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Holiday Gift Shopping Guide: Markets, Pop Ups and Fleas

by Wendy Davis

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(Photo via Carrie and Danielle)

It can be very overwhelming going to the standard oversized, commercial store or shopping strips.  So, we’ve devised a plan for you to avoid all the shopping stress. Afterall, we want you to shop in comfort, so check out these neat markets, bazaars and pop up shops that were specifically created with you in mind to make your Holiday shopping go nice and smooth.  Happy shopping!

Mary Meyer Holiday Sale
Mary Meyer presents our 3rd Annual multi-designer holiday sale. This year the sale will take place in Williamsburg and includes more designers then ever before. Goods include: designer clothing, jewelry and bags, gift cards, handmade candles, calendars, handmade soap and vintage clothing. All designers are local and most will be manning their booths. Prices will range from $5 to $300. Most designer goods will be marked down to wholesale prices. Complimentary drinks will also be provided.

Dec 18 to 19 | 12pm to 7pm | 555 Metropolitan Avenue | Williamsburg

Holiday Spirits Bazaar
This Saturday, a bunch of gift-seekers (aka lushes) will gather at The Green Building (450 Union Street) to check out some cocktails and purchase gifts from craft designers, local food purveyors and authors at the Holiday Spirits Bazaar. Brooklyn barbecue shop Fette Sau will also be on hand to sell pulled pork and brisket sandwiches – sadly those can’t be wrapped up and gifted.  -Zagat

Sat, Dec 11 | 4pm to 10pm | $20-$25 | Green Building | 450 Union Street | Carroll Gardens

Berry Park Christkindlmarkt
One of Brooklyn’s most beloved rooftop bars will be nice and heated while you shop your to your heart’s content for handcrafted holiday gifts and enjoy drink specials to really keep you heated.  Snack on deelish Bacon Marmalade and pick up organic skin care products from Sprout and Wellness.

Dec 5 | 12pm to 6pm | 4 Berry Street at N 14th St | Williamsburg

Gifted:  A Holiday Market
Presented by Brooklyn Flea and Design Sponge, this dazzling nine day marketplace will feature 100+ vendors spread over three floors.  Pick up something for everyone, including vintage home goods, clothing, jewelry, candles and so much more.

Dec 15 to Dec 23 |  11am to 7pm | Skylight at One Hanson Place | Fort Greene

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(Photo: Grapefruit Mint soap, via Meow Meow)

Nightwood Holiday Market 
The curators of finely made wood furniture will be hosting a holiday market,  filled with great and unique gifts from local artisans.  Look for stocking stuffers like hand-made soaps from Meow Meow and fancy stationery from Drifted

Dec 4, 5, 10, 11 | 12pm to 6pm | Livingston Street b/w Hoyt/Smith St (at the back of the 189 be@schermerhorn building) | Boerum Hill

In God We Trust Holiday Bazaar
Mary Meyer clothing, Waverly and Irving candles, custom drawings by Nathan Gelgud, and more atypical gifts for jaded shoppers.  Free beer and mulled wine, plus an extra 10 percent off your In God We Trust purchase. -Daily Candy

Sat, Dec 11 | 12pm to 6pm | 70 Greenpoint Avenue b/w Franklin & West St | Greenpoint

Third Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Fair
We couldn’t describe this event any better than its host, Third Ward: “Bring your holiday shopping lists—this fair will have something for everyone you cherish. Hailing from all over the country, this year’s craft vendors are gathering the best of their collections in clothing, accessories, jewelry, house wares, prints, winter essentials and culinary treats.”  Pick up unique, hand-made gifts and enjoy live music and cocktails made from Red Orchards Jackets produce.  Oh, and it only gets better, because Third Ward will also host workshops in sewing and printmaking.

Dec 4 | 12pm to 6pm | 195 Morgan Avenue | Bushwick

Kings County General Store Holiday Market
Shop ‘til you drop and bring a smile to every recipient of a gift from this free-for-all market packed with locally curated goodies. Snag everything from vintage jewelry to lip and body balm, organic soap, pickles and pastries and accessories galore!

Dec 5, 12, 19 | 12pm to 5pm | Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue | Park Slope

NY Creates Holiday Craft Festival
Presented by the Brooklyn Historical Society, find a plethora of ceramics, jewelry, apparel, plush toys, organic cosmetics, glass works, photo art and home goods that won’t break your bank.

Dec 8 to Dec 12 | Weekdays, 11am to 7pm; Weekends, 10am to 5pm | 128 Pierrepont Street | Brooklyn Heights

A.R.T. | Module R Pop Up Opening Reception and Shopping and Holiday Event
Browse through this one-of-a-kind store devoted exclusively to modular art and design items.  Enjoy 10% off A.R.T.’s own customizable collection, in addition to Module R, an extension of their current portfolio.

