Save Money (And the Planet) with DIY Christmas Gifts This Season

Save Money (And the Planet) with DIY Christmas Gifts This Season

Sarah Hinds-Friedl

Ready or not, the Christmas season is just about here. If you haven’t started already, you’ll soon feel that familiar holiday stress start to creep up. What kinds of gifts are you going to buy this year? Is the last minute gift rush at the shops really as bad as you remember it? And will this finally be the year that you drown in Christmas debt? If you’re ready to say goodbye to the holiday nightmares of years past, it’s time to get creative with your gift-giving. Making your own DIY Christmas gifts by attending creative Sydney workshops, or giving experience gift cards as Christmas presents is the secret to a stress-free, enjoyable holiday season.

So, stop driving far and wide to find a unique present. Say goodbye to fighting over parking at the shopping centre, and stop wrapping expensive gifts (that probably end up stuffed in the back of a closet somewhere) in excess waste. Here’s how you can DIY this holiday season in style. 


Why handmade Christmas gifts should be your go-to this year

If you’ve never given a handmade gift, you’re really missing out. There’s something so special about giving your loved one something you worked hard to make. And the feeling is mutual. Your gift receiver will appreciate that you care about them enough to give them something you couldn’t just buy online. And that’s not the only reason why handmade gifts are so trendy this year. People are catching onto the fact that it’s better to spend the holiday season learning a new skill and lowering stress and anxiety with an experience workshop than spending countless hours meandering around a huge commercial store. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never considered yourself to be a crafty person. ClassBento offers so many fun workshops for beginners that will allow you to make professional-looking handmade gifts with zero previous experience.

One popular option is the Natural Soy Candle Making Class in Annandale. Not only will you learn how to make environmentally-friendly vegan candles, but you’ll also walk away with three candles of different sizes that you can give away as unique Christmas gifts. You’ll also get a book-guide so that you can continue to make more candles when you get home for your other loved ones this holiday. Customise your candles with your mum’s favourite flowers, your brother’s favourite pine scent, or that style of container that you know would look amazing in your bestie’s house.

If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney with kids, why not involve them in the handmade Christmas gift idea too! With the DIY Pop Up Christmas Cards Class, you’ll have the chance to make one-of-a-kind Christmas cards that anyone in your family will love! During the course of the workshop, you’ll make one pop-up card, and then you’ll go home with a whole set of supplies to keep making them for everyone on your gift list.


Don’t have time to DIY Christmas gifts? Workshops experience gift cards have you covered...

There’s a long list of reasons why giving someone an experience gift for Christmas is better than buying them something at the store. On the one hand, experience gifts are perfect for the creative people in your life who already have hobbies but just can’t take the time to enjoy them. When you sign them up for a class, they’ll be much more likely to set aside the time to do what they love.

Experience gifts are also great options for people in your life who don’t have a hobby but are open to trying something new. It’s well known that hobbies like knitting, playing an instrument, dancing, painting, and photography have a range of health benefits. And unlike a set of at-home spa products that they could easily buy for themselves, an experience gift will be both relaxing and unexpected.

And finally, if you’re looking for the best things to do in Sydney to boost the local economy instead of spending your money in huge corporations, then giving experience gifts is the solution. All of these Sydney workshops are led by local artisan teachers, which means that you can feel good about the money that you spend on the vouchers.


What does a workshop experience gift look like?

For that friend or coworker that you always end up giving a bottle of booze, you can sign them up for something much more exciting, like a Cocktail Masterclass in Circular Quay. You can still keep up the tradition of giving them a bottle of their favourite booze if you’d like. But with the skills they learn from their cocktail masterclass, now they’ll know how to make an even better cocktail with it!

Sweets are always a beloved part of the Christmas season, so why not sign a loved one up for a Fun Chocolate Truffle Workshop. The participants spend this workshop learning about chocolate, learning different chocolate-making techniques, and, of course, sampling some delicious chocolate truffles. It’s the perfect gift for your sweet-toothed friends and family.

If you’re looking for arts and crafts, don’t worry. The list of painting, photography, pottery, and textile art classes that you can find with ClassBento is long. There are drawing classes for that cousin who doodles on everything in sight. There are yarn dyeing classes for that friend who always makes knitted gifts for Christmas. There are jewellery making workshops for your mum who has such a picky taste in jewellery that she should probably be making it herself!

No matter who you’re shopping for, there are plenty of classes to choose from. You can also make it a family affair by organizing a mobile group class for your family. It’s a unique and exciting way to transform any generic Christmas party into an event that they’ll be talking about all year long.

Make your own handmade Christmas gifts or give an experience gift! This holiday will be one to remember! We’re so excited to get away from the yearly holiday nightmare of stressful gift-buying and generic gift-giving. These Sydney workshops are sure to make this Christmas something really special. 




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