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Wee Ones and Bella Bliss to Premier on Makaboo in June

May 26, 2010 14:20

We are so thrilled to be adding two gorgeous new brands to Makaboo this summer.

Bella Bliss makes the most adorable gingham collection, including terry coverups, hooded towels, and our very favorite swim trunks and matching sun hats. We know they'll be big hit this summer, from the Hamptons to the shores of Lake Michigan.


Personalized Bella Bliss Sun Hats

Personalized Bella Bliss Swim Trunks


We're also proud to start carrying Wee Ones, a St. Louis-based brand that I grew up wearing! Their darling ribbons and bows are unparalelled, in my opinion. Look for them on the site in time for summer!


Monogrammed Wee Ones Hair Bows

Great Day St. Louis Stops By Makaboo

May 26, 2010 14:07

We had a great time this week when Great Day St. Louis stopped by our St. Louis location to talk about great gifts for multiples!

Check out the clip - skip to minute 4:30 to see me and the shop!

Fantastic Frugal Novice Review

May 26, 2010 13:52

I want to thank the Frugal Novice for posting a glowing review of Makaboo! Christi really took the time to explain why Makaboo is so special, showing screen shots of an Angel Dear Pillow Pal embroidered both for a boy and a girl. She also took photos of our adorable packaging. And I especially love that little C took to his new Makaboo Owl lovie!

In Christi's own words:

When I review a site, I always try to be completely honest. If I see a problem, I’ll mention it because I don’t want other people to encounter the same thing. With, I can wholeheartedly say I’ll use this site again for gifts and would recommend it to friends. Everything from start to finish was great quality, from the website to the product in hand. On top of that, prices are reasonable.

Angel Dear Personalized Owl Lovie


Thanks Christi!

Makaboo Teams Up with Aim High

May 23, 2010 14:01

Yesterday we had our second event here at the shop, this one to benefit Aim High St. Louis, a wonderful organization whose board I joined a couple of years ago. Friends and family came down and checked out our latest and greatest gifts, including a few that aren't even on the site yet! The best part was that 30% of all sales went directly to the organization, and we raised a healthy chunk of change in just four hours.

Many thanks to all of you who came down! We forgot to take photos of the event, but we did take a photo of some of the gifts we had on-hand as samples.


Personalized Baby Gift Ideas



Personalized Baby Gift Ideas

I'm Still Twignorant

May 15, 2010 10:26

At the urging of some new friends in the world of social media in St. Louis, I went to my first Tweetup the other night. I was late, and by myself, and hungry and thirsty. I was also one of only two women, among a group of 12 or so.

Here's what I observed:

  • Everyone introduced themselves by pulling out their phones and making sure we were following each other on Twitter; I assured them that we were not
  • People treated my business card as though it were a floppy disc (though a very cute floppy disc, printed on great stock and featuring a monkey!)
  • I was the only person who didn't know anyone else there; others were already connected, whether in the tangible world or the virtual one
  • I believe I was the only business owner where that business was my only source of income (i.e. not a side job)

I mean this in the absolute kindest way, but it felt a bit like Twitter was the new Dungeons and Dragons. I became entangled in a lengthy debate about whether superheros without innate talents - Batman, Ironman - are more valiant than those with skillz - Spiderman... see I can't even come up with a second. Needless to say, I felt out of my element.

I have a number of really fascinating friends who are running their own businesses, working for huge and teeny technology companies, living all across the country and the world. And I have to say that *very few* of them are on Twitter. Like, fewer than 30. Facebook: yes. Twitter: not unless they've been asked to for work or they are a male under 35 at a super high-tech company.

So: tell me again why I should focus on Twitter? We get orders from Facebook all the time. My friends are on Facebook; my friends' friends are on Facebook. Moms who already love or will love Makaboo are on Facebook. Are the folks I'm trying to reach ever on Twitter but NOT on Facebook? I'm guessing no.

I did meet one very neat person, doing some very interesting things both online and in real life. He has - get this - 39,000 followers on Twitter!! I've tweeted with him a bit (and friended him on Facebook), but you know what I'd like to do most? Grab another drink with him.


A List Baby Gives A Glowing Review of Makaboo!

May 12, 2010 15:25

Thanks to our fab friends at A List Baby for reviewing our Angel Dear Hoodies and Creative Containers Hanging Pillows!

Check out the post for yourself here:

Hello! Baby shower season is in full swing, and we are always on the lookout for the perfect presents. Of course, personalized gifts are hotter than ever, and we are in love with a new online shop that can make all of your personalized dreams come true! Makaboo Personalized Gifts sent us the sweeest Angel Dear Classic Hoodie Jacket with a little “G” on it, $49.99. The quality is fantastic, and we cannot wait to gift it. We also received this Personalized Containers Hanging Pillow, $19.99. Because all gifts are personalized at no extra cost, that is a fantastic baby shower gift for $20! Our little pillow says “Baby Palmer is Sleeping”, but the possibilities are endless. Maybe your baby girl’s will say, “Dreaming of Louboutin.”

Angel Dear Pink Hoodie Jacket Monogrammed

Makaboo and Myself Belts

May 8, 2010 12:45

I don't know about other entrepeneurs, but I have to be honest: some days I just want to hide under the bed with the cat.

Yesterday I had lunch with Talia Goldfarb, fellow St. Louisan and owner of Myself Belts. A mutual friend got us in touch just as I was starting to develop Makaboo, and I've been able to ping her for input and feedback on how to go about starting your own kids' business these last two years. Her story is both so funny and so inspiring, and her advice is dead-on.I left lunch feeling energized and in-control.

Talia: thanks for reminding me that there are no monsters I need to hide from.

We're going to start carrying Myself Belts this summer.

Even Men Like Makaboo

May 7, 2010 12:32

It's not often that a man will cross the Makaboo threshold without a woman or child dragging him by the hand.

So Angi the embroiderer and I were puzzled when a young man waltzed right in tonight and headed straight for the lovies section. I asked if I could help him and he said "I want the thing Joyce got."

Joyce is a wonderful woman who works at Beverly's Hill, a boutique around the corner from us, who has helped us stay in business by frequenting Makaboo for her grandbaby gifts. Just yesterday I had dropped off an Angel Dear Puppy Lovie for "Prince Michael", which she must have shared around the shop. It turns out that Anthony, the young man, has a nine-month-old boy and knew in an instant that he needed a puppy too.

But then he saw the monkey.

Little Sean will be getting his monkey early next week.


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