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Holiday markets in Los Angeles for finding the perfect present

Shop the best seasonal holiday markets and craft fairs in L.A. to find gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself

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Danielle DiMeglio
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'Tis the season for Christmas shows, festive holiday lights and, most of all, shopping, shopping and more shopping. Back to tempt your wallets this winter are a number of holiday markets and craft fairs featuring local, handmade goods for extra special gifting. Find everything from apothecary goods and handwoven handbags to artisan jewelry, candles, prints and more. Even if you’re not sure what to get family and friends on your gift list this season, these annual fairs are a treasure trove of inspiration—you’ll likely walk away with more goodies than you ever knew you needed. Support small businesses and head to the best holiday markets in Los Angeles.

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Discover the best holiday markets and craft fairs in L.A.

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This December, shop the annual Unique holiday market for clothes, accessories, art pieces and more from 150 designers, brands and artists. Think artisan soaps from Raydiant Hearth, handwoven bags from Accoutrements L.A. and kids clothing from Merjan Organics. Browse local products at ROW DTLA and rub elbows with the different designers and artists showcasing their work. Plus, save yourself some time this holiday season and take advantage of the DIY gift wrapping perks. VIP tickets get you lounge and wine bar access, drink tickets and goodies. 

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Have a crafty start to the Christmas shopping season at Craft Contemporary’s annual holiday marketplace. If you’re making a list and checking it twice, consider this shopping event for unique handmade gifts and an opportunity to buy directly from the emerging and established makers behind them. All visitors 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to the event.

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Looking for unique handmade gifts this holiday season? Artists, designers, creatives and makers will set up shop in Atwater Village's Hugos Tacos parking lot for a holiday fair on Decemeber 12. If it's anything like past markets, you'll get to shop everything from artisan jewelry and apothecary goods to ceramics, prints, candles and even handcrafted aprons for the cook in your life. Interact with the makers themselves (third-party sellers are not allowed), while crossing family and friends off your holiday gift-giving list. 

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Head to this annual shopping event for unique kitchen, pantry and tabletop finds, plus all sorts of foodie goodies. Starting November 29, Grand Central Market will host its shopping bazaar every Friday through Sunday starting at 11am in the downstairs basement event space. As added incentive, you can also treat yourself to finger-licking food and drink from one of the many vendors upstairs.

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Any crafter worth her weight in cashmere yarn knows that Renegade Craft Fair is the fair all other fairs aspire to. Held in urban epicenters such as Brooklyn, Chicago, Austin and of course, Los Angeles, Renegade is a traveling marketplace showcasing work from hundreds of the country’s best contemporary indie craft artists. Aside from the wares, Renegade offers all sorts of homemade DIY fun and festivities: think classes and demos, free photo booths and tons of tasty food trucks. Renegade hosts an epic summer fair, along with supplemental holiday fairs in wintertime that help you check everyone off your gift list.

 

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The multi-city Jackalope Arts fair is back again this year, featuring over 150 local artisans and high-quality, handcrafted goods. Both the Pasadena market (held in Old Pasadena's Central Park November 20-21) and Burbank market (held on San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank December 11-12) offer free admission. Stock up on home decor, stationary, jewelry, artwork, photography and more indie goods.

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Calling all vintage lovers! Shop dozens of the top vintage retailers (local and national) and private dealers at this vintage market—which this December returns as a virtual event. A Current Affair is a major source for stylists, designers and anyone in search of one of a kind vintage ranging from perfectly worn-in jeans to rare and collectible designer vintage. Shop an array of vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry from the Victorian Era through today.

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