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Hit these Twin Cities events for Minnesota-made holiday gifts

Skipping the mall and supporting local artisans is a snap.

There are a ton of opportunities to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays created by local artisans. The season starts now!

Northeast Arts District First Thursdays (website) | 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, and Thursday, December 7 | Northeast Minneapolis Arts District

A variety of artists and galleries will open their doors in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District for buying and browsing in a small scale Art-A-Whirl environment. Participants include 1101 Building, Artspace Jackson Flats, Casket Arts BuildingCasket Arts Carriage HouseGrain Belt StudiosNorthrup King BuildingQ.arma BuildingSolar Arts Building, and Thorp Building. (Check with artists or building to confirm.)

The Minneapolis Pancakes & Booze Art Show (website) | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday, November 3 | The Cabooze

Over 70 local artists will be displaying and selling art at an upbeat evening exhibition. The night will include live musical performances, DJs, live painting, drinks and pancakes.

Nature Arts & Crafts Fair (website) | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 | Richardson Nature Center of Three Rivers Parks

Holiday shopping event featuring art, jewelry, crafts and natural beauty products for sale from local artisans. The trails of Hyland Lake Park Reserve are just steps outside of the Richardson Nature Center, making way for an effortless post shopping hike.

Linden Hills Holiday Market (website) | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays from November 5-December 17 | Sunnyside Gardens

The Minneapolis Craft Market and Linden Hills Farmers Market will be joining forces to bring together over 60 artisans and food vendors. The market is conveniently held near Sunnyside Gardens’ Christmas tree lot. 

Fiber Fair (website) | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, and 12 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 12 | Northrup King Building

Open gallery sale featuring fiber artist creations, including scarves, shawls, purses, rugs, placemats, towels, wall hangings and more.

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique (website) | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, November 12 | U.S. Bank Stadium

Hundreds of artists and vendors will sell holiday-themed items and gifts, including handmade decorations, home goods, jewelry, toys, and bath and beauty products. The event also features an array of uniquely decorated Christmas trees that will be auctioned for charity.

MCAD's 20th Annual Art Sale (website) | 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, November 17, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, November 18 | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

One-stop-shop for affordable artwork by emerging artists who are recent graduates or current students at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Proceeds go directly to artists or toward the MCAD Art Sale Scholarship Fund.

MPLS Craft'za (website) | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19 | Grain Belt Bottling House

Sixty local artisans will sell their creations at a two-day sale. There will be a range of unique gifts for sale, including original jewelry, handcrafted beauty products and ceramic goods.

Northern Clay Center Holiday Exhibition (website) | 12 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursdays from November 19-December 31 | Northern Clay Center

Northern Clay Center artists will sell handmade ceramics for gifts or personal use. The holiday exhibition will also include a hands-on pottery workshop as well as treats and apple cider.

Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday Winter Market (website) | 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25 | Sociable Cider Werks

Local outdoor shopping event featuring artisans, farmers and food makers. The market will also include new cider releases and live music in the tap room.

Landmark Center's 39th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar (website) | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, December 1, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 2 | Landmark Center

Wreaths, jewelry, paintings, soaps and other crafts made by local artisans will be for sale. Festive music and holiday treats will also accompany this gift shopping event hosted by the Landmark Center. 

No Coast Craft-o-Rama (website) | 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, December 1, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m on Saturday, December 2 | Midtown Global Market

Over 100 independent artists will sell original art and unique handmade goods. Midtown Global Market will also offer a range of food and live entertainment throughout the event.

Holiday Craft Hop (website) | 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 | Grain Belt

Holiday craft sale highlighting over 60 local makers selling textiles, woodwork, pottery, jewelry and more.

Julmarknad Christmas Market (website) | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, and 12 p.m.-5 p.m on Sunday, December 3 | American Swedish Institute

Gift shopping event featuring 40 local and regional artists, performances, family crafts and food. The American Swedish Institute gift shop will also be open during this holiday-themed event. 

A Handmade Holiday Market (website) | 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays from December 2-December 23 | Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

Shop from local artisans and makers as you sip Belgian-style beers. The holiday market will also include live music performances and a gift wrapping station.

Northern Grade Minnesota (website) | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m on Sunday, December 10 | Loring Park

Traveling marketplace selling U.S.-made goods will be popping up at Holidazzle with a hand-selected array of holiday gift options. 

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