Disclosure: We were provided with a set of Mabel’s Labels to review. This post contains affiliate links.
Graham is 3. He’s okay with letters but words are certainly not his forte. And when it comes to his name, all he really has down pat is that it starts with the letter G.
He attends a school with uniforms, all the kids in similar colors of shirts and pants.
Everything needed to be labeled, and I wanted labels that Graham could understand as well as an adult that may be helping him.
So we turned to Mabel’s Labels. Maybe it’s because of our location, but I’ve heard nothing but raves about them since we moved here.
If you haven’t heard of them before, Mabel’s Labels has pretty much any kind of label you’re looking for. Labels for school supplies, clothes, and even shoes! What’s great about them for a kid like Graham is that his labels have a distinctive design that he recognizes, so he always knows what’s his.
For Graham, we chose a school bus design. I’ve talked before about how obsessed he is with the school bus. And it helps him remember that the items we’re labeling are all “school” items. These little black tags go on his clothes. I’ve found they stick just as well to clothing with tags as clothing without tags. They’ve also made several rounds through the wash and are no worse for wear.
The shoe labels are great. He’s already wearing down the soles of his new school shoes and the print on the inside is almost gone. But the labels have absolutely no signs of wear.
I also love these preschool shoe labels that help kids tell their left shoe from their right. (I admit, I sometimes need help with this, too. I hate it when Graham’s running around and I suddenly realize I’ve put his shoes on the wrong feet.)
I am willing to bet Graham isn’t the only kid with the Thomas the Tank Engine lunch box. These bag tags are great to hang on zippers of backpacks and similar items.
When you order labels you have TONS of designs to choose from. You can use their pre-existing color schemes or choose a color of your own.
We got a combo, which all came with Graham’s name and a school bus design, but still had a variety of colors. I like that there are plenty of BOY and plenty of GIRL but also a good number of neutral designs and colors that can please pretty much any kid.
I played around with the website to show you how different styles come out in their cool combo sets.
(I love the little whales. So adorable.)
This is the Basic Kit, you can see the larger shoe labels and bag tags, the small square-ish clothes labels (Tag Mates) and the long, skinny labels (Skinny Minis) for pretty much anything. The Skinny Minis are microwave and dishwasher safe. I’ve been putting them on anything Graham takes to school or out of the house. Like his favorite train, James, and the tupperwares I use for his school snacks.
The Basic Kit comes with 8 Shoe Labels, 2 Bag Tags, 24 Skinny Minis and 42 Tag Mates. For most kids that’ll have you covered for the entire school year, if not more. (Note, the preschool shoe labels are not included in the kits. Those have to be ordered separately.) You can get an even larger kit with the Big Kaboodle.
I’m glad we had these because I honestly wouldn’t have known what to do. Especially since a lot of Graham’s shirts don’t have a tag for me to write on, I worry about the writing bleeding through the shirt. And in a classroom full of little kids, the last thing I want his teachers to have to worry about is whose stuff is whose.
The Basic Kit is $34.95. For me that’s a little pricey, but they are 100% satisfaction guaranteed so I feel a lot better about the cost when I know that. I’ve heard raves about their customer service, too. So I’m happy working with them. They are a great resource for school or camp. And they don’t just have to be stuff for kids. Their FAQ page has lots of great info on it. Like how you can just put your last name on your labels if you want your kids to be able to share stuff.
They also do school fundraisers so if you’re looking for something different this year (we just got ours, pre-made cookie dough: wah-wahhhhh) these are a fun option.
And now, for one lucky reader, Mabel’s Labels is giving away a Basic Kit for you, your kid, your dog, your husband, your whatever! You can customize it however you’d like.
1. You MUST leave a comment. Tell me which of the designs you would choose.
2. After your first comment, you can get an extra entry if you “Like” Don’t Mind the Mess on Facebook. Please leave another comment telling me so.
3. After your first comment, you can get an extra entry if you “Like” Mabel’s Labels on Facebook. Please leave a comment telling me so.
That’s up to 3 entries each!
This contest will close on Monday, October 8th at 6pm Eastern time.
Rules: No purchase necessary. By leaving a comment you agree to the rules of this giveaway. Up to three entries per household according to the directions set out in the post. Limited to entrants over 18 in the United States and Canada. Contest begins as of the time of this post and ends on Monday, October 8th at 6 pm Eastern Time. One winner will be chosen. The winner will receive a Basic Kit from Mabel’s Labels. Prize valued at approximately $34.95. The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. The winner will be selected using the “And the Winner Is” plugin. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize. If a winner does not respond within that time, a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be provided by Mabel’s Labels. This contest is governed by the rules of Massachusetts, void where prohibited.
Disclosure: I received a Back-to-School Combo from Mabel’s Labels for this review. I sought them out because I thought they’d be a great product as we were starting school.