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2022 Back-to-School Gift Ideas and Buying Guide Page

Disclaimer: Beautiful Touches has received products from many of the brands below, to facilitate this article, which is part of our series of Gift Ideas and Buying Guide publications.  No monetary compensation has been exchanged.  All information an images comes directly from the brands.  Any opinions stated are those of the author.

Here is Florida, our kids have been back in school for a couple of weeks.  Many other states and distracts won’t be far behind, with just about all being back in the classroom shortly after Labor Day.  So, it’s back-to-school time!

Welcome to our 2022 Back-to-School Gift Ideas and Buying Guide Page!

2022 Back-to-School Gift Ideas and Buying Guide Page


For some households, back-to-school doesn’t mean that the kids leave the house.  Homeschoolers are in every state, which means that a lot of kids go back-to-school without every leaving their homes.  When one or both parents also work from home, that can take a toll on the entire family.  A BuyBox sign can be a great solution to make sure that everyone knows when mom or dad are “not available” unless there is an emergency.  Also great for general needs…Baby Sleeping, Recording, Editing, Working, and more. Check out the Status Gallery, for all the “messages” that can be programed on your BusyBox!


About BusyBox

Made for the Busy People

Today, more than ever, we need to make time for ourselves. With a BusyBox S, you’ll have our simplest, longest illuminating model. It’s easy to read, easy to control and easy to use. Made to run all week. Made for the busy people.

BusyBox is a small business that makes products for work-from-home professionals and create-from-home content creators. Whether you’re working remotely, jumping on video calls, streaming videos, recording a podcast, studying for finals, or just in need of some solo time, BusyBox gets you the uninterrupted space you need.  We launched during the pandemic with great results but not realizing the unprecedented chip crisis was coming and, while it’s been very difficult to keep our little business running smoothly, we continue to work, continue to sell, and continue to grow.  We’re excited to build new products and for we will bring to the smart home and smart office of the future.  We believe that creating a smart productivity space(s) will be the norm someday soon, along with smart kitchens, smart entertainment and smart security.”

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When the big kids are back in school, the little ones are still in need of attention.  The Contours Love®3-in-o1 Baby Carrier can make like so much easier for mom, dad, or whoever is taking care of the baby!


About Contours Love

“Contours is a premium baby gear brand that is focused on providing families with innovative single and double strollers, bassinets, and more.

Contours baby products are centered on innovative designs to fit your family’s ever-changing needs. Our strollers, potty seats, bassinets and more strive to make a positive difference in your everyday life, help you embrace the everyday moments with your little one, and allow you to give your baby everything. Contours. This baby’s got it all.

Say hello to the Contours Love® 3-Position Baby Carrier! Soft, supportive, and super easy-to-use, this award-winning infant carrier provides beneficial skin-to-skin contact with no fabric or straps between you and your baby.  This method of babywearing enhances the bonding experience, comforts your little one, and feels wonderful! Plus, with all the buckles up front and within easy reach, the Contours Love® baby carrier is easy to put on and take off by yourself, making it a must-have item.

Black and Charcoal carriers feature breathable mesh fabric.

Our Contours Baby team is dedicated to going above industry standards when it comes to product testing. Check out our product safety & testing information here.”

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Honeydew Sleep

No matter if you are sending kids off to college, or just want your family to have a better night’s sleep, Honeydew Sleep Pillows are awesome.  Whatever your needs…side sleeping, body pillows, travel pillows, and more. These are truly the best pillows I’ve ever slept on!

Honeydew Sleep

About Honeydew Sleep

“Designed by Us, Perfected by You

What really makes our pillows special is that you can adjust them to be the right height and firmness for YOU.

All of our pillows have a discreetly hidden zipper that lets you add or remove fill to make our pillow the perfect height for your body.

After all, nobody knows what you need better than you.

We have designed the greatest pillows in the world, but you are the one that makes them perfect.”

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Send your college students off with great cleaning products, or use them in your home.  EWG VERIFIED™ laundry detergents, dish soaps, cleaners, microfiber clothes and cleaning kits.

About AspenClean


“Wash green. Not greenwash.

We believe in higher standards, from the ingredients we use in our products, to the legacy we hope to leave behind. Our natural cleaners and eco-friendly cleaning services achieve more for the planet and all of us on it, beyond a powerful and effective clean.

