From surf to sugar – 8 experiences to offer at Christmas

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The chance to learn a new skill or enjoy an unusual trade is a fantastic opportunity to spread a festive mood and support small businesses at the same time.

Of course, it also saves you from adding to the mountain of well-meaning but ultimately useless gifts that pile up at the bottom of cupboards and in drawers…

From goldsmithing to surfing and dry stone walls to cake decorating, our gift guide with a twist will hopefully help you think outside the box this Christmas.

HeraldScotland:

Pottery making

The Craft Pottery Studio in Glasgow offers a wide range of courses, workshops, classes, events and studio hire. Tutors are proficient in everything from traditional throwing techniques to modernist approaches to hand building. There are plenty of voucher options – you can either choose a monetary value for a session or a class-specific option, so if you fancy giving your loved one a pottery shot or the chance to craft at hand a cup or a jug, it’s the perfect gift. (And they can take their creations home, too.) The studios are on the first floor of a former warehouse that houses other artists’ studios and small businesses – a charming and welcoming learning and teaching environment. dynamic.

thecraftpotterystudio.com

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Surfing

No need to head to exotic climes to learn how to ride the waves, as Coast to Coast Surf School has been teaching the art of surfing at Belhaven in Dunbar for nearly 20 years. Experienced instructors offer beginner to advanced surfing, paddleboarding, skateboarding and coasteering (coastal exploration) lessons. Gift vouchers can be used for a lesson, or you can purchase a specific voucher if you know which adventure sport your loved one would like to try. There are also day trips in the summer, surf trips and camps on the Scottish Islands and North Coast – plenty of opportunities to give a fun and adrenaline fueled gift.

c2csurfschool.com

cake decorating

For the avid baker or enthusiastic beginner, David Duncan’s award-winning company 3D Cakes offers Cake Masterclass gift sets, which include a voucher for a course at the Sugarcraft School in Edinburgh or Glasgow. Each sweet gift box contains a unique voucher code and full instructions on how the recipient can register for the course of their choice, plus a £5 gift voucher for cake decorating supplies. If your loved one has ever wanted to unleash their creativity on the cake, this will give them the perfect opportunity. There are plenty of classes to choose from throughout the year, from decorating Christmas cupcakes to making delicious drip cakes, and there are options for 2.5 hour classes and full day sessions.

davidduncansugarcraftschool.co.uk

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dry stone wall

For an unforgettable experience, a place on a dry stone course is the ideal Christmas gift. The West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association has been running courses since 1998 when the organization was founded by master craftsman Irwin Campbell. Its aim is to promote and facilitate the traditional craft of dry stone masonry through charity projects within the community and countryside, and by running classes for anyone interested in learning or trying the way. of which it is made. The Association was responsible for a number of high profile community projects during the year, including work at Ocean Terminal in Greenock, several beautiful projects at the Erskine Veterans Hospital and the repair of a historic barn at Auchindrain in Argyll. Gift vouchers can be purchased and used during the introductory courses, which promise a fantastic, fun, physical and extremely enriching experience.

wsdswa.org.uk

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Wine tasting

An invitation to a wine tasting seems like a delightful gift for the aficionado in your life – or even just the wine lover who can’t tell a Malbec from a Merlot but would like to know more. Glasgow Wine School has been running tastings, functions and educational qualifications for 10 years, and its evening and Saturday tasting sessions are at the heart of the business. Gift vouchers cover all tastings, from food-themed sessions to round-the-world discovery events, and all take place at the Doubletree by Hilton on Cambridge Street in Glasgow. These are fun, sociable and informative sessions with six or 12 varieties to sample, and helpful and informative tutors explain each wine’s background, history and perfect wine pairings.

localwineschool.com

Cyanotype printing

Cyanotype printing is an exotic photographic method that produces beautiful works of art. It’s one of many crafts available at Craft Central, a multi-disciplinary center in the picturesque town of Dunblane which is home to Central Scotland’s Craft and Jewelery Schools, offering creative education in a wide range of disciplines and techniques. Gift vouchers are available for complete beginners to seasoned crafters and if cyanotype doesn’t appeal, the center also offers classes in everything from spoon carving to shoemaking – so there’s bound to be something thing your loved one loves the sound of…

scottishcraftschool.com

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ballroom dance

For the complete beginner, seasoned waltzer, or even just an enthusiastic Strictly fan, a voucher for Alan and Norma Millar’s Strictly Dance Studios is the perfect Christmas gift. The award-winning couple (former British Senior Ballroom Champions and undefeated Scottish Senior Open and National Ballroom Champions) hold lessons at a number of mid-east venues, from complete beginner to advanced , in ballroom and in Latin. Gift vouchers can be used for lessons or tutoring and the focus is on fun…

millarsdancestudios.co.uk

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Goldsmith

Why settle for giving your loved one a generic piece of jewelry when you could give them the experience of making their own? East Nook Jewelery Studio is a hidden gem in its own right, set in a former malthouse in the center of the beautiful seaside town of St Andrews. Founded by multidisciplinary designer Alana Peden in 2014, the charming studio regularly offers silver jewelry making workshops and private parties. Suitable for complete beginners, the workshops vary from simple silver rings and bracelets to earrings, pendants and classes where you can create a jewelry set.

eastnook.com

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