cannabinoids that Receptra delivers.

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Smart Ideas 4 Life – Foldable Reclining Stadium Seats

Rah rah rah…sis boom bah.  So, it looks like schools are opening up. People are going to restaurants, getting their hair cut, and getting back out and about.  So, hopefully there will be outdoor activities this fall.  Don’t be caught on a cold hard stadium seat while your kids are participating in sports activities.  Keep you back and bottom comfy with Smart Ideas Foldable Reclining Stadium Seats, available on Amazon.  And these aren’t just for stadium seating…they are great for home use too!

Smart Ideas 4 Life Foldable Stadium Seats -

  • ★ULTIMATE COMFORT – Please check carefully the size and weight before ordering. High backrest (19.5”), extra thick soft padding (3″) on seat cushion and armrests. The chair easily reclines into 5 positions. Standard size seat is 17″ with armrest up and 23″ without. For a smaller version check our Standard Size Stadium Chair.
  • ★MULTIPURPUSE 2 In 1 DESIGN – Same comfort on and off the bench. Not only for the bleachers, perfect for outdoor events: races, camping, park concerts, beach, pool, picnic and boating. Or use it at home and backyard as yoga/meditation chair, TV floor seat, gaming chair.
  • ★ FOLDS INTO TWO, COMPACT – Weights only 10.3 Lbs (equals 5 bottles of 2ltr). It has adjustable shoulder straps for ease of transport and extra free water proof zipped carrying bag.
  • ★STAYS IN PLACE & HOLDS EVERYTHING YOU NEED – With our new added strong hook, anti-slip water resistant PVC bottom and sturdy construction it will fit any type of bleachers wood or metal. 2 front pockets + Zipped side pocket for all your must-haves: cellphone, water bottle, coffee tumblers, keys and wallet.
  • ★TREAT YOURSELF AND LOVED ONES TO THE COMFORT YOU DESERVE! A small investment that will last a lifetime, backed with our no questions asked 30 days refund policy and 5 years warranty, it’s a no brainer

Info from Smart Ideas4 Life

Ours is a small family-owned company impassioned with the desire to give your life a facelift by means of original, innovatively designed smart products. To transform what was once boring and mundane into pleasure and fun. To turn the Mundane into Magic. To delve into the human heart and mind – amidst the stress of today’s crazy world and busy lifestyle – to see what’s needed.
Because sometimes even the simplest of tools can spell all the difference.
We at Smart Ideas 4 Life believe that just the right thing can save you precious time, untold energy, and invaluable resources – giving you more time to relax and experience the pleasure of your existence.
You, your friends and family are our key to creativity. At Smart Ideas 4 Life, we always listen, forever striving to find a better way. Galvanized by the beauty, creativity and fun that are part of everyday life, we search for out-of-the-box solutions that will infuse your life with joy.

Learn More, Follow, and Shop Smart Ideas: Website | Amazon | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube

Sophie Peridot

Looking to spruce up your home at the start of a new school year.  Little touches can make a big difference (especially not that so many of us are home more).  Sophie Peridot has great table runners that look awesome, but won’t “break the bank”! Dress them up or keep them casual…they work either way.  I can’t wait to also use them in my rustic holiday décor this year!

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Info From Sophie Peridot

At Sophie Peridot, discover items we love to make life a little bit better, take better care of ourselves and beautify our homes. Sophie and I love home decor, fashion, pets (of course) and health. Stay tuned for more!

MAKE YOUR HOME GLAMOROUS – Be the talk of the town with a beautiful table high quality, 100% natural jute table runners featuring sparkly gold metallic lace in pure white or dramatic black. Transform your table into an elegant, stylish event.  Perfect holiday decor, inspired wedding decoration, and a great staple to have in your entertaining arsenal.

Learn More, Follow, and Shop Sophie Peridot: Shop | Facebook 


Thames & Kosmos

You’ve got to love a company that makes LEARNING FUN! Perfect for Homeschool Curriculum supplementation or for extracurricular fun for those who have gone back to a brick and mortar setting.  Awesome STEM toys and kits, craft kits, and games…for children from as young as 3 to 16 and up.

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Info From Thames & Kosmos

Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology related educational products for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience. T&K is headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Dozens of awards from the most reputable awards programs including the Parents’ Choice Awards, Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Nominations, and more!
Science Kits, Board Games, Card Games, Hand-crafted Globes, Magic Kits and Crafts!

Learn More, Follow, and Shop Thames & Kosmos: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Specializing in building blocks but with a truly modern twist.  Bright and colorful.  All sorts of shapes…and they are all magnetic. How fun is that! Many are Authenticated. Kids will love them, but so will adults, as I believe that these sets are frustration free.

MAGFORMERS / STICK-O by MAGFORMERS - 2020 Back to School Gift Ideas


Here at MAGFORMERS® we pride ourselves in the quality of our product and the play experience it delivers. Each shape contains rotating Rare Earth Neodymium magnets, the strongest of their kind for guaranteed connectivity. Every magnet is kept safe and secure in Sonic welded, BPA free, HQABS plastic. This process of manufacturing ensures each magnet is encapsulated with the utmost security, providing a safe, long lasting play experience.

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Smart Mama Smart Kids – Parenting

Want to be a better parent?  Want to know how to be able to better communicate with your children?  Want your children to be able to become independent. Take one of her master classes, to help build your skills, so that you can help build your children’s skills.

