We’re always listening to our customers and working hard to provide the materials, tools and supplies you need to complete your projects. That’s why we’re especially excited to let you know that our online shop is now open! We’ve stocked it with a selection of some of our favorite items for you to choose from. Plus, when you shop online you’ll get the added convenience of domestic shipping, which is free with orders of $75 and up. You can even select in-store pickup and we’ll have it ready for you at our retail shop.
You’ll want to keep checking into our shop on a regular basis. We’ll change and add inventory as time goes on. Right now, to help with holiday gift shopping, the online store features a few Metal EarthⓇ models, Project GeniusⓇ puzzles and ImpressArtⓇ kits and tools.
So, make it easy on yourself. Finish your holiday shopping with a couple of clicks. We know it will put some extra “merry,” into your Christmas!
If you haven’t started gift shopping for the holidays yet, you aren’t alone. With so much vying for our attention these days, it’s no wonder that buying gifts gets put on the back burner. And, while there are still several weeks left until Christmas and Kwanzaa, they’ll be here in the blink of an eye. We’re here to help with ideas for everyone on your list. What’s more, we’re open on Saturdays now, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. AND…we now have the option for you to shop online for a selection of some of our most popular items.
For the home decorator
Know someone who is a whiz at making their home look especially beautiful, both inside and out? We’ve got metal cut-out letters and numbers that could be painted (or left plain black matte) to create unique sayings or as home address markers. Of course, that’s not all. We’ve got more themed and whimsical cut-outs that work indoors or outdoors, gate scrolling and caps, and we’ve even got kits to make a metal fire pit.
For the gardener
Come find the materials to put together planter boxes that can be decorated with any of the line of paints and patinas we have in stock. Do you know someone who has a resolution to improve their yard and landscape in 2022? We’ve got lawn edging that may seem like an unusual gift, but may thrill a recipient who has curb appeal on their mind. Or, how about garden stakes and decorations like our sunflower kit and metal butterfly?
For older generations
We’ve found that our Project Genius® brain teaser puzzles are especially popular with older generations. Not only can the puzzles be solved individually, but they are great to work on together with someone else. Grandparents tell us they enjoy sitting with their grandchildren to solve these beautifully-made and challenging brainteasers.
For kids and teens
Adults often reminisce about building models as kids. Even today’s kids want to take a break from screen time to challenge themselves and work with their hands. We’ve stocked our shelves with more than 60 different Metal Earth® model kits, (and you’ll find a smaller selection of five of our favorites in our online shop) many featuring popular culture themes including Star Wars, Star Trek, Justice League, Marvel, Harry Potter, Batman and Dr. Who. In addition, there are dinosaurs, insects, vehicles, ships, aircraft and architecture. For models that are in the moderate and challenging categories, it’s a great opportunity for older and younger kids (or adults and kids) to work together to assemble.
For car, truck and trailer enthusiasts
If there’s someone in your life who loves to tinker with vehicles, you’ll be able to surprise them with a great gift from our shop. We’ve got diamond plate, D-rings, straps, ball and hitch kits, receiving tubes, base plates and more that can be used for work in the garage. Come talk to us about their latest vehicle project and we’ll help you find just the right materials put under the tree.
For the artist and crafter
For the creative spirits on your list, we’ve got so many items to choose from. Whether it’s a hobby they already pursue or one they might like to start, you’ll find just the right gift. Our shelves are loaded with Sculpt Nouveau® paints, patinas and coatings that can be added to take any project to the next level. Our ImpressArt® metal stamping kits and accessories are very popular. With a basic kit and blanks, your gift recipient can make personalized jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces and rings. We’ve also got kits to put together a working lamp and more.
For the make-it-yourselfer
Put a bow on some raw materials and you’ll be the favorite gift-giver this holiday season. We’ve got the materials and tools that might be just what someone who loves to create things with their hands has been looking for. You’ll find baseplates, 4’ and 10’ structural shortcuts, small metal pieces, scrap metal, among many other materials for the home workshop. Our customers turn raw metal into beautiful, functional pieces, like these side tables. Give a gift that will inspire the recipient to create something special.
