Lunch boxes that’ll get you excited about leftovers

Who needs delivery when your midday meal looks this good?

food in glass containers
Clutch containers for your food.Ella Olsson via Unsplash

The midday meal should be a chance to relax and take your mind off of work for a little while. But when you order delivery or grab takeout, botched orders and long wait times can actually make your break more stressful. Bring exactly what you want, however you want it, with one of these stylish and functional lunch containers.

Stanley Classic Lunch Box
Built to last. Stanley Classic Lunch BoxAmazon

If your idea of a hearty lunch includes a thermos of coffee or tea, this old-school metal container with a domed lid is your answer. Add a Stanley vacuum bottle to complete the look, or use with your own (be sure to check the dimensions). It’s best for dry storage, so use insulated food containers if you want to bring hot soups or cold dishes.

Carhartt Deluxe Dual Compartment Lunch Cooler Bag
A modern take on an old-fashioned classic.Amazon

Keep the spirit of the construction site lunch pail but with modern upgrades like water repellent canvas, an insulated main compartment and a shoulder strap for hands-free transport. With a separate insulated top compartment and a zippered pocket for utensils, it’s got space for you to pack everything you need. When the workweek is over, bring it to a cookout with friends—it can hold a six-pack of your favorite beverage.

MERCIER Leak Proof Premium Bento Lunch Box
Make your meal a work of art.Amazon

Do you prep food in batches on the weekend? Rejoice in arranging your vegetables, grains, and proteins in one of the two spill-free compartments and add fruit and snacks to the other. Inspired by minimalist Japanese bento boxes, this microwave-safe, BPA-free, and eco-friendly kit comes with a complete set of reusable utensils. Just fill, stack, and wrap neatly with the included strap.

Opux Insulated Dual Compartment Lunch Bag
Ample storage in bright, cheerful colors.Amazon

Great for picnics or bringing snacks to share at sports practice, this bag has so many options. To give you a sense of space, the top compartment fits three standard size water bottles and the bottom fits up to nine soda cans! Both of these are insulated, and the additional pockets can hold anything from your cell phone to keys and utensils.