Store-bought is passé, give your Valentine a handmade gift this year

Forget the predictable box of fancy goodies, store-bought greeting cards and the dozen long-stemmed roses this Valentine’s Day. Many Delhiites – each old and young – are going for customized and handmade items this yr. While the rage of customized items has been round for some time, now other folks are now taking it to the next stage through through getting their very own hands grimy in making ready them. Classes and workshops for chocolate-making, baking and pottery are not just full, but stuffed with other folks wanting to make customized Valentine’s Day items. The selection of queries and bookings for such passion classes through couples have gone up and the theory is not just to create one thing special, but additionally to spend quality time with their companions.
The couple that bakes together, stays together
Enrolment for chocolate and cake-making classes get started almost a month prematurely. Couples normally go for one or two-day periods of round one hour every. Most other folks take these classes before Valentine’s Day, so that they may be able to wonder their partner with goodies or cake they made themself. “Each yr, we start getting bookings in January from couples and people who need to create one thing special for their companions on V-Day. We be offering a one-day two-hour class to couples. This yr, we've got bookings from 8 other folks, which includes couples and individuals. They take the category before V-Day so that they may be able to wonder their partner with customised goodies. Apart from creating goodies in heart or rose shapes, some other folks additionally take a look at special moulds to customize the goodies according to what their partner likes,” says Sharmila Sengupta from Cookery Expressions in Sector 7, Dwarka. There are a number of V-Day chocolate-making workshops in the town for couples who need to take the category together. “We had a different workshop for couples on February three. I feel couples take these classes to not just create one thing special or spend quality time with every different, but additionally to encourage their partner to pursue their spare time activities,” says Rakesh Kalkhambkar, owner of Food Destinationz in Rohini, Sector 7.

Neeta Khurana from Neeta Khurana’s Baking and Cooking in Kalkaji says that amongst her students are a number of newlywed couples who feel finding out to bake together can help them bond. “They feel that creating one thing together will probably be a different reminiscence for their first Valentine’s Day together after marriage,” says Neeta.
The baking classes are fashionable in the age workforce of 20 to 40-year-olds. “Apart from students and homemakers, young operating couples additionally come for these classes. They hardly ever get to spend time with every different and going for dinner or lunch dates gets boring after some degree,” says Pooja Anand, who works at Art Chocolat Academy of Chocolate Arts in Greater Kailash I.

Nisha, a college scholar dwelling on MG Road, Gurgaon, says, “My boyfriend loves chocolate and I used to be making plans to present him some exotic chocolate before a friend steered that I should try to make the goodies myself. I attended weekend classes for a month for that. It is not just a different gesture but a laugh for me too. I’m finding out a new talent."
Delhi-based fashion Rashmi Singh at Savita Duggal’s chocolate-making class in Sector 21, Noida

Pottery is the second hottest selection after baking classes
After cake and chocolate-making classes, pottery classes are a well-liked selection amongst couples round Valentine’s Day. “We have 37 bookings already for our class on V-Day and we predict extra registrations. Last yr, we had round 50 couples who got here in to be told pottery. These couples feel that spending time doing one thing creative is best than simply occurring a date on Valentine’s Day. Moreover, no matter they devise can also be with them perpetually,” says Dipti Gupta, owner of Pitampura-based Earthen Aura Ceramics.
“The two weekends before Valentine’s Day this yr have been completely booked through couples who wish to gift every different handmade artefacts in addition to spending quality time together,” says Suresh Mawandia from Kalawati Pottery Classes in Noida.
Noida resident Poornima Rawat and her husband Umesh have enrolled themselves for a one-day pottery workshop at Claying Thoughts in Sector 21. “It has been 5 years since we were given married, and every Valentine’s Day I am getting my wife some pricey gift and we opt for dinner. This yr will probably be different as a result of we can get our hands grimy together and create one thing for every different,” says Rawat who works in a financial institution in Delhi.
Girish Singh from Gurgaon attended a pottery class and made a small vase for his partner for Valentine’s Day. “My partner will all the time cherish that as a result of it is one thing that I put effort into. I’m not the type of one that does crafts and she is aware of that. That is what makes this idea so special,” he says.

Pottery academics in Gurgaon say that not like chocolate and cake-making workshops, the place kids are going on my own, pottery workshops mostly see couples walk in together. Divya Dandona, who takes pottery and ceramic workshops in Sushant Lok, tells us, “The development of couples getting together for pottery workshops for birthdays and anniversaries has been round for a couple of years but doing so for Valentine’s Day is new. Pottery is almost therapeutic and is a good bonding workout, which is why numerous couples come for it together.” Rati Singh, who attended a pottery workshop together with her boyfriend in Gurgaon final week, says, “I went on my own in the beginning as a result of I believed I’d learn one thing and make a small gift for him for V-Day, but then I realised it could be extra a laugh to if truth be told do it together. Doing pottery together used to be our Valentine’s Week date and it used to be numerous a laugh, making an attempt one thing new. On top of it, we had been in a position to make some small items for every different. They are nothing nice but we created them ourselves so they are special.”


Delhi-based fashion Rashmi Singh at a chocolate-making class

Most classes and workshops booked neatly prematurely before V-Day

Alka Singh, who organises chocolate-making workshops in the town, says, “My workshops at the two weekends before Valentine’s Day had been totally booked almost every week prematurely. Lots of kids ship queries neatly prematurely about wanting to enrol or simply attend two-three classes so that they may be able to learn the fundamentals of chocolate-making for their Valentine.” Some bakers and chocolatiers even organised special Valentine’s Day workshops in Gurgaon, seeing the prime demand. Varun Gupta, owner of a bakery that organised a workshop for making heart-shaped cakes in South City, tells us, “We get reasonably a excellent reaction from other folks wanting to learn to make cakes, particularly V-Day themed, which is why we organise this special workshop annually. About 15-20 other folks join, most taking a look to learn to bake a romantic cake for their date. Some keep involved and ask our feedback when they try it once more at house.”


Delhi-based fashion Prince Pal poses for us with Niharika Garg, who holds art workshops in Noida


Handmade Valentine’s day cards

Art workshops are also seeing a spike in queries from other folks taking a look to make handmade cards for their companions. “When I used to be a kid, I used to make greeting cards for my buddies and fogeys on every instance. So I believed why not let the creative juices glide once more and create one thing special for my girlfriend. I've made her a greeting card with a floral pattern at the border and written a poem for her,” says Ritvik Mahajan, who works in a consultancy company. According to Niharika Garg, who holds portray workshops in Noida, the rage of creating handmade greeting cards has simplest just lately caught on. “I in most cases hold art workshops for individuals who need to paint in their leisure time. But this yr, numerous queries have come from those taking a look to make cards for their companions. So I held a different Valentine’s Day-themed workshop at the weekends this month,” says Garg.

— With inputs from Ashni Dhaor


Store-bought is passé, give your Valentine a handmade gift this year Store-bought is passé, give your Valentine a handmade gift this year Reviewed by kailash soni on February 13, 2019 Rating: 5
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