Making your own Christmas gifts is fun and shows that you are putting thought and time into a gift. If you are talented and creative or even if you aren’t, with a little time and help, you can make some unique gifts. Homemade gifts can become family treasures that are passed down to younger generations. The following shops offer unique and creative crafts for all ages to make special Christmas gifts for friends and family that will be sure to bring smiles and happy memories.
1609 W. Snow Circle
Tampa, FL 33606
www.tampa.colormemine.comThis great little ceramic shop is open seven days a week. From the moment you walk into Color Me Mine, you realize that this is a very upbeat fun place. In this relaxed yet intimate space, you will find something for all ages. Create any unique gift that comes to mind. There are thousands of pieces to choose from and then paint however you please. This is also a great place for children to explore their creativity.
iBead / Bead Warehouse
7032 W. Waters Ave.
Tampa, FL 33634
You can make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces at iBead. Craft a unique piece for a special person. This store has everything needed to create high-quality designs for thoughtful and creative Christmas gifts. You can mix and match from thousands of jewelry accessories to create a fantastic, personalized piece.
Keep Me In Stitches
14833 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
Keep Me In Stitches is a superstore for crafting. It is one of the few crafting stores that offer customers both sewing machines as well as fabrics. The employees here are both talented and friendly. There are numerous classes and workshops offered where one can make something for themselves or make a special handmade Christmas gift for someone dear to them. Sign up for a quilting class and make a very special keepsake.
Scraporium & Outlet
16518 N. Florida Ave.
Lutz, FL 33549
This gem of a shop is Tampa’s first and only scrapbook store. Scraporium & Outlet has 3,000 square feet of everything imaginable in the latest products and trends. It offers unique and upbeat classes where you can create truly special and memorable Christmas gifts. Classes cover a wide range of crafts, from making your own cards to putting together an entire album. Scraporium even occasionally flies in a celebrity to teach a class.
You Do The Dishes
15357 Amberly Drive
Tampa, FL 33647
You Do The Dishes is a trendy paint-your-own pottery studio and coffee bar. This shop literally gives you hundreds of choices in clay pieces to choose from. It has stencils for tracing perfect designs and stamps for creating unusual designs. At You Do The Dishes, pick from every imaginable color know to mankind. Pair your project with a coffee or tea and then relax while you create a special Christmas gift for a friend or loved one. This shop also does parties for kids and has special events after school. On the first Saturday of every month, You Do The Dishes holds a Midnight Madness event for all the night owls and stays open until midnight.
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