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Many of the most sentimental holiday gifts are those that have been created by loved ones and close family friends. From painted canvases to traditional holiday ornaments and everything else in between, Atlanta has a variety of places to help make your Christmas and Hanukkah gifts extra special this holiday season.

All Fired Up

1563 N. Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 270-9048

All Fired Up is a pottery, painting and glass fusion shop inviting everyone to start early on their hand-painted holiday gifts for family and friends. The laid-back environment provides a great place for kids and adults to bond while making beautiful pieces. All Fired Up has the largest selection in Atlanta with over 800 different pottery items and glass collections. This spot has several Christmas and Hanukkah items to choose from. It also hosts ‘Scrappy Days’ every Tuesday where artists show customers how to make quick and easy glass pieces using only scraps. These painted gifts are sentimental keepsakes for life.

Canvas By U!
2484 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 954-8399

Canvas By U! strives to inspire the inner artist in everyone. It hosts adult art classes scheduled at night. Children under 12 cannot attend, however there are classes designed for children. Guests will be supplied with a 16×20-inch canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, etc. Paintings will be completed in one session with step-by-step instruction. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and create a Christmas masterpiece to take home the same evening.

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Paper Source
3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 869-4051

Paper Source is a store that provides creative inspiration. It is half paper store, half unconventional gift shop. There are several holiday workshops to attend. Workshop activities include “holiday tags for packages or food gifting, festive handmade garlands, stamping, fine paper, mini clothes pins, favor boxes, glittered accents and more.” For a great selection of holiday packages, Paper Source is hosting Wrapture, a workshop on December 6 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This workshop focuses on taking normal gift-wrapped packages and making them extraordinary. Register for any of the workshops with a friend and receive 10 percent off of registration. All attendees receive 10 percent off of purchases after every workshop.

Re-Inspiration Store
591 N. Highland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 352-1971

Founded by eco-preneur Brooke Schultz, the Re-inspiration Store is a unique Atlanta gift shop selling only recycled art and gifts. The shop offers on-demand art lessons for guests in mixed media, painting and repurposing old items. In order to attend, schedule an appointment for instruction either one hour after the store opens or two hours before it closes. For more information, contact Andrea at andrea@reinspirationstore.com.

Whipstitch Fabrics and Sewing Lounge
1000 Marietta St. N.W., Suite 102
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 897-1114

Whipstitch Fabrics and Sewing Lounge started off as a tiny co-op for sewing classes and has evolved into both an online community and a local sewing lounge. Sewing classes for all levels are offered at its in-town Atlanta location. Although guests are not required to attend classes, a membership gives patrons full use of Whipstitch’s “cutting tables, lounge area, machines, equipment and guidance and inspiration from the staff.” There are several classes and workshops for kids, tweens, teens and adults. Guests can enjoy learning more about hand embroidery, home decor, knitting, patchwork and quilting.

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