Mallternatives: Holiday shopping beyond the mall [Pictures]
The holiday shopping season is hard upon us, and here's betting you still haven't figured out what to get for the especially discerning (and deserving) people on your gift list.
Fear not. Between now and Christmas, a bevy of events will be popping up throughout the Baltimore area, offering handmade and out-of-the-ordinary gifts -- everything from fine art to crockpots, used books to decorated holiday centerpieces. And the best part about the events listed below? Even if you don't buy anything, you'll have fun looking.
-- Chris Kaltenbach
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Dec. 2: Out of Hand craft show( Handout photo, 2007 / November 20, 2007 )
Over 22 years, this showcase for both established and emerging artists has become a Baltimore holiday staple. Handmade arts and crafts in a variety of fields, from ceramics and wood to metal and precious stones, should plug many a hole in your holiday gift list. Founded by local artists Sandra Magsamen, known for her "Messages from the Heart" plaques ("In a world where you can be anything, be yourself") and Anita Klein, who will be offering her hand-sewn hats, Out of Hand is one of the year's most eagerly anticipated local craft shows. Items on display this year include wood pieces from John Well (aka That Wood Guy), bags from Ann Tyler of Millie Bags and sweaters and coats made from recycled materials by Catherine Coloney.
Out of Hand craft show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 Homeland Ave. Free.