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Make school meals cool again with these 12 amazing lunch boxes

Bon appetit, kids!
by Sara Nachlis and Donna Freydkin / / Source: TODAY

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Speaking on behalf of parents everywhere: finding the right lunch box is almost as challenging as packing the perfect lunch.

The design of the lunch box has to be appealing to young foodies. As does the food it contains. It can't leak. It can't squash delicate fruits. And for kids who detest it when lunch contents touch each other (guilty!), there's a whole other consideration.

A great lunch box will keep the warm items warm, the cold items cold, the chips uncrushed, the foods separated — and still look amazing.

As another school year kicks off, we've rounded up lunch boxes that your child will be excited to carry around the lunchroom. (And if you haven't gotten them a backpack, first-day outfit or school supplies, TODAY Parents has got you covered.)

1. Wildkin Bright Stripes Lunch Box, $17, Amazon

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This Amazon best-seller comes in a slew of styles and colors.

2. iSuperb Waterproof Lovely Lunch Box, $11, Amazon

iSuperb Waterproof Lovely Lunch Box is an insulated tote big enough to fill with enough food to satisfy any growing appetite.

3. MIRA Lunch Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Lunch Thermos, $15, Amazon

This handy lunch container keeps your soups warm and your oatmeal toasty.

4. LunchBots Bento Cinco Large Stainless Steel Food Container, $40, Amazon

You can give your kid an assortment of foods to choose from for lunch, and this absolutely doesn't leak.

5. Bentgo Kids Brights Kids Lunch Box, $28, Amazon

So many compartments, so many options for lunch!

7. Skip Hop Insulated and Water-Resistant Unicorn Lunch Bag, $15, Amazon

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Practical and whimsical? You got it! This insulated lunch box even has pockets but it looks like an adorable mythical creature. This Skip Hop Unicorn lunch box is the best of both worlds.

8. Fit & Fresh Kids' Gabby Insulated Lunch Bag $13, Amazon

With this bag, lunch cleanup is a breeze, too.

9. BARI LYNN Glitter Unicorn Lunchbox, $35, Nordstrom

This is so whimsical and fun, it'll make your little one look forward to lunch.

10. Rubbermaid LunchBlox Medium Insulated Lunch Bag, $10, Walmart

We love this no-frills lunch container because it also fits a water bottle.

11. Burton Lunch Sack, $20, Zappos

This one is sturdy, durable and comes in a variety of prints for any lunching tastes.

12. Personalized Lunch Tote, $25, Etsy

What's even more special than a gourmet lunch? A bag with your name on it to carry it in.

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