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6 DIY gift-making classes and workshops in Hong Kong

Nothing is more thoughtful than a one-of-a-kind gift that you made yourself

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Time Out Hong Kong
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If you are looking to give gifts for your special someone or simply gearing up for the gifting season, what better way to show your love and care than a handmade present? Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with DIY creativity or handiness, but luckily, there are a ton of DIY workshops in our city that offer just that. Instead of racking our brains for inspiration or shopping for hours in a mall to look for the right gift, we can now choose to get in touch with our artistic side, and make customised gifts for our family and friends. Whether you are looking to get your hands on jewellery crafting, candle making, or simply crocheting or knitting artsy ornaments, we’ve got you covered in this roundup of creative DIY workshops available around town. By Elaine Soh

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DIY gift-making classes and workshops in Hong Kong

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  • Sai Kung

Nestled in a quiet area of Sai Kung, BeCandle is a popular shop for those who are fond of unique, delicate scents and fragrances. Offering a curated collection of natural fragrances and essential oils from renowned brands, BeCandle offers a chance to fashion your own favourite scent and enjoy the experience of hand pouring your own candle at their Bespoke Candle Experience workshop ($360) during weekends. The finished product comes in a 200ml glass container; alternatively, you can bring your own container with a maximum capacity of 300ml to pour the candle into. The workshop also includes a gift box for the 200ml glass container, same-day pick up of the scented candle, and even a 10 percent discount for in-store purchases made on the same day. How convenient!

Visit becandle.com.hk to sign up. 

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  • Sha Tin

DIY Watch Club provides a one-of-a-kind watch-making experience. Whether you are looking for a mechanical vintage dress watch or a dive watch, the shop will provide kits for you to DIY your own timepiece. Each set includes complete components of a mechanical watch, watch case, watch dial, straps, and hands.

Although there is no physical workshop, there is no need to be frightened by the seemingly complex kits as it comes with a row of handy tools and a step-by-step video instruction – available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese – on how to assemble the watch in the comfort of home. Each watch takes only two to three hours to assemble, and by the end, you’ll be amazed at your new-found skill. 

Visit diywatch.club for more information.

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  • Sheung Wan

Are you thinking of customising a gift for your other half? What better way to show your sincerity and love by personalising jewellery for them? Located in Sheung Wan, the Hatton Jewellery Institute hosts a series of jewellery design courses for those with a penchant for making precious accessories.

For the uninitiated, we suggest opting for the Experiences and Taster sessions, which offer a range of workshops, including wedding bands (wedding rings), cufflinks, charm pendants, and many more. The workshops have shorter sessions, but it will give you a taste of the art and craftsmanship of jewellery. If you are a soon-to-be-married couple, the wedding band workshop would be perfect for you. For a three-hour session ($2,500 during weekdays and $3,250 during weekends), you and your partner can craft your own design for the silver rings and wear them as a meaningful testament to your relationship.

Sign up for the workshop via this link.

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  • San Po Kong

For all things leather, turn to Motto, a leather goods store located in San Po Kong. Get a chance to craft leather goods based on your own personal preferences and designs. Choose your favourite colour and leather, and stitch together products like wallets, card-holders, belt leathers, or phone cases. The shop utilises cow leather and sheepskin imported from Italy, Japan, and South Korea, as well as locally sourced options. The price for each workshop varies depending on the product and the hours required.

Reserve a slot at mottocd.com or contact the store via email or Whatsapp at 6871 5989. 

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  • Causeway Bay

This Causeway Bay studio offers a wide array of art and craft workshops to DIY gifts for your special someone. From wood candles, snow globes, and scrapbook boxes to neon lights, balloon clocks, bag painting and even hand sanitisers, WeMakeGift is the perfect place to go for affordable DIY knick-knacks. If you are looking to gift some blooms for your significant other, up your game by joining the two-hour Neon Bloom in Dried Flowers workshop ($580) and learn how to make a personalised neon-lit flower arrangement.

Visit wemakegift.com to see all available workshops and make sure to book in advance via Whatsapp at 5193 0573.

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  • Sheung Wan

Yarn In The Works is the perfect place to make gifts for friends who love crochet handicrafts. If you prefer staying in the house, Yarn in the Works offers private online classes for one person or a small group. The private lessons are priced at $395 per person for one and a half-hour class, and the group lessons are priced at $350 per person for a two-hour class. Whether you are making knitted headbands, crochet ornaments, or knitted baby blankets and crochet scarfs, they can arrange a specialised teacher to help you DIY your own gift. 

Visit yarnintheworks.com for more information.

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