You hate holiday shopping. Rushing from one crowded parking lot to another in search of the perfect gift doesnt fill you with the holiday spirit unless the holiday spirit is actually a potpourri of rage, disillusionment, frustration, and nervous tics, in which case, youre Charlie Effin Christmas.
Sit down. Relax. Have some eggnog. Well share a secret with you: Crossing folks off of your list neednt be so soul-sucking. In fact, it can be downright enjoyable, thanks to the gals at House of Vintage (123 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) and its accompanying bakery, House of Sweets. See, they solved this seasonal conundrum by putting together the SugarHouse Holiday Bazaar: a one-stop shopping spree that could keep you away from the mall entirely. Today, pop into House of Vintage between noon and 6 p.m. and youll be greeted with free cookies and cocoa, discounts on retrowear, and a nexus of South Floridas most accomplished crafters. Those DIY types have worked harder than Santas wee ones to please every peep on your wish list. Jewelry, bath and body products, collectable art, home goods galore theyre all in one peaceful place just waiting to be pillaged. Admission is free. Now, if only Sugarhouse could keep Drunkle Ed from overimbibing at the dinner table, this Christmas would be perfect. Call 561-635-8086, or visit Sugarhouseevents.com.
Sat., Dec. 19, noon, 2009