5 experiences to hand make your own Christmas gifts

By Yuup

Last updated on Monday 29 January 2024

If you’re looking to gift something unique this Christmas, why not hand make your own presents with the help of Bristol’s local makers. Experiences with these independent Bristol businesses will help you create art, jewellery, editable gifts and more. Not only will you create a special, one-off gift, but you’ll have the fun of making it with your expert host.

Make your own natural soaps
Create a variety of natural soaps using essential oils and natural ingredients, making a selection of personalised gifts that smell so good you might want to keep them! After selecting your bespoke ingredients and creating your recipes, you’ll take home 10-15 beautifully eco friendly packaged soaps, perfect for sharing as gifts.

Concoct your own 6 O’clock sloe gin
Hosted by the brilliant O’clock Gin, make your own 6 O’clock sloe gin concoction. It’s the perfect gift to make extravagant festive cocktails and keep them warm through the winter. You’ll be using 6 O’clock Gin’s own recipe, perfected by their distillers and using their strikingly smooth gin.

Hand print your own Christmas cards
Festive fun awaits in the lino printing workshop in Portishead. Make your own lino cut, hand-printed Christmas cards to share as unique gifts for friends and family on the cosy, heated front deck of a 1970s ‘Caribbean cruiser’ in Portishead Marina. Here’s a chance to get a glimpse into how linocut art prints are made, by designing and printing a selection of cards to take home, in a private experience for two people.

Hand print your own Christmas cards

Carve a silver ring
Head to the brilliant independent jewellery and craft shop, Flux, where owner Sarah will show you how to carve your own silver ring. Sarah will have a range of photos and rings ready to help you to choose a ring design they’ll love, and you’ll finish up with a completely bespoke piece of jewellery ready for Christmas.

Carve a silver ring

Make delicious edible Christmas gifts
Create your own edible Christmas presents with the help of Monica and the team at Cooking It, on Chandos Road. You'll get to whip up a host of Christmas goodies to give away, from whisky and ginger truffles to chocolate kisses and florentines. Discover a beautiful collection of culinary gift ideas, for you to make and gift wrap on the day - and then recreate at home for friends and family.

Make Christmas treats

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