If you’re still feeling stuck for gift ideas and don’t really know where to start then look no further. We’ve selected five brilliant crafty experiences that would make a cracking gift with a bit of a difference.

Not only are these experiences a bit more imaginative and creative than your average go-to gift—but they all support the local Mancunian art scene as well. From macrame workshops to ceramic painting and everything in between, you’ll definitely find something perfect for that special someone.

Here’s the rundown…

Ceramic workshops at Pottery Corner

Based in the heart of Chorlton, this independent studio and gallery space is the perfect gift for anyone looking to get hands-on in their crafting. From mugs and ramen bowls to egg cups and oil burners, no matter who you’re buying it for, you’ll find something they can personalise and make their own.

Whether you opt for one of Pottery Corner’s handy take-home kits, which allows the lucky recipient to create their very own masterpiece from the comfort of their front room, go for the thrifty paint-a-pot offer or splash out on a clay experience voucher—there’s plenty to choose from, and prices start from just £13.

34 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater, Manchester M21 9EL, Tel: 0161 882 0010
Macrame workshops at Tibetan Kitchen

Another Chorlton-based experience, Tibetan Kitchen is a hub of wellbeing, community, charity and now, with the introduction of their new macrame workshops, a great little spot for unleashing your creativity! Learn how to weave your very own plant pot hanger in the cosy cabin setting and be transported to somewhere a little cosier than Mancunian winter.

With all materials included in the price, along with complimentary chai tea to keep you going, this would make a lovely gift for anyone who has more plants than they can pot. Prices start from £20.

254 Upper Chorlton Rd, Firswood, Stretford, Manchester M16 0BN, Tel: 0161 881 1966
Silver jewellery workshops at Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Got any magpies in your life that love a bit of bling? Give them the gift of making their very own shiny treats at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

Whether it’s learning how to make a ring, bangles, cufflinks, pendants or pins—this is an ideal option for any enthusiastic beginners who are looking to expand their knowledge and jewelry-making talents.

It’s also a great way to show some support to the brilliant independent makers in the city, as well as supporting the Mancunian art scene following the impacts of the pandemic and lockdown. Prices start from £40.

17 Oak St, Manchester M4 5JD, Tel: 0161 832 4274
Sewing and crochet workshops at Ministry of Craft

This one would be great for any budding seamstresses out there who want to try their hand at making some clothing or homeware from scratch. Whether it’s lampshades, cushion covers, dresses, trousers, curtains or any of the wide variety of other choices, Ministry of Craft has got you covered for whatever you want to sew into existence!

Whether it’s for a total novice at the craft or someone a little more established in their skills, this could be the beginning of a brand new hobby for your nearest and dearest. Prices from £35.

204 Oswald Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9GW, Tel: 07740 860390
Workshop galore at Cass Art

Championing freedom through art, helped by some of the best materials and best prices to match, Cass Art is a great place to look to for some stellar gift ideas this Christmas. The Oldham Street stalwart is well known for their manifesto, ‘Let’s fill this town with artists’, and with their brilliant programme of in-house events, they certainly back up the sentiment.

From calligraphy lessons to lino-printing to bauble decorating, Cass Art has made art fun and accessible across all of its stores nationwide, and they’re more than worthy of your festive business this year.

55-57 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR, Tel: 0161 832 1044
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Thu 25 Nov 2021