Holiday Fun

Sleigh Your Holiday Gift List With These Unique Ways to Shop

Photo by Amanda Lopez/Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

The holiday season is here, but before you can snuggle up on the couch with a marathon of rom-coms and forget the world until 2020, there’s one very important thing you have to do: gift shop. Thankfully this city has more crafty artisans than Santa’s workshop in December, and with all sorts of fairs and markets bringing these one-of-a-kind sellers together for the season, finding that perfect, unique gift has never been easier. Here’s our list—checked twice!—of the best places to put some distinctly L.A. magic in your holiday shopping.

Holiday Market at Hotel Bel-Air
Enjoy festive drinks and pastries on the Hotel Bel-Air’s front lawn as you knock off your holiday gift list weeks ahead of time with this charming coterie of local artisans, who specialize in everything from candles to jewelry to baby apparel. Entry is free; food, drinks, gifts, and charity raffle tickets are available for purchase. November 17. Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road

Photo by Yvonne Bas Tull/Courtesy of ODD ARK L.A.

A Store Show
A contemporary monthlong group exhibition that pays homage to the building’s bodega roots, before it was an art space. More than 90 artists turn the storefront into a market, selling works of art at price points varying from a few dollars to thousands. A truly unique way to shop, visit this gallery and have a story to go along with your gift. Through December 15. ODD ARK L.A., 7101 North Figueroa Street, Unit E

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Renegade Los Angeles
The independent creative spirit matters at Renegade, a craft fair dedicated to all things local and specialized: L.A. artisans, cocktails, specialty foods, and engaging installations. Admission to this gathering is free, and all lovers of craft—including furry friends—are welcome. November 23 and 24. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 North Spring Street

Photo by Gil Riego/Courtesy of Jackalope Art Fair

Jackalope Underground DTLA
At this community artisan event held in the basement of Grand Central Market, shop and meet the indie goods-makers. Make your list ahead of time by previewing the wares through the event’s website. November 30 and December 1. Grand Central Market, 308 South Hill Street

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Unique Markets
Unique Markets makes holiday shopping a bit more tolerable with complimentary drinks and snacks while browsing through two floors of 100-plus local businesses selling home goods, baby gear, clothing, accessories, art, and more. Stop by the free gift wrapping station so that you can put your presents under the tree and forget about them for a few weeks. November 30 and December 1. Hudson Loft Building, 430 West 12th Street

Uptown Village Market
This indoor-outdoor biannual event in Long Beach is a marketplace for local artists and creators, showcasing their handcrafted wares, and includes vegan-specific booths. Live music and food trucks will be cued up, in addition to a Lego station and craft areas, so you can get your shopping done with kids in tow. December 6 and 7. 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach

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Holiday Echo Park Craft Fair
This is the chicest version of a craft fair you’ll ever see, as much a low-key fashion parade as it is a display of the best makers and artisans in Los Angeles. The biannual Eastside gathering features ceramics, jewelry, kitchen and home goods, beauty, clothing, wellness, and treats, and is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. Parking is hectic, as it’s in a residential neighborhood, so consider taking a ride service. December 6–8. 1215 Bates Avenue 

Photo by Krystal Thompson/Courtesy of Hera Collective

Hera Collective Holiday Marketplace
A creative community of local women artists and entrepreneurs band together in what may be the most beautiful space you’ve seen a holiday market set in yet. Come for handmade beauty, jewelry, wellness products, skateboard decks, home goods, and more, with paleo-friendly meals from the nearby Amara Kitchen. December 14. The Ruby Street, 6408 Ruby Street

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Holiday Market at Hauser & Wirth
The coolest holiday gifts abound at this third annual two-day marketplace, with L.A.-based makers, nonprofits, artists, food vendors, performers, and family workshops. It features products local and handcrafted from the likes of LGS Studio, Gentle Thrills, Sacred Light, Boy Smells, Milla Chocolates, Altadena Works, Paper Chase Press, Everybody World, Not a Cult, and more. December 14 and 15. 901 East 3rd Street

Thriftcon L.A.
For the very first convention dedicated only and completely to vintage clothing and collectibles, more than 100 vendors from all over the country set up in one space to make for a diggers paradise. Get your eagle eye ready; this one’s going to be big. Early-entry tickets for $20 are still available; kids under 10 are free. December 15. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street