Six Handmade-Gift Fairs
Vibe: Grandma’s country Christmas
No. of Vendors: 45+
Wish List: Painted Pallet reclaimed-wood signs; lace-accented dresses and tunics from Giggle Gal; Shambora Studios sparkly pendant necklaces
on mixed-metal chains
Insider Tip: For stocking-stuffers, grab a handful of old-fashioned candies from White River Mercantile’s booth.
November 6, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; November 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. Logan Village Mall, 977 Logan St., Noblesville
Vibe: Etsy circa 2011, before the vintage-clothing dealers showed up
No. of Vendors: 50+
Wish List: Bebito Toys’ new line of dinosaurs; Time & Again pillowcase dresses; Indygenous neighborhood prints; The Onyx Exchange candles; Pam Hurst sterling-silver Indiana necklaces; Dickinson Woodworking cutting boards
Insider Tip: Shop on Small Business Saturday, November 29, for a free swag bag of locally made trinkets.
November 1–December 31. Free. Small Mall on Mass Ave, 409 Massachusetts Ave. Hours on website.
Vibe: The Hunger Games of locavore shopping—a feeding frenzy for the hip hordes
No. of Vendors: 160
Wish List: Men’s leather satchels and backpacks by LM Products; reclaimed-wood bike shelves from Scrap Cycle; custom calligraphy address stamps from No. 18 Paper Co.; hand-dyed leather purses from House of 5th
Insider Tip: Beeline for your favorite food vendors. Or wait in line half the night.
December 10, 6:30–10 p.m. Free. Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.
Vibe: Indiana artisans showcasing quality
No. of Vendors: 70+
Wish List: Captain Jim’s Sauces; Newfangled Confections gum drops; Decorative Design Works Art Deco phone cases and Indiana-themed flasks; Lois and Ruby chevron Indiana pillows
Insider Tip: The event benefits Toys for Tots—bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.
November 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville
Vibe: Girls’ day out—moms, sisters, and BFFs make it an annual tradition
No. of Vendors: 200
Wish List: Ceramic tile coasters from South Austin Gallery; comfy-chic loafers and ballet flats from Pluggz; Tennessee Moonshine Cakes; monogrammed totes, jewelry, and beer gear by Courtney Bock Designs; Flaherty’s Irish candy
Insider Tip: You won’t see these national vendors at other holiday markets in the area—so pace
yourself and don’t skip any aisles.
November 18–22, hours vary. $15. Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St.
Vibe: The holy land of knitted finger puppets and typewriter-key jewelry
No. of Vendors: 32
Wish List: Screen-printed The Princess Bride posters by Ron Lewhorn; scupltural jewelry by Sarah B; pirate-chest kit from Toys by Jean Elise
Insider Tip: The event coincides with First Friday, so pop over to the Harrison Center’s annual color-themed exhibit, too.
December 4, 5–10 p.m. Free. The Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware St.