Find niche gifts at NYC's pop-up holiday markets - Metro US

Find niche gifts at NYC’s pop-up holiday markets

Blink and you’ll miss these smaller pop-up markets, where you’re sure to check off our whole wish list while supporting local, fair trade and indie designers.

Handmade Cavalcade

The best of Etsy just couldn’t fit into two days anymore. For the first time, the ultimate indie crafting website has curated a week-long pop-up shop inside Chelsea Market with more than 50 vendors selling everything from natural beauty products to handmade clothing and more. The first 100 people will receive a swag bag, and every purchase is good for raffle tickets to win more great items. It’s free to attend with RSVP or $2 at the door. Dec. 5-11, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Chelsea Market, 410 W. 16th St., handmadecavalcade.com

Holiday Pop-Up Market

TheAsian American Arts Alliance‘s winter market returns for a second year with tons of indie art and “hand-crafted awesomeness,” with highlights likeRumi Hara’s whimsical watercolors, teas and sets from NYC’s only traditional Chinese tea houseTea Drunk, and one-of-a-kind clutches byVery Fina Art. Browse to music by Brooklyn-based American folk band Heartland Nomads, and there’ll be a potluck, too! Dec, 6, 6:30-9 p.m., W83, 150 W. 83rd St., eventbrite.com

Fair Trade Holiday Pop-Up

Fashion can be problematic, but shopping with the NYC Fair Trade Coalition guarantees beautiful style for you made by workers who are treated fairly and from products that are sourced ethically. Check out the amazingly versatile three-in-one boot from Bhava and Tabii Just’s zero-waste styles by women, for women. Arrive early for free glasses of fair trade wine. Dec. 7,6-9:30 p.m., Wix Lounge, 235 W. 23rd St., nycfairtradecoalition.com

Le Marché Bleu

Shop the best of France in SoHo at this two-day luxury market curated by French model Julia Restoin Roitfeld. Slip your feet into Armorlux wool slippers, splurge on customized martini or Champagne glassware and get buzzed on Belleville Brûlerie espresso beans. The shop itself is a festive escape with light installations, the pop-up Bar de Lumière serving Grey Goose seasonal cocktails, and small bites from L.A.’s Trois Mec chef Ludo Lefebvre. RSVP for a one-on-one cocktail consultation if you’d like some tips before your holiday party.Dec. 10-11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 64 Wooster St., greygoosemarchebleu.rsvp360.co

Bust Craftacular

Be among the first 300 shoppers to snag a coveted (and free!) Totes Feminist bag to carry all your wares from over 100 vendors, like retro-inspired goods from Julie Mollo and customized bracelets from The Curated Gift Shop. And because this market is about inspiring creativity in you, too, there will be DIY booths to make flower crowns, holiday cards, charm bracelets and more. It’s all well worth the $3 admission. Dec. 10-11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Greenpoint, bust.com

WeWork Holiday Happening

Find a totally on-trend embroidered denim jacket or flannel fromTwo Gypsea Souls, jewelry handmade by a mother-daughter team at Chez Noël or upgrade your Ikea furniture with new doors and shelves bySemi Hand Madeand much more among the over 60 WeWork vendors at the company’s first-ever holiday market. Browse while enjoying live music, free cocktails and snacks.Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, 115 W. 18th St., wwholidayhappening.splashthat.com


If you want to look like the vintage queens who attend custom cocktail nights and eclectic themed parties at Gemini & Scorpio’s secret Gowanus loft, head there for one day only when they invite all of their favorite vendors to set up shop while you walk around sipping free (donations appreciated) glasses of bubbly. Think vintage clothes, fascinators, offbeat jewelry and enough sparkles that last throughout the year. Dec 11, 1-6 p.m., RSVP for address, geminiandscorpio.com

Mama’s Bazaar

Getting into an event at House of Yes is all about what you wear. Spruce up your closet with some unusual gems like party-ready tank tops from Ten Yards Clothing and jewelry made with bones at Metal and Macabre, as well as vintage finds, lingerie, fetish gear and more. Arrive early for brunch, then happy hour from noon to 2 p.m. at the bar. Groove to DJ sets while you shop, and we promise no other holiday market offers tarot readings. Dec. 17-18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick, houseofyes.org

Brooklyn Makers Market

Everything at Schwick’s market was made in the borough everyone else aspires to, and with 150 vendors to browse not finding your new favorite thing or the perfect knicknack for your BFF’s bookshelf probably means they don’t exist. Bonus: It’s set inside the glorious, and appropriately capitalist, halls of what used to be Williamsburg Savings Bank, est. 1875. Dec. 17-18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 175 Broadway, eventbrite.com

Warming Up Winter Holiday Market

TheQueens International Night Marketis hibernating for the winter, but you can find about half of its vendors at the Queens Museum’s annual holiday market of over 70 booths selling worldly goods like Nepali handicrafts, Mexican jewelry, robot lamps, gourmet peanut butter cups and more across both floors of the museum. Plus fresh pizza straight from a brick oven and authentic Asian bites from The Dumpling Spot, cultural performances and henna tattoos. Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, queensmuseum.org

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