Back-to-School Shopping Obsession: Ellen DeGeneres's Collab with GapKids

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You might not want your little ones to draw all over their stuff, but Ellen DeGeneres says go for it. Her lifestyle line, ED, teamed up with GapKids for a 73-piece collab of shirts, shoes, backpacks, pencil pouches, and more for girls, boys, and adults featuring items that are designed to be doodled on—and the collection is on sale starting today.

Many of the pieces come as kid-friendly blank canvases, like composition notebook pages and empty thought bubbles, and along with the purchase, you also receive washable pen and chalk markers so kids can create their own looks and draw their own notes. "This is a way to show self-expression," the TV host told us for a story in our September issue, now on newsstands and available for digital download. "Self-expression is a way to celebrate who you are and what you they believe in. I think it also instills confidence and pride. Kids should be proud of who they are."

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If children are stumped, don't worry—other items in the collection feature empowering messages already on them, like shirts that say "#HeyWorld," "Be Your Own Hero," or "And Though She Be But Little She Is Fierce." "I want these girls to look down and be reminded that they’re powerful and capable of anything," said DeGeneres, "instead of just looking down realizing they got a lot of peanut butter on their shirts."

To top off the girls-rule theme throughout the collection, GapKids will donate a portion of the sales to girls-focused non-profit organizations around the world. The GapKids x ED collection starts this fall and will continue through Spring 2016. Scroll down to see a few of our favorite items, all available for purchase at

Graphic tee, $24.95

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Contrast backpack, $44.95

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Slip-on sneakers, $29.95

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