Author: Holly J Coley
They say the joy of the season is in giving and while that may be true, when you have a massive list of people to shop for, that joy can be rather a drag, am I right? There’s always the risk of buying something someone already has and do you really want to waste money on a gift that will be forgotten by New Years? Me either. That’s why I’m hitting up the marketplaces popping up this month to get my gifting on. There’s no better place to find unique gifts made by local artisans and businesses. Lots of these fairs and markets feature music, gourmet food and a party atmosphere, so don’t think you’ll be forced to rummage through bins in some dark basement. Trust us, oncee you hit one of these spots you’ll forsake the mall.
Date: December 5, 4-8pm
6 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
The all natural and scientifically designed products of Bottega Organica find a home at a new showroom in Hudson, NY. Celebrate its grand opening by sampling serums, small batch creams, and buying a thing or two. Items will be discounted by 50 percent, so there’s no better time to do some beauty shopping for the beauty junkie in your life.
Young & Able Holiday Pop-Up
Date: December 4 to January 3
2 Rivington Street, New York, NY
This pop-up showcases 30 Brooklyn based women owned small businesses. Expect to find stylish home goods, accessories, and wearables.
Keep Your Eyes Out: The body oils from Oxalis Apothecary. They’re all natural and made in small batches.
Alchemy Initiative’s Handmade Holiday Festival
Date: December 5, 10-5pm & December 6, 10-3pm
Berkshire Community College
This event is at its 7th year mark and shows no sign of stopping. With more than 40 vendors, there will be lots of items to choose from.
Keep Your Eyes Out: The handmade vegan soaps from Dancing Bare Soaps and the medicinal flower essence and teas from Wake Robin Botanicals.
Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Shindy
Date: December 11, 5-8pm & December 12 & 13, 10-5pm (Free admission)
40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA
This event takes place a little far from home but not that far. The last two days feature free admissions but consider going on the 11th where for $25 you can have “first dibs” on goods, plus a kick ass swag bag featuring treats from more than 50 vendors.
Keep Your Eyes Out: Naturally Catering & Takeout at Berkshire Organics will be servings some amazing grub. And you know what they say, it’s no bueno to shop on an empty stomach.
Makers-on-the-Hudson’s 7th Annual Holiday Craft Fair by the Hudson Valley Esty Team
Date: December 12, 10-5pm
477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Who doesn’t love Etsy? And now you can meet the makers behinds some of your favorite items. The event takes place at the historic Howland Center on Beacon’s infamous Second Saturday. Shop the day away and explore the city known as the next Williamsburg.
Keep Your Eyes Out: Rockerbox Spice Company, the perfect gift for the culinary pal in your life. You’ll love their selections of rubs, spices, and salts.