Give the Gift of Crafts this Christmas…

New Ross is bursting with creative businesses who can help you find your new favourite pass time or tick an item off the bucket list, and it doesn’t have to cost the world this Christmas!

This Christmas, no matter the age, New Ross has the perfect arts and crafts gift sets or brand new skills workshop for that someone special to learn something new! Crafts are such a fun activity and is certainly a skill that has developed in most of us thanks to lockdowns! This Christmas why not encourage a new talent or spark some inspiration by gifting a new craft or skill. New Ross is bursting with creative businesses who can help you find your new favourite pass time or tick an item off the bucket list, and it doesn’t have to cost the world!

This year Barrow Office Supplies are a treasure chest of activities thanks to their brand new range of gift sets. Does someone you know want to start painting? Then Paul, Margaret and their team can get them started from as little as €15, with fantastic paints, the best of brushes and the perfect canvas! Or want to try something really different? Form just €25 you can buy a mosaic craft kit, gel candle making kits and wax candle craft sets! The possibilities are endless, and you are guaranteed to make your gift list one to remember with a trip to Barrow Office Supplies this Christmas!

Carries Creations may be known for her fantastic alterations and designs, but this Christmas Carrie and Peg have a truly unique gift set on offer, that will suit any age! Spark a love in all things sewing and design in that someone special with a beginner craft set, filled with everything you need to get started on your design ideas, including wool, mini glue guns, accessories and all the instruments needed to make something truly special. Sets can be altered to suit each person and start from as little as … So whether you want to give your child a new interest or reignite a forgotten pastime, Carrie’s is the perfect stop!

The Bevel Woodworking School located in beautiful Fethard on sea, was founded by Tommy Kelly after 30 years of developing his own skills. This year why not use this exciting facility that is right on our doorstep to learn a skill that can be used to create furniture and deliver a real sense of accomplishment along with it! The woodworking classes at Bevel are hands on and practical woodworking courses where you get to experience the fine craft of woodworking first hand. The classes are very informal, and an emphasis is placed on working at your own pace. Classes can be several days long or just a one visit class and could be a great opportunity to relax in a new environment, learning a skill you can carry through life!

It couldn’t be a craft Christmas list without a visit to Craft Central on the quay in New Ross. Dawn and the team are ready with a host of gift ideas on site. Why not gift someone a calligraphy class in preparation for those all important upcoming wedding invites? Or want to relax? Then jewellery making could be the perfect opportunity to learn something new while meeting new people! And of course, for the kiddies in your life then Dawn’s art and crafts classes are a no brainer and are available all the year round to make the most of!

Finally, why not introduce a skill that can be taken outdoors with a trip to Glanbia! Brian and the team are experts at what they do and can offer advice to even the most novice gardener. Get all the necessities to get them started and kick start a lifelong love of all things outdoors with this fantastic gift idea. Spend as little or as much as you like, and the team can help you pick the tools, clothes, shoes and seeds to make this gift the best yet!

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