Homemade Holiday Shopping

As leaves begin to fall off the trees, it won't be long before the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping is upon us.  Some of Topeka's local stores are already preparing for the holiday shopping season. Not only do all of these shops offer one-of-a-kind gifts; they also allow visitors to create their own masterpieces.

Prairie Glass Art Studio

First, make a stop at a shop deemed Topeka's Best Hidden Treasure - Prairie Glass Art Studio. Whether you are looking for jewelry or home decor, you will find unique designs at Prairie Glass, all of which are made out of fused glass. For a more creative gift, be sure to sign up for an art class. Try your hand at creating festive decorations like a snowman ornament or a holiday-themed dish to hold your favorite candy.

Afterwards, walk right around the corner to fill up with yummy treats for the holidays. Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions opened in 2006 and since then, has become Hazel Hilla popular go-to shop for handmade, delicious chocolates. Their creations are so delectable that they even made a chocolate platter for First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited Topeka over the summer! Hazel Hill makes all sorts of goodies including fudge, truffles, turtles and even caramel apples, all perfect for those holiday parties or wrapped up as gifts. Be sure to stick around for a demonstration to see how they make their sweet treats. One thing is for certain, you won't leave disappointed!

Marion Lane Candles

If you love the strong aroma of something wonderful, the next shop is perfect for you! Bring the scent of sugar cookies and candy canes into your home with a visit to Marion Lane Candles and Gifts. In business since 2004, the store has more than 50 scents to choose from at any given time. If you are feeling creative, stop by and try your hand at pouring your own unique, soy flower blend candle. If a candle isn't exactly what you are looking for, browse through the clothing, accessories, and other household decorations the shop has to offer.

Next, bring out your inner Van Gogh when you stop at Paint Therapy Uncorked. The studioPaint Therapy Uncorkedwelcomes guests to bring snacks and drinks; they'll provide the rest including the canvas, paint, and aprons. Don't worry if you aren't an expert; local artists will take you through step-by-step instructions to transform your blank canvas into a wall-worthy work of art. Stop by to paint holiday-themed art like a snowman or a whimsical Christmas tree, or get ready for the summer with a beach landscape or wildflower creation. If you are looking to bring your family, Paint Therapy Uncorked also hosts Unplugged Family Day, allowing families to come together to each create their own work of art.

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