A wise man once said, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

This phrase can be re-appropriated in many different contexts, but for our purposes we’re going to talk about that incredibly overwhelming feeling of stress associated with finding the perfect gift, year after year. But, let’s be honest, it feels pretty damn good to find (or make) something that puts a smile on a loved one’s face.

The North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region is full of creative types who are capable of creating something beautiful with their hands. Here we round up a few local classes you can attend to learn how to make the perfect holiday gift. The beauty of these classes is that once you know how to make something, all you have to do in the future is buy the materials, cozy up in front of the fire, and create. These classes are for all skill levels, but we suggest calling ahead if you want to bring your child. Materials are included unless otherwise noted on the studio’s respective websites.



Classes at Salvaged in Tahoe City are not to be missed. On Dec. 4 at 6 to 8 p.m., Salvaged is offering a holiday gift class featuring bath salts, essential oil spritzers, and mini-card making ($35). These classes are extra-fun because attendees are encouraged to BYOB, and light appetizers and beverages will be served. Salvaged is also offering a pop-up holiday card class on Dec. 9 from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($25). There is a $5 discount if you bring a friend.


Atelier, a workshop space and art supply store in Truckee, will also be a great resource for all your DIY needs this holiday season. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, Atelier is offering a variety of classes including recycled sweater mittens ($52), crocheted beanies ($38), handmade gift-wrap ($35), indigo dying ($65), and Instagram waxed ornaments ($55) … to name a few.

Nevada Museum of Art

Similar classes are also available through the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. December 2 is Girls’ Night Out at the museum with the holiday gift tag and card-making workshop ($38). The museum is also offering a handmade journal-making class ($76), and gingerbread house workshop ($30). These classes sell out quickly, so make sure to sign up ahead of time.

Another great thing about the location of these classes is they all also offer artesian boutique-style shopping with countless, locally made goods, because we get it, sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day.