It's time for giving something special to those you love. Why not give a little love to the local community while you're at it? From holiday pop-ups to artsy boutiques to Philadelphia staples, there are more places than ever to shop locally this season.
Support makers and shopkeepers from all across the city, and find a wide selection of gifts for everyone on your list at the eight places below. Happy shopping.
Just outside of Philly's City Hall lies a mecca of festive goods and gift ideas from local-only artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries, open daily through Christmas Eve. Find everything from handcrafted cutting boards to Philly-themed novels to edible treats, including pickles, kettle corn, and more. Go early to perhaps grab a treat for yourself and then take a spin on the nearby Rothman Ice Rink before delving into an afternoon of shopping.
Daily through Dec. 24, City Hall, 1401 JFK Blvd. www.ccdparks.org.
An annual weekend pop-up, the Franklin Flea opens its doors Saturday for the last time this year. Inside the historic Strawbridge's building, gift-seekers can find a curated selection of 50 or so vendors peddling upcycled jewelry, vintage furniture, handmade shoes, and more. A holiday atmosphere fills the space, as do inviting aromas from various food vendors such as Luke's Lobster and Poi Dog Snack Shop.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, historic Strawbridge's building, 801 Market St. www.franklinflea.com.
Another pop-up to check out this weekend only is the Go West! Craft Fest, rolling out its holiday edition Sunday at the Rotunda. As many as 100 local artists and makers join together to create one massive holiday market, featuring handmade gifts for all ages, like individually painted and embroidered pandas for the little ones, and finds such as herbal tinctures for the older crew.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. www.gowestcraftfest.com.
Local vendors populate Convention Hall for this massive holiday market. Along with shopping, expect live music, DJs, and holiday crafts for the little ones. The market is inspired by the German Weihnachtsmarkts, so pick up some traditional glühwein (hot mulled wine) or hot chocolate to keep you toasty while you peruse the goods from local artisans.
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, N.J. www.asburyparkbazaar.com.
For an experience that goes beyond shopping -- and by that, we mean one full of singing reindeer, hundreds of nativity displays from around the world, and cookies and mulled cider galore -- head to Byers' Choice in Chalfont for its annual Christmas market. Various international foods, ornaments, and other festive gift options will be available in between on-site activities. Don't miss the opportunity to dress up in 19th-century style costumes for a photo on "Dickensian Street."
Daily through Dec. 31, Byers' Choice, 4355 County Line Rd., Chalfont. 215-822-6700, www.byerschoice.com.
Head out to Mount Airy this weekend for the eighth annual Mount Airy Art Garage Holiday Market, where live music will serenade you as you browse amid juried works of art. Glassware, ceramics, jewelry, and leather goods are among creations you can expect to find in the afternoon market. (Pictured: Nicki Toizer's "Haleakalah Sunrise")
Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lutheran Theological Seminary's Hagan Center Gym, 7301 Germantown Ave. 215-242-5074, www.mtairyartgarage.org.
As the folks from the University City Arts League (UCAL) might say, "West Philly is the best Philly for holiday gifts." UCAL's gallery-space-turned-holiday-market invites you to come out and peruse creations from 30 area artists. Grab a spiked cider while you're there, to add to the fun of picking out the perfect patterned bow tie or ceramic bowl for that special someone.
Seeking a one-stop shop for gifts for all of the personalities on your list? Look no farther than Philly's beloved Reading Terminal Market, the nation's oldest continuously operating farmer's market. Open for more than a century, the market has more than 80 merchants selling everything from cookbooks and cookies to handmade quilts, fragrant flower bouquets, exotic meats, and edible treats of all kinds.
Open daily, Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets. www.readingterminalmarket.org.