Time Out/Time In is aimed at toddler/preschooler parents; Teaching Children To Listen is more for 3 years -8 years; Stop that Whining is aimed at all of those ages!

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Info from Smart Mama Smart Kids Parenting

I’m Miranda, a teacher, parenting coach and Mama to 3 little people.

At SMSK, I’m all about helping you:

  • feel empowered as a parent
  • learn practical strategies to help you build connection with your child
  • Learn about setting healthy boundaries, and
  • How you can teach your child independence and emotional management.

I help parents understand and connect with their small children, so they can give the gift of a happy childhood-and build the lasting relationship they want with their kids. 

Helping mums understand and connect with their small child…and spark positive change in their household.”

Learn More, Follow, and Shop Smart Mama Smart Kids Parenting: Website |Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest


Now more than ever, cleanliness is at the forefront of most of our minds.  Finding products that can help to keep us an our homes clean and safe, AND protect our planet, is of utmost importance in my mind.  DetraPel had got you covered!

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Info from DetraPel

At DetraPel, we’re driven by the promotion of a thriving planet and the well-being of the people we love. DetraPel’s humble beginnings start with a 15-year-old sneakerhead turned CEO, who ran a shoe cleaning business for local sports teams. While using a competitor’s product, David Zamarin discovered it was carcinogenic due to dangerous fluorochemicals. By using the harmful formula, he exposed himself to cancer-causing chemicals and an industry-changing idea. David set to work on developing his own nano-based formula that could protect valuable belongings without harming himself or others.
Today, DetraPel Fabric Protectors, are PFAS-free making them safer for you, your loved ones and our planet. Simply spray this treatment on any fabric and watch how it repels liquids, helping to protect against spills and stains. Whether you want to protect your white carpet from wine stains, your new shoes from getting dirty outside, or your car seats from accidental coffee spills, DetraPel has got you covered.

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Maybe your pup is going to school this fall…obedience school?  LOL, we’ve got all your bases covered!  Find products for people and their pets at Rover.

Rover - 2020 Back to School Gift Ideas

Info from Rover

We’re your rainy-day-dog-walkers. Your every-day-belly-rubbers. Your peanut-butter-Kong-fillers. Your middle-of-the-night-pee-breakers. Because we get it—your dog is family. And when you can’t be there, you can trust us to keep your dog happy, healthy, and sweet as ever.

But it’s not just about dog love. Rover is also an award-winning technology business committed to making pet care safe, easy, and affordable so that everyone can experience the unconditional love of a dog.

So for the frequent butt-sniffers, the sock-stealers, the table-side beggars and the clicker-trained champions: We’re your people.

And for the world travelers, the long-day-at-work-ers, the business-trip jetsetters, the swing-shift survivors: We’re your people, too.

Whatever you and your dog are into, we’re into it, too. And we’ve got your back. Anytime. Anywhere.

Learn More, Follow, and Shop Rover: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube


Oh my ache’n back...back to school or back to work – sitting at a desk for long hours can wreck havoc on your back. The SpineDeck can help with back pain and poor posture with just 10 minutes of use each day.

SpineDeck - 2020 Back to School Gift Ideas


When laying down on the back stretcher, gravity allows the front of your body to effortlessly stretch out and upwards, and the surrounding muscles start to relax, gently decompressing the discs in your vertebrae, realigning the spine, relieving tension and pain. You’ll be amazed by how good you feel after just one use!

Info from SpineDeck

Say goodbye to sciatica pain and poor posture, and discover the ultimate back pain relief tool, with SpineDeck™.

The SpineDeck® mainly helps with back, hip, neck, shoulder and even head pain. It can alleviate pain caused by Sciatica, Herniated Discs, Bulging Discs, Spinal Stenosis, Scoliosis, Pinched Nerves and more! It stretches your back and naturally decompresses your spine which relaxes your muscles and restores your natural curve.


We truly believe we have some of the best products in the world, and we want to make sure we back that up with a risk-free ironclad 60-day Money Back Guarantee.
If you don’t have a positive experience for​ ANY​ reason, you can quickly contact our helpful customer support team and we will answer your question immediately.

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p.o.p candy co.

Looking for a delicious sweet treat? Look no farther. There are plenty of flavors to choose from…for even the most adventurous palates.  But for me, once I tried the Maple Bacon, there was no looking back. My mouth waters just thinking about it. Just the right amount of maple sweetness, with an undertone of smokey bacon.  YUM!

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Info from p.o.p candy co.

p.o.p. candy is incredibly buttery, toasty toffee in sweet and savory flavors.

p.o.p. candy’s fresh nuts, excellent spices, farmer’s market herbs & fruits, and all-natural extracts are combined and cooked into each batch so that each flavor is incredible and no two flavors are the same.

p.o.p. candy is handmade with:

• No corn syrup
• No soy
• No peanuts

p.o.p. candy always uses the highest quality ingredients, and we source local ingredients whenever possible.

Our p.o.p candy is available in multiple flavors:

classics: almond, pecan, pistachio, p.o.p. mix (a 4-nut blend)

fresh herb & seed varieties: rosemary almond, thyme, walnut & cherries, fennel and seeds (our nut-free blend)

spice-forward flavors: fire pistachio, brown sugar & cinnamon, c-c-c-curry, almond crush

bold aromatic flavors: rum y vanilla, maple bacon, rosewater cardamom

Learn More, Follow, and Shop p.o.p. candy co.: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

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