Gifts for the Do-er

So many holiday gifts are enjoyed briefly, for mere days or weeks before they lose their luster and start gathering dust in the closet. But the gift of an experience leaves your recipient with unforgettable memories, as well as a sense of accomplishment.

Whimsy Paint and Sip
Rather than buying a new piece of art for your friend or loved one, why not give them the opportunity to make one? At Whimsy Paint and Sip in Erie, $45 gets you a fun-filled night that results in a professional painting one would be proud to hang in their home. The fee includes two hours of step-by-step instruction and all supplies necessary for the painting (paint, brushes, easel, apron and canvas). Drinks and snacks are available, ranging from  $1 to $8. Classes are offered throughout the week in the morning, afternoon and evening. Whimsy could also be a great gift for children, as they host a “Kid’s Club” once a month for $25. Gift cards can be bought in any amount at the Whimsy studio in Erie, and they can also be applied to open studio time for the more accomplished artist who may not have materials or space, but doesn’t need instruction. Owner Raye Harris says this is the perfect option for the artist in all of us.
“I want the artist to come in and enjoy the studio,” she says. “It’s just a time for all the artists to get together and paint.”
500 Briggs Street, Erie, CO 80516

Crackpots Pottery Studio
Another artsy option for your friend or loved one is a gift certificate to Crackpots in Longmont. Crackpots has many options for craft projects: ceramic painting, clay handbuilding, silver jewelry-making, mosaics and glass fusing. They also offer adult and children’s classes in many of these techniques. There is an $8 studio fee that lasts the entire day, and  projects run between $4 and $75. Gift certificates can be purchased at the studio or on the  website in any amount.
501 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins
A gift certificate to Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder provides the recipient with an abundance of options, including classes and materials for knitting, crochet, weaving, basketry, felting and many other crafts. Classes for adults are offered throughout the week and range from beginner to advanced. Classes start at $85 and often include several sessions that span throughout a few weeks. A 10 percent discount on products at the store is given to customers who are registered in the classes. You can view the entire class schedule with times and costs on the Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins website.
635 S Broadway Street #E, Boulder, CO 80305

Terroir New American Cuisine
Your foodie friends and family will be thrilled to be gifted with a cooking class at Terroir New American Cuisine in Longmont. Executive Chef  Tim Payne, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, teaches three-hour cooking classes in the Terroir kitchen twice a month on Saturdays. $65 gets one lucky student hands-on instruction time with Payne (only three or four students are in each class) and a gourmet lunch made with local, organic ingredients. The classes are often themed around ethnic foods or certain techniques, like how to cook duck or make pasta. You can purchase a class for your friend or loved one in the format of a gift certificate and the recipient can register for the class of their choice.
246 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Artisan You
Artisan You in Loveland provides budding artists with experiences in glass work, jewelry-making, water colors and even metalsmithing! Classes are offered throughout the week and range from $25 to $100. Guests are welcome to use open studio time to paint bisque pottery without any class experience, but must complete a class to use the studio’s array of glass and metal work tools, including kilns, propane hand torches, glass cutters and slab rollers. There is an $8/day studio fee for adults (reduced to $5 for those under 18 and free for children under 5) which includes use of tools, glazes and kilns. Gift cards can be purchased in the studio for amounts between $15 and $50.
341 East 4th St, Loveland, CO 80537

Published in Longmont Times-Call’s Holiday Gifting publication on 11/24/11. Below is a PDF of the published article.


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