The best hack I have found for Christmas gift-giving is the Christmas Craft Fair. Getting my presents from little stalls ensures all my loved ones receive something unique and special. Also by doing my Christmas shopping at small, manageable markets, my stress levels are reduced as well! I cannot recommend more the experience of dawdling around a beautifully decorated village hall, eating a decadent brownie or drinking some mulled wine, and perusing a range of handmade, quirky gifts.
This is a list of some of the best upcoming craft fairs in Birmingham. Swap the dread of the Christmas crowds and instead spend a weekend supporting local businesses.
Birmingham Christmas Floating Market
This market runs from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th December from 10am-3pm at Brindley Place Canal. The market is run by RTCA and hosted on floating barges. There will be arts, crafts, and jewellery as well as lots of sweet treats and hot drinks. They also are having crafting activities where you can make a gift to take home.
For more info: www.facebook.com/events/506193406608506
Harborne Handmade Christmas Market
On Sunday 8th December from 10am-4pm in the historic Moor Pool Hall, Harborne Handmade is back for another year! Unique and handmade gifts by twenty-six talented local makers. There will also be delicious cakes to buy provided by Lil’s Parlour.
For more info: www.facebook.com/events/2403811349885081
Moseley Winter Market
This is the market for the ethical shopper among us. On Saturday 7th December from 11am-4pm at The Moseley Exchange this fair is a chance to spread festive cheer while also supporting fantastic causes. There will be eco crafts, warming drinks, and local artists selling work. The market will also be collecting items for local people experience homelessness, and will have a food bank collection point.
For more info: www.facebook.com/events/2552184181515128
Winter Craft Market at Ikon Gallery
Ikon Gallery is hosting their annual craft market on Thursday 12th December from 5.30pm-8.30pm. A lovely evening shopping event showcasing the best of local independent makers. There will be jewellery, gifts, cards and books plus music from the Diskery and 20% off in Ikon Shop.
For more info: www.facebook.com/events/419995738680428
MAC Christmas Arts Markets
The Midlands Arts Centre is hosting its arts market on Saturday 7th December from 11am-5pm. This is the perfect opportunity to buy presents directly from talented designers and makers from Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. There will be a range of arts-based goods including jewellery, textiles, woodwork, stationery, and prints. If you have an artist or art lover in the family, this is the market for you!