DIY Gift Giving in Ohio
By Michael Evans

DIY Gift Giving in Ohio

When thinking of gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life this holiday season, perhaps consider making your loved one a gift instead?  There are places all across Ohio where you can purchase one-of-a-kind items with a personal touch. From creating your own wine labels to concocting any candle scent imaginable, there are many ways to turn a holiday shopping trip into a hands-on experience.

Blow Your Own Glass

Known for being “The Glass City,” it’s only fitting to sign up for a glass blowing class at the Toledo Museum of Art while in town! Each class involves making a different glass piece, such as a bowl, a vase, or something decorative like a heart, apple or in my case, an acorn. Play with fire (in a controlled environment, of course) and mold the melted glass into shapes using various techniques. The end product is a great piece that is the perfect holiday gift. Other Ohio hot spots offering glass blowing classes include:Akron Glass WorksGlass Axis in Columbus, Glass Bubble Project in Cleveland, Ohio Glass Museum in Lancaster, and Neusole Glassworks in Cincinnati.

Create Your Own Candles

Making candles at specialized boutiques is both an art and a science! Mix and match over 100 different scents to make one that is perfect for you. You can go the flowery route (lavender, sunflower, magnolia), sweet route (graham cracker, marshmallow, caramel), or even the bizarre route (cannabis, campfire, tomato leaf). Various locations of The Candle Lab include Grandview, Worthington, Columbus (Short North), and Cincinnati. Similarly, you can try the newly opened The Candle Studio in Beachwood to make your own candles!

Brew Your Own Beer

Homemade beer is becoming more and more popular, with a growing number of people setting up at-home basement kitchens and makeshift microbreweries. Skip the hassle and expense of brewing in your home by visiting various spots in Ohio that let you do it right on site! Some examples include North High Brewing in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus, the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Eudora Brewing Company in Dayton, and Little Mountain Brewing Company in Mentor. With step-by-step instructions, you and some friends pick the type of beer you want and get started with the help of professionals. It takes about 2-3 hours for the initial brewing, which will then take 2 weeks to ferment (this “wait” time will vary depending on the type of beer you make). You then return and bottle the beer and label it for all the craft beer lovers on your list!

Personalize Your Own Wine

For those wine aficionados out there, you can make personalized wine! Several locations offer the option of purchasing wine – with a label designed especially by you. Pick the theme, artwork, and even the name! Give it a shot at places like Camelot Cellars in Columbus, Signature Wines in Columbus, Bunker’s Mill Winery in Cardington, and It’s Your Winery in Medina.

Craft Your Own Pottery

Walk in any make-your-own pottery place and you’ll be greeted with a large collection of white pottery pieces that are literally blank canvases you can let your imagination run wild on. Paint picture frames, vases, plates, figurines – the list goes on! Examples of places in Ohio to make your own pottery include: Glazed & Amused in North Canton, Clay Café in GrandviewThe Pottery Place in Cincinnati, All Fired Up in Akron and Medina, Paintbrush Pottery in Springboro, The Kiln in Brecksville, and Marcy’s Clayground in Dublin, to name a few.

With all these choices, you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list!

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About the Author

Michael Evans is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs Journalism and currently works for The Ohio Department of Transportation as a Legislative Liaison. Michael is additionally the creator of OHventures, an Ohio tourism blog that focuses on outdoor adventure and active lifestyle. He has many hobbies, including writing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, running, lifting weights, traveling and photography. You can write to Michael at ohventuresblog@gmail.com.