12/04/15 7:20am
It's possible to personalize your holiday gift list, without too much stress on your life or your bank account. Photo: Caitlin Rain

It’s possible to personalize your holiday gift list, without too much stress on your life or your bank account. Photo: Caitlin Rain

This time of year can be stressful and although we may have high hopes for unique gift ideas, it’s easy to fall back on boring last minute purchases. There’s so many great gift fairs and pop up shops to choose from, but it may be impossible to find the time to get there. Don’t despair. If your holiday shopping list is full of grandparents and other family members who would appreciate seeing more of your kids, here are some personalized suggestions that go beyond the quick (but efficient) iPhoto album. (more…)

12/02/13 10:00am
Sat December 7, 2013
Step up your gift game this year by attending Brooklyn Craft Company's DIY Gift Bootcamp on Dec. 7. Photo: Brooklyn Craft Company

Step up your gift game this year by attending Brooklyn Craft Company’s DIY Gift Boot Camp on Dec. 7. Photo: Brooklyn Craft Company

Escape the madness of holiday shopping and get in touch with your creative side at Brooklyn Craft Company’s DIY Gift Boot Camp this Saturday at its new space in Greenpoint we wrote about in September. Sign up for one or several classes designed to help you produce handmade, personalized presents for lucky friends and family members, including leather business card holders, terrariums, charm necklaces and glass etchings. Each class is $45 or $65 and includes all the materials necessary to complete your project, instruction by a qualified teacher, use of Brooklyn Craft Company’s free gift wrap bar, hot cocoa, music and a swag bag full of crafty treats. You can sign up for as many classes as you like—just be sure to register in advance so you are guaranteed a spot.

11/18/13 5:00pm
Sat November 23, 2013 - Sun November 24, 2013
After a successful run this summer, the Renegade Craft Fair returns to Brooklyn Nov. 23-24 for its second annual winter market. Photo: Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to Brooklyn Nov. 23-24 for its second annual winter market. Photo: Renegade Craft Fair

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping with presents that are unique, handmade–and much more personal than anything you’d find battling the Black Friday crowds–at the Second Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market this weekend. More than 200 talented sewers, woodworkers, printmakers, jewelers, designers and all-around crafty types will be selling their wares at Skylight One Hanson from 11-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There’s something for everyone on your list: a new mom in your life can commemorate her baby’s birthday with a save the date bangle, a whale pen holder will add some pizazz to the desk of your favorite worker bee, your best friend can always use a colorful leather clutch and stingray soap is a stocking stuffer that beats boring old socks and chapstick any day. You can even get in the game and make your own knitted necklace or embroidered gift tag at a special hands-on workshop. Food, coffee, music and a free photo booth will be available. Bring friends (and cash) and make a day of it.