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.

West Coast Craft

(Courtesy of West Coast Craft)

Likely the most celebrated maker market in the area with over 25,000 attendees, WCC hits Fort Mason again for its holiday extravaganza. The show will carry a juried exhibit of work from more than 250 artisans with goods including ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, textiles, home furnishings, wood crafts, bath and body products, and more. This year, they are also introducing their "Intro" program for emerging creators between the ages of 14 and 24 years old, who will not only be included in the show, but also have the opportunity to learn about production, sales, and merchandising. //10am to 6pm, Nov 18th and19th, westcoastcraft.com