Top Spots For Handmade Gifts In Las Vegas

December 3, 2013 4:00 AM

File photo of presents being wrapped. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of presents being wrapped. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Holiday shopping can be a chore, especially when you are shopping for the person who has everything. This year, pick up a homemade gift, something made with care that helps inject money into the local economy. From cookies to candles and pottery to up-cycled art, these local businesses will help you find something unique and heartfelt to put under the tree.

beecreative Top Spots For Handmade Gifts In Las Vegas

Bee Creative Ceramics
3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite T
Las Vegas, NV 89120
(702) 998-2545

Pottery painting is all the rage these days, but a personalized piece of pottery can make a great gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles or teachers. Bee Creative is a local pottery shop with a huge selection of molds with everything from serving dishes to children’s characters. While many pottery shops may charge you separately for the pottery and painting time, Bee Creative has an all-inclusive price structure depending on the piece you choose. Simply choose your mold, paint it to perfection and return in a few days for your finished piece. Check the website for the list of new holiday molds.

Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village
6300 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 259-3700

Get your loved ones a gift that means even more to the person who made it. Local charity Opportunity Village has a crew of “little elves” that are busy year round baking delicious cookies, popping popcorn and making decorative ties and scarves by hand. These Opportunity Village products provide jobs for people with intellectual disabilities while at the same time raising funds for the great programs supporting them. To order any of the above products, visit


6615 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 143 
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 269-4620

Artifact is a unique local store full of recycled, up-cycled and one-of-a-kind creations. It is a great place to find a distinctive gift for that someone who has everything. The shop consigns works from local artisans as well as up-cycle manufacturers. Lighted wine bottles, driftwood iPod docks and chalkboard signs are just a few of the gems you’ll find inside Artifact. The shop also holds classes and workshops where guests can create their own art to take home. Check the website for workshop dates.


NVious Candles

NVious Candles are unusually crafted candles that can be used forever. Each design has a small votive or tea light that can be replaced for use over and over again. Typical designs include a clear candle with an intricate floating design. They are available in a variety of popular designs including sports teams, nature, animals and even Las Vegas themed. NViuos will even work with you to create your own custom design. Find these gifts online or visit the Fresh 52 Farmers Markets in Henderson and Summerlin.

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Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier
4780 W. Harmon Ave., Suite 1
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 222-0535

Master Chocolatier and Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marie Auboine has been crafting chocolate at the world’s finest restaurants and hotels for 20 years. Now you don’t have to visit a restaurant to sample his delectable chocolates. Jean-Marie Auboine has a local showroom where you can purchase his handcrafted chocolates, caramels and marshmallow bars. The chocolatier also sells sugar-free chocolates and can assemble custom gift baskets.

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at

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