Outside the Box

Nix generic gift cards this holiday season in favor of more thoughtful fare. These crafty classes will help you step up your gift-giving game. By Caylin Harris

Homemade wine or beer

Professor Chef’s Wine (From Vines to Wines) or Beer (From Seeds to Suds) Making Classes

What to expect: Walk away with a more intimate knowledge of the libations you love. The classes cover basics on the necessary equipment to brew and make wine at home, as well as topics like fermentation and sterilization. Plus, you’ll leave with six bottles of wine or two six-packs of beer to take home (or more for a small additional fee).
Details: From Vines to Wines (two sessions): Dec. 2 and Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m. $200 per person. From Seeds to Suds (two sessions): Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m. $180 per person.
Location: 41 Lookout Ave., North Providence, 749-3312, professorchef.com

Holiday breads or cookies

Breadhitz Holiday Cookie Bake Off or Holiday Breads and Baking

What to expect: Get your holiday baking done with guidance from a trained professional who’ll help divert any potential dough disasters. Whether creating classic holiday cookies or delicious seasonal breads like panettone and brioche, your lucky recipient will get his or her carb fix with Breadhitz.
Details: Holiday Cookie Bake Off: Dec. 6, 9 a.m.−noon. $75 per person, $10 for ingredients. Holiday Breads and Baking: Dec. 7, 9 a.m.−5 p.m. $200 per person, $20 for ingredients (includes lunch).
Location: 97 Chestnut St., Rehoboth, Mass., 508-252-9733, breadhitz.com

Handmade jewelry

Amie Louise Plante Studio and Gallery: Handmade Metal Ornament Workshop, Holiday Sparkle or Creating a Bezel Set Pendant

What to expect: Depending on the class, Plante will teach you how to make a metal holiday ornament using sawing and stamping techniques, or craft a pearl and crystal earrings and necklace set or a bezel pendant.
Details: Handmade Metal Ornament Workshop: Dec. 3, 6−9 p.m. Holiday Sparkle: Dec. 4, 6−9 p.m. Creating a Bezel Set Pendant: Dec. 10, 6−9 p.m. Each class costs $65 with a $25 materials fee.
Location: 8 Aborn St., Cranston, 663-6941, amieplante.com/classes

Custom holiday ornaments, paperweights or vases

Thames Glass Make Your Own Classes

What to expect: This is a hands-on experience for people interested in glass-blowing, with assistance from a professional. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Works of art take two days to cool, so you’ll have to wait to bring home your project or have it delivered by mail.
Details: Call ahead to make an appointment. Payment is due when you book. The cost depends on the item you’re making: $38 for an ornament; $65 for a paperweight; $175 for a vase.
Location: 688 Thames St., Newport, 846-0576, thamesglass.com

A hand-painted masterpiece

Paint and Vino Classes

What to expect: An artist guides the class in creating a painting, stroke by stroke, while explaining which brushes to use and discussing techniques. While you paint, enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine, beer or soda. The wine and beer is for you to sip, but you can always give away the painting as a gift.
Details: Reserve classes in advance. The cost is $35 per person and each class is two-and-a-half hours long. You will take home a finished painting.
Location: 150 Main St., Pawtucket, 680-0856, paintandvino.com