7 stunning Christmas gifts that can be made in an hour (or more)

These cool classes will help you impress your loved ones with a handmade gift this season

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Gifting a handmade present always sounds like a great idea, until the thought of dirty hands and a messy desk hits. You’ve tried following the Pinterest mood board to a T, but your festive cupcakes still don’t resemble snowmen (can anyone say #pinterestfails?).

Here’s where these workshops come in. Devote an hour or two to a workshop and you’ll be able to walk away with a beautifully hand-made gift, thanks to expert guidance.

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Public Garden

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You know Public Garden for its well-curated weekend markets, but have you attended their line-up of workshops? This Christmas, learn to create everything from mason jar bouquets to miniature Nasi Lemak sets and even adorable cartoon bento sets. Trust us, your loved ones will cherish your handmade gifts.

More information here.



Naiise, with its tagline of “Design for Everyone, For Everyday”, is chock full of beautifully-designed furniture, decor, stationery and more, from local and overseas artisans. And true to its tagline, you’ll probably find something suitable for everyone in your gifting list. For something more personalised, you can join their workshops which include calligraphy, macrame bracelet-making and concrete lamp-making.

More information here.

The General Company


Wouldn’t it be nice to have your guests gush at the beautiful winter wreath at your door, before telling them you made it all yourself? At The General Company, you’ll be able to craft one of these for your home. If you fancy leather goods, the wide selection of leather crafting workshops will also excite you — classes span from leather stitching to leather bracelet-making.

More information here.

Lessons Go Where


It’s Christmas after all, so treat your loved ones and yourself at the same time. With Lessons Go Where, you can learn a variety of unusual skills ranging from carpentry to astrology, to parkour. You can even take a cooking class (there’s Thai, Western, Chinese cuisine and more) and cook up a storm for your loved ones.

More information here.

Fictive Fingers

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Take a fabric screen printing or textile class at Fictive Fingers, and walk away with a piece of elegantly printed fabric that can be used as a scarf or even a gift wrap. This beats any shopping mall gift wrap, we say.

More information here.

Shop Wonderland


With floral art at the heart of everything they do, Shop Wonderland offers a wide variety of flower arrangement workshops. In addition, they also collaborate with a variety of artists to present modern calligraphy classes and botanical art classes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, their workshops get filled fast!

More information here.

Bynd Artisan


Nestled in the Holland Village enclave is leather and book-binding shop Bynd Artisan. Step in and marvel at the seemingly archaic machinery — and that’s where the magic starts. Join their workshops and learn to make your own leather watch strap, leather card holder, leather notebook and more.

More information here.

by Samantha Francis