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Do-it-Yourself Gift Ideas in Downtown Olympia

Starting to think about holiday shopping? Want something unique and one of a kind? Make it yourself from one of the DIY options right in downtown Olympia!


Painted Plate lets you create one-of-a-kind pottery pieces at affordable prices. Here's how it works: Stop in or make a reservation (reservations are advised, especially for groups.) Pick from their selection of bisque pieces (price ranges from $15-70.) Access their huge selection of stencils, stamps and design inspirations. You'll get set up and receive easy instructions and help if you need it. Pick up your artwork five days later! *Bonus: Enjoy Batdorf & Bronson espresso, Olympia Mountain ice cream, a savory plate, and wine or beer while you create!

Items to design include mugs, plates, platters, bowls, serving bowls, kitchenware, piggy banks, animal figurines, magnets and more! "At the beginning of November, we'll start bringing out our handmade ornaments ($10 each, four for $38), and for the first time this year we'll have ceramic light-up Christmas trees for people to paint," says Sally at Painted Plate. "We'll also have delicious seasonal drinks and ice cream for everyone to enjoy while they decorate; it's very fun and festive!"

Check their website for additional group and seasonal specials!

Let's Paint is a locally owned and operated paint and sip studio in the heart of downtown Olympia. Whether you have been painting all your life or have never touched a brush before, they always encourage their customers to EMBRACE THEIR CREATIVITY!  They offer both open studio time and paint and sip classes for you and your friends! Come and create a unique painting for someone special! Or give the gift of a gift certificate for that creative person on your list. 






Located in downtown Olympia, Arbutus Folk School is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides learning experiences through a wide-range of activities focused on fostering appreciation, knowledge and access to craft, music, community, celebrations and lore. Arbutus offers professional instruction from world-class artists and a wide range of community-based learning opportunities. Make a custom piece of pottery in a ceramics class or weave a wall hanging in a fiber arts course. "Creating something gives such a sense of pride and creates resiliency and a sense of accomplishment in a community," says Stacey Waterman-Hoey, Executive Director of Arbutus Folk School. 



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