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.

handmade holiday gifts with kids

Ceramics for You
1498 N. Main St., Antioch | (847) 838-1665
6695-D Grand Ave., Gurnee | (847) 855-2022
A ceramics studio for all ages with drop-in hours, they currently have workshops to create a hand or footprint ornament, perfect for the grandparents! Visit the Antioch or Gurnee calendar of events.

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. Older children (ages 9 and older) can make their own clay pieces or create a sculpture through one of their classes.

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.

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 (there are even BYOB Gingerbread House parties if you want to get out and have some fun without the kiddos).

JOANN stores
413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Unit 500, Vernon Hills | 847-918-8345
845 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach | 847-223-0223
Is your child into sewing? Did you know your neighborhood JOANN store offers classes for kids? Check out their class schedule (be sure to put in the store nearest you).

The Home Depot
Multiple Locations in Lake County
Home Depot offers FREE workshops throughout the year. They have both a Christmas tree ornament and a gingerbread house workshop before the holidays. Find the schedule for the Home Depot closest to you.

Handmade Holiday Gifts with Kids

Local Libraries
Some libraries offer holiday workshops. Look online or call for details, and be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events. Many libraries also have drop-in holiday crafts that are great for little ones.

  • December 4: Tree Trimming/Ornament Making Party, Lake Forest
  • December 14: DIY Teens Fabric Christmas Ornaments, Round Lake
  • December 14: Holiday at the Hostesses House, Great Lakes

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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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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