By Jessica Cage
It is well known that the best gifts are those that come with a special and unique touch. The gift that stands out in the receiver's mind is the one that says the person giving it really took the time to add a personal aspect. This Christmas, take the time to step back and think about what personal touches you can add to help give your gifts a memorable quality. In Chicago, there are a lot of places that offer the opportunity to create custom gifts and designs for the ones you love.
The Chicago Mosaic School
1806 W. Cuyler Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
The Chicago Mosaic School offers a Holiday Gift Making workshop in which students will learn to create the intricate details of mosaic art. The workshop lasts three hours and during that time, the instructor will walk you through the steps of not only creating, but fine tuning your art. Choose from materials on site or bring something special of your own. There are six classes offered between December 2 and December 15. Sign up before classes fill up.
2050 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
At the Aroma Workshop, you can create a personalized scent for that special someone. Sessions last about an hour and in that time, you will have access to multiple scents and oils which can be combined to create your own signature scent. Each class has a special focus and will create scents and oils to complement that focus. Choose a class that gives the benefit of stress relief or if you know someone who has trouble sleeping, choose the class that creates scents to help soothe you to sleep. Visit the website or call to schedule your session.
900 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Who doesn't know someone who loves a great handbag? A true bag lover usually has a very specific type of bag they desire. At the Lill Studio, you can help to fulfill that desire by designing a bag that is perfect for them. Lill Studio offers a vast variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. The bags are affordable and the staff is there to help support and encourage your creative side. You can design your bag online or in store, but either way you will be able to add that unique and personal touch.
BevArt Brewer & Winemaker Supply
10033 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643
At BevArt Brewer & Winemaker Supply, you will be able to create a gift that can be enjoyed by many. This winemaking class will make enough wine to fill 28 to 30 bottles. The workshop is broken down into three parts that cover everything from wine tasting to wine labeling. You will be able to create a custom label to affix to your bottles that will remind everyone of the extra time and effort used to make sure this gift was a thoughtful one.
If An Elephant Can Paint, Inc.
6677 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago IL 60631
If An Elephant Can Paint, Inc. is an art studio that allows you and your family to create custom, one-of-a-kind pottery pieces. Pick your piece and get to work painting and designing a gift that is like no other. Give your pottery a special Christmas theme to go with the holiday. The staff is there to help guide you and help you tap into your creativity. The pieces make perfect gifts for family as a reminder of the ones who love them.
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