Holiday shopping sans mall

Local gifts on your list? Five holiday shopping experiences money can't buy.

Credit: Wendy Boys

From puppet shows and swag bags to a Twitter personal shopper, five holiday shopping experiences you just can’t buy

If you’re like me, your holiday shopping goal this year is two-fold: to eschew the crowded malls in favour of locally made goods and independent retailers, and to actually make it an enjoyable experience. Luckily, these five upcoming shopping opportunities may help us reach that goal.

The Village Project, Dec 5–6

The Village Project goes old-world festive with a cozy indoor village constructed of salvaged wood and recycled paper. This interactive bazaar and town square will offer wares by local artisans, homemade goodies and warm drinks, as well as live music, puppet shows, dance, and evening vaudeville. December 5 and 6, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Ukrainian Hall, 805 Pender St.


Got Craft? indie craft fair, Dec 6

Got Craft swag bag

Line up early for Got Craft’s bag-o-swag
with 100 percent one of a kind, handmade
goodies from participating vendors.

Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, with 55 crafters selling toys, clothing, cards, jewelry, home décor and more. The first 30 customers will receive a reuseable swag bag stuffed with vendor goodies. These popular gifts caused a frenzy at the last event, so be sure to arrive extra early. December 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, 2205 Commercial Dr.


Bakers’ Market, Dec 5 & 12

Whether you lack the baking gene, or just don’t have time to make holiday treats, head to the Bakers’ Market for delectable creations by dozens of local bakers and confectioners, including chocolates by Wendy Boys, and stollen and fruit cake by Sweet Thea Cake Company. Be sure to bring your own containers and bags. December 5 and 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 408 E. Kent Ave. S.

SFM 10 sale, Dec 12

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Collective’s SFM 10 sale, its 10th and largest show ever, will feature 24 of Vancouver’s finest artists and designers. Check out Cielo’s organic cotton and bamboo children’s wear, and heyday designs’ thrift-store-inspired porcelain jars. December 12, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and December 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St.


Free personal shopper via Twitter

In need of gift inspiration? Granville Island’s “Twitter personal shopper” will do the browsing for you. Until December 24, follow the personal shopper to receive updates on Island goods and sales, including photos, as well as information on holiday events. And if you’re looking for something in particular, the personal shopper will track it down for you.


Any other holiday shopping events you’re excited about?