Holiday Shopping

Want to do all your shopping in one place? Or at least do most of it at an alternative to traditional retail stores? Here are 10 opportunities to shop hyper-local this holiday season and support Indy artists and makers.

Holiday Makers Market

  • Nov. 24-25
  • Biltwell Event Center
  • marketsformakers.com
  • This two-day event hosts more than 50 local makers with gorgeous handmade gifts ranging from original artwork to handbags, toys, soaps and fragrances, jewelry, and much, much more. VIP and Early Bird tickets available, general admission is $10, free tote while supplies last.

Winter Art Sale

  • Dec. 1-2
  • Indianapolis Art Center
  • indplsartcenter.org
  • Support the Art Center students, faculty, and staff who will be selling wares, and artwork at this annual art sale. Patrons will not only be able to shop these items, but they will be invited to decorate cookies, play games, and enjoy warm drinks while snuggling up beside the Ruth Lilly Library fireplace. On the same weekend, you are invited to check out the Winter Pop-Up Workshops focusing on creating family portraits, handmade greeting cards, and more

INDIEana HandiCraft Exchange

  • Dec. 7
  • Harrison Center for the Arts
  • indieanahandicraftexchange.org
  • Why not shop the tables of 50+ artists and makers at this annual event in conjunction with your cruising the First Friday Gallery openings at the Harrison Center? This is one of the premier events for you artsy types to knock out your holiday shopping and support your local artists. If you are one of the first patrons in the door you get a free swag bag with some surprises and coupons from artists.

Stutz Holiday Open House

  • Dec. 7
  • Stutz Building
  • stutzartists.com
  • At this Open House, the Stutz Artists’ Association wants you to get all wrapped up in the spirit of the season. This show features the works of more than 100 artists, everything from paintings to funky hats. There will be all the amenities for a grand night out; entertainment, food and beverages from the Stutz-based Bearcats Restaurant, and deserts from local caterers.

Ruckus First Friday

  • Dec. 7
  • Circle City Industrial Complex
  • ruckusindy.com
  • December First Friday is the perfect time to stop by the Ruckus Makerspace. Not only can you visit one of the best small business incubators in the city, you can also find out what all those talented people have been busy and buy their spoils as the perfect holiday gift. Make a night of it and check out the numerous other studios and galleries and shops in the CCIC.

Yelp's Totally Bazaar

  • Dec. 8
  • Indianapolis Central Public Library
  • yelp.com
  • This annual Christmas bazaar brings together over 120 local businesses under one roof. You can even get your presents wrapped and help homeless pets through Hope Marie's Fund at the same time. If you have the Yelp app, you can check in at the event and receive a free Yelp Shop Local tote bag. Several food and drink vendors will also be on hand, but the event itself is free.

Alternative Gift Fair and Makers Market

  • Dec. 15
  • Irving Theater
  • irvingtheater.com
  • More than 39 local vendors will be on hand offering handcrafted items at this year’s alternative gift fair, a favorite since beginning in 2007. Admission is free, and donations of men’s hats, socks, and gloves are being asked for PourHouse, a local street outreach and peer advocacy group serving homeless individuals.

Square Cat Christmas Market

  • Dec. 15
  • Square Cat Vinyl
  • squarecatvinyl.com
  • Head to Fountain Square for a day of shopping with dozens of local makers offering everything from pottery to soap. Flat12 is providing the drinks, and musical performances take place throughout the the day from groups like the Circle City Chamber Choir and Dysfunktion Brass.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

  • Through Dec. 23
  • 10 Center Green, Carmel
  • carmelchristkindlmarkt.com
  • The German Christmas Market returns to downtown Carmel for a second year of what promises to become a long tradition. Ice skating, German food, and an amazing selection of mulled beverages are plentiful—as are vendors set up all around the square offering lots of opportunities to find a perfect gift. The Market is open Wednesday-Sunday(closed Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving Day). Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-9 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays noon-9 p.m. 

Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop-Up

  • Through Dec. 28
  • 750 N. College Ave.
  • facebook.com/handmadepromenade
  • Dozens of local makers come together for this month-long pop-up to show and sell their goods. Located just off Mass Ave. on College,  Handmade Promenade also offers a series of holiday-themed events. Coming up are a ladies night out and a guy’s night out, each with snacks, drinks, and special discounts.
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