Retailers are already inundating us with flashy commercials, and stores are lit up brightly and well-stocked with tchotchkes, stocking-stuffers, and knick-knacks. Black Friday ads are either being leaked early or posted intentionally to entice potential customers. During a time of year which has become so devoted to mass commercialism, many Pagans and non-Pagans alike seek to redefine meaningful giving, and are seeking alternative gifts for friends and loved ones. If you’re looking to create gifts with your own hands, then consider signing up for a class. Many crafty classes help you to create items that are not only beautiful, but are useful and customizable, for a truly personal giving experience.
11/24/10: Learn how to Make Your Own Bath Salts at Practical Magicka in Bellflower, from 6-7pm. Mix up custom bath salts for pleasure or ritual/magickal intention. Class fee is $25 and includes materials; contact Practical Magicka or call 562-925-8500 to reserve your spot!
11/26/10: Practical Magicka is offering a Black Friday Special! Get 30% off everything in the store, excluding jewelry. Practical Magicka offers a number of great gifts, including many handmade and original items, as well as ingredients for you to make your own special gifts. Black Friday hours are normal business hours, from 11am-7pm. Please also bring donations for Su Casa, which has partnered with Pagan Pride LA/OC to sponsor two families. You can see what the families are most in need of on the wish list.
12/01/10: Make Your Own Soap Bars in Practical Magicka’s melt and pour soapmaking class, from 6-7:30pm. Add your own personal touches to the soap by adding scents and herbs, or even amulets. The class is $25, and you will take home what you have made!
If you know of more crafting classes and events during the holiday season, please contact me by clicking the contact link above, or leave a note in the comments section.