Back to school shopping: Ideas from Birmingham city centre stores

With the kids starting to go back to school this week and next there’s always a few last-minute school accessories you need to get them through the day (and for homework). We’ve picked out a few highlights from across central Birmingham



Who could resist practising their handwriting with this gorgeous lava print gold-trimmed fine ballpoint pen from The Completist at Selfridges?

It’s refillable making it planet-friendly too.



This High Street shoe store, which stocks everything from Clarks to Kickers, has a buy one get one half price offer on school shoes.



This colourful Hype Backpack from Next isn’t just eye-catching it’s practical too. It has a mini front pocket, grab handle and padded adjustable straps for added comfort. We love the cute pom pom too.


JD Sports

Budding sports stars can carry their boots in style with this Adidas Tiro Bootbag from JD Sports.



Little one about to start school? Help get ready for their first day with Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s classic book Starting School from Waterstones. Beautifully illustrated and full of humour and fun it will help them feel confident when they head through the school gate.

You’ll also find sticker and work books on starting school and for older kids you’ll find a wide range of dictionaries and revision guides to give them a head start.



Cass Art

The arts materials supplier, Cass Art, on Corporation Street, is running its Art Essentials promotion with great discounts on pens, paper, paints and more.

Visit the store to take a look and be inspired to get creative.



Flying Tiger

From study planners and sticky memos to quirky erasers, pens and drinking bottles head to Flying Tiger in the Bullring for great value accessories with a touch of fun.


H&M Home

This cute lunch box from H& M Home (£5.99) will bring a smile to their face at lunch break. Choose from a dinosaur, puppy or rabbit print design.


Looking Sharp

Make sure the kids look their best for the return to school with a visit to one of Birmingham’s many salons and barbers, such as The Barber House on Waterloo Street, pictured above.

You could also try Ikon and Goodlife in Great Western Arcade, Shepherds in Piccadilly Arcade or Everyman on Temple Street.

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