December 2017 Highlights

Give the Gift of Handmade for the Holidays

We are just weeks away from the holidays and all I can think about is what I’m going to make. I love giving gifts to my loved ones that are meaningful because I truly believe it is the gifts you can’t buy that make the most impact.

No matter your age, your skill level, or your gender –you can make a handmade gift that you can be very proud of and the gift receiver will love.

I asked Brooke Roe, CEO and founder of Pinspiration on why she felt letting children experience making something by hand is important?

“There are so many reasons,” says Roe. “Maybe the most important is that the process of creating something personal, completing a project and giving it to someone else is a great confidence builder. Children learn to ask for help, to take risks and to problem solve if they make a mistake. They are so proud when they see their ideas come to fruition. If they choose to give their project as a gift, children also learn the value of creating from the heart as opposed to just buying something. Creating something handmade just feels great and inspires children to do bigger and better things, not just with art but in life.”

Handmade is supporting the local makers and shakers. When you make something, you leave a part of yourself in it. You are focusing on what they would like to receive rather than what they want. Whether it’s the color you choose, the texture, the shape, or just the mood you happen to be in, an item that has been crafted as an expression by the person who made it is treasured and valued far beyond an item that was made for mass purchase.

But, when do you have the time to make something? Time is precious and lets face it…a handmade gift is a big deal.

Enter Pinspiration.

Pinspiration is the world’s first DIY, Pinterest-insired makerspace. The local art studio and wine bar on High Street in North Phoenix has over 60, ready-to-go project kits for you to choose from. Pinspiration offers both open-ended art experiences and tutorials for those in need of inspiration and assistance and is the crafting Mecca if you want a place to go to make a handmade gift for the holidays.

Budget-friendly, there is no need to go out and buy a bunch of supplies you don’t need. Pinspiration’s hip studio provides guests access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. Just like a restaurant, you pick your project and can personalize it and dazzle it as much as you would like. Projects run anywhere from $10-$65 and there are no DIY fails here. Don’t forget the drinks and snacks, as well as a wine/beer bar to get those creative juices flowing.

Show how special the receiver is to you by putting in some time, effort, and love and give the gift of something handmade this year.

Pinspiration is located in North Phoenix in the entertainment district on High Street. For more information visit

Written by: Morgan Vanderwall

Morgan Vanderwall

Morgan Vanderwall is the owner of Vanderwall PR, a Phoenix-based boutique PR firm that specializes in small businesses. Vanderwall has owned and operated her independent public relations firm in the Valley since 2005. She is recognized for her skill and expertise in media relations. Vanderwall grew up in Elkhart, Indiana on a family farm and graduated from Purdue University where she earned a bachelor of science in psychology, coupled with minors in both communication and graphic design. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends, husband and children. You can also catch her on TV on Friday’s as a frequent guest on 12 NEWS, Arizona Midday show for “Coffee Talk.”

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