All AspenClean cleaning products are natural and made with organic ingredients. First, EWG verified(TM) cleaners, Ecocert, Vegan. Include house cleaners, laundry detergents, dishwasher detergents and dish soaps. Septic-safe, free from dyes, preservatives, fragrances, & petroleum.
The line includes All-Purpose Cleaner, Tea Tree and Lavender All-Purpose Scrubbing Powder, Lavender and Lime Bathroom Cleaner Dish Soap, Dishwasher Pods, Unscented Laundry Detergent, Lavender Laundry Detergent, Eucalyptus Laundry Detergent. Pair our cleaning products with our color-coded microfiber cloths and you’ll be able to clean your home in a safe and healthy way, just like the pros!
Our products are available online. We ship to Canada and the USA.
With a firm commitment to a healthy environment, our methods combine new, innovative approaches with time-tested traditions and a little bit of elbow grease. Our wide range of in-home services are provided by a team of hard-working, detail-oriented, and most importantly, friendly staff that accomplish cleanliness with a low environmental impact.
So whether your home needs spring cleaning, you’re moving or you’re simply looking for regular maid services, AspenClean can help! “

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For home, office, dorm room, car/travel, Purell has been a leader in “hand sanitation” from the very beginning.


About Purell

“Did you know that PURELL® products are made and manufactured by a certified WOMENOWNED™ business? Learn more here:
PURELL was invented in 1988 by GOJO to meet the needs of their customers – healthcare providers and restaurants who were looking for ways to reduce the spread of germs. Healthcare workers needed a way to kill germs on their hands when they couldn’t get to soap and water. And restaurants were looking for ways to kill germs on hands to reduce the risk of food contamination.
PURELL was a great success, not only because it was effective at killing 99.99% of most common germs, but because it was convenient, gentle and a pleasure to use. PURELL dispensers and bottles could be placed anywhere, so hand hygiene was no longer restricted to the confines of a sink. People enjoyed using PURELL because it was refreshing and gentle.
Soon the popularity of PURELL grew. People who used it at work also thought it would be great to use when they were at home or on the go.
In 1997, PURELL was made available to consumers, forever changing the way the world stays well. PURELL soon became America’s #1 hand sanitizer and a significant part of popular culture.
Today PURELL remains one of the most recognizable brands in the world. It defines the hand sanitizer category and is the brand most preferred by doctors, professionals and consumers everywhere to safely clean and refresh their hands.”

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Mabel’s Labels

It doesn’t really matter what age your kids are…they are going to misplace their stuff.  Mabel’s Labels has a label for just about anything – clothes, water bottles, shoes, backpacks, lunchboxes, and more.  Find uses for home, baby, school, daycare, camp, and travel.

Mabel's Labels

About Mabel’s Labels

“Mabel’s Labels is the leading provider of personalized kids’ labels to families across North America. For the last 18 years, we’ve been selling durable and waterproof peel-and-stick labels to parents who want to avoid germy mix-ups and lost items at school, camp and daycare. What began as a small venture by four moms has grown into a thriving and successful e-commerce business. Our award-winning products are a favorite product of real parents, celebrities and mommy influencers, alike!
While our company has grown significantly in the last decade, we’ve never lost that start-up spirit! We have a vibrant, collaborative workplace culture and we work hard, but we play hard, too! From company potlucks to fun theme days, working at Mabel’s feels like you’re part of a big family (yup, we’re totally bragging). If you enjoy the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the company of some truly dynamic individuals, then Mabel’s Labels is the place for you.”

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Lunch Notes From ME!® MyWish4U

Who wouldn’t love to find a special note in their lunchbox?  MyWish4U makes it easy….even on the most hectic days!


About MyWish4U

Make Your Kid’s Ordinary Lunch Extraordinary!

The Lunch Notes From Me!® series was made especially for parents wanting to reach out to their kids at lunchtime. It’s an easy way to let them know they are loved and thought about even when they are at school.  These notes teach kids interesting facts about our world and make them laugh, too! 101 unique 4″x 4″ tear-off notes in each pad.

​Enjoy the magic and connection with your kids and put a smile on their face every day. Give Love Notes From Me!® to let them know how much you care. Get to know them better with Anytime Conversations.

MyWish4U products support parents with creative ways to communicate with their kids and have more fun with them too.”

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Keeping hands and faces clean, whenever needed.  Just like having soap and water available at all times.  Free & Clean or Tangerine Scent. Perfect for “anytime” cleanups!


About Handzies

“The natural power of soap and water on the go. 0% alcohol, triclosan, parabens, dyes, perfumes. Hypoallergenic. Cruelty free.

I soon realized that I wasn’t the only one that needed a safe, simple, natural way to get cleaned up on the go! “
Karen Trenk, Founder

I started Handzies in 2016 because I wanted a way for my family to wash our hands more, especially when we were out and about (which was all the time). No one liked any of the other portable cleaning options…baby wipes were something we were all past and goopy hand sanitizing gels just smeared stuff around and left our hands dry and smelling like a doctors office. Plus, I was worried about using too many things with harsh chemicals especially when we were about to eat.

