When it comes to presents for parents, grandparents, or other loved ones, it is hard to beat items handmade by kids. They’re fun, they’re satisfying for the kids, and the best of them will spark joy for the recipients for years. When the kids are grown and this year’s hot gadgets are obsolete, adults may still feel an attachment to that ceramic trivet or that goofy Christmas tree ornament.
Here are some ideas for places your kid can go to get the creativity going:
Squirrelly Art Studio pop-up at Wunderkind3315 NE 55th St
This pop-up art studio has a series of workshops for Thanksgiving Week, as well as three-session gift-making classes in December.
Surprise Holiday Gift-Making Series: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. $150.
Ornament Making with Legos, Glitter and More: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. $55.
Big Holiday Block Prints: Noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. $55.
Holiday Calendars Treats and Treasures: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov 26. $115.
Buy Nothing Day: Gift Making Workshop
Seattle Public Library Central Library, 1000 4th Ave.
In honor of Buy-Nothing Day, come to the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library for a free workshop to make hot cocoa mix, a calming fall "tea bath", and fall leaf wreaths.
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio
7526 20th Ave NE
This kids’ art school in Ravenna has a series of popular classes for holiday gift-making. Take a look at the available selections here. They sell out, so be decisive.
Holiday Gift Making afternoon workshops, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday Dec. 2, 9 and 16, or Wednesday Dec. 4, 11, and 18 or Thursday Dec 5, 12 and 19. $96.
Parent/Child Holiday gift-making workshop (ages 1.5-4 with parent): 9:30 to 11 a.m. $25.
The hardware superstore has free kids DIY workshops atl its stores. Kids must register in andvance and come with an adult. To look up what’s going on in your local store check here.
Coming up in Seattle area stores:
Stocking Ornament, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 30
Christmas Countown Calendar, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 7
3302 E Spring St
This kids’ art studio in Madrona has three workshops for elementary aged kids to make holiday gifts. Register in advance.
Ornament Making (age 5.5 to 11 years), 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Dec. 14. $65.
Holiday Workshop (grades K to 5), 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 and/or Monday, Dec. 23. $70 per day.
Museo Art Academy
This Issaquah art studio has two one-day holiday gift-making camps. Register in advance.
Holiday gift making camps 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 or Sunday, Dec. 15. $89.
Drop in to one of these studios and your child can turn plain flatware into something whimsical and personal. Some of these places do glass-fusing too.