Stills scrambling to get some last minute holiday gifts? We’re here to make sure you don’t have to brave stampeding mall crowds or aggro moms in megastores. Instead, we recommend checking out one of these indie craft fairs or shops that support local artists AND are carrying far more unique options then a gift card to Amazon (although I’ll accept those too). Share with us your favorite last minute gift stops!
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale
An indie holiday gift extravaganza brought to you by the huge summertime Renegade Craft Fair, find more than 200 indie-artisans peddling everything from those cute terrariums to silk screened ties and t-shirts. FREE, December 18-19, from 11am – 7pm in the Concourse Exhibition Center’s East Hall (620 7th St.)
Pear Tree Holiday Gift Show
Pear Tree Art is hosting 12 artists, loads of creative gifts, and a DIY workshop table where you can create your own gift and wrapping paper. FREE December 17, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at 1890 Bryant, studio #302 (there will be a greeter at the street level door to let you in).
Madrone Craft Pop-Up
Small pop-ups are all the rage right now, and what better way to get your holiday shopping done then grabbing a beer and perusing handmade jewelry and gifts at Madrone Art Bar? FREE December 19 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero Street.
Arkay Workshop Sale
Arkay Workshop is hosting a trunk sale this Friday, December 17th from 5-8pm so you can get some great deals on locally made clothing this year. FREE, located at 2869 24th Street.
Looking for small shops that carry one-of-a-kind item from local artists? Check out these stores to find a last minute gifts:
Want to make your own gifts but clueless how to actually craft anything? Attend a workshop this week and learn how to make, knit, silkscreen, sew, or construct a mounted staghorn treefern like the ones you see at Paxton Gate for $$$. (Photo of Workshop, above, by Yelp user Katy H.)
Needles and Pens
My personal favorite indie shop, Needles and Pens has an awesome and affordable selection of jewelry, mixtapes, clothing, zines, and other little things you never knew you needed until you stepped foot inside.
Little Otsu is adorable overload. Chock full of unique paper goods that are published right in back of the store. Sadly they are closing their doors this month so now is your last chance to check it out.
A quirky shop filled with locally made items located in both the Mission and Lower Haight neighborhoods. Check out their website for hours.
The Appeal’s a proud member of the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance, check out the SFLOMA site to find local businesses to suit all your shopping needs, year round.