Handmade holidays: Seattle-area craft and gift fairs make shopping a breeze
While many holiday craft fairs and bazaars take place in November, some of us can’t begin to think about holiday shopping until December has reared its tinseled head. Fear not! There are still plenty of fairs and festivals where you can load up on feel-good, locally made, handcrafted gifts. Now, whether or not you fess up to whose hands made those gifts is up to you.
Debuting their first holiday fair in Seattle, Renegade Craft Fair will set up shop in Magnuson Park, Hangar 30 with some of the best indie craft wares around. In addition to the selection of homemade goods, there’ll be DIY workshops and loads of crafty holiday merriment. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 19 and 20. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 6310 NE 74th St., Seattle. Free. renegadecraft.com/seattle
Don’t miss South Park Arts’ 11th annual Art under $100 event at the Seattle Design Center in Georgetown. In addition to all of the affordable, locally made art, there’ll be food trucks, libations and a raffle. The Makery will be on-site with reclaimed, recycled materials, offering free art-making to kids of all ages. Sat., Dec. 12, 2 to 8 p.m. 5701 6th Ave. S, Seattle. Free parking and admission. southparkarts.org
The Phinney Neighborhood Association will feature more than 100 artists and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a quilt raffle and a bake sale at the 35th Annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair. The fair supports vital community programs and projects, including the PNA Hot Meal Program, the tool library and the Greenwood Senior Center. Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. phinneycenter.org/winterfestival
Around the Sound
The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council presents the Stocking Stuffer Show. The show features a large selection of locally made art and crafts. Now through Jan. 2, 2016. Tue.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day. Mon., Dec. 14 and 21, noon to 5 p.m. The Gallery at Town Center, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. shorelinearts.net
Editor's note: This article was originally published in December of 2014 and was updated November 2015