Ten Cute Bento Boxes Worth Buying
Bento box lunches make intricate and adorable meals, for both children and adults. But even if you don't have time to fold an origami flower out of nori, your kid (or you) can still enjoy lunch in style with any of these delightfully cute bento boxes.
These house bentos are perfect for lunch, or double as doll houses. With two layers, plus an ice pack that conveniently fits in the roof area, this lunch holds just over 3 cups of food, making it perfect for an adult's lunch or for a lunch and snack later for children. $28, available at Lunch a porter
This happy little panda bento holds two containers inside, each with a sealing lid so you can send saucier dishes for lunch like pasta or casseroles. A little on the smaller side, it would be best for a young child whose lunch appetite isn't quite so large just yet. $22, available at Amazon
The secret to Yumbox's cuteness isn't on the outside (which comes in a variety of bright colors) but is actually on the inside. Each Yumbox has a divided tray with whimsical illustrations of the food groups for kids to learn properly portioning their meals. $28, available at YumboxLunch.com
Similar in features to the maneki-neko (the Japanese cat figure often associated with good luck,) this bento is sure to bring your child good fortune and smiles at lunch each day. With two sealed tiers to hold separate foods, it easily opens for little hands when the strap is removed. $19, available at Amazon
Reminiscent of a certain popular children's toy, this blocky bento box is perfect to bring to school or work. It holds almost three cups of food, making it a great size for older kids or adults looking for smaller portions. The bonus? The box includes chopsticks! $33, available at Lunch a porter
Get double the fun with this duo of bento boxes. With two sizes, one for adults (which holds almost two cups) and one for children (that holds almost 1 cup), it's an easy way to enjoy a packed snack together. $27, available at Lunch a porter
Made for a true sushi lover, this bento is a mini sushi chef you can take with you anywhere. It has two separate tiers, one of which has a sealed lid, and the hat doubles as a bowl. Perfect for packing separate foods (curry and rice, anyone?) before combining in the bowl at lunchtime. $21, available at Amazon
With playful bird designs, these brightly colored bentos will make a statement on any lunch table. The two tiers each have sealed lids and will hold about 1 cup each, making them the ideal lunch size for a child. $24 each, available at Bento & Co.
Tiny in size but not in personality, these bento boxes are delightfully unique. Each has two small layers, holding a total of one cup, which means it's the perfect size for an afternoon snack to fuel your day. Stuff with cheese, fruit, or the inspiration behind its design, onigiri. $11 each or $30 for the set, available at Bento & Co.