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The Wall Street Journal

A Guide to the Best Baby Gifts

June 1, 2013

“It’s about getting something that will really make an impact,” said Cindy Teasdale McGowan, founder of the St. Louis baby store and website Makaboo. “Not just the bottle cage that you put in the dishwasher. Nobody wants to give that.” Ms. Teasdale McGowan has baby-gifting cred in spades. When she established Makaboo in 2010, she was already an aunt to 23 nieces and nephews.”…

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St. Louis Business Journal

McGowan Touts the Perfect Gift

June 1, 2013

Cindy Teasdale McGowan, founder of local baby store Makaboo, touted the merits of a personalized gift in a Wall Street Journal “Guide to the Best Baby Gifts.”

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Baby Takes Manhattan

Baby’s First Easter Featuring Makaboo Personalized Gifts

March 27, 2013

#2. Easter Must-Have: Makaboo’s Personalized Angel Dear Lovies

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The Simple Moms

Make It Personal With Makaboo Gifts

March 6, 2013

Friends, there’s a new online shop in town, and it’s going to blow your mind with how easy they have made personalized gift giving. The store is called Makaboo, and it’s my new favorite place for personalized children gifts.

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Makaboo’s Organic Farm Buddy Lovies Get Some Love


February 21, 2013

Your secret weapon: Makaboo. The go-to site for sweet personalized gifts makes creating a one of a kind keepsake a cinch. Our pick? These quirky-cute farm animal lovies.

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Edmonton’s Child Magazine Recommends Makaboo

February 4, 2013

Makaboo, a leader and specialist in the trend of personalization, has the perfect gift for all the little ones in your life.

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St. Louis Business Journal Spotlights Makaboo

Makaboo, online retailer for custom kids’ gifts, raises capital

January 17, 2013

Founded by Cindy Teasdale McGowan, Mak•a•boo was launched in downtown St. Louis in 2010 and sells personalized gifts such as blanketsclothingaccessories and more.

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Gift Idea Of The Day

New York Family Magazine

December 19, 2012

Makaboo’s Angel Dear Knit Hat is’s gift idea of the day! Just in time for Holiday stocking stuffers, personalize this adorable candy-triped hat sized just right for babies and toddlers.

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Makaboo Is Featured by Matchbook Magazine’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

December 4, 2012

Matchbook Mag is our field guide to the charmed life! We’re thrilled to have our personalized gifts listed among their top holiday gift picks!

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Makaboo Makes Working Mother’s 2012 Hot Holiday Toys Gift Guide

December 3, 2012

The edititors of Working Mother Magazine rounded up 24 great Holiday gift ideas all under $50. Makaboo’s Personalized Angel Dear Lovies are featured!

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Makaboo Founder Will Be Keynote Speaker

Missouri Venture Forum – December 7th

November 13, 2012

Cindy Teasdale McGowan, Makaboo Personalized Gifts Founder, will be the keynote speaker at Missouri Venture Forum’s (MVF) breakfast meeting, held December 7th, 2012.

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Huffington Post’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Makaboo made the list!

November 12, 2012

The editors at Huffington Post announced their top holiday gifts for kids under $100 and Makaboo’s Personalized 3 Sprouts Stroage Bins are a top pick!

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Makaboo Makes Spearmint Baby!

Makaboo Personalized Gifts

November 9, 2012

My kids LOVE seeing their name on things and this Christmas they are each getting something personalized from Makaboo.

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Thanks Simply Real Moms!

Get Personal with Makaboo Personalized Items!

November 1, 2012

I am excited to tell everyone about Makaboo Personalized Baby, Infant and Toddler Gifts, especially with Christmas just around the corner and always needing baby shower gifts.

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Makaboo Earns The PTPA Seal of Approval

Parent Tested Parent Approved

November 1, 2012

Makaboo Personalized Gifts is thrilled to have been awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval. Consumers purchasing Makaboo’s innovative personalized baby gifts can rest assured that our products’ excellence has been evaluated by unbiased parent testers. PTPA Media has North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents and was rated the Most Trusted Seal by 22,000 parents.

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Find a Unique Baby Gift That Stands Out In The Crowd!

