By: Ezra Wheeler
While it’s true that holiday gift shopping has never been easier or more hands-off, Jeff Bezos is already pulling in $3,700 every second and probably doesn’t need any more of your hard-earned dollars. Instead, make a point to support local Memphis artisans who will be selling one-of-a-kind gifts this month at various markets, bazaars, and pop-up shops throughout the city. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of nine great holiday markets to check out this December. Happy shopping!
Art Garden Holiday Bazaar
Carpenter Art Garden (282 Carpenter St.)
December 6 & 13, 10AM-5PM
If you’re looking for a truly unique gift that will also help to support a good cause, then be sure to check out the Carpenter Art Garden’s holiday bazaar in Binghamton, which will be selling gifts made by students of Aunt Lou’s Education House.
Krampus Holiday Market
The Hi Tone Cafe (282 N Cleveland St)
December 11, 5-10PM
While many of us get caught up in the holiday spirit, you almost certainly have someone In your life that is still mourning the ending of Halloween. Good news for both of you! Nerd Alert and the Hi Tone are teaming up for a spooky holiday market that will feature gifts of vintage/new horror, oddities, witchery and magic. You can also get your picture taken with Krampus himself.
Memphis Modern Market Pop Up
Loflin Yard (7 W Carolina Ave.)
December 11, 11 AM-5PM
On Saturday the 11th, Arrow Creative and Loflin Yard will be teaming up for a one-day holiday market featuring a wide-array of arts, crafts, jewelry, and more. And if you’re like us, nothing takes the edge off of shopping like an adult beverage in your hand.
Holiday Pop Up
Flax and Fern Decor (2116 Vinton Ave.)
December 11, 12-5PM
Flax & Fern Decor is one of Memphis’ newest home decor businesses that specializes in vintage, handmade, and restored home wares. On Saturday, they will be hosting a holiday pop up that can’t be missed, especially if you’re shopping for someone with eclectic tastes.
Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Market
3484 Poplar Ave.
December 11-24, Monday – Saturday 10:30-6:30PM; Sunday 12-5PM
The Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Market has become an annual tradition for many Memphians in search of novel gift ideas. This year, the market is back with dozens of individual artisans who will be selling their wares in the old Spin Street building in Poplar Plaza.
High Cotton Brewing Co. (598 Monroe Ave.)
December 12, 2-5PM
While holiday shopping can certainly be stressful, nothing helps to take the edge off like beer, music, and pizza. Thankfully High Cotton Brewing Co. will be providing all three, along with plenty of amazing gifts for everyone in your family.
Weekend Holiday Pop Up
Arrow Creative (653 Philadelphia St.)
December 18, 10AM-6PM
Arrow Creative is already well-established as one of the city’s finest maker’s markets, but they are ramping things up for their annual holiday pop-up. Studio artists will be selling from their spaces, and pop up vendors will be set up in tents as well as on the patio/ indoors, with 25+ vendors expected.
Xmas Meets Kwanzaa Pop Up Shop
Orange Mound Gallery (2232 Lamar Ave.)
December 18 & 19, 11AM-4PM
This market/fundraiser is geared towards last minute shoppers who may be searching for one-of-a-kind gifts, personalized items, and commercial accessories sold by African Americans artisans and entrepreneurs. Part of the proceeds from this event will go towards the repairs and the restoration of the Orange Mound Gallery facility.
Rainbow Holiday Market
Black Lodge Video (405 N Cleveland St)
December 19, 2-7PM
Ready to make your Yule Tide extra gay this year? Come support local queer creators and find unique gifts for the people on your holiday shopping list at our first-ever Bevy Rainbow Holiday Market at the Black Lodge.