Dec 2 | 6:30 pm to 8:30pm | 400 Atlantic Avenue | Boerum Hill

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(Photo: Artists and Fleas, via their website)

Artists and Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Adjacent to this flea that’s been going strong every weekend for the past seven years, will be its own very own market – a pop up dedicated to all things for the gift giver. This free bazaar will house many Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-focused designers.  Artists and Fleas is definitely going out with a bang with this pop up bazaar before they move to their new space at 70 N. 7th Street (currently at 125 N. 6th St), which will house 70 current and new vendors.  Personalize your gift with monogrammed pieces from Brass Isaacs, vintage watches from Luxxor Vintage and fulfill your sweet tooth with snacks from Brown Bag BakeryNote: Artists & Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar will be open in addition to the current mainstay market.

Every Sat/Sun, beginning Dec 4 thru Dec 19 | 12pm to 8pm | 70 N.7th between Kent & Wythe | Williamsburg

Fourth Annual “Buy in Brooklyn” Snowflake Celebration
Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue will be turned into a no-tax, shopper’s paradise as over 50 vendors will be offering all sorts of discounts.  For the fitness guru, stop by Jack Rabbit Sports to snag workout gear at 15% off.  Save 25% off gift items at Bijou Jewelers and save 20% off all winter clothing for the little ones at Sprout Kidz. 

Dec 9 and 16 | Along Seventh Avenue | Park Slope

Brooklyn Brainery’s All You Want for Christmas
Known for hosting a collective of classes from perfume making to learing all about coffee beans, Brooklyn Brainery takes all your guess work out of what gifts to buy and does it for you!  How you ask? Simple, you answer a series of questions about the person you want to buy a gift for and voila – you receive a detailed explanation of suggested gift ideas.  Check out these samples.

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Thistle and Clover Online Covet List
This Fort Greene fashion haven makes it even easier for you to shop.  They have expanded their online Covet List just in time for the holiday season. And to make the holiday shopping experience truly ‘one of a kind’ a handful of their favorite, up and coming designers will create Holiday Exclusives for the Thistle & Clover Online Shop. A new designer product will be featured and you can snag great gifts like a Mongrammed necklace from Katrina LaPenne ($130), a hibiscus flower velvet belt from Nona E Rose ($74) or 18k laced dipped earrings from Graciela Fuentes ($80)

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(Photo: STUDY Canvas Tote, via Moves Pop Up)

Moves Pop Up Store
Presented by the forces behind Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty and Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, Moves presents twenty established and up and coming designers, artists and records labels.  Browse this pop up to purchase locally made clothing, accessories, music and art.  And fashion lovers rejoices, because you have the opportunity to take part in discussions like the field of clothing manufacturing or if you’re a budding designer, learn how to start your own business. Listen to the beats of hand-selected DJs while purchasing your loved one distinctive jewelry from Tam Aura Designs, or clothing and accessories from Fabric Horse.

Thurs to Sun, thru Dec 19 | 12pm to 8pm | 214 Franklin Street | Greenpoint

Arts Cetera Storefront Pop Up Market
This child-centric studio transforms into a weekend indie storefront market, featuring handcrafted goods from a diverse group of local artisans and entrepreneurs.  Find handmade clothing and goods for men, women and children, jewelry, accessories and items for the home and well-being, and books, CDs and gifts for kids.

Saturdays, 1pm to 8pm and Sun, 11am to 6pm | 212 Smith Street | Boerum Hill

Holiday Market at Fort Useless
“We’ll have items for sale by some very talented artisans and artists, just in time for you to find some great, unique gifts to give to friends and family for the holiday season.”

Dec 4 to Dec 5 | 1pm to 8pm | 36 Ditmars Street | Bushwick

MoCADA Holiday Bazaar
Fabulous vendors selling cultural gifts including cards, books, fabric, home decor, jewelry, clothes, holiday decorations, bags, and much more! -MetroTech Bid

Dec 18 | 11am – 7pm | 80 Hanson Place | Fort Greene 

For more information please call (718) 230-0492 or visit

Brooklyn Craft Central Legendary Holiday Market 
In its third year, there will so much going on at this market that it will be held at two venues!  Expect to purchase wares from local craft makers while enjoying small bites,  DJ sounds and of course workshops offered by Textiles Arts Space.

Dec 18, 11am to 5pm | Dec 19, 11am to 6pm | 622 Degraw Street | Gowanus
Dec 18, 11am to 5pm | Dec 19, 11am to 6pm | 505 Carroll Street | Gowanus


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