Simply Stacie Makaboo Review

October 6, 2012

I think we all appreciate and enjoy when we can buy or receive products that have been custom made especially for us.  Enter mak•a•boo, with a line of personalized baby & childrens’ products that are easy and fun to purchase!

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The Perfect Gift!


September 25, 2012

The coolest part of the Makaboo experience is customizing the gift to the recipient.

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Why We Love Makaboo


September 24, 2012

 It’s the perfect place to start, ensuring that no two gifts are ever the same again.

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Personalized Baby Gift Review

from Cool Mom Picks

September 12, 2012

Custom embroidery on just about any kids’ gifts you can imagine: Makaboo!

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Makaboo Is Featured on A Hen’s Nest

September 9, 2012

When you want to welcome a new baby into the world, whether your own or a friend’s, you want to do so in a special way. Personalized baby gifts are a really fun way to show how much you care. Makaboo has so many beautiful items.

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7 Personalized Picks For Back to School

From Baby Center

August 28, 2012

Makaboo tops Baby Center’s list of the best places to shop for personalized back-to-school gear.

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Makaboo’s Founder Talks Baby Trends

From KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis

May 23, 2012

Watch Makaboo Founder Cindy Teasdale McGowan discuss trends in baby fashion and decor, names and more with Show Me St. Louis’ Julie Tristan

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We Want You To Be 110% Happy

At Makaboo we work very hard to produce the highest quality gifts, and there’s nothing more important to us than your satisfaction.

To that end, please check your spelling and embroidery choices very carefully before completing your order.

If you are less than thrilled with the quality of any Makaboo item you’ve purchased or received within the last 60 days, please contact us and we’ll do our best to make you happy.

We’ll also give you 10% off your next purchase, because we want you to continue making Makaboos!

Please note that we typically do not provide refunds for embroidery that was misspelled or incorrect on the part of the purchaser.

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Where Are Māk•a•boo Products Made?
Māk•a•boo purchases the highest quality baby gifts we can find, from all over the world. We embroider them on-site at our St. Louis, Missouri facility and ship them across the country. You can learn more about where each of our brands' goods are manufactured in the section on Our Brands.
Where Does Māk•a•boo Get Its Icons?
Māk•a•boo hires designers to create each adorable icon in our exclusive collection. These designs are one-of-a-kind — you won't find them anywhere else! We add new icons every few months, so there's always something fun and new to make each gift as special as the person it's being given to.
What If I Made A Spelling Error On My Gift?
Please contact us as soon as you realize you've made a spelling error of any kind. If your order has already been completed, we will work with you to correct the error. We want you to be happy with every Māk•a•boo!
How Many Font Choices Do I Have?
Depending on the fabric type of your gift, you'll have anywhere from two to ten font choices. On thicker fabrics like chenille, we limit the choices to thicker fonts that will stand out on the fabric, while on very fine fabrics like Pima cotton we limit choices to delicate fonts that don't run the risk of tearing the clothing.
Does Māk•a•boo Do Monograms?
Māk•a•boo hopes to add monograms to its embroidery options very soon! For now, we recommend selecting the "One Text Line" option when you choose a layout for your gift, then entering one, two or three letters to create your own monogram.


What Credit Cards Does Māk•a•boo Accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. We can accept cards from any country.
Where Does Māk•a•boo Ship?
Māk•a•boo can ship anywhere that the United States Postal Service ships, including international addresses, PO boxes and military bases. If you have trouble placing an order to a specific address on the site, please call us at 855.326.8670 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
How Long Does It Take To Receive An Order?
Māk•a•boo ships most orders from its St. Lous, Missouri facility. Non-rush orders take business 5-7 days to be sewn and shipped. Once your order is shipped you will receive a shipping confirmation email with package tracking details. Any item marked Special Order ships directly from the maker. Please note that MJK Knits items usually take 4-6 weeks for delivery.

