It's no secret that I am a huge fan of mom inventions. As a mom entrepreneur myself and creator of one of the largest founding mom entrepreneur organizations in the country, I have a great admiration for moms who create products out of a need they have had in their own lives. The ones who have the courage to take those dreams off paper and make them into reality. Recently, I learned about a great new mom-invented product that intrigued me: SwaggerTags.
A First Runner-Up in the Mom Entrepreneur Award of Excellence for 2013, SwaggerTags are creative ID tags that allow you to personalize the outside photo or image, and include your personal data/contact info hidden inside the tag. They come with three plastic ties that you use to attach the tags to your luggage, dog tags, backpacks, what have you. You can open the compartment of the tag easily to replace the factory images with your own. Then they snap back together and remain solidly closed. I was skeptical, but they really did remain closed throughout our entire trip.
SwaggerTags come in six colors: Gekco Green, Dolphin Blue, Hot Pink, Mustang Purple, Dragon Red and Spider Grey. I had the chance to try out the SwaggerTags recently. We received four, one for each family member: Bliss Girl chose pink, Bliss Boy chose blue, Mr. Bliss got grey, and I chose the green.
Our SwaggerTags arrived the day before we left for a long weekend trip up to Seattle, Washington (can't wait to share our family travel adventure with you in a future blog post!). I let my kids pick out the photo or image they wanted to have in their SwaggerTags. Instead of placing their photos in the front tag, which as a mom I always feel a little weary of while traveling, the kids wanted to use images of their favorite characters. Bliss Boy chose a character from Skylanders; Bliss Girl chose an image of LEGO Friends. Both were luckily already on hand from their birthday parties this year (yay for printing extras back then!). We cut them out and placed them inside the plastic covers, and wrote our contact information on the inside lined paper.
We placed the kids' tags on their backpacks, since they didn't really have big luggage for this trip. You'll have to excuse how dirty Bliss Girl's backpack is -- we just got her a new backpack for school this fall and this one is about ready to retire!
The kind folks at SwaggerTags gave me some very special tags of my own to use. They took my blog logo and made round tags for me. Wasn't that so sweet of them? It looked great with the grey and the green tags:
The tags are reportedly water, weather, and impact resistant. As we have only taken them on a 3-day excursion via road trip, it's hard for me to report how these hold up during air travel. I will be able to update this info, however, after some upcoming trips involving long flights. They handled really well throughout our road trip. Kids can be pretty tough on these type of objects, and these SwaggerTags are sturdy.
The colors are cute, and I like the round design of the tags. I also like that our contact info is hidden and not just hanging out for everyone around us to see. The only thing that really bugged me were the plastic ties. They seemed so odd and disjointed with the rest of the design. They definitely serve their purpose; they're just not very pretty to look at.
SwaggerTags are extremely well-priced. At just $3.99, I think this is a high quality product that is functional and reliable for everyday use, travel, dog tags, you name it. You can find these tags at www.swaggertag.com and at retailers through the US and Canada.
Disclosure: Thanks to SwaggerTags for sending my family a set of tags to test out for review. All opinions are my own.