Give Handmade Gifts this Year from 5 Fantastic Craft Fairs

Vancouver Craft Fair 2014

Image courtesy of Make It! Craft Fair | Photo credit ©Imaging by Marlis 2011

In November and December local craft fairs seem to be happening every weekend, and for good reason. More and more people are turning to Vancouver craft fairs for unique, handmade gifts to giveaway during the holiday season.

Vancouver craft fairs have become bigger than ever before and the wide selection of goods available makes it easy to shop for everyone on your list. On top of that, many craft fairs are turning into a place to shop with a big side of party atmosphere. Beer gardens, food trucks, and hands-on demonstrations are turning the idea of an old-fashioned craft fair on its head.

Here are 5 craft fairs to check out this month in Vancouver, and don’t be afraid to bring your reluctant significant other along, there’s plenty of things to keep them occupied with! (namely: food and craft beer).

Make it Craft Fair Vancouver

Images courtesy of Make It! The Handmade Revolution | Flickr.com

1. Make It Craft Fair
Two parts craft show, one part party… The Make It craft fair is a great alternative to the mall. Featuring food carts, a licensed bar, funky music, and great vendors.

Where: Held at the PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings Street)
When: 
Thursday, Dec 4 (11am – 9pm), Friday, Dec 5 (11am – 9pm), Saturday, Dec 6 (10am – 7pm), Sunday, Dec 7 (11am – 5pm)
Cost of entry: $7 at the door, or $5 with this coupon.

Got Craft Fair Vancouver

Image courtesy of Got Craft?

2. Got Craft?
Got Craft? aims to bring together the community to promote handmade and DIY culture. The event features 75+ designers, craft workshops, tasty treats, music, free swag bags, and has an average attendance of over 5,000 a year.

Where: Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street)
When:
 Saturday, Dec 13th and Sunday, Dec 14th from 10am to 5pm.
Cost of entry: $3 at the door

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Craft Fair

Image courtesy of Monster Lab | Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Facebook

3. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

This craft fair is a bit more exclusive than others in the city. At Shiny Fuzzy Muddy 20 guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work. The common thread between the artists is the high quality of design, craftsmanship and material sensibility.

Where: Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver)
When: 
Saturday, Dec 13 (11am – 7pm) and Sunday, Dec 14 (10am – 6pm)
Cost of Entry: $2 admission at the door

4. East Van H.A.M (Holiday Artist Market)

If you’re a last minute shopper, the East Van HAM is the perfect place to find some last minute gifts. The market will offer local handicrafts, vintage curiosities, live DJ’s, delicious food, beverages and much more.

Where: Studio East (1480 Frances Street, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, Dec 20th (12pm – 6pm)
How much: Free

5. Blim Market

The always artistic BLIM market in December will feature 20 local artisans, catering, coffee & cider, and a Garfield Santa Photo Booth. (Hint: this is a great place to shop for people who love cats).

Where: The Fox Cabaret (Main Street & Kingsway)
When: Saturday, December 20 (noon – 5pm)
How much: entry by donation

Know of any other Vancouver craft fairs that are worth checking out? Let us know in the comment section below!

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