A set of 4 coasters from Bowerbox Press, available at Holiday Heap.

Holiday shopping can be tricky. It takes time and energy to find just the right gift. The search becomes more difficult if you want to buy products that are environmentally friendly, responsibly produced, and that support local businesses, all without spending a fortune. And the mall during the month of December? Any shopping mall in America? Even parking is a nightmare. Forget about it.

For Baltimoreans with a list and a budget, the first weekend in December holds the solution to your holiday shopping problems. Attend one of three local craft fairs to find the perfect, locally made gift for everyone on your list. And, best of all, you’ll actually enjoy attending these events, where the atmosphere is more like a party, not the grim reality of mega-mall shopping.

To read the whole article, with information on Holiday Heap, the Out of Hand craft show, and Merry Mart, click here.

This article first appeared in Urbanite’s Arts/Culture e-zine. To have the latest scoop on the Baltimore arts scene delivered to your in-box each week, subscribe here.