Creative gift wrapping in Derbyshire



As recommended in Ideal Homes Magazine...

Our informative and inspiring workshops make the perfect day out. With expert tuition, quality materials and stunning venues, when you book a workshop with us you’re guaranteed a day to remember.

Whether you’re ultra creative or a total beginner, expert tutor, Jo Thompson will guide you through a variety of gift wrapping techniques ...yes, even those really awkward shapes and hard to do bows! She'll also share with you her wealth of experience, from what materials to use, to some rather clever ‘tricks of the trade’!

Our workshops are designed to work to the seasons too, so whether you join us for a Spring or Christmas workshop you'll learn the same fabulous techniques but will enjoy working with colours and decorative touches relating to that particular season.

And most importantly, you'll learn hands on! Our small groups are designed to ensure all our students can learn with confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, taking home the skills to put into practice time and again.

Once you’ve been on one of our courses, wrapping your presents will NEVER be the same again.

Book on your own or with friends.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

We offer complimentary refreshments on arrival at all our venues and we have a short break during the course for a delicious lunch of sandwiches and cream tea. (Everything stops for tea doesn’t it?... even gift wrapping!)

All materials, expert tuition and some items to take home with you are also included in this workshop.


Jo Thompson at More Pretty Things
Smalley Mill Road
DE21 5BL

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users
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This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Alison - - #14982

Today I attended the ‘Creative Spring Gift Wrapping’ course, run by Jo, that was held at Horsley Hall in Derby. It was a surprise birthday present from a friend who knows me very well and the gift was just perfect. Jo was friendly, welcoming and above all very knowledgable; she can make something from nothing! The day was well structured, well paced and the venue itself just perfect for this type of day. We carried out a number of wrapping tasks, learning tricks and techniques along the way that will without doubt be of use in everyday situations. Being able to take examples of our achievements home meant friends and family were able to see the fruits of the days labour and needless to say they were very impressed! Thank you for a great day Jo, I’ll be recommending ‘More Pretty Things’ to friends and colleagues.

In-person course
Sue - - #12028

What a great day! Beautiful setting, lovely lunch, brilliant teaching from Jo and most of all new skills and fabulous ideas to make presents look amazing! Highly recommend this course - you will love it!

In-person course
Helen Archer - - #11892

What a fantastic day, fun and informative. Jo is a brilliant teacher, explaining everything clearly and patiently and demonstrating the techniques clearly, even awkward shapes are now not scary any more! No more shop bought gift bags for me from now on, I'm inspired!
Horsley Lodge as a venue is easy to find and very welcoming. We were really well looked after with freshly baked biscuits and home made scones at lunch time. All beautifully decorated for Christmas too.
Thoroughly recommend this course and Jo as a teacher,

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