Handmade incense holders and planters. (Courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair)

The Best Local Maker Fairs For Holiday Gift Giving

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Score the title of best gift-giver this year.

There's something undeniably special when someone opens your present and you notice a glimmer in their eye, the slight upwards curve of a smile. For those of you that revel in being skilled gift-givers, these markets are for you. Traverse indoor and open-air bazaars to explore one-of-a kind handmade and vintage goods; and perhaps even pick up a little souvenir for yourself. These holiday fairs will be brimming with the loveliest crafts that are bound to make you question how you ever lived without that gorgeous teapot or ultra nifty purse with a multitude of secret compartments. Here are some of the best markets in the area, starting as soon as this weekend.


Queer Magic Makers: Fifth Annual Healing and Craft Fair

Magic Makers brings an enchanted weekend of goods and services, with an entirely different set of vendors, healers and food for each day. There will be over 50 makers with artwork, home goods, clothing, books, health and beauty products and healing services including acupuncture, tarot and massage; and if you get hungry, there will be handcrafted food as well as a bonfire and hot cider. // Door is by donation (no one turned away from lack of funds), 12pm to 6pm, Dec 9th and10th, Humanist Hall 390 27th St. (Oakland), facebook.comacebook.com

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