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10 inspired gifts for the creative in your life

What do you get the creative that has everything? When yet another pair of socks or bath and body duo just won’t cut it, why not think outside the box and gift them something they’ll really love? Check out our top 10 list of creative workshops, classes and crafty fairs to bring a genuine smile of joy to the creative in your life this year.


The Handmade Fair

Gifts Ideas: The Handmade Fair

The Handmade Fair is the ultimate place for creativity to really run free – and luckily for you 2018 brings not one, not two, but three dates and locations for you to choose from. Learn how to upcycle, pick up new skills, drop into a talk or two, or just shop some of the hottest creative talent the UK has to offer in the jam-packed Shopping Villages.

When is it?

In 2018, The Handmade Fair will be returning to Ragley Hall from 11-13 May, to Hampton Court Palace from 14-16 September and will be heading to Wiltshire at Bowood House & Gardens from 22 – 24 June.

Jewellery making classes

Gifts Ideas: gold necklace on a blue book 

Not only are these classes widely available up and down the country, but you’ll be gifting an experience and a piece of handmade jewellery to boot! That’s technically two prizes in one… is a great place to discover and search for the perfect class, they’ve got courses and classes to suit all styles and budgets – so take a look and get ready to be hailed as the ultimate gift giver this year.

Mollie Makes magazine

Gifts Ideas: Mollie Makes magazine

Give the gift of inspiration with a subscription to Mollie Makes magazine. Full of design ideas, crafty projects, interviews trends and loads more, a subscription is the gift that just keeps on giving, each and every month… for a whole year. If that’s not smart gift giving, we don’t know what is. Buy your subscription here.

Design inspired print

Gifts Ideas: inspired prints with 80 style casete
We love these design prints from the Design Museum shop – we reckon they’d make an ideal gift for the quirky creative in your life. Choose from a whole host of prints, from London inspired to the iconic boom box, there’s one to suit every taste and every kind of creative! Shop the whole range of prints here.

Online workshops

Gifts Ideas: Macbook on a desk with magazines

Dear Handmade Life host a whole range of online workshops – ideal for budding creatives. Whether it’s getting to grips with photo styling or an online course in cocktail making (yes really!) you’ll find something for everyone. See what’s on offer here.

Crochet kits

Gifts Ideas: handmade tedy bears

Now, correct us if we’re wrong, but there’s nothing cuter than tiny homemade crochet animals, right? These ‘Ed’s animals’ kits from TOFT make ideal gifts for creatives – even if they’ve never picked up a needle before! Choose from a range of DIY projects, all paired with helpful instructions. Be warned though, choosing your favourite might be a little tricky…

Personalised stationery

Gifts Ideas: printed personalised stationery

Creatives love stationery. It’s just a fact. Take our word for it. Papier has a whole range of beautiful, personalised stationery, but instead of describing their beautiful patterns, papers and textures, just head here to take a look or yourself. You can thank us for the genuine smiles of appreciation on Christmas Day. You’re welcome.

Here – Annual Creative Symposium

Gifts Ideas: Here – Annual Creative Symposium

Every year, It’s Nice That host their famed ‘Here’ event. It’s a creative conference jam packed with talks, events and networking with the top exciting creative talents from the UK and abroad. It’s a chance to learn, grow and understand more about the creative world, and we think tickets would make the ideal gift for a creative. Tickets don’t usually go on sale ‘til around February though, so it might have to be a little bit of an IOU, but we reckon it’s worth the wait. Take a look at their previous conferences here. If you can’t wait that long, check out their ‘Nicer Tuesdays events too.

Craft Courses

Gifts Ideas: group in a craft course

Creatives love to craft, so what better gift to give than a Craft Courses voucher? With events up and down the UK, and more choice than you can shake a paintbrush (or yarn of wool) at, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your Christmas gift is probably the best one they’re going to receive this year. Fact. Check out the courses and buy a voucher here.

Calligraphy workshops

Gifts Ideas: handmade calligraphy with thank you

Know a creative whose handwriting could do with some, err, work? No, we’re kidding. The art of handwritten calligraphy is more than just neatening up a messy scrawl – it’s an art form in itself! Gift the creative in your life the chance to get to grips with the timeless techniques of Calligraphy with a workshop like this one form Virgin Experience Days. You’ll be receiving a beautiful thank you card in the post without a doubt!


Will you be grabbing one of these great gifts for a fellow creative? Or got your eye on one yourself? Let us know by dropping us a comment in the box below – we’d love to hear from you!

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Bex is our Senior Content Manager and lover of all things community. When she's not glued to her phone you can find her out cycling in the Chiltern Hills or braving the London commute on her Brompton.

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