Gift Guide: Craft and art fairs remain open to shoppers who go online

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      Winter holiday season is shopping time. Online, that is.

      While some craft, art, and gift markets have cancelled their in-person versions and haven’t transitioned to a virtual version, many do offer links to their vendors, some of whom are selling their wares online. So be sure to check out the website of your favourite holiday haunts for gift-giving ideas from artisans and craftspeople that can still help you find that unique something you can’t find elsewhere.

      That said, there are several local artsy fairs that have gone virtual this year, so you can browse and shop from the comfort of home. Here are a select few for your consideration.

      Tuk + Milo's imaginative creations available through the online Toque Craft Fair.

      Toque Craft Fair

      Until Sunday (December 6)

      For inspired gifts, this fine annual market and fundraiser presented by artist-run centre Western Front runs the gamut from handblown glass pieces and creative ceramics to woven wall hangings, beaded earrings, and handcrafted wooden objects. Alas, shipping isn’t available, but the good news is that purchased items can be picked up at Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue).

      Mardy's Kitchen is among the vendors participating in Got Craft?

      Got Craft? Virtual Market: Holiday Edition

      Until Sunday (December 6)

      This local online market got underway on November 25, with more than 70 indie businesses and makers offering everything from apparel, accessories, and skincare products to wall decor, stocking stuffers, and holiday ornaments. And food, of course. Arrange for curbside pickup in Vancouver or for shipping in Canada or the U.S.

      Vegan custard pudding can be ordered at Virtual Japan Market Christas 2020.

      Virtual Japan Market Christmas 2020

      Friday to Sunday (December 4 to 6)

      The Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall is offering an online sale this coming weekend. There’s everything from paper art, cards, and chocolates to kimonos and samurai pants. There’s also an option to pick up purchased items at their location at 487 Alexander Street.

      This year's sale of student art is taking place online.
      Emily Carr University of Art + Design

      Student Art Sale at Emily Carr

      Until Monday (December 7)

      Want to give the gift of adorning an abode with affordable art? This art student sale offers the opportunity to snap up the future Brian Jungens, Angela Grossmanns, and Douglas Couplands of the art world before they graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design—and rise out of your price range.

      Polygon Gallery Holiday Shop

      For the first time, the Polygon Gallery is offering a holiday shop—featuring an array of design- and style-savvy selections by independent and local artists—on the main floor of its North Vancouver location from Wednesdays to Sundays until January 3. But browsing and shopping is also available online. As a bonus, Little Mountain Shop (which closed its Mount Pleasant space in June) will run its Holiday Pop-Up, featuring a women-led lineup of vendors, from Wednesday (December 2) to December 27 at the gallery too.

      Handmade Canucks face masks are at West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market.

      West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market

      This annual Christmas shopping event has relocated to an e-shop. With everything from beauty supplies and personal care products to outdoor gear and home decor to sauces, honeys, and teas, this year’s roster of artisans and shopkeepers include the likes of Little Freddy’s Bib Company, Peaches Pouches, and the intriguingly named Splendid Bastard Beard Supply.