The definitive guide to shopping for handmade holiday gifts

The definitive guide to shopping for handmade holiday gifts
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn is the borough we love, but it’s also the brand we love, too.

The name is synonymous with hand-crafted and locally sourced goods — so much so that even if it isn’t made strictly in the Kings County, it helps to say it is. But to find bona fide Brooklyn products, go check out these shops and markets selling artisanal foods, drinks, and most importantly, gifts for the holiday season.


Bringing together the old with the newly made, Artists & Fleas’ Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar mixes vintage clothes like flapper dresses with unique and original designs to match.

Sat., Sun. through Dec. 23, 10 am–7 pm at Artists & Fleas [70 N. Seventh St. between Wythe and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 301–5765, www.artistsandfleas.com].

Fans of winter flannels and tiny terrariums looking for hand-crafted treasures can get their holiday shopping done while enjoying music, food stands, and even some soccer and ping-pong at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar.

Fri., Sat. through Dec. 22, 6 pm–midnight at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar (45 N. Fifth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, wwww.bkbazaar.com).

Leave it to the Gowanus market Crafted at the Canal to take one person’s garbage and turn it into another’s holiday gift. The vendors will offer products made with recycled materials.

Dec. 7, 6 pm–10 pm, Dec. 8, 10 am–5 pm at Build It Green!NYC (69 Ninth St. between Second Avenue and Smith Street in Gowanus, www.bignyc.org).

The workshop that teaches folks how to weld, draw, and even make cheese is having its Handmade Holiday Craft Fair show, featuring the best of Brooklyn-made gifts — and drinks and snacks as well.

Dec. 15, noon–6 pm, at 3rd Ward [195 Morgan Ave. between Meadow and Stagg streets in Bushwick, (718) 715–4961, www.3rdward.com].


Not only does Better Than Jam sell an assortment of knitted, sewn, and glued together items ranging from clothes, jewelry, to accessories, but it also sells the craft supplies to get any ambitious maker started on his own venture.

Better Than Jam [123 Knickerbocker Ave. between Ingraham Street and Johnson Avenue in Bushwick, (917) 689–3879, www.betterthanjamnyc.com]. Wed.–Mon., noon–8 pm.

The hand-picked inventory at this shop featuring hand-crafted items is a great spot for those discerning interior designers looking to stock their home with useful yet elegant things like a wooden spoon to carve out the perfect scoop of ice cream or a citrus juicer for a fresh squeezed morning.

Task [100 N. Third St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 963–2600, www.tasknewyork.com]. Noon–8 pm.