If the thought of shopping for all of your loved ones, neighbors and acquaintances taxes your holiday spirit, get back in the groove. Instead of running from store to crowded store, running up another monstrous seasonal debt,make your gifts this year. Orange County has a number of quality, hands-on enterprises where you can flex your imagination while stretching your family’s holiday budget. These are the best places to create your own Christmas gifts in Orange County.
30505 Avenida de las Flores, Suite B
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Give the holidays a more personal touch. Create your own Christmas cards and graphic gifts with the help and inspiration of the craft experts at Timeless Treasures scrapbooking superstore. Attend one of the daily events and classes, or simply stop in and let the design team help you shape your ideas into artistic reality. Timeless Treasures caters to beginners and veterans alike.
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1540 S. Disneyland Drive, Suite 101
Anaheim, CA 92802
Delight the creative teddy bear enthusiasts and animal lovers on your list with a trip to the downtown Disney District Build-A-Bear Workshop. Give them exactly what they want, as they get to help. Assemble adorable stuffed animals with the entire family for everyone on your list. Organize a group Build-A-Party workshop and design gifts for and with your friends, neighbors and coworkers. A modest $10 donation goes directly to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens
260 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
Nothing is more treasured than hand-made gifts. Home to clothing, jewelry and pet stores, children’s boutiques, craft guilds, home and gardening decor outlets and classes, Dragonfly Shops & Gardens is where you will find something for everyone. Assemble gifts of every sort and scope with gourmet favors, beads, potted plants, apparel and wine accessories. Attend any of the full calendar of sewing, gardening, art, design and cooking classes. Painting, planting and picnic basket workshops for adults and especially children offer instruction and equipment to help you craft your own Christmas gifts.
Tall Mouse Crafts & Fabric
1101 E. Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870
There’s more than one famous mouse in Orange County. This one’s tall. Specialists in unique art and craft education, Tall Mouse can take you step by step through the design and creative process. If you can imagine it, Tall Mouse can help you paint, sew, quilt and craft it. Centerpieces, candles, ornaments, baskets, bangles and tree trimmings: Dream it, find it and make it here.
Fired Up Ceramics
143 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672
Release your inner artist at Fired Up Ceramics studio. Fired Up provides you with the tools and instruction to create your own art at your own pace. Bring the whole family and fire clay tiles, impressions, stencils and hand prints. Design plates, pots, custom pieces and ornaments, and take them home for everyone on your holiday gift list.
Christopher Schmidt is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.