Leave it to the Crafty Elves

November 29, 2010 Julie

Photo by shimelle on Flickr

Preparing for the holidays is a lot of work! There’s decorating your home both inside and out, baking cookies, planning a holiday meal(s) with family, and finding the perfect gifts for loved ones (I have yet to do any of this but am exhausted just thinking about it).  You may have guessed that my holidays are filled with handmade goodies but, really, who has time to make it all herself?!  Even Santa outsources his production to Elves.  Why can’t you?

My Elves include artisans and crafters who have been preparing for this season all year (or are at least several months ahead of me). Here’s a short round-up of places I’ll be checking out for all things holiday and handmade.


If you’re not addicted to Etsy already, you must check it out.  Your go-to online resource for everything and anything handmade.  Some of my recent favorites include OneCanoeTwo and Slide Sideways.

Local Craft Shows & Shops

18th Annual Holiday Craft Show at North Country Knits Farm
December 4th & 5th
551 Hands Mill Road in Belleplain, NJ

Cabana’s Holiday Shopping & Cocktails
December 16th from 6-9PM
Cabana’s On The Beach
429 Beach Avenue in Cape May, NJ
*Home Made will have a table there so check us out!

Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s Holiday Show
December 18th from 12-7PM
2424 Studios
2424 East York Street in Philadelphia, PA
This craft fair takes place in my old ‘hood in Philly.  A wee bit of a hike for those of us in South Jersey, but totally worth the trip if you combine it with a visit to Restore in Port Richmond and top it off with some refreshments at Kraftwork before heading home.

West End Garage
484 Perry Street in Cape May, NJ
Starting December 18th, this market for local artisans is open daily through the New Year.

Now, this is far from an exhaustive list of craft shows and shops but I hope this helps serve as a reminder to check out all the great handmade gift shopping options that are available.  Where do you like to search for handmade gifts?


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