Whether you're off on a day out to the zoo or the park, or your little one is about to start school, a good lunchbox is important. To many children, a lunchbox is the centre of the universe - snacks live in there! Sandwiches live in there!
If your little one isn't keen on eating lunch, then a brightly coloured and cheerful lunchbox can help encourage self-feeding.
Choose a lunchbox for your child that tells of the excitement inside - we know that part of the enjoyment of eating comes from the visual, so set them up for success with a funky place to keep their food.
Best lunchboxes for kids 2021:
From owls, to Disney characters, star designs, and unicorns, we've chosen our favourite children's lunchboxes you can buy today.
Munchkin Bento Toddler Lunch Box
Best kids' bento box
With stainless steel utensils that click into the lid, this bento box is great for keeping everything in your child's lunch separate (something my lunchbox was missing when I was seven, and went on a school trip only to open it up and find my sandwiches covered in chocolate Swiss roll crumbs).
Review: "Great lunchbox for my 2.5 year old, expect it to last a good few years and enough room to feed an older child. Very sturdy and completely leak proof (even the separate compartments). I was hesitant spending so much money on 'a lunch box' but 100 per cent worth it! Definitely recommend!"
Smash Owl Insulated Lunch Bag and 350ml Bottle
This cute, easy-to-wipe owl lunch bag is bound to make your little one look forward to lunchtime. Designed in Australia, we love the 3D ears and the insulated bottle holder that will help keep your tot's water cold 'til lunchtime.
Review: "My 2-year-old daughter loves this bag so much so that she will not let anyone else carry it to nursery for her. On her first day, she would not even let her teachers have it hehe. Very well made. The extra front compartment is very handy to keep things separate from the food area. The bottle is easy to drink from as well for our daughter. Could do with dual bottles as she drinks like a horse."
Minnie Mouse Kids Children 3D Lunch Box Bag With Water Bottle
Best Disney lunchbox
With a 3D face and a handy bottle holder, Minnie is the perfect lunchtime companion with this bag. We love the handy zipped closure, which means your little one’s lunch will stay safe, no matter how many times it’s dropped!
Review: "My daughter is obsessed with Minnie and she absolutely loves this lunch bag . She will not put it down and i love that it comes with a water bottle."
Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Monkey
Best monkey lunchbox
The lunchbox we all wish we had at primary school (who remembers that Barbie plastic box?) this Skip Hop bag is perfect for your little monkey! We particularly love the 3D ears and banana toggle.
Review: "This is such a cute lunch box. My little girl wanted a unicorn lunch box for when she started nursery, and all the ones on the high street just didn’t really do much for me, and were too widely available, so a lot of people have them. After searching online for different ones, I settled on this it was just so cute and different helps that I also love the brand :) 5 stars from me for sure."
Paw Patrol Official Lunchbag Lunch Bag
Best Paw Patrol bag
If you’ve got a Paw Patrol fan on your hands, this is the lunchtime bundle you need! The lunch bag comes complete with a sandwich box and drinking bottle.
Review: "Lovely lunch box. Perfect for my little one to take to nursery and love the strap to carry it over her shoulder."
Paperchase Buddies Pip lunch bag
Cute as a button, this Paperchase lunch bag is insulated and roomy enough to contain all the best snacks.
Print-motif lunch box
Is your kiddo in their Frozen stage? Whether they spend their weekend dressed up as Elsa or sing their heart out to Let It Go every chance they get, they’ll love being surprised with this Frozen Print-motif lunch box. Made from plastic, there are two separate compartments for snacks and sandwiches as well as a snap-on lid.
Review: "Really good quality, very sturdy."
Peppa Pig Lunch Bag And Bottle Set
Mini Peppa Pig fans will be excited for meal times thanks to this lunch bag and bottle set. This is a brilliant option for children starting school or for days out with the family.
Review: “Lovely pack lunch box set. My 3-year-old was delighted with it. A good size, so perfect for nursery and school use.”
Kids' Disney Princess™ Lunch Box
Make your little one's fairytale come true by choosing this Disney Princess™ lunch box. Best thing about it? The lunch box has Thinsulate™ technology, which will keep their lunch fresh and cool until it's time to eat. Pure magic!
Review: "Bought to match back pack for Nursery she now insists that all lunch and snacks can only be eaten out of it."
Trixie Animal Thermal Lunch Bag
Available in a cute penguin or monkey design, this lunch bag will be adored by parents and kids alike. Children will love the fun and friendly designs (also the matching backpack), whereas parents will like that it is insulated to keep food hot and cold on long journeys. A brilliant option to take on family holidays!
Review: "Friendly animal-themed lunch bags that'll make the contents seem even more appealing."