For the gift that shows how much you care, go homemade this Christmas at one of these local Baltimore shops. From Build-A-Bear to pottery, knitting and more, children and adults are guaranteed a great time while making the perfect gift this holiday season.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Towson Town Center
825 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, Md. 21204
(410) 321-5958

Price: from $15

With winter stuffed animal friends including Happy Husky, Pink Flurry Teddy and Sock Monkey, Build-A-Bear offers an unbeatable deal when it comes to personalized toys for the young and old. First, choose a furry friend, then dress to impress with spirited holiday clothing and cool accessories. You may go sporty and hit the slopes with a snowboarding hoodie and gear, or keep it more fashionable with a Fairisle sweater dress, boots and purse. Lastly, decide if you’d like to further personalize your gift with sounds or embroidery options. Shoppers may visit the workshop online or stop in at a nearby store to view first hand the options available.


Amazing Glaze

1340 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21209
(410) 532-3144

Price: $3 to $50 per pottery piece/$7 hour or $12 each day per painter
Click here for a calendar of events.

Paint your own pottery gift this Christmas at Amazing Glaze, which provides more than 400 pieces of ceramic art to choose from. All supplies and paints are provided at the shop, including stencils, stamps, tracing paper, books and on-staff artists to help you perfect your idea and offer inspiration. Once the design is finalized, the pottery is dipped in a clear glaze and cooked at about 2,000 degrees. The result is a shiny, bright coating that illuminates your masterpiece. No appointment is necessary to paint, and all glazes are food safe for regular kitchen use. Pottery must be left and picked up five days after it’s painted.

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Knitters Nest

1431 Liberty Road
Eldersburg, Md. 21784
(410) 549-0709

Price: from $15 per class
Click here for a list of upcoming classes.

With beautiful yarns of every shade and texture popping off the shelf, the Knitters Nest is a great place to find and make gifts this holiday season. Located just outside of Baltimore in Carroll County, this shop offers new classes every month to choose from: Make holiday cowls, shawls and wraps, mittens, pullovers, scarfs, slippers and wine socks from scratch. Stop by the shop anytime to view samples of the projects and brainstorm gift ideas. Knitters Nest also supports giving back to the community this Christmas by making and collecting homemade hats for the homeless, lapghans and hats for soldiers, baby hats for local hospitals and pet blankets for shelters.


501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 837-2323

Price: from $20 per class
Click here for a list of upcoming classes.

With more than 30 years in the bead business, Beadazzled can help craft makers of any level create a beautiful piece of jewelry for that special someone. Choose from a countless assortment of beads in all shapes, sizes and colors to create a one-of-a-kind gift, or take advantage of one of the classes offered in December. Class options include making a leather lattice or lost in the forest bracelet and even European chainmaille. Join an introductory crash course that will help you to get started on an independent project. Just shop online at your convenience or visit one of their Beadazzled’s three stores for holiday designs and inspiration.


The Walters Art Museum

600 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 547-9000

Dates: Dec. 1 to 16
Price: free

Every Saturday and Sunday at the Walters this December, children, teens and adults are invited to discover what families have in common across cultures and throughout history. Attendees will learn how to depict their family in a variety of artistic ways using different media. Then at the end of the class, take your beautiful piece of art home with you for wrapping. Registration is not required for this free event, so drop in at your convenience to make an original Christmas gift for the people who matter most in your life.

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