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

The Best Local Maker Fairs For Holiday Gift Giving

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.

Renegade Craft Fair

(Courtesy of Renegade)

Renegade is perhaps the largest showcase of craft and design spanning 12 major cities across the U.S. and U.K. The fair will be here this month with a barrage of lovely handmade goods from independent makers, as well as DIY workshops, local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, and DJ sets. This event will also include the debut of SF Design Milk Spotlight displaying work from one noteworthy designer. For this winter tour, Renegade has partnered with CERF+ to help raise funds to affected creators from the NorCal fires as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Pop by their info booth to learn more. // 11am to 6pm, Nov 11th - 12th, Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), renegadecraft.com