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We all like the sound of creating a truly special Christmas memory. Gathering friends or family together as a group is a great way to do that. So if you can’t figure out what to give the man or woman in your life, or you’re sick of buying socks for your Dad and smellies for your Mum, look no further!


This top 10 Christmas gift list highlights some of the best craft courses that can be given as gifts for your loved ones. It covers a range of crafts, locations and budgets and offers the chance to give a rare and exciting gift, one to stand out among all others under the tree. 


Taking a craft course is an eye-opening yet under-rated pleasure. We read all of the new student reviews on this site everyday so we know how true this is. The senses are tingled; by the scent of the wood-workshop, or the feel of the freshly carded merino wool, or the light reflected through fused glass. As many in the craft world will testify; making and doing something equals happiness.


Giving the gift of a craft course means giving a memorable experience; the chance to learn something new, perhaps even trigger a life long passion. And you never know, your parent, partner or friend may decide to make you something in return!


If you’d actually like to receive the gift of a craft course yourself, rather than a woolly reindeer jumper, you should share this page with your friends and family, and start dropping heavy hints...


Please Note: No prior experience is required on any of these courses. This list represents just a tiny fraction of the courses available on, most of which can be purchased as gifts or vouchers. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the list below, or you need an alternative location or price bracket, use the search facility top right).


  1. Explore the world of colour and fibre with a day’s handspinning course in Cardigan, Wales, £40. All materials and tea and coffee provided.

  2. Enjoy a 2 hour pottery workshop with Rowena Williams in Sussex, for £40 including all firing, materials and refreshments.

  3. Cake decorating and cupcakes galore with The Cake Lady in Devon. A morning’s tuition costs just £45 and you’ll be given the freedom to create and play alongside an expert sugar-crafter. You’ll also take home 12 decorated cupcakes in a box!

  4. Bob Chapman’s wood turning courses in Yorkshire always get 5* reviews from his students! This one day course, £145, covers all of the basics of wood turning. All tools, materials and lunch are supplied. Students leave with a small wood turned bowl and an apple. Dates are flexible, just get in touch with Bob.

  5. A Day of Patchwork and Quilting in Worcestershire, £84. Everything you need to know to get started with this addictive craft - and you’ll take home a treasure! Full 3-course lunch and all refreshments included. First date 17th March.

  6. Tickets to the Glass Bead making festival Flame Off, at Silverstone on the 5th and 6th April for just £25 per day or £40 for the weekend. A whole array of workshops will be taking place and if you are in any doubt about how much fun this festival is, just read the rave reviews!

  7. Discover the magic of silk painting. An all-inclusive weekend - 22nd-24th February - in a beautiful part of Suffolk. At £275, this course includes an ensuite room, all meals, refreshments and use of the extensive leisure and recreational facilities!

  8. Spend a day with Silver Clay for £130 and take home 3 different jewellery pieces. This course is in Beverley, East Yorkshire. The price includes all materials, refreshments and tools. 

  9. Nothing but 5* reviews for this day long kiln formed glass workshop in Essex. Glass, firing costs and refreshments are included in the £80 course fee.

  10. A well reviewed Tapestry Weaving course in Mid Lothian might be more up your street. Vouchers are a special price of £50 for the whole day (£5 off), including the use of a frame, all materials, refreshments and lunch, enjoy the friendly group atmosphere in Jane’s experienced and approachable studio.