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Be a Crafty Shopper

Find unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your list at one of these seasonal markets.

Etsy's Handmade Cavalcade.  

Etsy's Handmade Cavalcade
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue at 15th St.
Open: Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, December 6, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Get offline and take a stroll to Chelsea Market this holiday season for a real, live Etsy market. Now in its eighth year, expect more than 50 indie vendors ready with DIY holiday cards, hats, jewelry, bags, knickknacks and more.

Bust Craftacular
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., nr. Franklin St., Greenpoint
Open: Saturday, December 19, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, December 20, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Admission: $3
Find your quirky gifts at this, the 10th annual gathering of more than 70 vendors curated by the feminist magazine. A DJ will spin while you shop at Rubella Jewelry's vintage-esque creations, Joanna Baker's whimsical stationery, and more.

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market
The Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus
Open: Sunday, December 13, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Admission: $1 (add $7 to include museum admission)
If oddities are your favorite gifts to give, this is the place to go. From taxidermy and obscure books to shadowboxes and antiques, you could spend hours exploring the unexpected, delightfully macabre finds.

Food52 Holiday Market
41 Union Sq. West at 17th St.
Open: December 3–20, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Food52 is expanding its popular holiday pop-up this year, with a new location in Union Square and a bigger roster of local brands to peruse, including Mike's Hot Honey, Cecil & Merl’s small-batch bitters, and La Boite’s unique spice blends. There will also be a selection of vintage finds, like Dansk baking dishes and copper pots, salvaged from the Food Network’s prop archives for truly one-of-a-kind gifts.

Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg at Industry City
241 37th St., nr. Second Ave., Sunset Park
Open: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Brooklyn Flea heads indoors for the winter at this Sunset Park hub for artists and makers. More than 100 vendors will be gathering to sell plenty of vintage fashion, antiques, jewelry, and lots of art. And if shopping builds your appetite, there are 40 Smorgasburg favorites standing by.

Willamsburg Artist and Fleas
70 N. 7th St., nr. Kent Ave., Williamsburg
Open: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: Free
A Williamsburg tradition since 2003, this market showcases more than 100 vendors selling art, jewelry, vintage fashion, stationery, accessories, and more. Plus it's right off restaurant-packed Bedford Avenue, the perfect stretch for some post-shopping refueling.

Astoria Market
The Main Hall of the Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., nr. 29th St., Astoria
Admission: Free
Open: December 6, 13, and 20, 12–6 p.m.
Although this market happens year-round, on three holiday dates attendees can enjoy a wider selection of craftspeople and makers, including Anna Harper's recycled metal jewelry, Krista Stained Glass's coasters, and Mayware's quirkily painted bowls and mugs.

Grand Central Holiday Fair
Vanderbilt Hall, 42nd Street at Park Ave.
Open: November 16–December 24; Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thanksgiving Eve closing at 8 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve closing at 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Come to the train station and stay for the crowds. This market offers 74 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, clothing, and children’s gifts.

Crafts at the Cathedral
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 110th St.
Open: December 4, 5–8 p.m.; December 5, 10 a.m.–6 p.m, December 6, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: $6 for one day, $7 for the full weekend
Head uptown for one of the biggest craft celebrations of the holiday season. The long-running favorite (now in its 20th year) features over 60 artisans displaying their work, all selected by a jury. Decisions are in, and the best ceramics, pottery, glass, jewelry, and more will be there for shoppers to marvel at.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Columbus Circle, 59th St. at Central Park West
Open: December 1–December 24; Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Admission: Free
After a wintry walk through Central Park, peruse the booths here, where local vendors will be selling handmade wooden puzzles, artisan chocolates and truffles, jewelry, and more.