DIY Holiday Gifts

East Bay
Forest Home Farms Visit a historic farm and make a holiday wreath on Dec. 2 or Victorian Christmas cards on Dec. 16 at free family programs. There will also be old-fashioned ornament making, along with entertainment, refreshments, a Victorian Santa and reindeer at Holiday on the Farm on Dec. 9. FREE. Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. 925-973-3284. 
Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids – Lakeshore Learning offers free, drop-in seasonal crafts for kids every Sat. from 11am-3pm. There are locations in San Leandro, Walnut Creek and San Jose. FREE. .
Richmond Art Center Browse and buy handmade arts and crafts from local vendors while enjoying music, food trucks and art-making activities for kids at the annual Holiday Arts Festival. Dec. 3. 11 am-5pm. 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond. 510-620-6772.
Slow Burn Glass Experienced glass artists will help you make your own blown-glass ornament or solid glass snowman while introducing you to their art. Classes for ages 12 and over. Weekends in late November and December. $115 (check Groupon or similar websites for discounts.) 2690 Union St., Oakland. 
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley Create gifts inspired by natures including mini evergreen wreaths, greeting cards, felt projects and more at this annual program for families. Dec. 9. $20. 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.
San Francisco
Renegade Craft Fair Participate in DIY workshops while enjoying food, music and gifts from hundreds of makers. Nov. 11 and 12. Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco. .
Workshop – Make wreaths, candles, succulent gardens and more at classes taught by local makers and designers. Check website for schedule and pricing. Adults only. 415-874-9186. 1798 McAllister St., San Francisco.
Palo Alto Art Center Enjoy a Holiday Family Day with performances and art-making for ages 5 and up. Dec. 10. 2-4:30pm. FREE. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. 650-329-2366.
Silicon Valley and South
Hidden Villa Collect pine and cedar to decorate handmade beeswax candles, make ornaments with sheep wool and decorate cookies with organic naturally colored icing. Dec. 2. 1-3pm. $15. Reservations required. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos. 650-949-8650. 
The Art Beat Drop your kids off for an ornament painting party. Dec. 10. 4 $25. At other classes in Nov. and Dec., you can paint ornaments, decorate a gingerbread house or paint a glass candleholder. 68 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell. 408-370-5002. 
The English Herbalist – Join Paula Grainger to make herbal holiday gifts, including body butter, hand salve, lip balm, sugar scrubs and more. For ages 12 and up. Nov. 12 and 18. $105. 613 Spring St., Santa Cruz. To reserve, email [email protected].
Janine DeFao is an associate editor at Bay Area Parent.


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