Thanksgiving is behind us, and the Christmas season has officially begun! (True, the Christmas season unofficially begins after Halloween these days, but out of respect for the turkey, let’s just pretend that it begins after Thanksgiving.) For some, this is the most stressful, antagonizing season of the year. Others explode with joy and glitter in reaction to the festivities (and by “glitter” I’m referring to those fabulous glitter-beards that seem to be a trend for the holidays).
As for me, I’m on the Buddy the Elf, Christmas-loving, carol singing, ugly-sweater-wearing team. I absolutely LOVE Christmas! Christmas is Painted Earth’s most festive and busy season, and I love what we get to do as a studio to help our customers make holiday memories.
There are just about five thousand ways Painted Earth can be a part of anyone’s Christmas season! But, I’ll just talk about one: gifts. Buying gifts that are personal can be a big challenge. What does Uncle Scott want for Christmas this year? How the heck should I know??
I’ve made my Christmas gifts at Painted Earth for years. Here are some timeless pottery gifts you can gift to even the most challenging recipients on your Christmas list:
1. Anything with a Baby’s Handprint on It
Surprise! Everyone LOVES babies. If you have a baby, you’re in luck, because all you have to do is stamp that baby hand or foot on a mug, ornament, plate, tile, etc., and add their name and how old they are, and you’re set! Grandma, Grandpa, aunts and uncles will be especially thrilled with it. (You can also make a fake baby foot with your hand if you don’t already have a baby, but that might be confusing.)
2. A Mug with the Recipient’s Name
This is a good gift for those especially challenging recipients (like Uncle Scott) who are so ambiguous and mysterious that you really have no idea what they like.
3. A Plate with an Inside Joke If you have a best friend who already has it all, make them something with an inside joke on it! It’s personal and sure to remind them of how much you care.
4. A Gift Certificate
You know that annoying person who doesn’t really need anything? The most impossible person to buy a gift for? Well, just buy them an experience instead! Get them a gift certificate so that they can come paint with their friends or family.
5. The Gift of Learning
Did you know we have a bunch of different classes and courses? If you know someone who loves art and wants to do more of it, you can sign them up for a wheel throwing, canvas painting, and all sorts of other fun, instructor-lead classes.
This is just a little list, but there are plenty of other projects that could be great gifts! If you have an idea, don’t hesitate to ask someone in the studio about how you can make what’s in your mind! And remember, paint your pottery a week before Christmas Eve so we can make sure you get it before Christmas!