If you’re like us, you can feel Christmas coming on. The heady excitement of the holidays is building. The joy of timeworn traditions — trimming the tree, a warm crackling fire, and festive cheer with friends and family.

It’s a wonderful time of gathering and giving. Still, the hustle and bustle of the season can be a little overwhelming, with its seemingly endless list of things to do.

Like figuring out what to get that someone special.

In our plastic-packaged material world, there’s something heartwarming about a gift made by hand. Gifts just seem to mean so much more when they’re homemade.

Now, we all love the idea of handmade gifts, but it can be hard to think up, let alone craft a cherished Christmas gift all on your own. First, you have to decide what to create (not everyone on your list wants or needs another bath bomb), and then there’s the fuss and muss of the “making.”

That’s where Yours Outdoors comes in.

We’ve got three nature inspired experiences where you’ll walk away with beautiful hand-crafted gifts to give to people you love. It’s a win-win. You get a little time for yourself, and they get a gift to treasure. And all you have to do is show up.

Some Like it Hot – A Glassblowing Adventure 

There’s nothing like working in a glass blowing studio! The process is as fascinating as the finished pieces. You’ll learn from the best glass blowing artisans around and form several gorgeous glass-blown pieces to gift – or keep.


Making Moccasins

making moccasins

Learn the gentle art of moccasin making. We’ll gather and provide all the tools and supplies you’ll need to make a beautiful pair of traditional leather moccasins, expertly led by your knowledgeable guide.

Loon in the Studio


Capture this cottage country icon on canvas. Join your artist guide in the Boathouse Studio. You’ll learn about the mysterious loon and create a painting using a step-by-step art-making process that sets you up for success!

Not quite ready to embrace the maker movement? Give the gift of experience.

Yours Outdoors has a big reputation for crafting amazing out-of-the-ordinary experiences, indoors and out. You can even give a gift you can share. How about an adventurous ice-climbing adventure for two, a charming sleigh ride together or a family maple syrup slurp?

Whether you choose to be an experience maker or experience giver, we’ve got your back this season.

P.S. In case you fall in love with the gift you make — it’s okay to keep it for yourself. We call it self care.

 Article by Donna Raetsen