Whereas holiday shopping in Manhattan usually means department stores and high-end shopping on Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn is the place to find quirky, unique, and craft gifts that you can't get anywhere else. The cultural diversity mixed with Brooklyn's hipster vibe means all types of gift items are available. These six markets highlight some of Brooklyn's best indie artists, makers, and vendors and are the ideal place to pick up a thoughtful handmade gift.
Even if you aren't looking for custom-made items, you can also 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 locals but 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. All of these are annual events, and a handful of these markets run year-round. If you're on the hunt for more places to shop, just take a stroll around Brooklyn's best shopping neighborhoods, such as Williamsburg or Cobble Hill.
Brooklyn Flea Winter Market
What You'll Find: The Brooklyn Flea sets up its winter home in Williamsburg when it's too cold for the outdoor market to continue, with 50 vendors selling handmade holiday candles, knitted scarves and hats, a fine selection of vintage clothing, and much more. This is also the home of the weekly food truck festival Smorgasburg, along with the usual restaurants' set-up stalls in the market so you can also snack (or drink) while you shop.
The Date: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all winter
Where: 25 Kent Ave., Eighth Floor
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 two 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: December 7–8, 2019, and December 14–15, 2019
Where: City Point BKLYN (455 Albee Square West) and The Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen St.)
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
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 on Sundays throughout December, 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 snacks and lunch items.
The Date: December 1, December 8, and December 15, 2019
Where: 501 Union St., Gowanus
Bust Holiday Craftacular
What You'll Find: The BUST Craftacular Holiday edition has over two hundred juried vendors creating unique handmade 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 2019 fair is focused on empowering businesses owned and run by women, so your shopping is also helping to support these female-led endeavors.
The Date: December 7–8, 2019
Where: Industry City Factory Floor, 220 36th St.
Greenpointers Holiday Market
What You'll Find: There will be shopping, free fun activities, live music, and festive cocktails at the annual Greenpointers holiday market in the Greenpoint Loft. Past vendors have sold everything from chocolate to candles to 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, take a festive holiday photo at their photo booth.
The Date: December 8, 2019
Where: Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St., Fifth Floor
Artists & Fleas Winter Market
What You'll Find: The Artists and Fleas Market has locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and even Los Angeles. The Williamsburg location has over 75 sellers and 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.
This market is open every weekend of the year and located in the heart of Williamsburg. It's the perfect spot to pick up jewelry, records, clothing, and other one-of-a-kind goods.
The Date: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 70 N. Seventh St., Williamsburg