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 2017. 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.
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Winter Market at One Skylight Hanson
What You'll Find: The Brooklyn Flea is returning to its former home at One Hanson Place after a stint in Industry City. With seventy-five vendors selling vintage, antiques, clothing, and other goods, on three floors in this old bank (yes, some vendors are in the former bank vault), this is quite an architectural shopping adventure. In addition, there are twenty-three Smorgasburg food vendors, so you won't go hungry while you shop. Be sure to check out Claudia Pearson Illustration selling tea towels, aprons, totes and more and Huntress Home’s funky midcentury and ‘70s housewares.
The Date: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-6pm all winter. Holiday hours: Wednesday, December 21, thru Friday, December 23, noon-8pm, Saturday, December 24, 10am-3pm, Closed: Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, Back Open: January 7 & 8, 2017.
Where: 1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Place), Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn. You have to shell out a buck to enter (under 16 are free), a portion of the... proceeds collected will be donated to the markets’ holiday giving partner, The Food Bank For New York City.
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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. Get into the holiday spirit and sit hot apple chai while you shop for handmade gifts in a festive setting filled with hundreds of Christmas lights.
The Date: Opens Saturday, December 3rd and runs every weekend until December 18 from 11am-6pm
Where: f.a.d is located at St. Paul's Church, 190 Court Street in Cobble Hill. 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.
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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: Friday, December 9, 12 pm – 5 pm, Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, open from 11am-6pm
Where: Industry City, Sunset Park. This is a free event.
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What You'll Find: Fine art lovers should visit the 4th 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 19 & Sunday, November 20, 2016, 11am-6pm. Tickets are sixteen dollars, but if you buy them online, they're fourteen dollars.
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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 26th and Sunday, November 27th, 11am-6pm, Free Admission.
Where: 501 Union Street, Gowanus
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What You'll Find: You don't have to be a hipster to shop at the 3rd Annual Shwick Holiday Market. With over a hundred makers in an enormous Bushwick warehouse selling their unique goods, you'll be sure to find some great gifts at this holiday market. Shtick market has "one-of-a-kind items from a huge selection of makers, you can take pride in knowing that you gave the best presents this year. Plus, you'll be supporting artists, entrepreneurs, and all around cool people. Nothing here is MADE IN CHINA." You can find everything from home decor to toys at this market. Don't miss it. Afterward, you check out these five spots in Bushwick.
The Date: Saturday, December 3rd & Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 11am-7pm
Where: Warehouse 295 Johnson Avenue, Bushwick. This event is free to the public
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What You'll Find: It's the 11th 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 10th, and Sunday, December 11th, 2016, 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.
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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 the first two weeks of December, the hotel will host the Bulletin Holiday Market. 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 and Sunday, December 4th, Saturday, December 10th and Sunda,y December 11th, 1pm-9pm
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What You'll Find: Shop for homemade goods at the annual Greenpointers holiday market at the Greenpoint Loft. 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 11th, 1pm-7pm
Where: The Greenpoint Loft, 67 West Street, 5th Floor, Admission is free.
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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. Although Artist & Fleas runs year round, they have a few special holiday treats in December. Chef Cava will be will be cooking up small bites on Sunday, December 18th. Additionally, Andrea Wien, host of the We Could Make That podcast, will also be creating DIY gift baskets featuring food items from the various makers featured on her podcast during the weekend of December 17th & 18th.
The Date: Weekends, 10 am- 7 pm
Where: 70 North 7th. Williamsburg
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What You'll Find: Fans of the unusual and macabre should head to the Morbid Anatomy Holiday Flea Market at Brooklyn’s Bell House! At this annual holiday flea market "antique hunters and curiosity collectors know that nothing is better than a lazy Sunday spent at a great flea market; at this one, you’ll find one of a kind art, taxidermy, and natural history; books, artifacts and ephemera; and sundry curiosities from a variety of collectors, makers, artists, and peddlers"
The Date: Sunday, December 11th 12 pm to 6 pm (Morbid Anatomy Members will be able to enter at 11 am and cut the line)
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th St, Gowanus/Park Slope. Admission is one dollar (add $11 to go to see our Taxidermy exhibition at the Museum).
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What You'll Find: Fans of Schwick should also mark the Brooklyn Maker's Holiday Edition in their calendar. This weekend-long event will be held at the Historic Williamsburg Savings Bank Building, where one hundred and fifty makers will be selling their goods.
Shop from 150 Makers who are making things right here.
The Date: Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Williamsburg Savings Bank Building on 175 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs, Brooklyn, NY 11211.