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The Gift That Keeps On Giving by Tracy LeGrand

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here’s just something especially dear about a handmade gift. Whether it’s a tin of homemade edibles or a personally crafted project, there are many free and low-cost opportunities to personalize cards, calendars and other gifts all infused with your own creative spirit. And, thankfully, the River’s Edge area offers fun and varied opportunities to give from the hands and heart while still shopping local. For 18 years Tulsan Marnie Flegler has brought friends and family to Purple Glaze, a “you-paint” ceramic studio, to make gifts and throw parties. Storeowner Jeff Stunkhurd says he’s especially glad to see regulars like Flegler and her girls - Olivia, Maggie, Felicity,Abigail and Lucy. He wonders what they’ll create next in their whimsical works of pet bowls, treasure containers and special gifts for their parents. West Tulsa’s history Red Fork district is home to Red Fork Art Gallery, another place to find the work of local artists for gifts or to take classes and perhaps produce a work of art. The best of efforts can be framed at Ziegler Art & Frame where the staff also hosts frequent art classes, as does WaterWorks Art

Studio – home of about any craft you can name. Another way to express creativity is a certificate for a session with Gary Patton Photography. The holiday season is a perfect time to get together with loved ones and pose for a portrait that will be treasured for a lifetime. Got the knack to knit? Check out Loops in Utica Square for classes; meet local artisans and purchase finished pieces. When a big splurge is needed, or the hat has been passed for a spectacular gift, consider a night or weekend stay at Cedar Rock Inn. The private and pristine grounds feature a waterfall and fountain. You’ll also enjoy exploring the beautiful treasures, antiques, astounding décor, and gourmet experiences featured here. Another thoughtful gift - with practical appeal - is to have a tree planted for someone by We Be Trees – although it’s a good idea to let the gift-getter know in advance! Who wouldn’t appreciate a gift certificate and frequent-burger-reward card to the legendary West Tulsa icon, Linda-Mar Hamburgers – home of a burger lauded nationwide in several publications? What little kid or kid-at-heart wouldn’t appreciate a gift certificate to Ollie’s Station Restaurant and Train Museum? Sometimes there’s just no time to make a gift. Rather than pick up a generic gift card, consider a gift shop certificate or gift membership to Gilcrease Museum or Philbrook Museum of Arts. Another easy option is to have flowers or plants

Marnie Flegler is pictured with her daughters, shown clockwise from their mom; Olivia, Maggie, Felicity, Abigail, and Lucy. Jeff Stunkard, owner of Purple Glaze, enjoys the creativity and fellowship found in his store. Photos by Vernis Maxwell

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