So, don’t panic about the gifts you need to buy. Come see us and we’ll help you check off gifts for everyone on your list. Or, for even more convenience, go to our website and try out our new online shop.
It’s November, and that means the countdown is on to December traditional gift-giving holidays. That wonderful time of year brings a special spirit in the air of excitement and anticipation. Often focused on gathering with family and friends to laugh, to eat and to celebrate, thoughtful gifts can make joyful memories and express our care for one another.
Choosing that perfect gift to convey how much we value the recipient takes some time and thought. You want to put yourself in the recipient’s shoes; what would they potentially buy for themselves.Most people don’t want you to spend a lot of money, they just want to know that you’ve thought about them and what they might like. A helpful article from 2019 on CNN.com, shares five rules of gift giving that provide a good commonsense guide to follow.
When it comes to unique and affordable gifts that might be unexpected, yet well-received, we’ve got some items on our shelves we think you will like. But first, let’s also talk about how crafting is good for you.
The Benefits of Do-It-Yourself
There’s a reason why our shop’s name is “DIY;” we cater to those who like to put their hands on a project to complete. According to Leisure Arts (and in an article in Psychology Today), “Crafting is also a therapeutic hobby for all ages and skill levels. It can have an immediate and incredible effect, giving consumers the chance to slow down and switch their focus and providing people with a new mental space to direct their attention, manage stress, and improve self-esteem and authenticity. Plus, crafting allows for consumers to improve fine motor skills and cognitive functioning. Perfect for all, crafting is a great intergenerational activity, allowing parents and children the opportunity to unplug from a screen and work together on a new project.”
Will this be the year you give gifts that not only tap into the recipient’s sense of creativity, but could actually give them a boost of wellbeing?
Exercise the Brain
Escape from the rigors of everyday life when you put your brain to work on our line of Project GeniusⓇ puzzles. More than a toy, these beautifully curated puzzles will inspire creativity and stimulate senses. Play them alone or make it an intergenerational challenge where kids and adults together can work through the solutions. (Hint: If you’re stumped, you can always visit the Project Genius website for solutions.) These high quality items are perfect as a stocking stuffer or standalone gift. We’ve got a good selection of products for you to choose from.
Put Your Personal Stamp On It
Maybe the coming year will be a good one to encourage someone to try out a new hobby — one that even has the potential to become a “side hustle,” to earn a little extra income. You could set up your recipient to do that by giving them a metal stamping kit. From personalized jewelry to dog tags and key rings to decor and more, our ImpressArt kits are a great way for beginners to learn how to metal stamp. Metal stamping enthusiasts say once you’ve done it for the first time, you’ll be hooked! Of course, it is also appropriate for older children, too. Imagine how proud they will feel when they can make their own personalized items for themselves and their friends.
Zowie! Kids and Adults Alike Will Flip for These Gifts
Want a sure thing?! You can never go wrong with these Metal EarthⓇ gifts that feature the best of popular culture. Got a Harry Potter™ fan? How about giving a Hogwarts Express or the Golden Snitch? What about Star Wars™? Get ready for the recipient to go crazy when they open an R2D2 model or the “baby Yoda” model from The Mandalorian.
Of course, where would we be without superheroes from Marvel and Batman like Deadpool and the Bat Signal?! Know a Trekkie? You’re going to be their favorite when you give them their own Starship Enterprise model to build. And, for a real throwback, let’s “Yabba Dabba Do,” along with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in their very own Flintmobile. You’ve just gotta see our more than 60 Metal Earth models, where you’re sure to find something for everyone!
All that, and you can also take a look at our good selection of paints, patinas and raw materials, as well as whimsical cutouts and much more. Get a jump start on your holiday gift list now and come see us Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1745 NE Columbia Blvd. in Portland. We’re waiting to help you check off all the gifts on your list.