Category: Gift Guides

Metropolitan Mama's Gift Guides help you select timely and thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

Back-To-School: ZÜCA

Our family was first introduced to ZÜCA carry-all bags seven years ago – and they quickly trumped all other carry-ons in our luggage collection! These smartly-designed, rollable suitcases include usable pockets and slick wheels. As a bonus, the bag actually doubles as a (decently-comfortable) seat. Our almost-10-year-old daughter used the Hanami bag all last year and received compliments in droves. […]

Back-To-School: CRAYOLA

When it comes to purchasing school supply basics like crayons, colored pencils, and markers - I always look for the orange box. This is one category where we don't buy generic because Crayola's products are just plain better. In fact, we recently tossed all of our non-Crayola crayons because the girls are particular about coloring with […]

Back-To-School: JWorld New York

Is a rolling backpack on your to-buy list for back-to-school? Take a peek at the adorable designs offered in the lollipop collection by JWorld NY. The lightweight frame is super easy for younger children to pull around campus and it can also be converted to a backpack at any point. It's also nice that the backpack […]


We've been featuring Tea Collection on Metropolitan Mama for over 5 years. Here's why: The materials are super soft and the designs are inspired by different parts of the world. I always click over when Tea introduces a new collection because they never fail to have beautiful pieces. This is another brand that is well-made so there […]


We've tried quite a few pencil brands over the past few years and Dixon Ticonderoga always comes out on top. The yellow pencils are a pleasure to hold, easy to sharpen, and come with pink erasers that actually work. If you want a little more "flare" of design, Dixon also offers pencils in pretty colors […]


Looking for educational coloring books to enhance your classroom or homeschool experience? Dover Publications has been the leader in this industry since 1941. Whether you're studying about Ancient Egypt, medieval times, the solar system, or famous painters - Dover probably has a coloring book for you! We received an assortment of coloring books several days ago […]

Back-To-School: LANDS' END

When it comes to polos, our family chooses Lands' End every time. They are hands-down the absolute best we've ever found! Well-made with great structure that lasts, their polos withstand lots of washing without color-fading or losing their shape. You can also choose between a more masculine/boxy style or a feminine fit. This year, we […]

Back-To-School: KEEN Footwear

Let's talk about high-quality shoes for kids. Not many shoes can be passed on from child-to-child, but KEEN Footwear is an exception. We've had several pairs that have been worn and then handed down to a sibling because of their stain-resistance and strength of materials. KEEN's newest collection for Back-to-School is the brightly colored Encanto […]

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