What I wanted was a portable sink but since that didn’t seem too feasible I started making my own wipes using castile (olive-oil based) soap, water and essential oils. Once friends and family found out that I was carrying my wipes around in a plastic bag in my purse, they were forever asking me for “one of those wipes” to clean up. Realizing I wasn’t the only one that just wanted a simple, natural way to get clean, Handzies was launched. Now Handzies are produced at our commercial manufacturing site out in sunny California and we’re happy to provide everyone with a way to get squeaky clean on the go!”

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This funny looking device is a winner!  Perfect for taking those great shots, no matter where you might be.  Want to take those first day back to school photos?  Just use Tenikle and say cheese. These are so popular that they are having a heard time keeping them in stock.  After being featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, Tenikle has become one of the most popular photography accessories.

About Tenikle

“Tenikle® 360° is the best mount for all your devices.

Simple Flexibility…Aim easier with the new 360° arm & our improved internal core with 2.8x more rigidity

360° Motion…We just gave Tenkile an entirely new appendage with the removable 4th arm attachments.

Crazy Suction…You spoke, we listened & developed one of the strongest silicone suction cups ever.

Holds over 100x it’s weight…Engineered to hold up to 30lbs. Guaranteed to hold your devices steady.”

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Creative QT

The SlideAway Toy Storage Basket and Play Mat by Creative QT is a total game changer.  No more excuses from your kids about the fact that it’s too much work to pick up and put away their small toys. 

SlideAway by Creative QT

About Creative QT 

“Built by parents for parents, Creative QT creates practical, inspired toys to declutter homes, inspire creative play, and help families make time together.

All Your Little Toys Can Finally Have a Home!

We get it, kids make constant messes, your home never feels clean, and toy clutter is everywhere! Your kids spread the same toys out again and again making cleaning up a never-ending job. It takes HOURS every week just to keep up.

You deserve a clean home just like other busy parents. The SlideAway® stops the spread of kid toy clutter and saves you hours cleaning up every week. Keep your home tidy with a QUALITY, STYLISH TOY STORAGE. This is no ordinary toy storage! It has a large integrated playmat to clean up in seconds. Just pour, play, and SlideAway®.”

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Another great option to keep messes at bay.  Yipes wipes are face and hand wipes made especially  for kids.


About Yipes

“Our story starts with a mom who developed Yipes! wipes to encourage kids to develop their own self-motivated healthy habits and embrace the messy side of growing up.

Yipes! are designed specifically for kids who are ready to graduate from “baby wipes” to a wipe they feel confident using on their own. Yipes! wipes are the 1st face & hand wipe created to encourage kids to develop their own self-motivated healthy habits.

Yipes! founder Deborah Lu Lynch’s mission has always been to help others understand health and achieve health and the best quality of life. it’s what’s inside of the packaging that really counts, and Deborah’s focus has always been on just that.

In 2014, a few years before the creation of Yipes!, Deborah began her personal journey in studying the microbiome. this journey began as a result of her drive for health and healing, her health science research, and her consultation with global medical experts. Deborah has served on numerous boards for organizations supporting children’s health, women’s health, and breakthrough medical research.

As a long-time advocate for children’s health, Deborah cites one of her proudest accomplishments as helping to form the founding board of the child health institute of new jersey and lobbying for and securing funding for its creation. her business and fundraising background, combined with the mission of the institute—improving children’s health and quality of life through groundbreaking research—made for a perfect partnership.

Today, Deborah has invented and patented many innovative health-related products. science guided by nature, fostering a culture of hygiene, and instilling independent healthy habits in kids all remain at the forefront of her mission.

Out Team

The Yipes! team is made up of a dynamic group of creative and scientific professionals, including Chief Scientific Officer Brinda Wiita, Hh.D., and VP of Regulatory Affairs Emilia Lonardo, Ph.D.

Dr. Wiita and Dr. Lonardo bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table with backgrounds in breakthrough research, ingredient and consumer product safety, consumer health, and more.”

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Paper Sunday

Keeping a planner has been a constant for me, for many many years. I’ve tried going digital, but it just doesn’t work. I need put pen to paper to keep myself on track. The Freedom Woman’s Planner, is beautiful.  I received a hardbound “lay – flat” version. I chose this one for the size, as I like a larger planner.  In hindsight, I wish that I had opted for the Wire Coil Spiral…that way I could have removed the pages, punched them and used a disc system, which is what I’m used to.  But, the planner is beautiful, the quality of the paper is outstanding, and the personalized “messages” and scripture quotes, are meaningful. They also offer Journals for adults and kids, along with scripture cards and a line for men.

