Kickstarter’s my gateway to many exciting products, from brand stickers to stationery to digital games. It’s also where I discover creators, some I continue to follow to this day, such as Adam J. Kurtz, Angelia Trinidad of Passion Planner, and the fellas at Prepd.
Although I’ve spent most of my time browsing the site and admiring creators who’ve taken the leap, I’ve backed several Kickstarter projects in the publishing, gaming, and design spaces.
There are projects I’m still waiting for, projects I love and continue to use everyday, and projects I was disappointed with and stopped using as soon as I received it In the mail.
Here are 10 Kickstarter projects I backed since being a member six years ago, and what I think about them.
Projects I’m waiting for
Hitch by Remaker Labs
Hitch is a full-size water bottle with a removable barista-approved cup hidden inside. Go zero waste & carry better.
Before backing Hitch, I was eying Japan’s Kinto tumbler to help me stay hydrated throughout the day. I then discovered Hitch while I was browsing the website, laughed my ass off at their campaign video, and got two Hitch bottles in an instant.
Hitch is a stainless steel 18oz bottle and 12oz cup combined into one, which is a great option for someone like me looking to cut down on my coffee intake. It’s double-walled, leak-proof, and BPA-free. I’m counting on Hitch’s design to make handling stress-free for when I take it with me on trips to the mall or to the city.
K8 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard by Keychron
The Keychron K8 is a versatile wireless mechanical keyboard engineered to maximize your productivity, with the most popular tenkeyless layout among keyboards.
I discovered Keychron while watching Ultralinx’s roundup of work-from-home products, and fell in love with the Keychron K2’s compact design and flexibility. I held back though because of 1.) the pandemic, and 2.) there’d be a new version or release I can buy instead.
I just backed the Keychron K8 this morning, so I’m super excited to receive my very own Keychron keyboard. There’re a ton of features in this keyboard, but I’m especially excited for the tenkeyless layout, Gateron switches (I chose the brown ones for balance), and Mac/Windows compatible keys.
Magic Puzzles by Max Temkin
Three 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles with a magical ending.
Who would’ve thought that the creator of Cards Against Humanity would also start a puzzle company on Kickstarter. 😂
Since the pandemic started, the kids and I have been looking for all kinds of activities to do at home. Puzzles is a favorite challenge/past time at home that I’ve been eying several puzzle brands on different sites.
When I discovered Magic Puzzles on Kickstarter, I thought it was a fantastic idea and the best puzzle bundle to buy for the house. Not only does each puzzle feature designs by talented and renowned artists Sara Becan, Boya Sun, and Felicia Chiao, but they have a secret ending that you’ll discover once the puzzle’s completed. ✨
Flex the Eco Hairbrush Flex
Trichological Hairbrush that helps you wash your scalp and hair perfectly by unclogging pores and shampoo traces!
Flex was a Kickstarter project that I chanced upon when Holly was having issues with dandruff. I was buying expensive lavender shampoo and conditioner that didn’t work, so you can imagine the relief I felt when I read the campaign and backed the project.
I think Flex was a great idea, so I’m crossing my fingers this would be the only brush we would use moving forward. I got both types of brushes: the single-bristle brush for daily brushing, and the double-bristle brush for deep scalp cleaning.
Prepd Skillet by Prepd
The convenience of non-stick combined with the versatility, quality, and performance of cast-iron.
I backed Prepd Skillet on Kickstarter with hope that it’ll solve all of our cooking pan problems.
We often struggle with removing stains and avoiding scratches when using frying pans we buy at the store. Prepd created these skillets for better cooking experiences and better-tasting food, so I’m looking forward to using these in my kitchen. Maybe then, my eggs wouldn’t keep sticking to the pan. 🍳
Projects I use to this day
Prepd Colors by Prepd
Bold, Colorful and Smart to Make Taking Lunch Easy and Enjoyable
I discovered Prepd through their Prepd Colors Kickstarter project last year. They’re the latest version of their popular lunchbox product line featuring more colors, simpler design, and more durable materials.
As soon as my Prepd Colors order arrived, I used the Peach and Blue lunchboxes to prepare Holly’s and Cyrus’ school lunches. They’re great to use, easy to clean, and super convenient to bring around school. They even got a lot of attention from their classmates!
Passion Planner Daily by Passion Planner
More than just a planner—it’s your support system to help and encourage you to live your ideal life every day.
Okay, I haven’t used the Passion Planner Daily just yet, but I’ve been a Passion Planner user and follower since I got my limited edition undated planner in 2017 (so it still counts!).
Passion Planner Daily is their latest Kickstarter project that I honestly wasn’t on board with until I held the product in my hands. It’s a daily planner that covers three months and comes with lots of features, all of which are included to help you plan out each day so they take you one step closer to your goals.
Habitica Class Pins by Habitica
Enamel pins of the Habitica RPG class icons
I discovered Habitica last 2018 in a list tweet while browsing Twitter. It’s a platform that helps you keep track of your habits and be more productive by gamifying the experience. You choose your character class, gather weapons and armor, and take on quests with other players. You earn experience and gold when you complete a task, a daily task, and/or a habit.
I love being a Habitica player that I backed their Habitica Class Pins Kickstarter project. I was playing as a mage at the time, so I got the regular and limited edition Mage pins, the Healer pin, the Warrior pin, and the Habitica gryphon pin. The pins came with stickers, which I don’t plan on using. 😍
Minimal Backpack, Messenger, and Tote by Baron Fig
Designed with a philosophy of simplicity, usefulness, and community.
I’m a long-time fan and user of Baron Fig products. I’m also a proud backer of the first iteration of the Baron Fig minimal backpack, which is one of three bags you could own by supporting their Kickstarter campaign.
Although I don’t use it as much because of the quarantine, my blue Baron Fig backpack has traveled to several countries with me. The pockets and slim design makes it a great bag to bring your tech and essentials with you.
My only complaint with this bag is that it doesn’t have padding on the straps, so your shoulders will ache after prolonged use.
Mages of Mystralia by Borealys Games
Craft custom spells in an epic action-adventure game set in a magical fantasy world authored by the creator of the Forgotten Realms!
I’m adding Mages of Mystralia by Borealys Games to this list because it’s the first digital game I’ve ever backed on Kickstarter.
Although I don’t play the game anymore, Mages of Mystralia is engaging and fun where you play as Zia, a witch who creates all kinds of spells to achieve her goals and fight her enemies. I’d say the spell crafting feature, the puzzles, and the graphics of the game are where this game’s strength lies.
There are other projects I backed, but didn’t receive or didn’t find very useful after all. I don’t regret supporting them though, because I know how amazing it is to have people supporting your ideas and holding you accountable to them.
Who else finds backing Kickstarter projects addicting? I do, and I hope more artists and makers will continue bringing their ideas to life and sharing them with eager folks like me. 😊