6 Markets for All (and We Do Mean All) of Your Holiday Shopping
Don’t freak out but there is an Etsy market
Snow may not be in our winter forecast, but we’re still stoked for the charm-filled wonderland that is the holidays in San Francisco. Wave hello to the twinkling lights along Market Street and then get the heck out of Union Square in favor of seasonal markets…where the gifts are good (and original). Here are six to check out this year.
BEST BLACK FRIDAY ALTERNATIVE: SF ETSY INDIE HOLIDAY EMPORIUM
Just say no to the nightmare of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by hitting up Etsy’s festive emporium (November 26 and 27) at Pier 70 in Dogpatch instead. More than 200 vendors will be selling locally made gifts—meaning you can check everyone off your list in one fell swoop. #holidayshoppingdone
420 22nd St.; etsy.com
BEST FOR HIGH-END HANDCRAFTED: REMODELISTA MARKET
You know anything hosted at Heath Ceramics is going to be worth your while. At Remodelista’s holiday market (December 10 and 11), you’ll find everything from Julia Turner jewelry and Coyuchi throws to Mohinders leather slippers and Linda Fahey ceramics. Afterward, treat yourself to coffee and a pastry at Tartine Manufactory next door for shopping well done.
2900 18th St.; remodelista.com
BEST FOR INDIE GIFTS: TEMESCAL ALLEYS HOLIDAY ARTISAN FAIR
Choose naughty over nice at Doughnut Dolly before hitting this holiday block party (December 4). The crème-fraîche-custard-filled confection will fuel you for a morning of shopping artisanal gifts curated by the alley’s cool shop owners.
Temescal Alleys, Oakland; temescalalleys.com
BEST SEASONAL SPIRIT: SF BAZAAR
The beloved SF Bazaar (formerly Bizarre Bazaar) is popping up at Cal Academy’s Nightlife (December 8). Have your silent night early at Cal Academy’s Silent Disco after shopping locally made goods with a seasonal cocktail in hand. Oh, and say hi to Velvet and Tinsel, two real reindeer that call the museum’s East Garden home for the holidays. Or check out SF Bazaar at the San Francisco Zoo (December 16 to 30) during its annual Zoo Lights event.
55 Music Concourse Dr. and Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway; sanfranciscobazaar.org
BEST FOR BOOKWORMS: HOLIDAY BOOK ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
If you’ve got family and friends who aren’t planning on giving up paper anytime soon, then make your way to San Francisco’s Center for the Book, where letterpress and stationery are king. At this unique holiday fair (December 3), you’ll find hand-bound journals, artists’ books, zines and paper art for all the lit lovers in your life—plus holiday cards, gift tags and wrapping paper to present them in.
375 Rhode Island St.; sfcb.org
BEST LAST-MINUTE GIFT STOP: KPFA WINTER CRAFTS FAIR
Whoops, there’s less than a week until Christmas and you still haven’t done your shopping. Hop on BART and head out to Richmond for KPFA’s Winter Crafts Fair (December 19 and 20), where you’ll find an array of artsy gifts for Grandma and Aunt Sally. (They’ll eat those hand-blown glass ornaments right up.)
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond; kpfa.org