Paper Sunday

About Paper Sunday

“Paper Sunday offers a unique line of Personalized Christian Journals and Planners that make “The Perfect Christian Gift”. We believe these gifts will bring you encouragement and help build your personal relationship with God.

It is our desire to help people have a deep and meaningful relationship with their Heavenly Father.   Instead of relegating God to Sunday mornings, we hope you will allow Him into every day and every aspect of your life!

Paper Sunday’s products are so unique and so special because every page of scripture is personalized with your name. We want to provide blank space to unpack your dreams, write down your prayers and inspire your day…but at the same time, have the opportunity to meditate on God’s word which was written with you in mind!

♥ He sees you.

♥ He cares about the details of your life.

♥ He knows you by name.

Whether you are in a season of great joy or struggling through your darkest hour, there is one constant: the love of God. We pray our products would encourage, inspire, teach, and fill you with hope as you are drawn to His word and drawn to Him in a deeply personal way.

Kara Heckel is the founder of Paper Sunday.  She is married to Bob Heckel and mother to two amazing boys.”

About the Freedom Women’s Planner

“NEW! Lay-flat bindings for Hardback and Softback! Paper Sunday planners feature Smyth-sewn binding, which has the added benefit of being able to lie completely flat when opened. This is the highest quality and most durable binding on the market. It is the perfect planner to schedule your life, write down your prayers, and inspire your day!

We get it – You’re busy! Our personalized scripture planners allow you to stay organized and be encouraged with the word of God. Includes both a monthly & weekly view with a personalized scripture on each spread.

Choose the month your planner begins
Your 12-month planner can begin in January, May, August – or even December! The ultimate in customization!

Example planners:
January 2021 – December 2021
May 2021 – April 2022
August 2021 – July 2022

The Planner:

  • 12-Month Planner
  • 144 Total Pages
  • 72 different personalized scriptures
  • Choose the month your planner begins.
  • Full month view and weekly views
  • Area for notes at the start of each month
  • “I am grateful for” reflection space at the end of each week
  • Holidays listed at the front of each planner
  • Full calendar year view of your chosen months
  • Notes & Prayers, Birthdays, and Important Phone Numbers pages
  • Made in the USA


  • Hardback Lay-flat – 6.25″ x 8.5″ (library bound lay-flat book)
  • Softback Lay-flat – 6″ x 8.25” (lay-flat, soft-touch velvety smooth cover)
  • Wire Coil Spiral – 5.5″ x 8.5″ (wire bound, soft-touch velvety smooth cover)

Standard Personalization Features:

  • Your Name in Scripture: We personalize each scripture to include your name!
  • Cover Initials (optional)Add personalization to your cover! Choose 1, 2, or 3 letters for your cover: initials, a name or a word.

Additional Personalization Features:

  • Gift Note: Add a personalized message which is printed and bound in each planner to create lasting memories. Gift Box: Stylishly gift box to make your gift even more perfect! (Gift Box included with Gift Note Purchase)”

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17 thoughts on “2022 Back-to-School Gift Ideas and Buying Guide Page

  • You have a bunch of cool gift ideas here. I will look into some of them for sure. Those Yipes would come in handy!

  • So many products that are so needed here. Those labels are a must-have for school.

  • So many great ideas in here. That pillow has my name all over it!

  • These all sound like great ways to make the school year go a little more smoothly. Those pillows look so comfy!

  • I need a new pillow so bad. I want to try that Honeydew one!

  • I want some of these for myself actually 🙂 Especially that pillow!

  • I wish they had those play mats when my boys were little. It would have been such a huge help in helping cleaning up their mess after playing.

  • These are all really great ideas! I would love to have that pillow! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • There are some really lovely products here. I do like the sound of honeydew sleep. I could do with a few different pillows to help me sleep better.

  • Thank you for these awesome ideas! They are so various! I will find the right gift for sure!

  • These are great gift ideas. The pillow is at the top of my list.

  • I love that the Handzies were started by just making them for at home, and then others wanted them so a business was started. We’re all a little more conscious about keeping germs at bay these days.

  • We have a long trip coming up so I’m going to check those travel pillows. Been wanting to get one.

  • What a great review of these products! I think the HoneyDew sleep will need to be a gift to myself and I saw a few others my family would like.

  • I have heard good things about Yipes wipes from friends and seems like they were right! Love these ideas 🙂

  • I just realized I didn’t buy school stuff this year anymore, I’m old! 😀 Great items, kids will love all these.


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