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The Perfect, Last Minute Gift Idea
The Perfect, Last Minute Gift Idea

If you’re still searching for the perfect holiday gift for someone on your shopping list, consider encouraging someone to discover his or her creative side through the gift of an artistic experience.

Alexandria is home to dozens of local, creative businesses, featuring one-of-a-kind handmade items and classes that invite you to explore your creative side.  There are numerous galleries and art spaces, like the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center, where you can buy original artwork by local professional artists. At The Art League School, classes are offered for all ages and skill levels in drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry making, photography, the fiber arts, printmaking, ceramics, and more.  At Carafe Wine Makers, the area’s first Micro-Winery, you can make your own wine. And at fibre space, you can learn to knit and crochet, stock up on supplies, attend events, and join a knitting community. These are just a sampling of the many great "handmade" businesses throughout Alexandria.

The Handcrafted Alexandria campaign was designed to highlight businesses like these, and to demonstrate how many wonderful local establishments there are throughout Alexandria that promote originality and creativity. Alexandria is brimming with galleries, boutiques, and shops that sell products and experiences that are unique.

So think about shopping local, shopping handcrafted, and giving those on your list something truly unique this year – the gift of art.