There are a meager two weeks left until Christmas, have you finished all of your holiday shopping yet? If the answer is No, fear not! There is still plenty of time to find that perfect something for that special someone, and you don’t even have to set foot inside a crowded shopping center or overwhelming department store to do so.
Brooklyn is a great place to find handmade trinkets and vintage or artisan treasures, regardless of the time of year. During December though, vendors and DIY masters really step it up and sell their goods at various craft festivals and marketplaces right up until Christmas. The “It’s a Wrap” Holiday Sale in Park Slope is coming up on the 13th, and it’s a great chance to peruse everything from pop art coloring books to signature drawings and animal portraits from a slew of emerging artists. This is the perfect place to find something unique for the art-enthusiasts on your list.
The Brooklyn Flea Winter Holiday Market is another great place to find some fantastic presents. Open every weekend, the Flea hosts 200 vendors and 75 food stalls; you can nibble on local snacks while sorting through vintage and artisan finds! If you’re looking for an even easier shopping experience, but still want to source your gifts from a local vendor, check out By Brooklyn, the shop filled with goods made by Brooklynites. Here you’ll find housewarming gifts, apparel, homemade soaps, artisanal foods, and more. The shop even offers themed gift boxes, which make the perfect “Yankee Swap” or “Secret Santa” presents.
For more unique shopping ideas check out Brooklyn Exposed’s “Ultimate Guide to 18 Brooklyn Holiday Markets”. Where are your favorite places to shop for local holiday gifts?