Welcome back from Thanksgiving, ya'll! Staci's holiday was replete with an influenza-infested cranky family, and Jen's Amtrak ride home actually included someone shitting himself. So all in all, quite a success.
This December we'll be bringing you gift guides for the travelers in your life (or for you, if you would like to provide these as wish lists to your friends and families). Since we're both small business owners and support shopping locally, today we're starting you off with the best holiday markets in New York and Baltimore.
When: Dec. 6-7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin St.
For a $3 admission fee, you have access to over 200 vendors selling the best local crafts and vintage goodies that NYC has to offer. Bonus -- they're including a cat cafe this year, plus baked goods!
When: Dec. 2-22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Columbus Circle & Union Square
These outdoor markets are run by the same people, so we're lumping them together. Walk around with a warm apple cider in hand, and check out everything from soaps and candles, to scarves and local jams. The Union Square market now features a bunch of Brooklyn vendors, so you don't even have to leave the borough! If you're in midtown, check out the similar Bryant Park "winter village."
Note from Staci: I lived on Union Square for most of college, and the Union Square Holiday Market is like a wonderful Christmas Disney World. Everything this Jewish girl could want.
When: Dec. 16-28, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
This awesomely curated holiday pop-up shop features local and international goods ranging from sculptures to jewelry to terrariums. Before this market opens, be sure to stop by Chelsea Market and check out the Independent Designer Market!
When: Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: St. John's Church
2640 St. Paul St.
The Charm City Craft Mafia is a group of Baltimore-based artists and crafters who organize the Holiday Heap independent show in the winter and a similar spring show called Pile of Craft. This is the place to go if you're looking for unique, quirky handmade gifts ranging from soaps to paper goods to stuffed animals to jewelry and clothes.
When: Dec. 10-12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 13 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Maryland Institute College of Art
1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
If you're looking more for gifts of the fine art variety, look no further than the MICA Art Market. Jen's alma mater offers fine art, sculpture, and more, all created by MICA students, staff, and alumni.
Note from Jen: I can personally vouch for the awesomeness available at the MICA market. Everyone there is crazy talented!
Where will you be shopping this holiday season? Let us know what holiday markets are popping up in your neck of the woods!
-Staci + Jen