If you have a consumerist itch to scratch, hop on I-84 and keep going straight past the mall. Steer your happy ass straight through downtown Nampa (making sure to obey the speed limit at all costs) and slide into a parking spot in front of the Flying M Coffeegarage. Inside, in addition to the M's usual array of kitschy gag gifts and heart-palpitating espresso, you'll find 25 booths crammed with some of the Treasure Valley's most clever crafters.
The fourth-annual Hip Holiday Market draws an array of local small-business owners--many with online Etsy shops--to sell their wares to gift-hungry hordes. Sellers like Mary Portteus (of marymakesart) will offer scarves and jewelry while other sellers like BW's Chelsea Snow (of csnow) offer Idaho-themed purses and bike bags. Other goodies available include perfumes, soaps, T-shirts, aprons, knitted accessories and kids items.
Be sure to stick around for the 5 p.m. raffle drawing, which features a basket full of items from various vendors and is currently on display at Flying M Coffeehouse in Boise.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, flyingmcoffee.com.