August marks the return of those three dreaded words that strike fear and loathing in the heart of schoolkids everywhere – back to school. Whether you’re shopping for a wide-eyed pre-teen or a blasé college kid, you can ease their transition back to early mornings, homework, and exams with something from these great Amazon Pay merchants.

Tasra 16L Backpack from Cotopaxi. This repurposed nylon backpack contains more colors than the rainbow while also keeping electronics and books safe from any unexpected rain showers. Featuring a padded laptop sleeve and multiple grab handles, the Tasra is perfect for every kid on the move.  

Summer Dino Case from Skinnydip. Kids have a preternatural ability to drop, smash, and break just about every substance known to man – a particularly bad skill when it comes to electronics. Protect against cracked screens with this stylish, sunglasses-sporting dinosaur phone case.  

Wendell or Nora boots from Grenson. When it’s time to graduate from a pair of ratty sneakers to something a little more adult, you can’t go wrong with a pair of elegant boots from England’s Grenson, who have been crafting fine footwear for over 150 years.

Subscription to The Washington Post. It’s a rapidly changing world, and The Washington Post is the best way to keep up. With a special academic rate, active K-12 teachers as well as U.S. college students, faculty, and staff are eligible to save 50% off a subscription.

Laptop Stickers from Redbubble. Help that laptop stand out in a sea of same-ness with these great stickers and skins from Redbubble. Whether you’re going for super-cute or slightly off-kilter, they’ve got more than 12,000 options to fit your personality.

Neocroc Canvas Backpack from Lacoste. Haul those books and laptop in comfort and style with this classic olive-green backpack from Lacoste, featuring just a hint of flair with its crocodile and palm tree patch. Perfect for everyday use, this bag makes a statement without saying much at all.

Wall Tapestries from Society6. Let’s face it – those off-white dorm room walls aren’t going to inspire anyone to do something great. These wall tapestries from Society6 are a great way to dress up every room with artist-created designs that are sure to inspire.

Women’s Wool Runners from Allbirds. Race from class to class in these comfy and stylish sneakers that will keep up with even the most hectic course load. They’re also built to withstand a student lifestyle, fully machine-washable and made from odor-resistant materials.

Activity Voucher from Fitfox. This voucher provides an all-access pass to more than 10,000 sports activities all over Germany, redeemable at sporting events, gyms, and classes. It’s the best way to experience a burst of adrenaline without signing up for a long-term gym contract.

Ready to Drink Complete Meal from Huel. Good luck getting your child to eat even a sugar-loaded cereal in the morning, let alone something that’s good for her. That’s why we love these Huel drinkable meals, containing all 26 essential vitamins and minerals, along with protein, fiber, and phytonutrients.

Unlimited Digital Access from Falkemedia. The variety of trade journals, magazines, and literature from Falkemedia can accommodate nearly anyone’s tastes or interests. This unlimited access offer will make the student in your life smarter, happier, and healthier – on a monthly basis.

The Gravity Blanket from Gravity. Studies have shown that lack of quality sleep leads to concentration and memory problems during the day. Weighted blankets like this one from Gravity can help – they’ve been shown to help people fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. 

Create Your Own LED Maxi Micro Scooter from Micro. The three-wheeled Maxi Micro is a lightweight yet durable scooter that also happens to feature wheels that light up. Now you can customize your child’s Maxi Micro, choosing the color of the grips, stem, footplate, and brake for a truly unique ride. 

Ergon BX4 Evo Backpack from Bike-Components. Give your child a backpack as rugged as they are, with this all-terrain backpack from Bike-Components. The Ergon BX4 Evo is perfect for off-road adventurers, capable of holding more up to 10kg and featuring a rain cover.

Gamer T-Shirt from Gamescomwear. If you’ve got a gamer in the family, help him gear up for the new school year with this sharp “The Heart of Gaming” t-shirt that can be personalized to feature a user handle or streamer name.

22 Design 4th Dimension Concrete Shadow from Watches.com. In a world where everything is digitized, it makes sense that analogue watches would make a comeback. This stunner from 22STUDIO goes to show that old-school mechanics don’t have to rely upon nostalgic aesthetics.