I love giving gifts and finding just the right items for my loved ones is all part of the shopping thrill. Lately, I’ve been putting a great deal of time into giving the gift of an experience to friends and family while combining it with the gift of something handmade. Most often it’s been something I purchase from one of our vendors but perhaps you’ve attended a class through one of our DIY Calendars and can give something you’ve crafted yourself. FYI – There are still LOTS of workshops and classes you can sign up for to make something handmade but if time is at a premium and you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, I hope this guide can help you to some thoughtful gifts.
These services can come in the form of gift cards or reserving a seat(s) on someone’s behalf. In many cases, buying a gift card or printing out the ticket stub can be less than exciting and not redeemable until a few months after the holidays season has ended, so we are pairing the gifts with a few handmade items. Recipients can enjoy a gift right away and experience the rest of the gift later. Enjoy!
AXE THROWING: Yes, they are partnering with us for our pop up show, Merry Axe-Mas but Axe Throwing is crazy amounts of fun and a great way to get a large group together while enjoying drinks and making some memories. Find gift cards online at Columbus Axe Throwing. Pair it with an Alison Rose “Sports” sweatshirt!
CRAFT CLASSES: Hosting every craft class under the sun, Wholly Craft continues to fill up their backroom with craft cocktail lessons to working with local makers to teach weaving. Pair any of their classes with gifts from Glitteracy or Sarah Harste Weaving who have both taught at Wholly Craft this year.
KNIT WITS: Knitting and crocheting is a great skill to take up and Yarn It and Haberdashery can help you find beginning level classes or if you have know someone who’s already swimming in piles of yarn, pick up a few patterns to nudge them into completing a project and use up their fiber stash. Pair it with this finished cowel by TL Yarn Crafts.
COOKING WITH KIDS: The folks at Flower & Bread have a wide assortment of food classes you can take but this particular class is a great gift for a sibling, grandparents or your favorite mom at school pick up. Enjoy pastries, creme fillings and the cost of admission covers the cost of an adult and child. While gift cards can be purchased, classes are only available online. Pair it with any of the yummy items from Sweet Stella Designs who crafts sweet jewelry treats.
BOOK LOVERS: Poets and musicians would appreciate a chance to create their own bound book crafted at Igloo Letterpress. Recipients can write down all their compositions and remember the care used to craft the book. Pair it with a card or a print from Letterpress Jess.
JEWELRY: When in doubt jewelry works for many people! The Smithery offers metalsmithing classes for beginners to more advanced workshops with bigger bling results. If you just want to dip your toes into the world of jewelry making try their make and take sessions which are held multiple times each month. These events are especially great for kids. Pairs nicely with everything in Little Cat Metals shop.
FRIENDS WITH MEMBERSHIPS!: So many places in town offer special member benefits, from parking discounts to exclusive invites. What family wouldn’t love seeing the new dinosaur exhibit at COSI? Who would turn down a pass to the Columbus Museum of Art? Did you know that a membership to the Franklin Park Conservatory comes with discounts to local garden centers? Pair Cosi with fossilized jewelry from Parajo Negro, the Musuem with a print from Hannah Grace Clark and Franklin Park Conservatory with Yao Cheng Design.
HEAVY METAL: Macabee Metals offers sword making classes out of his studio space at the Idea Foundry. Be prepared to get a workout but leave with some amazing new skills and serious sense of accomplishment. Combine the class with an industrial lamp from Studio 6287.
DONATIONS: Giving a gift in someone’s name towards a group they support can be very meaningful. Non-profits also really need the help as it’s are going to be harder to secure funding in 2018. We’ve been longtime supporters of local charities like Women Have Options and Columbus Diaper Coalition but other local groups like The Dick & Jane Project and Midwest Craft Con do great things locally. Pair with something from The Digginest Girl or Mute & Gold.
SEW: Quilting and garment making have been making a big comeback and shops like Sew to Speak and Dabble and Stitch are able to share their knowledge of sewing to new generations, those willing to try a new skill or provide open classes for those stuck in a middle of a project. Pair with an embroidered jacket from Too Legit to Quilt.
FLOWERS: If you want to brighten someone’s day do it with beautifully crafted floral arrangements or succulents. Shops like Jewelweed, Stump and Planthropy offer monthly subscription services or classes for those with green thumbs. Pair the gift with a pot from Studio Washington.
BEERS: It wouldn’t be a complete gift guide of without some drinks. Columbus Brew Adventures works with many local distilleries to offer behind the scene tours of how breweries make their ales while offering sample tastings along the way. Pair with any local 6 pack and a reusable laser cut holder from PuzzlePax.
Keep shopping all our holiday vendors and happy holidays and crafting Columbus! From all of us Outlaws thank you for continuing to shop local and for supporting our vendors these last 12 years.
Make sure you join us for our last event of the year Merry Axe-mas on December 17th.