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Best Places To Create Your Own Holiday Gifts In Houston

November 23, 2012 8:00 AM

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With the holiday season at hand, you may think about making your own Christmas gifts. Whether you are creatively impaired or lack the drive to initiate your own Christmas projects, there are several places in town that can help you out. These places let you make your own Christmas gifts while under the supervision of store experts, so you get it right before you leave.
Houston School of Floral Design
2000 N. Loop W, Suite 130
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 977-4364
www.floristschool.com/

Price: $81 per class/$292 for all four classes

Indulge your inner artist at one of the four Houston School of Floral Design’s Christmas adult workshops. The Baubles and Bows ends with the unwrapped gift you brought as a stunning masterpiece of its own, covered in the wrapping and trappings of your choice. The Decadent Door Wreaths class is great if you have a special someone to give a Christmas wreath to this year. For home decorating ideas, attend the Christmas Garland or Festive Centerpieces classes. Both of these let you create individual and professional-looking decorations with real plant material. The results are great for gift giving or to keep.

Potter’s Wheel Gallery and Gifts
5419 FM 1960 W, Suite E
Houston, Texas 77069
(281) 537-8447
www.giftedpotter.com

Price: $5 kids/$7 adults plus cost of piece

Create your own custom-painted piece of pottery for a loved one this Christmas. The Potter’s Wheel Gallery and Gifts lets painters young and old come and paint pottery all year long, but the fired pieces also make great Christmas gifts. Potter’s Wheel offers a large selection of unpainted, pre-made ceramic pieces to choose from, including seasonal items such as snowmen. Be sure to go at least a week before you need to put your gift under the tree to allow for firing time.

Related: Top Arts and Crafts Classes and Activities for Kids in Houston

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Art Glass Experience
8385 Westview Drive
Houston, Texas 77055
(713) 553-8120
www.artglassexperience.com

Click here for classes and prices

Art Glass Experience is more than a gallery. It offers anyone ages 14 and older the unique opportunity to create perfectly polished gifts from glass. Learn kiln forming, fusing, how to make jewelry using wire wrapping and bead making, experiment with glass mosaics and stained glass and even come home with a lamp that shows off your sand-blasting or glass-etching skills. Sign up to schedule your class time. The tuition price for each class covers all the materials you need.

Related: Best Places for Glass Art in Houston

Rice Epicurean Market
5016 San Felipe Road
Houston, Texas 77056
(713) 621-0422
riceepicurean.com

Price: from $50

Customize the perfect gift for your favorite foodie this season. Choose the products that go into the basket, including delicious treats from local companies, wines, cheeses and See’s candies. Shop products by Mario Battali, Stonewall Kitchens, Paula Dean, Rick Bayless, Emeril Lagasse and the Barefoot Contessa. If food and wine don’t do it for your special someone, grocery lines here include an array of salon-quality cosmetics, and custom floral arrangements make it easy to please any gift recipient this year.


Stained Glass Learning Center

10910 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77043
(877) 743-6214
www.sglchouston.com

Price: $199 per person for beginner’s class

The Stained Glass Learning Center, located inside the Market Place Antiques and Collectibles center, offers classes for beginners and novices in myriad glass-working projects. The beginner’s classes last for four weeks, with each session at two-and-a-half hours. During that time, you create a pair of projects that can be given to two people at Christmas. Make your reservations early for a class to ensure that you get a spot.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. She is currently covering Home & Life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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