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 nine 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 custom-made items, you can search for antiques, vinyl records, 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. 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 next year. 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.
Winter Market at Industry City
Address241 37th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, USA
What You'll Find: The Brooklyn Flea sets up their winter home in Industry City. With 50 vendors selling handmade holiday candles, knitted scarves and hats and, a fine selection of vintage clothing. There will be 10 mouthwatering Smorgasburg spots on-site, as well as a bar featuring brews, wine, and cocktails.
The Date: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all winter
Where: Industry City at 241 37th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. After you finish shopping, explore this cool neighborhood.
What You'll Find: During the holiday season, FAD Market presents a multi-part market experience. The curated makers' markets and an artisanal food pop-up will take place over three weekends in December. Over 200 independent designer-makers showcasing unique handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings will display their wares. Enjoy locally crafted food and drinks.
The Date: Weekends in December
Where: Location varies. Watch for updates on the FAD Market website.
What You'll Find: Fine art lovers should visit the annual American Fine Craft Show at the Brooklyn Museum. 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.
You'll find 90 juried contemporary artists and designers will have things on display for purchase. 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. The gift shop will be open as well.
The Date: Mid-November
Cost: Adults $16, Seniors $14, Students $10, children under 12 free. Cash only at the door.
Where: The Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
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, which takes place over a weekend in late November, showcases the best of Brooklyn under one roof. Buy hand-made bags, jewelry, knit goods, and many other great gifts. Food vendors provide a variety of enticing snack and lunch items.
The Date: Late November
Where: The Green Building and 501 Union Street, Gowanus
What You'll Find: The BUST Craftacular Holiday edition 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.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn crafts and will take away items made from scratch. You can try your hands at classic crafting skills such as macrame and cross-stitch, dive deep into herbalism and participate in a variety of exciting educational workshops.
The Date: Early December
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Cost: There's a three dollar entrance fee and you can purchase the tickets at the door.
What You'll Find: There will be shopping, free fun activities, live music, and festive cocktails 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: Early December
Where: Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Admission is free.
What You'll Find: With locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, since 2003, this Williamsburg market is home to 75+ individual sellers every weekend. Artists & Fleas has an international reputation among buyers, trend-spotters and creative entrepreneurs as a place to showcase and discover what's new and exciting in fashion, vintage, art, design and more.
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 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: 70 North 7th in Williamsburg