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Perfect presents for creative types

  • Odds and ends of craft supplies can be used as stocking stuffers or combined for a crafter’s dream gift. SARAH PEARSON / Monitor staff



LiveWell editor
Friday, December 01, 2017

Odds and ends

Sure, some crafters head to the store knowing exactly what they want, but sometimes they also stock up on things not knowing when inspiration will strike. Why not help fill their stash with cool supplies?

At Bittersweet Fabric Shop in Boscawen, grab a couple yards of some cute fabric colors. (bittersweetfabrics.com)

For your friend who makes every card by hand, Art Plus on Loudon Road in Concord boasts the largest selection of rubber stamps and die cuts in the state. (artplusnh.com)

Be the artist

Growing in popularity is the thought of giving “experiences” instead of “things.” With a paint night at Cork & Canvas (concordpaintandsip.com) or art class at The Place Studio (theplaceconcord.com), you can give both. The recipient can enjoy themselves creating a work of art they then can bring home. Cork & Canvas classes are $25 to $45. The Place Studio costs vary based on the program from $10 for adult drop-in hours and $20 or more for instructional classes.

Shiny baubles

For the jewelry maker in your life, stop by Bead It in downtown Concord. The store offers your basics, like seed beads, wire and clasps, but also unique finds like Dragon Scale Beads ($3.25 – $5.75), two-hole beads and semi-precious stones. Bead It just wrapped up a trunk show of glass Unicorne Beads. It also offers classes ($15 to $25 plus supplies), make and takes and gift certificates. (beadit.biz)

On display

If you’re looking for a gift made by New Hampshire and New England artists there are a bunch of places you can visit. Try visiting McGowan Fine Art (mcgowanfineart.com) or Mill Brook Gallery (themillbrookgallery.com) for something to hang on the wall, like a painting, print or sculpture. For something to display on a shelf, like a handmade bowl or custom book, stop by the League of N.H. Craftsmen Gallery (nhcrafts.org), Twiggs Gallery (twiggsgallery.wordpress.com) and Marketplace New England (marketplacenewengland.com).

Members only

Perhaps, the someone you’re shopping for loves to watch the arts. Why not look at getting them a membership to one of their performing arts venues? The Capitol Center for the Arts offers memberships starting at $50, which gives access to advance ticket sales, ticket insurance and invitations to special members-only events (ccanh.com). Membership to the Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall, starting at $40, gives the member $3 off shows – $5 for members 60 and older – and tickets to at least two free shows, with more free shows depending on membership level (hatboxnh.com). Passes to shows at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse run $62 for its educational series to $299 for one ticket to every show in 2018 and 15 percent additional tickets to a show (winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org). At the New London Barn Playhouse, subscriptions run $195 to $275, based on seating and includes preferred seating for one of the mainstage shows, free ticket exchange privileges, advance reservation privileges for the Straw Hat Revue and two free tickets to any Intern Idols performance and a 10 to 20 percent discount on additional tickets (nlbarn.org).