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How to Make Back to School Basket

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Back to school season is upon us! There is just something about this time of year that I love. Between the weather getting cooler, back to school shopping and getting back into a routine.  The kids still had school throughout the summer but after Labor Day they head into their new classrooms for the year and with that comes the butterflies.

This year I decided that I wanted to put something together to give the kids the night before their first day to ease some of the nerves and make it fun. I got the idea to put together a Back to School Basket with some things to get them excited. Below I’m sharing some of the goodies in our Back to School Basket and how to put one together.


How to Make a Back to School Basket

Back to school basket

I collected  a bunch of little things throughout the summer that I thought the kids would enjoy.

Pajamas I found these at Old Navy for $10 each!!!!

old navy unisex pajamas

Books – Some of my favorites for the Back to School baskets are shown and linked below.

The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

If you Take a Mouse to School

If you take a mouse to school back to school basket

Our Class is Family

Our class is family back to school basket


Water bottles – I like these personalized ones stainless steel ones.

kids personalized water bottle



Hand sanitizer

back to school basket


For more Back To School Ideas check out

My Back To School Snack Mix

This fun Back To School Countdown

My Back To School Must Haves

These Back to School Meal Ideas


I love to see what you create. If you happen to make this, take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest.


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  • Reply
    August 12, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    This is the CUTEST idea!!!! I need to put one of these together for the twins!

    You are such an inspiration!

    Happy day friend!

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    August 16, 2021 at 8:38 am

    This is such a cute idea! I wonder if I should have made a teacher version to motivate me going back today 🤣

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    Michelle Latinovich
    August 16, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Very cute idea for kids going back to school! So many wonderful gift ideas to include in the basket! Thanks!

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    Carrie Pankratz
    August 16, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    What a great idea! I especially love the personalized water bottles.

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    August 3, 2022 at 8:01 am

    I love The Kissing Hand!! Such a sweet book. Great ideas!

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      August 3, 2022 at 10:59 am

      me too! it’s such an adorable story! My son and I draw hearts on our hands for when he goes to school

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    August 3, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Very cute idea! Like a Christmas eve basket, but getting them excited for school.

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    August 3, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Such a cute idea to make back to school extra special. Thank you!

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    August 3, 2022 at 9:02 am

    I love this idea!

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    August 3, 2022 at 10:01 am

    This is such a cute idea! What a great way to make back to school more special no matter your child’s age!

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    August 3, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    What a fun idea. I love the idea of a basket before the first day. My oldest starts K4 this year and I may need to make this a yearly tradition. Thanks for sharing!

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    Deanna | Life By Deanna
    August 3, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Such a cute idea!! I love that so much

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    August 16, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Nicolle – Thanks so much for sharing this post with the Fabulous Friday Link Party – We are sharing it this week! Congratulations.

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      August 17, 2022 at 6:46 am

      Ahhh Thank you Lynn!!!

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    Laura @ Our Grand Lives
    August 1, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    So sweet! Such a fun way to celebrate “Back to School” with your Littles! As a retired kindergarten teacher, I ❤️ everything about it!

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    August 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    BRILLIANT idea, Nicolle!!
    We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

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