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DIY Christmas gifts you can make in NYC classes

When something store-bought just won't cut it, turn to one-of-a-kind DIY Christmas gifts that you can make in NYC classes

By Annalise Mantz

Instead of searching holiday markets in NYC for homemade Christmas gifts, just make them yourself in one of these DIY classes. Whether you want to give out holiday cards stamped with a hand-carved design, one-of-a-kind ornaments or cozy knitted sweaters, you can learn all the skills you need in crafting classes in NYC. Even if your DIY Christmas gifts don’t come out exactly the way you wanted, you’re bound to get some credit for making something with love instead of springing for a cheap Christmas gift.

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DIY Christmas gifts you can make in NYC classes

Wooden Holiday Ornaments Class
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DIY Wooden Holiday Ornaments at CraftJam

O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum, how lovely would your branches look with some handmade ornaments? Not only do DIY ornaments make your Christmas tree look gorgeous, but they also make wonderful holiday gifts. During this class, you’ll decorate a set of five natural wooden ornaments and get them ready to hang on the tree. But with your newfound crafting skills, your holiday decorating potential knows no bounds. $50

Sweater School for Knitters at Lion Brand Yarn Studio

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Knitters finally ready to take on holiday jumpers should sign up for this tutorial at Lion Brand Yarn Studio in the Flatiron district. As long as you can knit, purl, cast on and bind off by yourself, the instructor will be able to teach you everything you need to know about increasing and decreasing, shaping and following a simple pattern. The studio recommends booking three consecutive sessions so the experts can help you through every step of the process. $30

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Succulent Terrarium Workshop at Twig Terrariums

Give someone who’s been very nice this year a tiny green terrarium. The eensy-teensy landscape of succulents, twigs and moss that you’ll make in this DIY class looks lovely with any type of decor. A word of advice: Avoid wrapping your plant present so you can make sure it gets plenty of air, sunlight and water before Christmas morning. $55

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Glass blowing
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Holiday Ornaments at Brooklyn Glass

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Impress all your holiday guests when you proudly declare that yes, you made that gorgeous glass ornament swirled with ripples of color. The professional glassblowers at Brooklyn Glass will teach you how to work with materials heated to more than 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and supervise the production of your very first ornament. $195

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Sew Holiday Pajama Pants at Brooklyn Craft Company

You know that family who always sends out Christmas cards in matching red flannel PJs? That could be you after learning to make plaid pajama pants in this class at Brooklyn Craft Company. The instructor will teach you to sew your first pair from start to finish and you’ll leave with all the patterns you need to make more womens, mens and childrens pajamas. $75

Holiday Card Workshop
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Holiday Card Workshop at CraftJam

Have you been making a list and checking it twice? Your Christmas card mailing list, we mean. Instead of standard issue Hallmark cards, use a hand-carved stamp to make one-a-kind cards in this two-hour workshop. Don’t forget to bring your address book: CraftJam will provide all the envelopes and stamps you need and even mail your cards out for you. $50


Wire-Wrapped Rings and Pendants at Brooklyn Charm

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This Williamsburg crafting shop is a DIYers dream, thanks to bountiful bins of lockets, charms, beads, chains and more. Brooklyn Charm also regularly hosts how-to classes on everything from assembling basic charm bracelets to stamping and engraving to wire-wrapped pendants. The class fee includes all the materials and tools you need to make two original pieces. $40

Silk screening
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DIY Silkscreen Printing Workshop at Trestle Workshops

Got an inside joke that only your closest friends understand? Turn it into a hilariously personal tote bag or tee in a silkscreening class at Trestle Workshops. Best of all, the setup you’ll use in class is super easy to replicate at home, in demand spikes after the big reveal of your genius holiday gift. Work with the tote bag provide in class, or bring a T-shirt to customize the gift even further. $85

Glass Etching Class at CraftJam
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Learn the Art of Glass Etching at CraftJam

Glass tumblers etched with a custom design are a huge step up from those Ikea glasses that your roommate has been carting around since college. Etch any pattern or saying you like on four tumblers during this evening CraftJam workshop. A matching set of four makes an excellent holiday gift, but if you can’t bear to part with that many, just give away two and keep a pair for yourself. $55

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