Ask anyone who lives off the L Train and they’ll tell you they’ve payed witness to the Union Square Holiday Market or Brooklyn Flea. But this year there’s no reason to hop on public transit to do your holiday shopping. Bushwick’s got the right group of local goods for everyone on your list that you gotta check twice! Check out all of the markets that will be right outside your front door.
#1 For the Craft-Loving Santa: Shwick Holiday Pop-Up Shop, 7 days a week, 11 am-7 pm
6 Charles Place
Shwick has been slaying the market sphere in Bushwick with its market of makers vending unique, locally crafted goods. It’s the perfect place to shop for that special gift for that special person who loves something that can’t be found anywhere else. Past vendors have sold crystal jewelry, honey with chili peppers and plants grown out of corks. The vendors change almost daily, so there’s always an influx of new things to check out.
#2 For the Witchy-Rudolph: Yeast of Yules, Friday, December 12th, 12-11 pm
Catland, 987 Flushing Ave
This Yuletide Bazaar promises to offer magical gifts for that friend of yours whose favorite holiday is actually Halloween. Things sold will be a wide array of magicly-enhanced gifts including kombucha, spells, and moon & rune enhanced fragrance oils made by yours truly. Attendees will be invited to take part in a solar rite, led by the Abbot of Unreason, Stuart Südekum. There will also be delicious door prizes and musical performances to bring in the Yuletide.
#3 For the peace & clarity loving Frosty the Snow-zen: Daya Yoga Holiday Market, Sunday December 7th, 1-5 pm
360 Jefferson St
Daya Yoga promises holistic gifts this winter with their pop-up holiday market. Items include ayurvedic teas, oils and soaps, authentic yoga apparel and hand-crafted cosmic jewelry. Oh, did we mention $2 hot wine AND $5 yoga classes? #sellingpoints
#4 For the last-minute-shopping Mrs. Clause: Bushwick Vendors Market Holiday Market, December 21, 11 am-5:30 pm
Palisades, 906 Broadway
Sometimes Mrs. Clause gets a little caught up working hard with the Elves (a.k.a. eating cookies) and has to wait until a few days before Christmas before she gets her shopping done. But fret not! That’s when Bushwick Vendors Market will be there to save you. This local dig is sure to supply you with gifts for everyone on 21st of December (with live music!) so the last minute shopper in you can get something special for all of your loved ones. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see where they are in the meantime.
#5 For all the Punk Elves: Broadway Flea Market, 7 days a week, 12-8 pm
What do used books, buttons, clothes and random tarot cards have in common? Such items can be bought from shipping containers at this very Bushwick Flea Market! While it’s not a holiday market per say, it’s type of place you visit when you say “I have $5 to spend on something quirky or strange,” and you walk out with just that.
#6 For the beer-guzzling Scrooge: Ridgewood Holiday Market, Sunday, December 14th, 11 am-5 pm
657 Fairway Ave
Ridewood Vendors Market brings us more goods this holiday season, and is sure to include yummy brunch and booze to aide you on your mission. If you’re the type of person who likes to indulge while you’re buying things to indulge others, head over to this market and make a day of it. Just be sure to get your shopping done before you do too much of your own consumption [wink wink].
#7 For the true Christmas-loving Grinch: Christmastown, entire month of December
Charles Place cul-de-sac at Myrtle Ave
While we know you’re shopping for everyone else, you also deserve to visit a market that helps you decorate your own home this December! The Christmastown pop-up holiday stand-thingy promises a 24-hour Gingerbread house, Christmas trees and holiday decorating kits made by local artists. They’re also having a drag show, so be sure to visit their page to see what other holiday events will help get you in the spirit.
#8 For the Fashionable Elsa: Pine Box Rock Shop Holiday Market, Saturday, December 13th 2-7pm
Pine Box, 12 Grattan St
This holiday market is being curated and run by Shelby Lawson of Nouveau Vieux, so you know it’s gonna be full of great threads to gift to that person with cutting edge style. You can expect everything from knitwear to spandex, with re-purposed jewelry to boot.