When I shop I love to support local artists and designers. Most cities have street fairs several times a year to buy local wares. Shopping at the holiday fairs is fun and social because it is like going to a festival rather than a shopping mall! And you get unique, often one-of-a-kind items while supporting local businesses and craftspeople.
Here are two of my favorite holiday fairs in San Francisco:
You can also get locally made jams, chocolates and other gift items at local markets and farmers markets around the city including my favorite, Bi Rite.
In addition, there are two Food, Gift and Craft fairs this year: