Can you believe it’s that time of year again? There’s only a couple more weeks until Christmas and you haven’t bought your bestie that gift you have been meaning to get for ages!
You don’t want to give her just another ’thing’ she can put in her bedroom or another body lotion, you want to give her something from the heart that she will really appreciate, and potentially something that you can do together? Am I right?
Well have you thought about gifting her a pass to a workshop? It’s something that expands her creativity, gives you and her an excuse to have a girl’s day/night out and even relieves a little of her stresses for a day! Bingo! And trust me you’ll have a heap of fun in the process.
To help you out in choosing the perfect workshop you guys can do together, I have put together my favourite spots around Australia where you can get your hands dirty and feel the magic of making!
The Windsor Workshop
Smack bang in the middle of the hip Melbourne suburb of Windsor, this workshop space has on offer every imaginable creative class you can think of. So you can be assured that there will be something your bestie (and yourself) will totally be into! Oh and there’s always an amazing cheese platter and cheeky drink on offer. Bonus!
Price Range: $70-$250
Types of Workshops: Watercolour Painting, Ceramics, Jewellery Making, Calligraphy, Embroidery, Gin Masterclass, Macrame + More
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Ever wanted to learn the retro craft of macrame and make yourself some super cool wall hangings for your home? Well learn from the master herself, Maggie May from Middle Aisle, and get those hands knotting away until you feel like a pro yourself! Think Thornbury is Maggie and her partner Josh’s creative baby and aswell as hosting macrame workshops they also have a heap of other amazing classes like natural fabric dyeing, sustainable gift wrapping, furoshiki and earring making, to name a few. A north side creative gem if you ask me, one definitely worth supporting.
Price Range: $60-$230
Types of Workshops: Macrame Wall Hanging, Sustainability & Ecology, Earring Making, Mindful Quilt Making, Natural Fabric Dyeing, Modern Calligraphy + More
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HomeWork is the creative baby of two lovely Melbournian ladies who are both textile designers and screen printers. This super fun duo bring so much life and colour into their designs and this also translates into their workshops. Learn how to screen print fabulous designs onto tea towels, totes and posters and add a serious pop of ‘i made that’ colour to your home. Set in an oh-so-cool Melbourne warehouse, I can assure you the insta snaps at these workshops are well worth every cent!
Price Range: $195-$350
Types of Workshops: Screenprinting, Gold Foiling
Little Lane Workshops
Honestly if you’ve ever thought, oh wouldn’t it be great to learn ‘…’, I can assure you Little Lane Workshops probably have it as a workshop. The Little Lane team have got your creative dreams covered with some amazingly led workshops where you’ll surely leave feeling inspired, relaxed and with your handmade items to show off! If your lucky enough to live near the Northern beaches of Sydney then you’re lucky enough to be able to get to this place every week (well I would at least). Otherwise, why not make a creative day or weekend trip out of it!
Price Range: $65-$300
Types of Workshops: Photography for Beginners, Resin Wall Art, Brush Lettering & Typography, Coiled Basket Making, Crochet for Beginners, Tea Blending, Beeswax Wrapping + A Heap More
FUN WITH MUD Ceramic Workshops
Fun with Mud is the new kid on the creative workshop block, but boy is she bringing the fun! You won’t only be walking away from this class with an amazing vessel made with your own two hands, you’ll also be a wee bit happier because wine is a total go! Ah-mazing! So take your bestie and your fave bottle of pinot and get those hands covered in clay…‘Ghost style’!
Price Range: $100
Types of Workshops: Beginners Hand building Ceramics
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle, Adelaide & Northern Rivers
If the Aussie classic song ‘I’ve been everywhere man’ was a workshop space, the guys at WorkShop have totally got it hands down. They have opened up in multiple cities around Australia so nobody misses out on the joy of making. As well as having many locations, they also have a huge array of classes on offer, run by some incredible makers, some you might already be following on Insta. This one’s a beauty if your bestie lives in another city and you want to do something while visiting her! Can’t get better than that, a trip to see her and a creative adventure to top it off!
Price Range: $50-$300
Types of Workshops: Lino Printing, Aromatherapy & Essential Oils, Natural Skincare, Watercolour, Shibori, Terrarium Making + So Much More (honestly this list could go on forever, so better if you just check it out)
Well, there you have some amazing options to sort out all your Christmas worries.
Trust me, gifting a workshop is such a rewarding gift to give because, one, you get them out and about and making (which I believe is a form of meditation and relaxation in itself) and two, you get to spend some quality time with them! It’s truely a day you will treasure in your memories forever, and bonus, you’ll be able to show off your handmade goodies to everyone at home! Winning!