Gift shopping for those with a creative charm is now easier than ever, thanks to many local businesses right here in the Fox Valley. From customizable pottery pieces to a virtual painting class and handmade art, check out these gift ideas created especially for the crafter, inner artist, and creative!
These gift ideas are a part of our Shop Local Series! To show our own love and support for small businesses, we encourage the community to shop local this holiday season. You will find unique gifts for everyone on your list and leave a lasting impact on the boutiques, shops, and businesses that are found in our wonderful community. Go Valley Kids is not compensated by local businesses on this list, we are providing the ideas as gifting inspiration!
‘Mad Art Heart’ Glass Paperweight from The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Those with a creative heart will love a whimsical and colorful glass paperweight like the “Heart” design from Mad Art Studios, available from the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass! Select from a gorgeous variety of unique works for the perfect gift. The museum also offers glass fusing classes and workshops for adults and children.
- The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, 165 N. Park Avenue, Neenah
DIY Pottery Projects from The Fire
Make one of the most unique holiday gifts ever with one of the hundreds of different projects available at The Fire, located downtown Appleton! The studio offers pottery painting, glass fusion, mosaics, and clay pendants. From gifts for grandparents down to the sports lover, there is a design waiting for everyone! Pick up a gift card or stop in to create something special!
- The Fire, 230 E. College Avenue, Appleton
Handcrafted Rollerball Pen from Pensive Gifts
Creative writers can hone in on their work with a gorgeous, handcrafted pen made proudly by Pensive Gifts! From the time the pen touches paper, its sleek design will help any author write in style. There are a variety of pens to choose from, including a rollerball pen made of Cholla Cactus, green resin and 24K gold parts!
- Pensive Gifts, based in Kimberly
Art Supplies Collection from Art Haus
Head to Art Haus, one of the best local sources for creative pursuits! Located in Oshkosh, the store is the largest in Northeast Wisconsin and stocks major brands of art supplies including oils, watercolors, gouache, acrylics, art papers, pastels, inks, brushes, and more! Grab a gift card or assemble a wonderful gift basket of supplies for your favorite artist!
- Art Haus, 426 N. Main Street, Oshkosh
Christmas Rock Painting Kits from Let’s Get Rocked
Get in the holiday spirit and give a gift that celebrates creativity with Christmas Rock Painting Kits from Let’s Get Rocked! The kits contain twelve molded rocks in holiday shapes, three colored acrylic paints and a brush. Kits can also be custom ordered in other themes!
- Let’s Get Rocked, Based in Green Bay
Knit & Sip Needle Set from Fibre
Make a cozy creation while sipping a hot cup of cocoa or espresso with the Knit & Sip Needle Set from Fibre! The set, which comes in a plush velvet box, includes eight pairs of color-coordinated Birchwood needles in various sizes, four coffee-colored cables, an accessory pouch, and two ceramic espresso cups. Of course, the shop also offers a collection of wonderful yarns and supplies, perfect for every knitter or crafter!
- Fibre, 124 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite #145, Neenah
Virtual Abstract Painting Class from Art Garage
Enroll a loved one or friend online or purchase a gift card for a virtual art class at Art Garage! Students attend the workshop from the comfort of their home and learn about color, texture, pattern intuition, and more. Classes are fun, relaxing, and perfect for all art levels!
- Art Garage, 1429 Main Street, Green Bay
Holiday Cookie Decorating Kits from Great Harvest Bread Co.
Creativity is not just about crafts – it can be for tasty holiday treats, too! Order a Holiday Cookie Decorating Kit, which includes eight cut-out cookies, a tub of buttercream frosting, and assorted sprinkles, and let the decorating fun begin! This edible project is perfect for kids of all ages and creates a festive dessert. The shop also offers a variety of other gift baskets with fresh baked goods!
- Great Harvest Bread Co., 116 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah
Evening Out with Painting & Wine from Pinot’s Palette
Step into a two-room art studio for an entertaining evening out! Whether you book a class for yourself and a friend or gift one this holiday season, attendees will enjoy sipping flavorful wines and learning how to paint. The classes are designed to be relaxing and will not only create lasting memories but will provide a creative outlet for those of all abilities!
- Pinot’s Palette, 226 E. College Avenue, Appleton
String Art Ornaments from Madera String Art
Decorate for the holidays with beautiful, handmade string art ornaments from Madera String Art! Not only can they double as home décor, but they also make a creative gift to give teachers, friends, coworkers, and family! Choose from a variety of styles like gnomes and paw prints – there is a charming ornament waiting to hang on your tree!
- Madera String Art, 4805 W. Michaels Drive, inside Amaze & Grace, Appleton