If you are anything like me, the great ideas of making every single one of the presents under the tree, are unlikely to be reached.
It's time to get shopping. However, handmade it still is.
Thankfully in Melbourne, we are spoilt for choice with fantastic markets and amazing local handmade. Here's my guide to local markets and Christmas shopping....tailored just for YOU.
Kris Kringle Market - Northcote
You - take the 86 tram home and appreciate beautiful handmade. Maybe you're a little indecisive and need a little browsing time before buying.
Kris Kringle markets are over 4 Thursday evenings at Northcote Town Hall with live music, food and fantastic handmade.
Northcote Town Hall, high st, Northcote. Thursday 4,11,18th December 5.30pm - 10pm
Look out for Shameful Girl - perfect teacher/Kris Kringle/ gifts for your mum !
Totally Thomastown Twilight Market
You - have kids who win enjoy the free craft activities while you enjoy good food and craft market browsing. This community market run by Thomastown Neighbourhood House, celebrates all that this diverse neighbourhood has to offer. A great night out for the whole family.
Located behind TRAC, 42 Main St, Thomastown, Friday December 5th 4 - 8pm
Northern Regards Artisan Market
You - Are allergic to shopping centres, enjoy a beer or wine and appreciate talented makers making handmade sustainably. Northern Regards Artisan Market is Melbourne's only handmade market that focuses on upcycled and recycled handmade.
Northcote Social Club, 301 High St, Northcote. Saturday December 6th 11am - 4pm
Look out for.....Kate Campbell Designs. Guaranteed to make you very popular on Christmas morning.
Made 'n Thornbury Craft Market
You - like the sound of all of the above and haven't started/finished your Christmas shopping yet.
Run by TWNH and a trope of dedicated volunteers, Made 'n Thornbury celebrates local handmade and good community vibes. Sausage sizzle, free craft activities for kids, and wine by the glass all add to the pleasant shopping experience.
99 Leinster Grove, Thornbury. Saturday December 13th 10am - 4pm
Look out for.....me ! Wild About Melbourne Makers will be here on market day. I also may be appearing in my favourite Christmas outfit.....with a glass of wine in hand.
Queen Victoria Night Market
You - don't live in the Inner North and think the weekends are for Christmas parties,
This fantastic Wednesday night market is part hawker food market and half handmade Christmas shopping.
Queen Victoria Market, city Wednesdays 5pm - 10pm
Look out for the delicious food and quirky entertainment.
Disclaimer - am I entirely biased about the above selection ? Absolutely !!
Happy Handmade Shopping,