Your Definitive Austin-Made Shopping Guide For Christmas 2016

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From traditional Christmas markets and bazaars that celebrate Central Texas heritage, to Pinterest-worthy maker fairs and open studios highlighting local modern artists, there’s a shopping event happening somewhere in Austin this season for everyone — and for everyone on your gift-giving lists. There’s also never been a better time to “shop local” either: this year’s election cycle has been particularly hard on Austin’s creative economy, with many makers, artists, and nonprofits reporting historically low retail sales and donations this summer and fall. Do your part to stimulate the local economy and have a ton of fun doing it by taking advantage of one of these more than 50+ shopping events, organized by type of gift type so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Or just plan your weekends between now & the holidays by plotting a few on your calendar—find a market close to home or one that doubles as a day trip adventure somewhere in the Hill Country, because these happenings are everywhere from Georgetown to San Marcos!

#AChristmasAffair has a NEW event this year – check out our Saturday ‘Sunrise Sip and Shop’. Beat the crowds, shop early this year! #JLAustin

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NICE LIST // CHARITY FUNDRAISERS + SILENT AUCTION GIFTS

Fine Art + Fine Friends EAST Pre-Show Benefit At The Room Gallery November 11th, 2016 6 to 9 p.m. 2712 Willow St More info 10% of all sales directly benefit Friends of Austin Animal Center 2nd Annual Laura’s Library Artisan’s Market  + Silent Auction at Westbank Community Library November 12th, 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 9411 Bee Cave Rd More info Benefiting Friends of the Westbank Library 14th Annual Rockin Around the Holidays Bazaar Arts & Crafts Show At Clay Madsen Recreation Center November 12th, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1600 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock TX More info Bring a box of canned food item or box of band-aids for the Children’s Hospital Junior League of Austin – A Christmas Affair: Merry & Bright At Palmer Events Center November 16th to 20th, 2016 Various events/times 900 Barton Springs Road Lineup, Schedule + Tickets Annual benefit raising funds for FIT – Food in Tummies + Coats for Kids Art from the Streets Annual Show + Sale At Austin Convention Center – Ballroom A November 19th + 20th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 600 E. Cesar Chavez St More info Proceeds benefit local homeless artists and underwrite the community art space KUTX Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Shopping Stroll At Texas Capitol December 3rd, 2016 6 to 10 p.m. Congress Avenue More info Bring food or cash donations to the Capitol Christmas tree for the Capital Area Food Bank 1st Annual Community First! Village Advent Market At Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First! Village December 3rd + December 10th, 2016 5 to 9 p.m. 9301 Hog Eye Rd More info Provide dignified income by buying unique, handcrafted gifts made by local homeless artisans Grey Friday Silent Auction For Greyhound Rescue Austin November 25th to November 28th, 2016 Black Friday to Cyber Monday Midnight to midnight On Facebook More info 100% of all sales of all silent auction items benefit Greyhound Rescue + Pet Food Bank of Austin AfroGypsy’s Black Market Holiday Bazaar At Kenny Dorham’s Backyard November 26th, 2016 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1106 E 11th St More info Connect with, support, and shop from Austin’s black owned businesses and artists

SOCIAL GOOD // ETHICAL SHOPPING + FAIR TRADE GIFTS

Artreach Fair Trade Gift Fair At Westover Hills Church November 12th, 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8332 Mesa Dr More info Market of Hope: Round Rock At Main Street Plaza November 12th, 2016 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 221 E Main St, Round Rock More info Hops for HOPE 2016 At Fair Market November 20th, 2016 4 to 10 p.m. 1100 E 5th St More info 7th Annual Allies Market – Allies Against Slavery At Fair Market December 4th, 2016 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1100 E 5th St More info Market of Hope: Lubbock At Aldersgate Church December 3rd, 2016 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10306 Indiana Ave, Lubbock More info

MODERN CLAUS // PINTERESTING GIFTS

Holiday Trunk Show with Chesley Mae Designs At HACIENDA November 12th, 2016 12:30 to 5 p.m. 204 Colorado St More info Renegade Craft Fair At Fair Market November 26th + 27th, 2016 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1100 E 5th St Lineup Small Biz Saturday At Second Street IBIZ District November 26th, 2016 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. W 2nd St More info The Fine Goods Pop-Up At Paper + Craft Pantry December 7th, 2016 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. E 6th St + Pedernales More info Origin Designer Holiday Market 2016 At Browning Hangar at Mueller December 17th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4550 Mueller Blvd More info

Check out the East Austin Studio Tour as this month's art pick in @tribeza! #east16

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LOCAL ORIGINALS // FINE ART GIFTS

