Best Places To Create Your Own Holiday Gifts in DC

November 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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holidaygifts Best Places To Create Your Own Holiday Gifts in DC

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If generic gifts won’t cut it this year, it may be time to venture out. Plan a day or even just a couple of hours in the afternoon, and make gifts for those special people in your life who deserve a little something extra this season. The best places to create your own gifts in D.C. promise the perfect present no matter the person.

Color Me Mine
823 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-5105

Price: $10 adults/$7 children

Create your very own uniquely designed pottery for gift giving. Select the pottery piece of your choice, including holiday designs available to suit any gift-giving need. The pottery may be personalized with your own painting design and may be picked up once Color Me Mine has fired and glazed the piece for you. Most pieces are relatively inexpensive at less than $30.

Tudor Place
1644 31st St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-0400

Price: free for adults/$10 member children/$15 non-member
Hours: Dec 20, 21, 27 and 28 – 10:30 a.m.;12 p.m.;1:30 p.m.; 3 p.m.

Tudor Place is a historic house that was home to a generation of families for more than 100 years. Before children enjoy making a Tudor-style gingerbread house for that perfect Christmas gift, they may aso participate in an exciting scavenger hunt that will provide them with an education about the history of Tudor Place. Parents may also enjoy exploring the house and the gardens with their beautiful flowers and very popular Boxwood Ellipse.

Potomac Bead Company
1104 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-8730

Price: $8
Hours: Dec. 8 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take advantage of this class that will teach basic skills for jewelry making. Participants learn how to create Christmas gifts by transforming beads into fashionable jewelry that will create lasting memories for family members or friends. There is creative freedom to choose from an extensive variety of materials that will work best for your gift-giving idea. Other classes are also available for making bracelets and other jewelry for the holidays.

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Alexandria Archaeology
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 746-4399

Price: free
Hours: Dec. 1 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays by remembering the past as you enjoy a distinctive approach to ornament making and design. Participants get inspiration from viewing the pottery that has been excavated in Alexandria and create ornaments at the Alexandria Archeology Museum. These unique gifts add a touch of history to the holidays with an activity for the entire family that is both educational and fun.

Capital Photography Center
841 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Price: $64
Hours: Dec. 17 – 9:30 p.m.

The center provides a variety of courses that can help amateur and professional photographers enhance their skills. Get feedback from professional photographers on your photo, and learn how to make the best use of your photos to create images that make wonderful family heirlooms. Discover what makes a good image and how to enhance it. Learn ways that photography software can help improve your photos as well. The class is limited to 25 participants so register early.

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Sarah Hearn is a freelance writer covering all things DC. Her work can be found on

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