Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:14

Handmade Holidays: Where to find locally crafted gifts

Written by  Hanna Price
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There are some gifts you just can’t find on Amazon Prime. The best gift is a homemade gift, but let’s be honest, you’re no expert. Luckily, West Michigan has plenty of quality artists, crafters and chefs creating one-of-a-kind gifts for you to take home this holiday season. Here are just a few of the many markets around town where you can find the perfect present.


Grand Rapids Holiday Market
Goei Center
818 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come prepared to find some of the most unique, high-quality handmade goods from a variety of makers featured at this year’s GR Holiday Market. The event is hosted by Made Market, whose goal is to connect makers with the surrounding community. Expect one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from metalsmith, plants, prints, personal care and home décor that you won’t find at your local Target. Check out this year’s makers on the website!

Uptown Holiday Shop Hop
Grand Rapids
Dec. 6, 4-10 p.m.

Grab some of your best pals and head over to Uptown to snag some awesome holiday gifts! This event spans four districts: East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street. There’s even a shuttle to help you get to each and every one of your shopping destinations. Make holiday shopping unique and fun this year by supporting the local businesses of Uptown.

Indie Flea Market
Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Every month, the Indie Flea Market brings together several small business vendors for a true connection with the community. It’s not just a place to shop, it’s an opportunity for businesses to focus on having a positive local impact, and only the highest quality vendors are allowed. At the December event, more than 40 vendors will be present, along with face painting, a kids’ treasure hunt, live music, spoken word, vendor demonstrations and more. 

Grand Opening for The Hot Spot Gallery
The Hot Spot
1606 Fuller Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Hot Spot Gallery is a public space where metalsmiths and jewelers can perfect their craft with a range of tools and equipment. It’s a place where artists can meet other artists and connect with their surrounding community. The grand opening event offers the chance to shop members’ and local metalsmiths’ work, as well as food, drinks, the chance to win free stuff and discounted workshops at The Hot Shop.


Holiday Craft Show 
Holland Civic Center
150 W. 8th St., Holland
Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

With 100 different vendors selling their unique, handmade crafts, this isn’t your average holiday craft show. There’s everything you can imagine, from hair accessories and custom apparel to candles, baked goods and much more. Skip the online shopping and spoil your friends and family with one-of-a-kind gifts they’ll treasure forever. 

Holiday Craft Show 
Holland Doubletree
650 E. 24th St., Holland
Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Holland is the place to be when it comes to the holiday season — holiday arts and craft shows are wildly popular. With more than 120 vendors, you won’t be leaving this show empty-handed. Find jewelry, body scrubs, hand-sewn baby clothes, glasswork, endless varieties of food and so much more. There is a $1 admission fee that will be donated to Kids Food Basket. 


Buy Local Art and Gift Fair
Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Buying local always feels better, and Kalamazoo Nature Center is giving you the opportunity to do just that. There will be more than 50 artists and vendors at this year’s Buy Local Art and Gift Fair, featuring gifts like pottery, jewelry, glassworks, woodworking, photography and more. Don’t miss your chance to support local artists and explore nature’s wintery trails.

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