Now that November’s winding down, it’s time to think about getting holiday gifts. You can always go big box store or online, but why not think about supporting Birmingham makers and small business owners this year? To help you with your holiday gift needs, we put together a list of 6 holiday markets that sell Birmingham made goods. And, at these 6 markets, we found at least 10 gift ideas from local makers including some warm and cozy handmade felted slippers.
6 Birmingham holiday markets
Because everybody loves a market, we put together a list of 6 upcoming holiday markets (including two shops) where you can take in the sights, smells, and tastes of the season. You may even be able to meet the makers themselves, and you’ll probably run into some friends along the way, too. At these shops, you can find at least 10 of the following gift items.
December 1: Alabama Waldorf School’s Holiday Faire in Crestwood
Alabama Waldorf is a lovely little school on the high side of Crestwood Boulevard. Each year, on the first Saturday in December, it hosts its Holiday Faire from 10-3. Attending is an experience unlike any other in the Birmingham area. You’ll find a lovingly decorated auditorium filled with vendors and their homemade wares. There’s food to eat, games to play, music to enjoy, and sometimes even a blacksmith on the grounds, much to the delight of small children.
Visit the school’s website here for a complete guide to this year’s vendors. In addition to Roebuck Springs potters Leslie Martin Smith and Jessica Sparks (who will be showing jewelry this Saturday, rather than pottery), plus a host of other local artists, you’ll want to check out Julie Carpenter’s jewelry and handwork teacher Sarah Langford’s knitting.
December 3: Naked Art Gallery’s 1st Monday in Forest Park
Naked Art Gallery hosts “Kitschmas” each year in the weeks leading up to the holidays, and 2018 is no exception. On December 3rd, they begin extended holiday hours, with Monday openings from 10-7:30. On this first Monday in December, 10% of all sales go to support the Parkinson Association of Alabama. Kitschmas continues throghout the month of December.
While you can find a full catalogue of all the artists whose work is featured in Kitschmas here, there were a couple of Birmingham area folks whose work stood out. The first was sculptor Eric Johnson’s metalwork. Second was glass artist Amy Soverow’s light-infused glass pieces.
December 6: MAKEbhm’s makers market + open house
MAKEbhm extends the following invitation: “Swing by MAKEbhm to kick off your holiday shopping! Our artists and makers will be selling their wares and our studios will be open for exploration.
Our Open House is the best chance to look behind the scenes at Birmingham’s most dynamic workplace, and the holiday edition is your best opportunity to purchase the work that our makers produce every day in our studios.”MAKEbhm’s website
Admission is free, the event is kid-friendly, and anyone who signs up for a class at the event gets 10% off.
One of the Birmingham makers to watch is Cliff Spencer of Alabama Sawyer. When he’s not acting at the Virginia Samford Theatre or spending time with his family, you can find him making amazing furniture from local fallen trees.
December 8: CahaBazaar Holiday Market at Cahaba Brewing Company
Yellowhammer Creative and Cahaba Brewing Company have teamed up to present the #CahaBAZAAR Holiday Market.
Please join us Saturday, December 8 from 12 PM – 7 PM for a day of family fun, great local artist and makers, food and great beer and get all of your holiday shopping done in one place.
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be here from 2:30 – 5:00 PM to ensure you have the perfect photo for all of your holiday celebrations. There will also be a craft area for children.CahaBazaar Facebook Event Page
There will be food vendors and music, too.
Look for Eric Poland (EPolandArt)’s architecturally-inspired illustrations.
December 1 + 8: Pepper Place’s final two holiday markets
Even though it’s finally chilly outside, Pepper Place Market is still going strong. If you’re able to head out this Saturday, December 1st, or next Saturday, December 8th, you’ll be richly rewarded with plenty of things to discover. Doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for food or yourself or gifts for that special someone on your list, you’ll find something good.
This gift guide is only a sampling of the amazing selection of local farmers, makers and food vendors you’ll find at the Market at Pepper Place. But you best not dillydally. There are only [two] weekends of the Market left in 2018. Check out the full vendor lists for December 1 and December 8.Bham Now’s Terri Robertson
Ongoing: Alabama Goods in Homewood
I like to think of Alabama Goods, just downhill from Penzey’s Spices, as an ongoing market of all manner of goods made in Alabama. There you can find everything from honey to pottery, and from cotton angels to handcrafted leather.
So if you decide to stop in, I’d recommend you definitely take a look at the luscious work of the father-daughter collaboration known as Tre Lilli, and the father-son duo known as Flint Leather Company.
- Alabama Waldorf School, 5901 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212, (205) 592-0541.
- Naked Art Gallery, 3831 Clairmont Ave, Birmingham, AL 35222, (205) 595-3553.
- MAKEbhm, 4000 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222, (205) 218-1796 (for both the makers market + open house and Manitou Supply’s HOLIDAY Vintage Extravaganza)
- Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave S Building C, Birmingham, Alabama 35222, (205) 578-2616.
- Alabama Goods, 2933 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209, (205) 803-3900
- Club Duquette, 17 55th Pl S, Birmingham, AL 35212, (205) 202-4647
- Honeycreeper Chocolate, 2026 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203, (205) 290-5778
- Chocolatá, 1927 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203.
In addition to these 6 markets, there are still other places around town where you can go to purchase your holiday gifts. Check out Club Duquettte in Woodlawn, or visit Manitou Supply’s HOLIDAY Vintage Extravaganza on December 8 from 12-5 pm at MAKEbhm. You can also get locally made craft chocolate either at Honeycreeper Chocolate on Morris Avenue downtown, or a few blocks away at Chocolatá.
Wherever you go and however you do it, supporting Birmingham makers and small businesses when you do your holiday shopping adds a unique twist to your gift giving. And, it makes a big difference right here at home. You’ve got a lot of great Birmingham makers’ work to choose from, which means whoever’s on the receiving end of these unique and creatie gifts will be very happy indeed.