While holiday spending is expected to remain level or even increase slightly compared to 2011, many people are looking for ways to reduce the impact on their wallet or the environment by buying gifts at thrift or secondhand stores. Handcrafted gifts are another alternative to traditional holiday gifting (and not just for kids anymore)!
Businesses where you can paint your own pottery, fuse a glass sculpture, design a piece of beaded jewelry or even stuff a plush toy animal are located all over Maryland, including Montgomery County.
Learn how to make your own beaded jewelry:
Rockville – Accents Beads, 12112 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD 20852
Silver Spring – The Bead Warehouse, 2740 Garfield Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Takoma Park – S & A Beads, 6929 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Try your hand at painting pottery:
Color Me Mine has locations in Rockville and Silver Spring
My Pottery Place, 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD 20854
All Fired Up has two locations – one in Bethesda and one on Washington, DC
Craft a plush animal:
Build-A-Bear has three stores in the area – The Mall in Columbia, Westfield Montgomery and National Harbor.
Explore your own creativity in glass, ceramic or printing:
Amazing Art Studio – 205 Boardwalk Place, Gaithersburg, MD 20875
Know of a place locally in Prince George's County? Add it to our comments section with a link to the business.