Wouldn’t it be super spectacular if you could buy ONE thing and pretty much be done with back to school supply shopping? Imagine, no running from store to store to get the best deals on pencils, crayons, sharpeners, pencil boxes, etc, etc, OMG etc. Just thinking about it makes me sweaty! So when Blum Gear asked if I wanted to review one of their school gear kits for Jacob, I pictured the hours (and gas money) I would save and said “oh yes!” Then they said I could give FOUR of you a kit of your own. Double yes!
Why Blum? Because it’s One and Done
Blum Gear is a “one and done” solution. It’s a super cute and stylish kit that has pretty much everything on your child’s school supply list. Their kits for grades ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade and come with all the core supplies. They actually polled like a zillion teachers or something to find out what your kids need. Okay, not a zillion, but they really did their research.
Although Jacob is going into 5th grade, his district still considers that elementary school. I ended up getting him the K-4 kit because it had all the basics on Jake’s list: crayons, pencils, erasers, sharpener, and so on. Plus it had stuff that wasn’t on his list, like markers and a ruler. Things I know will come in handy with projects throughout the year. Things teachers spring on you LATER, after all the school supplies are gone from stores. 41 things in all! Plus everything comes in a fun little case that’s cool enough for a 10-year-old.
All that was left on my list was a backpack, binder, notebooks and folders. Well, plus clothes, but I’ve been working on that all summer long. Other kits come with different supplies, depending on the grade. Some even have a handy dry-erase board. The kits for older kids come in several different more “grown up” colors, like pink, green, blue and black.
Maybe you’re wondering about the quality of the stuff inside? I know I worry about that. There are pencils, then there are pencils, know what I mean? Markers, and markers. It’s not enough to send our kids off stocked up with their supplies, we want to know that the pencil isn’t going to snap the first time they get stressed during a test and tense their little hands. We want their crayons to color the pages vividly without them pressing through to the center of the earth.
I tested out the Blum pencils a bit, mostly because when I opened up that box of graphites, I liked the way they felt! They’re quality pencils, I can tell you that much. I didn’t color with the crayons because they’re not my crayons. Jacob likes things to be new when he goes to school, so I don’t mess around too much with his school supplies. Even though I REALLY want to. That’s like the best part of back to school, playing with the new stuff. He’d let me if I asked, but he puts up with enough as a blogger’s kid. I let him have his school supplies in tact. The pencils, though? REALLY nice. I may steal one. Just one. He won’t notice!
Blum is pretty great because they’re a family-owned company. They started out making fabulous gum erasers, then expanded. They really care about quality, but they also care about making sure you can afford quality supplies. They keep their prices reasonable and offer a variety of kits as well as individual items.
Check out Blum’s website to see all their great back to school supply kits. Then get them at Staples or Amazon. Your school spirit store may also have them for sale, just ask. If not, be a hero and recommend them!
My biggest challenge is finding good quality supplies that won’t break the budget
My biggest challenge is finding all of the items that are on the required supply list and having to go to different stores to find everything.
That’s a great way to get school supplies.
I don’t have children but I used to be a Special Education Teacher and it’s awesome that Blum really did it’s research, it was so frustrating when kids would come to class un-prepared. And many teacher fund their classroom with their own wages that are quite humble to begin with so it’s great when parents can be sure they are sending their kids back to school with everything they need!
It sure looks like they have everything kids need for back to school. My kids need all kinds of supplies, so this is perfect timing.
This is such a great organizer! I want it for myself! Reminds me of the old school trapper keeper…remember those?! It would be fabulous to have one of those to show my daughter, hehe! <3 Christine, The Choosy Mommy, http://www.choosykids.blogspot.com
My biggest challenge was finding graphing paper composition books this year, along with having to go to 10+ stores to get everything on both my sons lists. It’s highly frustrating not to mention expensive.
Just finding supplies anymore. Seems the stores are just emptied before I get there. Thanks for the giveaway
My kids are grown but I always love to get the grand some cool school supplies that are not on their list. They love them and I know they’d love blum back to school supplies.
These are very cute, I know that my boys would love this! I am super excited about the giveaway!
When we shop for Back to School, I’m always going to 2-3 stores to find everything on the list. This would be so much easier!
Love how organized this would keep the kids. Everything in one place which is perfect for back to school supplies.
This sounds like such a cool site for school supplies. I love what you picked out!
We are still in the “pooling” stage at school, so the hardest part for me is buying things that I know my kids might not be the ones to use. I can’t buy the cute spiral notebooks or folders. 🙁
I haven’t heard of this website until now. I love the Blum kit. I’m heading over there to check the website.
Thank you for letting us know about Blum. It is great that they came up with this idea, to have all the kids stuff in one organized holder. I will be checking out their website. I think I would need this too, I am so into adult coloring books!
Love this idea! My kids’ pencil cases are always a disaster. This would be perfect – would keep everything neatly organized. Will have to check my local Staples.
I love it! Very neat looking, and the supplies won’t easily get lost. This is an awesome giveaway.
I love this, it perfect for my son to keep organize his pens and other things that fits for this, i love being organize
My biggest challenge is he lives part time with us and part time with his mom, so making sure that he has everthing he needs at both houses. These Blum organizers sound like the perfect solution!!
My biggest challenge while back to school shopping is finding quality products that don’t cost an arm & a leg.
I’ve just begun to hear of Blum. I like the look of their kits, very kid fun.
This is actually really cute. I would love to get my nieces and nephews something like it for Christmas.
My Kiddies would love these…they are all into supplies and the more the better as far as they are concerned.
I love this. My daughter is starting preschool and thinks she needs ALL of this stuff! lol
I hadn’t heard of Blum. What a great idea.
My biggest challenge is controlling myself. I have a serious addiction to overbuying school supplies.
My biggest challenge is getting enough for the 4th grader and also getting more to donate to his class with all the budget cuts his class needs lots of help!
My biggest challenge is dodging all the parents & kids.
Sorry I missed this one… it’s an adorable kit!