Christmas is all about showing you care – and there’s no better way than with your own homemade Christmas gifts. Let your imagination take flight this festive season and get crafty with quirky and innovative DIY presents. Ideal for people who are conscious of the planet and their wallet, homemade gifts prove creativity is a resource that’s always in plentiful supply. Here are a few of the best Berlin shops to pick up supplies and tips on getting out of your creative comfort zone this Christmas.
Tip 1: Say it with clay with ceramics from de Hoog pottery studio
Add a personal touch to your Christmas presents this year – literally – and make your own handmade ceramic pottery at de Hoog. Run by Verena de Hoog, a contemporary ceramic artist, this studio in hip Friedrichshain is the ideal place to get behind the pottery wheel for the first time or perfect your skills by the kiln. The studio offers a busy calendar of regular classes and workshops for amateur and experienced potters alike. Take inspiration from de Hoog’s own stripped-back contemporary style or create a design that’s all your own for the ultimate handmade gift.
Where: Jungstraße 7, Friedrichshain
Tip 2: Make the stuff of miracles at Tempelhof temple of creativity Selfmade
Home to workshops, exhibitions, and a vast Stoff&Stil fabric and crafts floor, the Selfmade Store is designed for community, creativity and more. Even the beautiful Baroque building it calls home in Berlin’s Tempelhof district seems to breathe inspiration. Complete with a Fairtrade café and an open ethos promoting creativity for all, Selfmade is the perfect spot to pick up fabric and inspiration for your next project. If you’re looking to sew a lovely gift this Christmas, but don’t have the kit you need to put together a masterpiece, you can stitch up a storm at the six free sewing stations. A Selfmade masterpiece.
Where: Tempelhofer Damm 228, Tempelhof
Tip 3: Make magic with materials from Modulor
Do it yourself – and make it yourself: that’s the ethos at Modulor, a modern materials store in Berlin’s iconic Kreuzberg district. The company sells minimalist contemporary furnishings alongside quality sustainable materials cut to measure that you can use to turn your own space into a paradise. If you’ve got a loved one who loves their home office and you fancy sprucing up their space as a special surprise, head to Modulor for the finest materials to make it happen.
Where: Prinzenstraße 85, Kreuzberg
Tip 4: Craft your own Christmas cards with materials from Edelhoff Kreativkaufhaus
This vast stationery and art supplies store spans 1,800 square metres, making it a crafter’s paradise. From candlemaking to découpage, they’ve got do-it-yourself creative arts covered, and a fifteen-strong team on hand with advice to make your gifting vision a reality. The high-quality stationery on offer opens up a new opportunity this Christmas, too: if you’re tired of sending conventional Christmas cards, they’ve got everything you need to try making your own.
Where: Rudolf-Seiffert-Strasse 3, Lichtenberg
Tip 5: Get a lust for lace and more at knitter’s delight Die WollLust
Needles at the ready – knitting is a great way to make a memorable Christmas gift. Die WollLust is a fab spot to stock up on all things knitting. The Kreuzberg boutique has been a makers’ byword for quality supplies and innovative designs since 2005. Known for its exclusive designer wool and lace yarn, you’ll find everything you need here to make something special, from wool and yarn made in-house or by well-known manufacturers, through to needles and patterns. In pre-pandemic times, the team’s expert knitters were also known to hold the odd workshop or two. Knit one, purl one, knit one… You never lose the knack.
Where: Mittenwalder Straße 49, Kreuzberg
Tip 6: Put your own stamp on the festive season at Stempelbar
A Berlin crafting institution, Stempelbar is a stamp and scrapbooking emporium in Charlottenburg. Founded in the 1990s with a focus on the art of creative stamps and stampmaking, it sealed the deal on its success in the early 2000s with a move into the newly popular art of scrapbooking. Pick up a stamp with a quirky message or motif and use it to decorate your Christmas cards, envelopes and wrapping paper, or rummage through their craft materials to find everything you need to create a wonderful scrapbook of memories for a friend or loved one – another way to put your personal stamp on a gift they’ll love.
Where: Weimarer Straße 17, Charlottenburg
Tip 7: Get a bead on jewellery-making at Perlenbar
Hopping from one ‘bar’ to another, our craft-shop crawl takes us to Perlenbar, a hidden gem in the art of jewellery-making and crafting in Berlin’s Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district. The shop offers an incredible array of beads made from all kinds of materials – plastic, glass, ceramic and more – in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes, as well as the practical bits and pieces needed to turn them into stunning jewellery and mementoes. Let the variety inspire you to create a gift your loved ones can wear and think of you wherever they go. If you need a little confidence before you get cracking, the store also offers monthly workshops on beading and macramé knitting for budding designers looking to hone their craft – stop by or call the store to book your place.
Where: Uhlandstraße 156, Wilmersdorf
Tip 8: Visit crafting experts at Hobbyshop Wilhelm Rüther
Originally based in Schöneberg and now expanding across the city, old-school craft supplies store Hobbyshop Wilhelm Rüther has all the tools and materials you need to make your customised Christmas gifts sing. From colourful arts supplies to practical tools, their range is as vast as their expertise. If you’ve got the vision but can’t yet get your creative vision it off the ground, chat to the friendly team – who are also on hand to fix dyed silk scarves or fire your ceramics in their own kiln.
Where: Goltzstraße 37, Schöneberg, with branches in Spandau, Tegel and Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 9: Make modern gifts with love at mit Liebe selbstgemacht
Right now, crafting is definitely cool. Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are packed with unique ideas to inspire creativity and encourage the joy of crafts. With her quirky craft store – its name literally translates as ‘homemade with love’ – Mirka Löwenhagen is well and truly part of the modern makers’ movement, sharing her work online and offering fascinating workshops on scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media and more. Come up with some Christmassy ideas of your own and join her creative community for craft materials, classes and more.
Where: Greifswalder Straße, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 10: Try something new with Hobby Made
Creating your own Christmas gifts for your faves isn’t just a labour of love, of course – it’s a great way to learn a new skill and enjoy a sense of achievement from having made something, a gift for yourself that money can’t buy. At craft store Hobby Made, the clue is in the name: celebrating crafting as a fun leisure activity, it offers a packed schedule of classes to help you make your creative dreams a reality. This season’s timetable includes classes on all kinds of art forms, including origami, working with UV resin and – excitingly enough – creating your own Christmas gifts. Sign up now for festive fun.
Where: Bahnhofstraße 33-38 EKZ Forum, Köpenick
Tip 11: Warm up their winter with wool from Wolle Rödel
There’s nothing more comforting than winter woollens – they make the perfect festive gift. If you’re getting ready to knit a festive hit, head to Wolle Rödel, where wool is the game (it‘s all in the name!). This emporium for hobby knitters is the perfect spot to pick up everything you need to make cosy gifts for winter nights – with yarns including magnificent mohair, merino, alpaca, cashmere and much more.
Where: Joachimsthaler Straße 41, Charlottenburg