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  • A Flawed Prototype is Better than a Perfect Idea

      We love repurposing things around OctoGifts headquarters. Giving an object new life solves a problem and saves an item from going into the lan...
  • How to Create a Space for Inventive Kids

    Happy Inventors Day! "Inventors can be from any background, have a variety of experience and be any age!" -- April Mitchell As a military spouse, ...
  • Meet Warren Wilson, inventor of Better Blocks!

      Through our work on OctoGifts, we've had the good fortune of meeting super interesting people.   That includes Warren Wilson, the Australian inve...
  • Women in STEM Presentation at Alpharetta High School

      On December 15, 2020, the Women in STEM organization at Alpharetta High School (Alpharetta, GA) invited me to speak to their group. I shared the...
  • Our Top Holiday Book and Gift Ideas for Kids in 2020

    Our Top Holiday Book and Gift Ideas for Kids This time of year, people often ask us to recommend gifts for kids that promote creativity and innova...
  • Gathering Folds: Accenting Your Home and Wardrobe with Origami

    We love hearing about people who leverage STEM in unusual ways. So when we found out about Madonna Yoder, who creates origami masterpieces for the home and wardrobe, we just had to learn more.
  • OctoGifts on the Toy Coach's Podcast

    What a fun conversation! We had a blast recently on the podcast Making It In The Toy Industry, hosted by Azhelle Wade. A patent holding and award ...
  • OctoGifts Learns How to Create a Delivery Blueprint on the Business Infrastructure.TV show

    Do you follow recipes, or do you just dive into meal prep? "Winging it" might work for your own dinner, but if you want to be able to improve and ...
  • Halloween sparks creativity!

    Halloween breeds creativity! Here are some of our memorable DIY Halloween costumes from past years.
  • Fresh, Fun, and Memorable: Holiday OctoGifts are Here!

    Like many families, we enjoy baking cookies, decorating our home, and making gingerbread houses for the holidays. This year, we're adding a fresh ...
  • A Heartwarming Story of Love, Caring, and Connection

      When he was 11, Sebastian's older brother TJ missed a cut for New England swim championships by a hair.It would have been his first time advancin...
  • 3 Secrets for Keeping Middle School Girls Interested in STEM

    Photo credit: MJ LaBarbera of Strayed Photography   I hated school so much when I was 12 that I scribbled my own picture out of the yearbook. I...