Handmade Holiday Gifts with Kids

Christmas in Lake County

Are you in need of a gift for Grandma from your little ones? Not in the mood to get out the glitter at home? There are lots of places to go to make handmade holiday gifts with kids or to just to enjoy making a craft without making a mess at home. In addition, some places offer a Kids’ Night Out to allow you to holiday shop at the same time. Note: for ceramic projects, you will have to return to pick up your project at a later date.

Editor’s Note: Updated to reflect take and go options for 2020.

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Ceramics for You
6695-D Grand Ave., Gurnee | (847) 855-2022
A ceramics studio for all ages with drop-in hours. They offer several different Pottery to Go kits that include everything you need to paint your own item at home. When you are finished you drop the item and brushes back at the shop for firing. Limited quantities of holiday items so order ASAP.

Clay Monet
532 W. Route 22, Lake Zurich | (847) 540-7772
Clay Monet also has ceramic figurines that can be painted, even by little ones. They have a wide assortment to choose from: piggy banks, pet bowls, and mugs to name a few. They are offering private times to paint in the studio or pottery to go kits. They offer options to have your item come back and be fired or to keep without firing.

Daisy’s Artish Cafe
216 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste 1, Lake Villa | (224) 372-7341
A coffee house and art studio… sounds like the place to take kids for a fun time while you relax and enjoy a cup of Joe. The cafe offers craft projects for both young and older artists. Check the website for holiday-themed classes. At this time there are no children’s events as the indoor space is not open.

Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn | 847-230-0330
Taste Buds Kitchen has classes for young chefs as well as offers family bonding time. There are Gingerbread House workshops for the whole family (as well as ones for teens) throughout December. This year they are offering DIY Gingerbread house kit that comes with a fully assembled house and everything you need to decorate it at home.

Handmade Holiday Gifts with Kids

Local Libraries
Some libraries offer take-home craft kits that you can pick-up for some festive crafting at home:

Do you know of a great place where kids can create handmade gifts? Tell us where it is in the comments section below.

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Handmade Holiday Gifts with Kids
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Natalie is the mom of two humans and one nonhuman. She is the author of more than forty books and resources for kids, was a teacher and a museum educator, and will always be a Lake County native. Natalie enjoys insects, sled dog racing (observing!), crafting/experimenting with her kids, and forming a world safe from peanuts. Find out more about her and her books at www.natalierompella.com.


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