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If the economy’s got you down coming into the Christmas season, fret not. This year start thinking out of the box to homemade gifts and personalized presents made easy by area businesses. Making gifts isn’t just a personal way of gifting, it also gives you an opportunity to pick up a new skill or hobby. These are the best places in and around Seattle to create Christmas gifts this holiday season.
Paint the Town
4611 Village Court NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 527-8554

Price: $6 to $60 with no studio fee

Most people don’t have a pottery kiln in their basement, but with Paint the Town the hard work is done for you. At the studio you may pick out your item, sketch your own design, paint as much or as little as you want, and then the experts do the rest. Paint the Town will glaze and fire your work of art, having it ready in about seven days. Should you be in a pinch, rush service is available as well.

Related: Best Pottery Painting Places in Seattle

Space to Create
1414 N.W. 70th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 784-0401

Price: $25 to $250 depending on the class

Space to Create is an arts and crafts studio in Ballard that offers, among other things, adult crafting classes. Explore beginning painting, felt slipper workshops, book making and lotion making. Guest teachers are often booked for specialty classes, providing even more unique gift ideas. Space to Create also offers classes for children to create individualized Christmas gifts under safe, adult supervision.

Seattle Glassblowing Studio
2227 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2181

Price: $675

Seattle’s premier glassblowing studio is a great place to make memorable gifts for friends and family. A full beginner class is six weeks with pieces produced throughout. Students learn shapes and techniques to continue to grow their skills even after the classes are complete. Classes are small, limited to only six people, so sign up early to ensure you don’t miss out on a fun opportunity to create these special gifts.

Related: Best Glassblowing Studios in Seattle

West Seattle Tool Library
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 

4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 317-4671

Price: $20/$5 fee for materials

The West Seattle Tool Library provides pay-what-you-can access to a wide range of tools, training and advice. In addition, it also provides holiday-themed workshops to help people make a wide variety of gifts. Previous Christmas seasons have included workshops on jewelry making, canning, soap making and liqueur blending in sold-out classes. The cost to be a member varies by each individual, but no one is turned away for not being able to pay.

Made in Washington
1530 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-0788

A gift basket made of Washington-made products can be a perfect gift, especially for those living out of state. Made in Washington stores combine gourmet food, jewelry and art from the Evergreen State. Just pick out the mix of items perfect for your special someone, and the staff will do the rest. Leave all of the worry on staff if you’re unsure, Made in Washington will put the gift box or gift basket together with filler and make it look professional with ribbon and wrap if needed.

Megan Knight resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. During the day she works in IT Management and at night is a royal news junkie. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.