I love Instagram! I find some of the newest and coolest places and activities in Columbus by perusing Columbus hashtags (#asseenincolumbus #lifeincbus #expcols). During a recent hashtag exploration, I found Good Makery Gifts (@goodmakerygifts). Good Makery Gifts is a new retail concept that allows children (or anyone, really) to choose and design one-of-a-kind gifts. Inside the shop, you’ll find a chalkboard with a message that succinctly explains the concept; “You design, We engrave.”
A few weeks ago, Good Makery Gifts ran an Instagram giveaway. I entered the contest and won two $25 gift certificates for me and a friend! When I felt daring enough for extended ventures outside of the house with the newborn babe, I set up an appointment to check out the shop. My daughter and I were joined by my lucky friend and her three-year-old son. Leslie, the owner, currently runs the business out of her residence in Grandview Heights. Based on the residential address we were given, we were a little unsure if we had the right place upon arrival, but we knew we did when Leslie greeted us at the door with a friendly welcome. She then took us to the shop, which is set up in her dining room. The whole set up is well thought out and very cute. The shop is divided into different sections of goods that you and your little munchkin can design and engrave. It has just about anything one could imagine from journals and picture frames to jewelry and iPad cases.
According to the website, the shop’s mission is, “…to engage children in the act of creating attractive, personalized gifts that give thanks to the most important people in their lives.” Not only can your child create a very cool, personalized gift, he or she can also build her receptive and expressive language skills in the process. Before you go make a gift you can prepare your child by asking “who” and “what” questions. It is best to have a clear objective before heading to the shop. Make a plan by asking, “Who do you want to make a gift for?,” and “What do you want to make for that person?”
Once we arrived, Leslie gave us a quick tour of the shop and walked us through the steps of making a personalized gift. This provides a great opportunity for a sequencing activity! The ability to sequence is critical in children’s development of language skills, following directions/routines, planning skills, and reading comprehension. Sequencing helps a child understand the order in which events occur. Before you and your child begin creating your gift, you can discuss the steps needed to create the gift and then talk about each step you are completing while you are creating the gift. The steps are as follows:
1. Pick out a gift for engraving.
2. Take the card that corresponds to the gift and scan it into the computer.
3. Design on the computer what you would like to be engraved on the gift. (My little girl is still a bit too small to design an engraving, but my friend’s son had a blast designing a cover for his daddy’s new journal.)
4. A machine engraves your child’s one-of-a-kind design on your gift of choice.
5. Gift wrap the item and fill out a gift card in the store.
6. Give your specially designed gift to your special someone.
Once your child has given the gift to your special someone, you can prompt him or her into a recall activity to explain how it was made. Recall activities not only require your child to use his or her memory, but also exercise organizational and planning skills. To begin, prompt your child to recall the past events of the trip (how he or she created the gift) and then sequence the steps taken into a logical order to tell the special someone how the gift was made (“What did we do first?,” “Then, what did we do next?,” etc.). I’m sure your special someone will be all ears to hear your child’s story of how the gift was made!
Good Makery Gifts donates a portion of their sales to charity. During this quarter of the year, a donation from each purchase will be made to Flying Horse Farms in Mount Gilead, Ohio. If you would like to support this wonderful local business, you can check it out online at Good Makery Gifts, on Instagram @goodmakerygifts, or by calling/texting Leslie at 614-563-7321. Thank you Good Makery Gifts for a wonderful experience!