OK, here's a harsh reality: Thanksgiving is one week away.
Here's a slightly harsher reality: Christmas and Hanukkah are roughly five weeks away.
If that thought just made you twitch at the prospect of finding gifts for all your family and friends, and the possibility of heading to the mall with 500,000 other people all fighting over the last black cashmere sweater that would be great for your mom, but at this point, you'll take whatever you can find so you don't show up with a popcicle stick birdhouse wrapped in old newspaper—don't worry, there is still time.
In fact, mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 3, and be ready to head to Canyon County for a couple of holiday gift markets stacked with unusual and handmade items.
First up, the Fair Trade Market and Holiday Gift Sale will fill the Evergreen Heights Mennonite Church in Caldwell (701 N. Indiana Ave.) from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dunia Marketplace and other fair trade vendors will offer a wide array of gift items from handmade ornaments to jewelry, to home decor to rugs and even food. Several nonprofit and local refugee groups will also be on hand with items for sale.
If you need even more reason to head to the west end of the valley, Flying M Coffeegarage in downtown Nampa will host its sixth annual Hip Holiday Craft Market Extravaganza, featuring the work of numerous area crafters and artists. This year, the event will also include a DIY Design Loft hosted by The White Pine and Brass Razoo, as well as a kids crafting area hosted by Puffy Mondaes.
The Hip Holiday Market will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and always offers the distinct advantage of easy access to caffeine.
If all these shopping opportunities have you curious about life in the good old 2C, be sure to check out tomorrow's edition of Boise Weekly, with our own primer to life in Canyon County. And if you're still stuck for gift ideas, watch for our annual BW Gift Guide inside the Wednesday, Nov. 23, edition of the paper.