No one will ever fault you for gift giving. And if your budget allows you to buy every friend, cousin, and colleague the “Double Car Crush” package from Drive a Tank (including 1 machine gun test fire), then by all means, tank them all. (Tank me, too, if you please.)
On the other hand, if money’s not that ample in your neck of the woods and you’re not prepared to fake your own death in a tragic hovercraft accident in order to collect the insurance money and buy everyone you know their own hovercraft (which would have to come “from Santa,” because, you know, you’re supposed to be dead), then maybe a local craft fair is an option.
There’s no shortage of art and indie craft sales this time of year – and these fairs often feature really great handmade gifts you’ll be proud to give, even if your cousin can’t crush a car with it. And the cost won’t mean you have to skip dinner every night in December.
Art on the Hill 2012/SEA Holiday Art Sale | East End, Portland
Nov 30-Dec 2
80 local artists for a phenomenal weekend of holiday shopping
Arts Downtown and All Around | Various studios around the Midcoast
Nov 30-Dec 3
Open studios, group shows and performances will provide holiday treats for all the senses.
Anti-Freeze! holiday craft fair | Downtown Biddeford
More that 30 artisans will sell their handmade work and there is more room for sign ups. Anti-Freeze! coincides with Biddeford’s ArtWalk and Downtown Holiday Festival.
14th Annual Bradbury Mountain Arts Holiday Show & Sale! | Mallett Hall, Pownal
14 Artists showing a variety of works: paintings, photography, ceramics, prints, etchings, jewelry, glass/mixed media, turned wood, woodburned paintings
Holiday Craft Fair | North Yarmouth Academy, Yarmouth
60+ vendors state-wide will present a diverse variety of crafts including artwork, jewelry, candles, soap, alpaca products, blown glass, woodworking and more.
Holiday Craft Fair | South Hiram Elementary, Hiram
Craft Fair featuring over 20 vendors, raffles and baked goodies! Come out and start christmas shopping early.
The Big Chill Holiday Sale | Mayo Street Arts, Portland
Over 30 artists, crafters and vintage collectors will be on display for some good ol’ local, handmade holiday shopping.
Tea + Craft Fair | Dobra Tea, Portland
All crafts are made by local artists and include scarves, wreathes, home decor, jewelry, terrariums, knitted and crocheted items, and many other unique and hand-crafted treats – a perfect way to enjoy a pot of tea!
Designing Women Fine Art & Crafts Annual Portland Holiday Show | Ocean Avenue School, Portland
Over twenty female artists and craftwomen will display their high quality and beautifully handcrafted pottery, handbags, glasswork, handwoven clothing and accessories, home accents, stained glass, and sculptural ceramic art.
PICNIC holiday sale | Portland Company Complex, Portland
Shoppers can expect clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, photography, housewares, fine art, as well as vintage goods.