Halloween’s dead. Time for ribbons, tags, boxes, and bags. The best holiday gifts are from local makers (i.e., lovingly hand-crafted, but quality). Now through December, artisanal markets are popping up Twin Cities-wide—including three this week.
Textile Center Holiday Gallery Shop
When: Nov. 4-Dec. 24
Where: Textile Center, 3000 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis
Woven wooly works—from fleecy wearables to tiny sculptures—crowd the Textile Center in Minneapolis seven days a week, including a life-size “yarn-bombed” Santa for taking selfies. Learn more.
When: Nov. 3
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Wineland Pl., Minneapolis
Count on the Walker Art Center for a holiday market that celebrates the Twin Cities’ most creative makers. Handmade slippers, hats, table trinkets, cosmetics, decor items, and more from 21 artisans. Learn more.
Linden Hills Holiday Market
When: Sundays, Nov. 4-Dec. 23
Where: Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 44th St. W., Minneapolis
At this southwest Minneapolis plant nursery, you’ll find more than 60 food and craft vendors switching it up every week. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the family and the dog. Learn more.
When: Nov. 15
Where: Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul
A new theme every month characterizes the items on sale at this pop-up venture in Lowertown. For November? It’s all about women artists. Support your area craftspeople from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more.
North Local Market
When: Nov. 13-Dec. 27
Where: City Center, 33 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis
Last year’s Super Bowl showcase for local businesses is back. The North Local Market takes over Nicollet again, so expect gourmet treats (Spinning Wylde cotton candy, anyone?) and other state-pride gift ideas. Learn more.
50th and France Winter Market
When: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, and 15
Where: 50th & France, France Ave. S. and W. 50th St., Edina
A big tree lights up November 24, signaling the start of holiday shopping at this popular retail intersection in Edina. In December, take advantage of free daycare. Plus, there’s onsite gift wrapping. Learn more.