USPS w/ Delivery ConfirmationOrders normally arrive 2-4 business days from ship date. Please note that this time period is not guaranteed by the Postal Service. We do not ship internationally. 
RUSH Order w/ USPS Express MailAdding Makaboo RUSH for an additional $24.99 means that Makaboo will sew and ship your order the next business day. Orders normally arrive 1-2 business days from ship date to most locations. If your order must arrive by a certain date, please email us at or call us at 855.326.8670 to make sure we can accommodate you - we'll do our best!
USPS Priority MailOrders normally arrive 6-10 business days from ship date.
Can I have my order rushed to receive it as soon as possible?
Of course! If you select the “RUSH” option when you select your shipping choice, for an additional $24.99 Māk•a•boo will push your order to the top of the queue and will be sewn and shipped the next business day, then shipped USPS Express Mail, where it will arrive within 1-2 business days. Please note that any item marked Special Order is not eligible for RUSH orders. For more details, email us at or call us at 855.326.8670.
What Are My Shipping Options and Costs?
Māk•a•boo ships from its St. Louis, Missouri facility. Non-rush orders take 5-7 business days to be sewn and shipped. Once your order is shipped you will receive a shipping confirmation email with package tracking details.
Standard Shipping Within Continental US
Māk•a•boo’s standard shipping is USPS Priority Mail, USPS First Class Mail, and USPS Parcel Post depending on the weight and size of your package. All services cost $7 per shipment for orders shipping within the contiguous United States. Packages normally arrive 2-4 business days from ship date. Please note that this time period is not guaranteed by the Postal Service. Additional delivery surcharges may apply for Special Order items that ship directly from the maker.
Standard Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii,
Standard Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, is provided via USPS Priority Mail, USPS First Class Mail, and USPS Parcel Post and costs are based on location and service. Please note these shipments will take longer to arrive.
Standard Shipping to International Destinations
Māk•a•boo can ship anywhere that the United States Postal Service ships and shipping costs are based on package destination. We use USPS
Rush Order w/ USPS Express Mail
Makaboo offers RUSH service and expedited shipping.  Shipping costs are based on package destination, and orders typically take 4-8 business days to arrive. If USPS does not offer Express Shipping to your destination, the site will not list it as an option in the card.
RUSH Order w/ USPS Express International to Some International Destinations
I am sorry we do not ship internationally
Free Standard Shipping on Orders Over $100
Māk•a•boo offers free standard shipping for orders over $100 shipping to a single domestic location within the 48 contiguous states. For orders over $100 shipping to multiple domestic locations, the first shipment in the cart will ship for free. Free shipping does not apply to expedited orders,
Do I Have To Pay Sales Tax?
Māk•a•boo must charge Missouri sales tax to all orders being shipped to a destination in the state of Missouri, where we operate. If your order is being shipped to another state, you will not be charged sales tax.
Does Makaboo Offer Free Shipping?
Māk•a•boo offers free standard shipping for orders over $100 shipping to a single domestic location within the 48 contiguous states. For orders over $100 shipping to multiple domestic locations, the first shipment in the cart will ship for free. Free shipping does not apply to expedited orders,
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About Us

mākaboo Personalized Gifts was launched in St. Louis, MO in December of 2009 with the goal of becoming the nation’s premier online destination for high-end personalized children’s gifts. Since its launch, mākaboo has shipped gifts to all 50 states, and has been featured on Stroller Traffic, and a variety of other local and national media outlets.

Since mākaboo is primarily an online retailer where customers cannot see and touch its products, the site features brands that moms already know and love – lines like Aden & Anais, Angel Dear, Bella Bliss, Kissy Kissy, and Swaddle Designs. We are proud to include our one-of-a-kind personalization experience, embroidery, and darling packaging free with all of our gifts.

About Makaboo's Founder

Cindy Teasdale McGowan, mākaboo’s founder, came up with the idea for mākaboo while working in the Product Group at in San Francisco. She loved helping consumers to build tangible products with intangible software and thought no one was doing a fantastic job in the baby gift space.

In 2007, Cindy moved back to her hometown of St. Louis to be with her now-husband, real estate developer Bill McGowan. After a few stints at agencies in town, she decided to take the leap and start mākaboo.

Cindy graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. She and Bill now live in St. Louis’ Central West End with their cat Me (who used to have a brother named Julio), within a few miles of 18 of their 23 nieces and nephews.