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If you thought Hong Kong was all shopping and eating, think again; we’ve collected a range of interactive and unusual Hong Kong experience gifts designed to appeal to every kind of personality – and just in the nick of time for Valentine’s Day, too!
Best for Foodies
If you’ve got a carnivore in your midst, The Butchers Club has a range of workshops that are set to turn your man into a true meat maestro. Their sausage-making classes will teach you how to make the perfect banger – a hands-on experience covering everything from de-boning and grinding the meat, choosing ingredient combinations, and stuffing and linking your sausages. The class also includes a sit-down dinner (involving sausage and mash, of course) and 1kg of sausages to take home… so you really do get more bang for your banger!
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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then look no further than an exclusive Butter Baking Class, designed for two. Make, bake and decorate your very own cake or pie from one of Butter’s signature recipes, alongside flowing bubbles and the funkiest retro beats. We won’t blame you for not sharing… Classes are available Sunday to Thursday from 2pm, priced at $2000.
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Best for Booze Hound
If you’re hop-ping mad for beer (pun intended), how about a home-brewing workshop? This three-hour crash course on how to brew beer at home by the experts at will introduce the basic elements of beer and stages of brewing, plus help you identify the aromas, colours, flavours and textures found in the best brews and show you how to match the right glass to the right beer… who knew it was all so complicated? Then it’s over to you to create your very own beer recipe, where you’ll then have the option of taking home your batch, continuing the brewing process and bottling your own beer – making the moment when you finally pop that cap and take a swig all the more satisfying. Cheers!
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Up your mixology skills with this Hong Kong experience gift. This private masterclass with Carbone’s Master Bartenders brings the classics back to life. Shaken, stirred, served neat or on the rocks, pay homage to some iconic cocktails, including the classic Martini and Americano, all whilst enjoying three hours of generous snacks, and your own delightful creations.
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Best for the Adrenaline Junkie
Want to channel your inner Bear Grylls? Concentrating more on the action-adventure and less on the drinking your own urine side of things, Hong Kong Rock Climbing Adventures has a whole range of experiences that are bound to set your pulse racing. Try scaling new heights with an outdoor rock climbing and abseiling session; led by a qualified climbing instructor, it covers all the need-to-know techniques and safety procedures for a full day’s climbing, as well as intermediate skills like rope work and belaying for the more curious. With a range of different routes available in stunning locations like Shek O, Beacon Hill and Cape Collinson, this is suitable for both newbies and seasoned climbers alike – and you’re guaranteed some of the best views in Hong Kong whilst you’re at it. Water-baby thrill-seekers might prefer the private canyoning experience, an action-packed adventure that’ll see you climbing, swimming, scrambling on boulders, jumping into rock pools, navigating roaring rapids and abseiling down eight-foot waterfalls; we’re out of breath just thinking about it. All the safety equipment for both experiences is provided… so you just need to bring the guts to go ahead with it!
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If you speed is more your jam (and we don’t mean taking a ride in a Hong Kong Taxi!) then this Hong Kong experience gift is the one for you! Get your thrills from navigating your own Quad bike, or Motocross bike at MXCLUB. Established in 1996 and with over 20 years experience in off-road motorcycle driving Head of the club Angus Lai has bought an adrenaline fuelled extreme sport to life in Hong Kong. MXCLUB provides an off road training track and a beginner course to try out a dirt bike. And quad bike racing is also great for beginners as well as more experienced riders, drive them as fast or slow as you choose! Guaranteed to get the heart racing and leave you feeling pumped!
Best for Creative
If you fancy yourself as the next Fatboy Slim or Calvin Harris, then the DJ Courses at Sol Passion Music could be the magic ingredient that turns your bedroom beats into a full-on club career. No previous music experience required and any genre of music, these courses cover everything from equipment, techniques and music theory to crowd interaction and live performance – all taught by professional DJs. They even offer kids courses if you want to make it a family affair! Next stop Ibiza… via Lan Kwai Fong?! Prices start from $1200.
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If you’ve been admiring all the cool street art popping up in Sheung Wan and thinking you’d like a piece of the action, an urban art course with Pantone C Workshop is certain to get the creative juices flowing. Forget tame art jamming sessions – this is the kind of art that can’t be contained by a canvas! Pantone C’s professional urban art team will guide you through basic drawing skills and help you discover your inner Banksy, before unleashing your spray cans of colour (entirely legally, of course!) on the workshop’s rooftop. If you’d rather have a little piece of street art to take home with you, there are also workshops that’ll have you spray-painting designs on your very own hat, bag, t-shirt, or wooden canvas board. Well, it definitely beats another identikit print from Ikea!
For the Green-Fingered
If you’ve got a hankering for The Good Life but thought gardening was a no-go in this concrete jungle, book an urban farming workshop to create your own little patch of greenery in hectic Hong Kong. Led by experienced organic farmers, Rooftop Republic’s workshops can be tailored for any age or skill-set – meaning this would be a great activity to get the whole family involved in – and covers everything from how to start and maintain your own urban farm (whatever the size of your space), what plants are the easiest to grow in HK’s climate and how to manage the health of your crops. You’ll be growing your own in no time!
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This post was originally published in June 2015 and updated in June 2021
Main photo courtesy of Shutterstock; photo 1 courtesy of Butcher’s Club; photo 2 courtesy of Butter; photo 3 courtesy of Feather & Bone; photo 4 courtesy of HK Brewcraft; photo 5 courtesy of Carbone; photo 6 and 7 courtesy of Hong Kong Rock Climbing Adventures; photo 8 courtesy of MXCLUB; photo 9 courtesy of Sol Passion Music; photo 10 courtesy of Pantone C; photo 11 courtesy of Rooftop Republic
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