BAZAARS.

Here's the thing: there may be those of us who plan our holiday shopping far ahead of time, stashing exactly the right gifts away months in advance, never worrying about if something is in stock or if the gift is exactly right. If you aren't one of those twenty people, below we've compiled a list of holiday shopping opportunities, most of which are platforms for local artists and craftspeople to sell unique items made with love and care. So don't say to yourself it's last-minute shopping--instead contemplate how if you didn't wait until mid- to late-December, you might not have been able to find exactly the right thing made locally. Really, this was your plan all along.

Anchorage

December 7

CIRI Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar

This annual bazaar at the Fireweed Business Center features more than sixty Alaska and Indian Native artists selling a range of items including hand-woven baskets, mukluks, kuspuks, ivory carvings, beadwork, and jewelry. There's also a silent auction to benefit Cook Inlet Tribal Council's Gift Basket program, which provides gift cards to low-income families to purchase holiday presents for their children and hosts a holiday celebration.

December 14

Wonderfully Made Christmas Bazaar

The Wonderfully Made Christmas Bazaar takes place at Cornerstone Church in Anchorage. This bazaar annually celebrates the unique nature of the local Alaskan artist community and features more than 100 vendors showcasing handmade craft items. In addition to shopping, guests can enjoy food at the concession stand, gourmet coffee, and live music. Admission and parking are free.

Fairbanks

December 5-6

Doyon Holiday Bazaar

Held at Doyon Plaza, the annual Doyon Holiday Bazaar features local arts, crafts, and other goods.

December 6-7

Handmade Holiday Art Bazaar

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center presents the Handmade Holiday Art Bazaar, which features only high quality, handmade work from Alaskan artists whose work relates to Alaska's land, people, and history. Artists are required to submit an application and photos representative of their work to ensure they meet the criteria.

December 7

Holiday Bazaar at Trax Outdoor Center

Get ready for Christmas at the TRAX Holiday Bazaar: multiple vendors...

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