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If you’re going to go out and really embrace this shopping season, crowds and all, there is no better place to gift-load than the holiday fair. Though you often walk away with far fewer presents than you’d hoped, the experience of wandering through aisles of jewelry and scented soaps, refueling on baked goods and running into friends is much more festive than shopping solo or at a desk.
These are the last fairs and pop ups of the season, to get your last-minute gifting on.
Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Craft Market
GOWANUS Deb Klein has moved her popular craft market from the Lyceum to two venues this year. On Saturday and Sunday at both Littlefield and the Textile Arts Center you can find cards, jewelry, totes, and prints from dozens of vendors from crafty towns like Portland, Chicago and of course BK, demos in silkscreening at TAC, artisinal food from the likes of Fine & Raw Chocolate and Brooklyn Brine, and DJs. Check out the complete vendor list. Littlefield, 622 Degraw St; Textile Arts Center, 505 Carroll St. (R to Union St.) 11-5 and 11-6 Dec. 18-19
Brooklyn Lyceum Holiday Marketplace
4TH AVE. This weekend’s craft fair at the Lyceum promises 45+ artisan and crafty vendors and a ton of shopping perks like a free photo with Santa or time in the batting cage from 11-2 with any purchase, a performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas for the kids, and a chance to crack the Loew’s Oriental Theater Safe. The first 5 winners get their pick of prizes like free Intelligentsia coffee for a month in the cafe. 227 Fourth Ave., R to Union St., 11-7 Dec. 18-19
FORT GREENE The behemoth that is the Brooklyn Flea gets extra special around the holidays when it transforms for two weeks from December 15th through 23rd into its seasonal fair, Gifted: A Holiday Market. It’s an overdose of holiday cheer with three floors and more than 100 different vendors of viable present options under one roof. Whatever you’re seeking–be it a Maptote, a terrarium, soap, pickles, ceramics, a print, or a onesie–you’ll find it here. 1 Hanson Pl. (2,3,4,5, B/Q, N/R to Atlantic Ave./Pacific St.), 11-7pm Dec. 15-23
Greenpoint Holiday Craft Fair
GREENPOINT We stumbled on this fair on Greenpointers, and the stellar vendors jumped out at us. Angela Barrow, who makes beautiful braided jewelry under the name of Cheek-ie, invited equally impressive vendors like handmade and vintage clothiers Sodafine, chic vintage shop Dossier, and Max Wowch, maker of freaky cat tees, to this Saturday-only fair at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. 129 Russell St., between Nassau & Driggs, G to Nassau, 10am-6pm, Dec. 18
Artists and Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
WILLIAMSBURG The year-round flea market has its special holiday market open the next two weekends, and the array of talented vendors ranges from the cheeky McBitterson’s Tasteless Wares (we fell in love with their stuffed cigarettes at the Bust Craftacular) to the beautiful and whimsical ceramic works of Michiko Shimada. N. 7th at Wythe Ave., L to Bedford Ave., 12-8pm Dec. 11-12, and 18-19.
GOWANUS The Old American Can Factory, a hive of indie designers and artists, has invited eclectic vendors back for their Holiday Makers Market this weekend and next. You can scan the vendors scheduled for each day here. 232 Third St., between 3rd and 4th Aves. F, N, R to 4th Ave. and 9th St., 11am-5pm Dec. 11-12, 17-18
COLUMBIA STREET Floral designer Denise Fasanello is hosting a holiday market in her Columbia Street studio with talented friends. You’ll find those Lumen candles by Adam Frank, printed textiles by Lotta Jansdotter, paper goods from Sesame Letterpress, homemade sweets from Nine Cakes, jewelry from Bonnon Oiseau (profiled here!), children’s knits from Eye Spy Baby, and ceramic goods from Paula Greif. Tomorrow night (Thurs., Dec. 16) is the opening reception with snacks and champagne from 6-9. 203 Columbia Street, F to Carroll St. or B61 to Columbia St., 12-8pm Dec. 18-19
Winter Wonder Local Designer Market
WILLIAMSBURG Artists, designers and a few healers will be at this weekend-long pop up in the Big Sky Works trapeze loft, where you can find jewelry from Bonbon Oiseau, Leoworks, and Sirius Lux; soy candles, felted animals and knit jewelry by Tapa (Kaendl); clothes by Feral Childe, and nosh on baked goods by Sweet Spice & Honey and get a massage or a tarot reading. 29 Wythe Ave. at N. 14th St. (L to Bedford Ave.) 11am -7pm, Dec. 18-19
Invisible Dog Store
COBBLE HILL Not a fair per se, but this is the time of year that the Invisible Dog Store really shines, particularly if you’re shopping for the lover of smart design, creative housewares and jewelry. The front of this mammoth art space is devoted to one-of-a-kind design objects curated by Steven and William Ladd. Their work–in the form of bold lamps and necklaces lamps made from materials found in this former Invisible Dog leash and belt factory–is featured along with the work of Florence Carmont, Joan Lurie, Carlton Dewoody, Shane Powers, Elyssa Zygmunt of Brooklyn Rehab] (whose plate is pictured above), EcoSystems, Ethan Long, Chuanda Tan, Angelo Monaco, Andrew Zuckerman, Alicia Lapp, and L’Atelier du Vin. 51 Bergen St., F/G to Bergen St., Thursday-Saturday 1-7pm, 1-5pm Sunday.