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Melbourne's wonderful Christmas workshops

Looking for last-minute Christmas gifts that seem to have months of thought behind them? Or just need some me time during the silly season? Check out these workshops, from making sausages to a signature perfume.

Thai Cooking Masterclass

Mix up your home cooking menu by learning how to make two of Thailand’s favourite dishes: green papaya salad and Pad Thai. The head chef at South Wharf restaurant BangPop leads a Thai Cooking Masterclass that ends with you enjoying your creations for lunch. A drink is included, so there will be toasts all round as your class tastes success on the waterfront.

Whack it on the Barbie

Brush up your barbecue skills for summer at Queen Victoria Market’s Whack it on the Barbie class. Learn about different cuts of meat, rubs, marinades and how wood, charcoal and smoke add flavour. Tour the market’s meat hall, sample some barbecue meats with craft beers, and go home with lots of information and inspiration.

Little Lon Distilling Co’s gin masterclass

Housed in a rare 19th century CBD cottage, Little Lon Distilling Co. is probably Australia’s smallest distillery. So their gin masterclasses are always intimate, friendly affairs, especially after a few sips of the welcome G&T. They include a tour, tastings, a cocktail and some colourful history about this once notorious neighbourhood. Upscale to the premium masterclass for an extra cocktail and canapés.

A man behind a bar shaking a martini

Get behind the bar at Little Lon’s workshops

Sausage-Making Masterclass

Putting snags on the barbie will take on a whole new significance after the Sausage-Making Masterclass at South Wharf restaurant-bar Common Man. Learn about different cuts of pork, and how to make bonza bangers that are gluten and preservative free. Then lunch on some of your gourmet sausages over a beer before taking the rest home with the recipe and bragging rights.

Nordic Gin Experience and Cocktail Class

Cocktail on arrival. Three canapés. Gin tastings and a masterclass, during which you make then drink three more fancy tipples. $65. What, what, what?! That’s right, all this for $65! No wonder the Nordic Gin Experience and Cocktail Class summer editions at Henry and the Fox are selling fast. But don’t worry, they continue monthly through 2019.

Two bottles of gin on a table with a glass next to them

Gin classes at Henry and the Fox

MetaScent Perfumers Workshop

There are thousands of perfumes on the market, but is there one with your name on it? Learn about the fine art of making fragrances at the MetaScent Perfumers Workshop, and create your own signature scent. This experience makes a distinctive gift, or treat yourself to some time out to express your individuality.

Special Christmas Painting Workshop

Take a break from the festive frenzy and create a gift from the heart: a painting made by you. Everyone is welcome at Paint for Fun art classes, which makes art easy. Relax into it with a drink, because their Special Christmas Painting Workshop is held at North Melbourne’s Castle Hotel. Gift cards for future workshops make exciting stocking stuffers too.