While Black Friday is considered to be the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, those with a proactive mindset are likely already halfway done. From Playstations to VR headsets and drones to fitness trackers, this year is all about the tech, especially in California where we're at the epicenter of it all. Beyond the gizmos and gadgets, there’s another emerging trend that we couldn’t be more excited to promote, and that's locally produced handmade goods.
Santa Cruz is filled with homegrown talent; you just have to know where to find it. Give back to the local economy, support arts and culture, and give awesome gifts your friends will remember for years to come, it’s a win-win!
Check out this year’s hot Christmas craft fairs in Santa Cruz County:
Sip, Shop, & Be Merry
Date: November 17, 2016
Where: Art Inspired in Capitola Village
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Bring your friends to sip some festive beverages and shop at Art Inspired this holiday season! Take advantage of special discounts on November 17th to find handmade jewelry, pottery, and other decorative household items.
La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
Date: November 19, 2016
Where: La Selva Beach Clubhouse
Time: 10am – 4pm
The La Selva Beach Holiday Fair will feature over 30 artisans from various disciplines offering up a great assortment of handmade goods for everyone on your list. The event will also include a large used book sale, freshly baked treats, a selection of locally produced beers, and live music! Best of all, admission is FREE!
Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers Market
Date: November 26, 2016
Where: Felton Community Hall
Time: 10am – 5pm
Enjoy live music, great food, and shop the many handmade items! The Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Market doesn’t just give exposure to local artists and craft creators, it’s also a fundraiser for Mountain Community Resources, a local outreach initiative that takes aim at improving the lives of families in the community. You’ll find everything from rugs to handbags and soap to clothing under the roof of the Felton Community Hall.
Artisans Holiday Gift Sale
Date: December 3 – 4, 2016
Where: The Vets Hall
Time: 10am – 4pm
Find gifts as unique as your friendships is easy at the Artisans Holiday Gift Sale this December. From boho chic to coastal kitsch and eco-friendly soaps to artisan spices, this gift market specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts that are all only $25 or less!
Christmas shopping can be a trying time, but buying a home doesn’t have to be! Work with an agent who’s shaped her career around the Santa Cruz real estate market. With over 30 years of experience, Lauren Spencer can help you find a home that speaks to you, faster and easier than shopping for your loved ones this holiday season. Send her a message or give her a call at 800.226.4717 today!