The Dreaming Group Art Show At SprATX November 11th, 2016 6 to 10 p.m. 2400 E Cesar Chavez St Suite 316B More info EAST Austin Studio Tour November 12th + 13th, 19th + 20th, 2016 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Various studios in East Austin Lineup, Schedule + Map 3rd Thursday Gallery Night At The Square Downtown November 17th, 2016 6 to 9 p.m. 111 E San Antonio St, San Marcos TX More info Pancakes & Booze Art Show At Elysium November 19th, 2016 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 705 Red River St Lineup, Schedule + Tickets Small Business Saturday Art on Tap At Live Oak Brewing November 26th, 2016 2 to 8 p.m. 1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle More info Mini Holiday Pop Up Art Market At The Butterfly Bar Austin December 22nd, 2016 5 to 11 p.m. 2307 Manor Rd More info

#gruenechristmas

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TRADITIONAL MARKETS // TEXAS HERITAGE GIFTS

Holiday Arts & Crafts Trail At Round Rock Market Days November 10th to 12th, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3205 Mayfield Ranch Cv, Round Rock TX More info A Woodland Christmas At First Baptist Church November 10th to 12th, 2016 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (3 p.m. on Saturday) 1333 W University Ave, Georgetown TX More info Christmas Bazaar + Silent Auction At St. Thomas More Catholic Church November 12th + 13th, 2016 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 10205 FM 620 N More info Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market At New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center November 18th to 20th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels TX More info Nutcracker Market & Holiday Open House At the Conservatory at Wells Branch November 16th, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 14320 Tandem Blvd More info Austin German Christmas Market At German Free School December 3rd, 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 507 East 10th Street More info Gruene Christmas Market Days At the Water Tower December 3rd + 4th, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels More info Hutto Downtown Christmas Fair December 10th, 2016 At the Co-Op 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 420 US 79 (follow signs) More info

Another day another dumpling ? #austinpierogi

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HOLIDAY EATS // GOURMET FOOD GIFTS

Holiday Art Markets At HOPE Farmers Market November 20th + December 11th, 2016 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plaza Saltillo (412 Comal St) More info 4th Flea Community Market At Price Center November 26th, 2016 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 222 W San Antonio St, San Marcos TX More info East Side Friday Food Truck Fest + Local Holiday Fair At Whole Foods Market Catering November 18th, 2016 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 6201 Bolm Rd, Suite 101 More info

Boys had fun on the North Pole Flyer via the Austin Stream Train 🙂 ????#NotAStreamTrain

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS // KID-FRIENDLY  EVENTS + GIFTS

Capital City Market North Pole Flyer Via the Austin Steam Train November 20th, 2016 Boards at 11 a.m. 401 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park More info + tickets Mistletoe Madness At Frank Fickett Scout Training & Service Center November 26th, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12500 N Interstate 35 More info Wimberley Market Days At Wimberley Lions Club December 3rd, 2016 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 601 FM 2325, Wimberley TX More info Creative Ladies Holiday Bazaar At Wee Warhols December 3rd, 2016 4 to 8 p.m. 606 Terrell Hill Drive More info Blanco Market Day At Old Blanco County Courthouse December 10th, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300 Main St, Blanco TX More info

KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD // HANDMADE HOLIDAY FAVES

The Austin Flea At Various Locations November 12th to December 18th, 2016 12 to 5/6 p.m. Beer gardens around Austin More info E.A.S.T.side Pop Up Turns 2 At The Grackle November 13th, 2016 12 to 6 p.m. 1700 E 6th St More info Blue Genie Art Bazaar November 25th to December 24th, 2016 (Black Friday to Christmas Eve) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 6100 Airport Blvd Lineup + Gift Guide Black Friday Mini Pop Up Art Market At The Butterfly Bar Austin November 25th, 2016 5 to 11 p.m. 2307 Manor Rd More info City-Wide Garage Sale At Palmer Events Center November 26th + 27th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 900 Barton Springs Road Tickets Arts @ The Y Holiday Art Market At Stubbs B-B-Q at Graceland Grocery December 3rd, 2016 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 8600 290 West More info Hyde Park Holiday Market December 3rd, 2016 Corner of 43rd St + Guadalupe (4301 Guadalupe St) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info PopUp Holiday Market At Arthouse Austin December 3rd, 2016 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11505 Anderson Mill Rd More info Pop-Up Austin Holiday Market December 3rd, 2016 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1900 E MLK Blvd More info Violet Crown Arts Festival At Brentwood Elementary December 3rd + 4th, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6700 Yates Ave More info Vintage Market Days of Hill Country Presents Joy to the World At Dripping Springs Ranch Park December 9th to 11th, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Off RR 12N just north of 290W More info Cherrywood Art Fair At Maplewood Elementary December 10th + 11th, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. E 38 1/2th St + Maplewood Ave More info Armadillo Christmas Bazaar December 15th to 24th, 2016 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Palmer Events Center Lineup: Artists + Music
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