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Inspiring Holiday Gifts at OPO

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Makerspace, Discovery Centre, Creative Studios

  • Laser cut Christmas ornaments
  • Embroidered sweatshirt with Let it Snow logo
  • Christmas present tags
  • Camera and photographs
  • Film reel
  • Glass etched mason jar
  • Woman wearing Let it Snow embroidered sweatshirt

Shawna, Old Post Office | December 1, 2019

Every holiday gift list needs a little inspiration at some point in time.  Here at the Old Post Office we have several pieces of equipment and trained staff to aid in the making of creative or personal gifts on your list this year.  Visit #OPOmade and see what our community is creating this season! 

Give the gift of experience by reliving old memories by digitizing family photos or old home movies.  Scan in photos, negatives, or photographic slides of family weddings, holidays or birthday parties from your childhood.  Gift these memories to family members who are hard to shop for!  Convert your VHS tapes and 8mm film and save them to watch on your laptop or TV during your holiday get-togethers.  Book an AV room in our Creative Studios to start digitizing and create a priceless gift!

For those on your gift list that appreciate a handmade gift.  The Makerspace at the OPO has several pieces of equipment that can assist you in the creation of that unique gift.

The 3D printer is an ideal piece of equipment to create holiday ornaments for the tree lover on your list.   Browse thingiverse.com to find gift ideas like the flat ornaments snowflakes you see in the attached photo.  Other designs create multiple pieces you can assemble into a 3D gift.

With a little assistance from our staff you can use our Laser Cutter to create a custom gift that is cut and engraved!  Personal photos can be etched onto wood that can be purchased at cost in the Makerspace.  There is also an attachment to engrave on glassware which was used to engrave the reindeer mason jars in the photo.  The laser is very popular and timeslots fill quickly so please don’t leave this gift project to the end!

To keep that special someone cozy all winter long create a snow-inspired sweatshirt design on our Digital Embroidery Machine.  The custom software can be used to create a patch that you can adhere to a bag or backpack.  This machine can personalize a large range of fabric items, including ballcaps!     

To finish off your gifts, turn to the Cricut Cutter to make your own cards and gift tags this season.

Once inspired contact us to book time on any of the equipment or register on-line through our Tech 1-on-1 Form for a little help with your holiday project.  Please share your creative ideas at #OPOmade to inspire others this holiday season.