The holidays are a time for giving, and a marathon shopping trip is often the first step to having gifts wrapped and ready under the tree. In Boise and the surrounding areas, a cluster of holiday markets, shows and bazaars offering local and handmade items may make it easy to check gifts off your list this year with plenty of time to spare. Whether you're in the market for cozy socks, handmade mugs or artisan chocolates, someone in or near the City of Trees probably has what you need. Check the list below:
Friday, Dec. 1
Boise Christmas Show—Featuring thousands of unique gifts from more than 300 vendors. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE-$5. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
Garden City Live-Work-Create Pop-Up Shop—The Surel's Place gallery will be filled with the art and wares of over 20 District makers, including jewelry and accessories, screen printing, paintings, photography, ironwork, furniture, CDs and textiles. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Surel's Place, 212 E. 33rd St., Garden City, 206-407-7529, surelsplace.org.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Boise Christmas Show—Featuring thousands of gifts from more than 300 vendors. FREE-$5. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
Christmas Bazaar and Charlie Brown Tree Sale—Check out the Owyhee County Historical Museum annual Christmas Bazaar and Charlie Brown Tree Sale, with work by local artists, homemade pies, homemade donuts and fresh Christmas trees cut from the Silver City area. Tree prices: $10-$25. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Owyhee County Historical Museum, 17085 Basey St., Murphy, 208-495-2319, owyheemuseum.org.
Flying M Hip Holiday Craft Market—The expanded market features more than 30 local makers and crafters, with handmade gifts for everyone; plus a tasting room upstairs with local artisan foods. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, flyingmcoffee.com.
Handmade Holiday Show—Discover the new Gem Center for the Arts, with more than 50 artists and makers presenting handmade local goods. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Gem Center for the Arts, 2417 W. Bank Drive, Boise, 208-819-9032, gemcenterforthearts.com.
Holiday Bazaar at Art Zone 208—Find handcrafted gifts created by more than 35 artists and artisans for your special someone. Refreshments and lunch will be available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Art Zone 208, 3113 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-322-9464, facebook.com/artzone208.
Holiday Bazaar at Hidden Springs—Shop local artisans for unique, handmade gifts galore. You'll find home decor, jewelry, pottery, Idaho gifts, hats and scarves, ornaments, handbags, wine racks, weavings, kitchenware, holiday decor and more. Plus free wine tasting hosted by BRJ Distributing from noon-4 p.m., and live music by Douglas Cameron from 1-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Dry Creek Mercantile, 5892 W. Hidden Springs Road, Boise, 208-631-2334, drycreekmerc.com.
Husky Holiday Bazaar—Check out this great event for the entire family, featuring over 30 vendors. Santa will be available for pictures from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Plus raffle prizes and treats for all. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. North Star Charter School, 839 N. Linder Road, Eagle, 208-939-9600, northstarcharter.org/holiday-bazaar.
North End Artisans Market—Join this collection of jewelers, hat makers, glass artists, potters and many others for unique, hand made art and other items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Dick Eardley Boise Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-789-5953, northendartisans.wixsite.com/northendartisans.
Boise Farmers Market Indoor Winter Market—Join Boise Farmers Market vendors at their seasonal indoor location at the corner of Eighth and Fulton streets for local food and handmade gifts. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Corner of Eighth and Fulton Streets, Boise, 208-345-9287, theboisefarmersmarket.com.
Capital City Public Market Holiday Market—The market has moved to the Grove Plaza for the rest of its run this year, where market goers will find booths full of fresh local produce, beautiful flowers, delicious specialty food items, and one-of-a-kind locally crafted art. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza between Main and Front streets, Boise, 208-345-3499, capitalcitypublicmarket.com.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Boise Christmas Show—Featuring thousands of unique gifts from over 300 vendors. Plus visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE-$5. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.