You can shop online or wait in front of a big box store after Thanksgiving dinner to get the best Black Friday deals, but you can also peruse the aisles of Brooklyn's best annual holiday markets. These twelve markets highlight some of Brooklyn's best indie artists, makers, and vendors and are the ideal place to pick up a thoughtful handmade gift. If you're not a fan of bespoke, you can search for antiques, vinyl and kitschy gifts at many of these markets. For those who want to buy local, numerous items at these well-curated markets were not only designed by also made in Brooklyn.
From November until Christmas holiday markets are the place to find unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, and you might be tempted to pick up a few things for yourself. Add these markets to your holiday shopping list. A side note, all of these are annual events, and a handful of these markets run year round, so if you've missed a market this year, keep it in mind for 2018. If you're on the hunt for more places to shop, check out these gift shops and shopping streets.
Here's the scoop on what you'll find, when they take place, and where to find these markets.
01 of 09
What You'll Find: The Brooklyn Flea sets up their winter home in Industry City. With seventy-five vendors selling vintage, antiques, clothing, and other goods, at Industry City.
The Date: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-6pm all winter
Where: Industry City at 241 37th St in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. After you finish shopping, explore this cool neighborhood.
02 of 09
What You'll Find: The f.a.d holiday market showcases over 150 independent artists, designers, and makers including Dirty Mermaid Beauty, Mayware Ceramics, Mana Made Jewelry, and many others. In addition to a schedule of activities ranging from a holiday photo booth to crafting workshops.
The Date: December 16th & 17th
Where: f.a.d is located at Markers' Market City Point and December 16th & 17th Food Gift Market at the Invisible Dog. If you can't make it to the holiday market, they also run the market throughout the year at various locations including the Invisible Dog, check their website for updates on locations.
03 of 09
What You'll Find: Looking to spruce up your home? Or want a great gift to bring to your friends for the holidays? Head to this well-respected design market, which includes international, national and local brands offering a selection of accessories, unique gift ideas and design items for the home, lighting, small furniture and textiles. If you have any questions about the products, there will be representatives from the brands there to answer questions.
The Date: Saturday November 22nd, and Sunday 23rd, from 10am to 6pm
Where: Industry City, Sunset Park. This is a free event.
04 of 09
What You'll Find: Fine art lovers should visit the 5th Annual American Fine Craft Show at Brooklyn Museum, part of The Art of American Craft Museum Show Series. Produced and directed by Richard & Joanna Rothbard, founders of An American Craftsman Galleries located in midtown Manhattan, the show will be held in Brooklyn Museum's Beaux-Arts Court. Shop for handmade ceramics, jewelry, glass, furniture, wood, metal, mixed media, wearable and decorative fiber at this two-day craft show.
An added plus, admission to the American Fine Craft Show includes admission to the Brooklyn Museum. If you haven't wiped out your holiday budget, check out the Brooklyn Museum gift shop.
The Date: Saturday, November 18 & Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11am-6pm. Tickets are sixteen dollars, but if you buy them online, they're fourteen dollars.
Where: The Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway, Prospect HeightsContinue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
What You'll Find: Make shopping fun at this bazaar which has a DJ, a photo booth, kid-friendly activities and other events. The Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is celebrating its fourth anniversary as it spends another holiday season showcasing the best of Brooklyn under one roof. Spend Thanksgiving weekend checking out bags from Bittle & Burley, jewelry from Sparkle Farm, knit goods from Slope Girl Knits, and many other vendors. In addition, there will be tons of great eats from Hey Hey Canteen, Palo Santo, The Awkward Scone, and many others.
The Date: Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th, 11am-6pm, Free Admission.
Where: 501 Union Street, Gowanus
06 of 09
What You'll Find: It's the 12th annual Bust Craftacular and it's not to be missed. This annual event has over two hundred juried vendors creating unique handmade or small run crafts and products. With fairs in London, Los Angeles and Boston, this New York City holiday fair is a favorite for all crafty folks.
The Date: Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th, 2017, 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. There's a three dollar entrance fee and you can purchase the tickets at the door.
07 of 09
What You'll Find: You don't need an excuse to spend an afternoon at the trendy William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, but now you'll have one. For those familiar with the market, it was held outdoors in the summer, but they are heading indoors for the holiday season. Pick up some cool goods and listen to groovy tunes as a DJ spins while you shop. Before you plan your shopping trip, consider making reservations for a drink or to just soak in the views and some casual fare at Westlight, the hotel's 22nd-floor rooftop bar, it's a perfect way to end the day.
The Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 1pm-9pm
Where: The William Vale 111 N. 12th Street, Williamsburg
08 of 09
What You'll Find: Shop for homemade goods at the annual Greenpointers holiday market at the Brooklyn Bazaar. Last year the market had fifty vendors selling everything from chocolate to candles, and tarot card readers and henna tattoos. If you want to have a festive shopping experience, head to this annual holiday market where you can find homemade goods and dine on artisanal doughnuts. If you don't have your picture picked out for your holiday cards, don't forget to take a festive holiday photo at their photo booth.
The Date: Sunday, December 17th, 1pm-6pm
Where: Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Admission is free.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
What You'll Find: With locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, since 2003, this Williamsburg market has been home to some of the best creative artists and designers in the area. Open weekends and located in the heart of Williamsburg, the market, is the perfect spot to pick up jewelry, records, clothing and other goods.
The Date: Weekends, 10 am- 7 pm
Where: 70 North 7th. Williamsburg