There’s an indescribable quaintness to receiving something that was handmade. Whoever sent it took the time and effort to create that special something, and the tiny imperfections are what makes it all the more perfect. A handmade gift is unique and one of a kind, and perhaps that’s why crafting workshops are all the rage now. But with a variety of crafting workshops available throughout our little island, one type that stands out above the crop are leather crafts.

Leather is one of quintessential building blocks of luxury. It is a highly durable material, supple to the touch, and used by humans before fashion was even a thing. It’s not easy to find a luxury brand today that does not have a single product made out of an animal’s skin.

They come in all shapes and sizes too — from small leather goods that range from key fobs to wallets in an array of sizes, making them easy for beginners to learn how to craft them. Bags are on the next rung — the favourite of shopaholics everywhere being the highly-coveted Hermès Birkin. Then you have the apex of luxury products: trunks and luggages, which only the most experienced artisans will be able to craft.

So if you want to bring your partner on an not-so-ordinary date, or if you’re looking to build the bonds between your colleagues, why not take them to a leather crafting workshop? Here are five of them that will help you hone your craftsmanship.