Top 7 Geeky Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

Lego Box 1Send your kid back to school in style with one of these geeky lunch box ideas. From R2-D2 to old school NES lunch boxes, your geek will rule their school!

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Having your kids bring their own lunch to school is more than just an opportunity to make sure they eat a nutritious meal (assuming they don’t trade their organic Pink Lady Apples for a Snack Pack, of course…), it’s also a chance to show off your geek chic stylings.

Believe it or not, there are a million and one ridiculously awesome lunch boxes and bags made for kids who need to free the geek inside.

There really are tons of seriously killer lunch carriers out there, but don’t you worry. I’ve got a list of the top 7 right here, so you won’t find yourself buried under the oodles of options available.

And it all starts with…Legos.

7. Lego Lunchbox

Lego Box 3Okay, I know this one doesn’t really look all that practical as far as portability goes, but look at it! It’s a Lego brick! How cool is that?!

With a glossy plastic finish and 8-peg architecture, this Lego bit looks just like the real thing, except of course that it’s much bigger and can open up. There’s not a ton of room inside the Lego Lunchbox, but it can pretty easily handle an average-sized homemade meal.

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6. R2-D2 Lunchbox

R2D2 BoxEveryone’s favorite droid (come on, don’t argue, you know it’s true!) now adds another function to his seemingly endless list of sometimes secret protocols: keeping your kids’ sandwiches and veggie sticks safe until lunchtime!

This R2-D2 lunchbox measures 7.75″ x 6″ x 2.75″,which is more than enough to house a decent meal. It’s also made from tin, so you know it will hold up well through the inevitable bangs and scrapes dealt by your kids and their school-time adventures.

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5. Reusable Brown Bag

Brown BagFor geeks who are more interested in keeping a low profile at school, there’s this sweet reusable brown paper bag.

It’s insulated, leak-proof, tear-proof, and features a double-magnet roll-top closure. Everything stays fresh and stays safe in this popular lunch bag made perfectly to mimic the standard brown paper bags of yore.

This little guy keeps your kid’s geekdom under the radar while allowing them the opportunity to stay green in the fight against environmental devastation.

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4. TARDIS Lunchbox

Tardis BoxWhat list of geeky-cool lunchboxes could ever be complete without a TARDIS entry?

This tin meal carrier may not be as big on the inside as the Police Call Box from Dr. Who, but it’s certainly big enough to take on your growing boy or girl’s appetite when lunch rolls around.

If you or your kid is a Whovian through-and-through, there may be no need to look further down this list. Though I promise you: there’s lots more cool stuff to come.

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3. Sandwich Lunchbox

Sandwich BoxThis is just plain fun. There are no Sci-Fi references or geeky tech allusions here, it’s just a lunch box shaped and pictured like a sandwich. And that, my friends, is definitely cool enough.

And unless you’re geeky kid requires the kind of sandwich that would satisfy a cave troll, there’s plenty of room in here for more than just what you see on the outside.

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2. Floppy Disk Lunchbag

Floppy Disk BagUntil I saw the last item on this list, I thought this was just about the coolest thing there ever was, lunch box/bag or not.

The floppy disk lunch carrier is made from recycled 3.5″ floppy disks. And why not? Those things will never again be anything more than obsolete in terms of their original function. Now, we get to have fun with them, without worrying about how close they are to magnets or if they’re going to break from constantly pulling back the metal slider and letting it go (remember how great a feeling that was?).

This wicked cool lunchtime accessory can be found on a number of sites, but I definitely recommend hitting up GeekkiBoutikki on Etsy for the best of the bunch. You can even have it customized by choosing your favorite colors!

Has recycling ever been more cool than this? Well, I certainly didn’t think so. But then I saw this next option…

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1. NES System Lunchbox

NES BoxFar and away, the most awesome meal carrier, the coolest product of recycling, and the most wonderful way to embrace our society’s fondness for nostalgia: the NES System Lunchbox.

These are made from original NES system parts, complete with depressible buttons and working game cartridge lid. There are some places you can buy one online… or you can instill the Geeky Skill of Computer Destruction/Reconstruction in your little Geek and build your own!

Here’s how to make your own NES System Lunchbox, assuming you still have an old one in your closet. And you know you do.

  1. Take out all the screws.
  2. Open up the box and take out all the innards
  3. Leave the screw mounts at the front and on the sides, and cut out all the rest
  4. Use duct tape to create a hinge on the back of the box
  5. File down the screw mounts on the front and sides so that magnets will fit on them
  6. Fix the magnets to the filed down screw mounts with crazy glue
  7. Alternatively, you can purchase metal latches (as in the picture above) to keep the box closed and a metal/plastic handle for the front for easy carrying–these can be found at your nearest major hardware retailer

And that’s that! Whether you bought it or made it, your kid is about to become the most envied home-lunch-bringer at school. No two ways about it!

Do you have other ideas for cool geeky lunch boxes? Let us know!

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About Peter Diseth

Geek-tician and Sci-Fi-nancier, Peter has been honing his research for Geeks Raising Geeks for better than three decades. He makes a living creating web content for individuals and businesses, both local and international. He's also a veteran actor of stage and screen, and doing this makes "making a living" worthwhile. Peter is also the sole creator of NewsAttire.com (a satirical news blog in the vein of The Onion) and a once-contributor to WhatCulture.

Peter lives in New Mexico with the three loves of his life: his wife Kate, his kitty Kitty, and his vast library of well-loved and well-worn genre fiction.

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