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Christmas is coming, and if you want to be original with presents this season you can save on both time and wrapping paper with unique experience gifts in Sydney. From ceramic workshops to smartphone photography courses, cooking classes and natural skincare making, gift an artisan workshop experience that your loved ones will remember forever. You'll find our teachers spread across Sydney from the inner west all the way to the northern beaches, and classes to suit every type of interest. Here's eight creative classes that should be on your Christmas shopping list (or even your own list) this year.
Pamper your loved ones
Looking for gift ideas for mum? Treat her to a Natural Skincare Christmas Gift Making Class. In a two and a half hour session she will learn more about her skin type and work with a range of natural ingredients and their benefits. This is a two-in-one workshop were you’ll make eight jars of bath soak and eight jars of moisturising cream using natural materials as essential oils, both to pamper yourself and loved ones. Share the secret of a beautiful skin through these functional and thoughtful Christmas gifts.
Tuscan family dinner
Up your game for the family Christmas dinner and learn how to prepare an Italian style feast at this Tastes of Tuscany Cooking Class. Along with your experienced teacher and new friends, you will learn how to cook a traditional Tuscan menu, including dessert, that you will savour at the end with a well-deserved glass of wine. All ingredients are provided for this fun class which is ideal for beginners and food enthusiasts. Leave the session packed with all the recipes to keep preparing these delicious and rustic Tuscan dishes at home. The exquisite feast, the pleasant aromas and the great company make this class one of the best experience gifts for a group this Christmas.
Pottery for two
Tune in to the rhythm of the pottery wheel and work with your hands in this Introductory Pottery Class. Enjoy a private lesson for two where you will experiment with clay, one of the best gift experiences for couples you’ll find. This intimate session is held in a cozy studio and your friendly teacher will show you the fundamentals of wheel throwing, give demonstrations and aid you in the creation of your very own ceramic bowl. You can extend your lesson and come with ideas for your clay creations - perfect to keep or even gift. Fall in love with this mindful and relaxing art that you can continue to practice for years to come.
Repair you favourite ceramic
Embrace imperfection and finish the year with this fun and casual Kintsugi Workshop for beginners. At this class you will learn the traditional technique using modern and accessible materials. Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art that involves the repair of ceramic pieces with gold lacquer. The best part is you can bring your broken pottery piece and repair them yourself, beautify the cracks and make them truly unique. This workshop is the perfect experience present for anyone who is environmentally conscious or working toward a zero waste lifestyle.
Make pasta from scratch
Craving something Italian? Try this fun and casual Pasta Making Masterclass. From fresh tagliatelle, stuffed ravioli, delicious tortellini, to many other traditional pasta shapes, in this hands on class you will learn how to make fresh pasta dough from scratch the authentic Italian way. Along with the guidance of an Italian chef, you will prepare and then savour this traditional Italian feast alongside salad, fresh bread and a complimentary glass of wine, all in company of your new friends. Book an experience voucher so you and a loved one can enjoy a session of cooking, aroma and fun.
Capture Bondi on your smartphone
There’s no need for an expensive camera to capture special moments. Take advantage of your phone’s camera and discover its full potential in a short Smartphone Photography Class. Alongside your experienced instructor, you will embark in a two and a half hour photography tour of the world famous Bondi Beach. Learn about creative composition, practice shooting and editing on your phone and discover your own creative style.
Paint your emotions
If expressing yourself is your new year’s resolution, this is the perfect course for you! Discover your inner artist and capture your emotions through paint at this Palette Knife Painting Workshop. Your teacher will show you different techniques of palette knife painting so that you can express and transfer your feelings onto a canvas. This fun session is the perfect option for anyone who needs to unwind, incorporate a bit of mindfulness into their lives, and reconnect with themselves. Keep practicing this effective way of expression at home, open your heart and use your own two hands to create stunning masterpieces.
Chocolate making with an ocean view
If you are looking for sweet Christmas experience gift ideas, give your loved ones a chocolate experience like no other in this Chocolate Hand Tempering Class. Gain an interesting insight into the production of chocolate and learn how raw cocoa beans are transformed into the delicious milky and dark chocolate bars we know and love. Then get fully hands-on to prepare a chocolate bar, hand-flaked hot chocolate and a chocolate slab, all made the artisan way using a hand tempering on marble technique. Learn, touch, smell and sample your chocolate creations in this full sensory chocolate experience and enjoy a delicious warm tea or an irresistible hot chocolate to complete this cocoa journey.
Unforgettable artisan experiences in Australia
Give your partner, family and friends something unique this Christmas and support local artisans across Australia by booking in a ClassBento workshop. We have have a wide range of classes to choose from. The easiest way to gift one of our fun experiences is with our experience gift cards, but if you are having trouble picking just one contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you pick the right artisan experience for you. The best part is you can keep coming back to make new friends, learn something new, upgrade keep mastering your hobbies and discovering new passions.