Doesn’t it seem like every holiday season people are giving more and more gift cards? What happened to creativity and personalization? Don’t get caught in the gift-card madness this Christmas. Instead, make a one-of-a-kind treat for that special person in your life. Ditch the plastic and try your hand at one of these great creative spaces in Denver. And if you need a little help, there will be experts available to guide you as you create that something special. Your gift will be the highlight of someone’s holiday season.

(credit: Ceramics In the City)

Ceramics in the City
1912 Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 200-0461

Create amazing handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts at Ceramics in the City, an all-in-one spot for pottery, glass, painting and jewelry making. Pick a blank piece of ready-made pottery and decorate it for that special someone in your life. Or design a piece of glass like a mosaic and let the professionals at Ceramics in the City do the fusing. You can even take a painting class to learn some new techniques. Bring your favorite snacks, a few drinks and several friends, because this is one spot that makes creating the gift as much fun as receiving it.

Fancy Tiger
59 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 733-3855

Crafters in Denver know about Fancy Tiger. It is the best spot in town for truly special fabrics and crafting supplies. However, did you also know that it has a huge selection of classes where you can make your own gifts learning how to quilt, sew, knit, crochet and more? With a myriad of classes to choose from, there is something for every skill level and every potential gift recipient. Be sure to allow some extra time to browse the store as there are so many wonderful crafting goodies to be found there.

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Cake Crafts
4105 S. Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
(303) 761-1522

What says the holidays more than truly special, handmade yummy treats? Cake Crafts is a wholesale and retail establishment that is open to the public. It specializes in bakery supply, cake decorating and candy making, and even has a huge variety of classes so you can learn all the tricks of the trade. The basics of cake decorating will have you learning how to make roses, flowers, borders and piping while the more advanced classes included airbrushing techniques and sculpted flowers. There are even classes on cupcakes, petit fours, holiday cookies and gingerbread decorating. This is one place where you’ll make so many great things, you may not want to give them away.

Fabric Bliss
828 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 893-7922

Do you have lots of great gift ideas but no materials to make them? Or is your home just not big enough for your own crafting space? Check out Fabric Bliss to make those special holiday gifts. Fabric Bliss is like a giant craft studio that you can drop by and use. Make use of the studio and you can use all the equipment including sewing machines, sergers, silhouette cutters and so much more. Check out some of the great classes and learn sewing, crochet, quilting, knitting, tatting and many other great crafts that are totally gift ready. Or, if that crafting bug just hasn’t hit you, then peruse the selection of handmade gifts all ready to be wrapped.

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Ink Lounge
1512 S. Acoma St.
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 321-7101

Ink Lounge is an amazing little shop that specializes in graphic design and screen printing. The best part is that at Ink Lounge, it takes the mystery out of screen printing by teaching you how to do it yourself through a series of great classes and workshops. With tons of great holiday-themed workshops already on the schedule, this is a great place to learn how to make unique cards, t-shirts and more. Be sure to direct the men in your life to Ink Lounge’s awesome Mancraft event. It is a special workshop designed to showcase lots of cool gifts that don’t require power tools to create.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at