The stress of back-to-school can be overwhelming to parents, but also to kids! Throughout the summer, I thought of ways that would make starting school fun and as stress-free as possible. One way was to have my daughter help pick out supplies like her backpack and shoes.
I also discovered a company that helps children personalize their backpacks, lunch bags and so much more! Without further delay, please check out PakNak Charms!
It all began with two moms, two cups of tea, two husbands, three children, two cats, one dog and one dream: let's start a business! After more discussion, much more tea, and many hours consulting with our "expert" children on what kids would use and love, PakNak ® was born. From there, we set out to create ginormous fun, one backpack at a time.
Our Naks are 3D, rubbery, interchangeable and are super easy to attach to surfaces (with no work or hassle for mom and dad). We knew self-adhesive, flexible, weatherproof designs were crucial to making Naks work. In the early days, we experienced what we now know many startups go through – one day we were plotting certain world conquest, the next we wondered what on earth we were thinking.
There were days of elation, like the day the first prototypes arrived, and even our geeky husbands said, "Wow, cool!" (both were especially big fans of the dinosaur Nak). Other days we flirted with disaster as we experimented with adhesives to make sure the Naks were easy to attach and switch out – hair dryers, hot sun and active kids really put them to the test!
As the Naks got closer and closer to our ideal, we became addicted to Skype, gmail, international time zones and color wheels, along with more prototypes and more sessions with our 6-12 year old resident product testers ("Mom, I really think the butterfly should be purpler."). We worked toward building a profitable business, but we knew we wanted much more than just that. We wanted to set a standard for social responsibility, so we contacted the warm and wonderful people of Eastco, where they focus on clients abilities, not disabilities, to help us pack the Naks. From there, it was only fitting that our first large order (10,000 PakNaks®!) should come from Schoolhouse Supplies, a free store for public school teachers in our hometown of Portland, Oregon.
In August 2007, we proudly delivered our first order of 10,000 PakNaks®, launched the website, felt the elation of seeing the first orders roll in and heard the squeals of delight from happy customers. Now, with great appreciation for those who helped us on the first legs of the journey, we look forward to the great adventure that lies ahead for paknak.com!
What Is A PakNak?
PakNaks are fun soft rubbery 3-D decorations for kids (and adults too!) to personalize all of their stuff. Backpacks, lunchbags, headbands, computer bags, household items, the list is only limited by your imagination.
We use a super strong adhesive that sticks to all of the stuff in a kid's life. Each PakNak comes with one of 40 plus designs and customized velcro® that makes them interchangeable, weather resistant and quickly and easily adhered to your surface.
#1 It's not a pin - no need to puncture your stuff (like a backpack)
#2It's not a sticker - it's 3D and so much more than that
#3It's not a patch - just stick and go; no sewing or ironing required
The best part? You can change your look by simply pulling off one design and sticking on a new one to create a whole new style.
It's easy and fun to rip and stick with PakNaks.
I love the idea of PakNaks! They are so much fun!
We receive two PakNaks to test out for this review: Bella The Bee and Isaac The Turtle!
They are both brightly colored, soft to touch, and just plain cute! Also, the PakNaks are incredibly easy to "install" My daughter is very independent and so I let her decide where she wanted to place Bella and Isaac (backpack of course!) and she did it completely on her own! I know that I will definitely be purchasing more of these adorable critters!
Unfortunately, according to the website there are only two locations in Canada to purchase PakNaks:( They are clear across the country from me, however I love that I can purchase PakNaks for my children, directly from the PakNak website!
If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer idea for the upcoming (way to rapidly, I might add!) Christmas season, PakNaks would be perfect!
I highly recommend PakNaks and give them a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: Head over to PakNaks and shop online now! You can also check out the great list of retailers.
DISCOUNT CODE: Use this code to receive 20% off your purchase: PAK20 (at checkout)
***I received two complimentary products, courtesy of PakNak, for the purpose of review on A Mom After God's Own Heart. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***