Give the Gift of Unique, Arty Delights by Patronizing the Little Guys

Tis the season for merriment, salted caramel mocha lattes served in controversial red holiday cups, and a host of boozy festivities with debaucherous pals and estranged family members.

And, of course, amid all the joyous occasions, saying thanks to your dear, dear comrades with generous gifts is all part of the fun — as long as you avoid the megamalls, especially on that weird consumption day of Black Friday. Before hitting the long lines or even daring to camp out on a gritty sidewalk to snag some outrageous deal, consider the options and save on the grief by way of breaking away from the mainstream madness. Who needs another coffeemaker or Apple device anyway?

Instead, be a conscientious gift-giving star by shopping local arty purveyors and snagging unique gifts that will keep the smiles and, hopefully, the party invites coming beyond the holiday season.

Be a conscientious gift-giving star by shopping local art purveyors and snagging unique gifts.

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To keep it all in check, New Times curated this holiday shopping guide to celebrate your beloved indie ethos, in support of local small-business owners, crafters, and artists alike.

"Small Stuff 9"

November 22 through January 16. Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery, 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill. Visit

Spread cheer with a gift from the funky and everlasting fun place that is Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery. Inside Tate's Comics, head upstairs to the loft and find the annual cash-and-carry offering "Small Stuff 9," a visual-arts exhibition featuring small pieces of art made by locals, all of which are sold at affordable rates. Find art prints, paintings, and unusual items priced from $20 to under $200 a pop. It's recommended to scope out this show sooner than later in the season to get the best selection.

"Thanks in Advance"

The Projects, 523 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Visit

Hit up Flagler Village Artwalk on Saturday, November 28, and swing by the Projects space in FAT Village for Bedlam Lorenz Assembly's interactive fundraiser exhibition "Thanks in Advance." This alternative collective of independent curators, formally connected to the Young at Art Museum in Davie, is hosting a blowout sale of cutting-edge art prints by emerging artist Christopher Ian MacFarlane. His limited-edition posters go for a mere $20 and will brighten anyone's wall. Shoppers can also purchase original MacFarlane artworks ($500) before he becomes famous. Cutesy $3 stickers by Ben Morey and his original prints with prices ranging from $5 to $10 are also available and make sweet stocking stuffers. For budgets with deep pockets, additional original pieces going upward of $3,000 by Samantha Salzinger are an option. Painted portraits by Ali Spechler cost $1,000, and her brother Zack and friend Tara Penick will have works priced around $250.

Indie Craft Bazaar

Sunday, December 6, from noon to 5 p.m. 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $5 entry; free parking. Visit

With all the shopping frenzy, discerning types might want to check out the mega Indie Craft Bazaar. This pop-up market will take over three venues — Revolution Live, America's Backyard, and Stache — in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Peruse goodies made with love by more than 65 eclectic artisans and designers. Oh, and do it all while sipping on $3 mimosas. Find quirky items such as home decor, fashion apparel, trinkets, aromatic candles, vegan soaps, repurposed goods, and purses made out of vinyl records. This market is the ultimate haven for DIY aficionados in time for your gift exchanges.

Gina Black Art


For those who like to shop online, look no further than Gina Black Art's online specialty store, featuring handmade jewelry and pieces inspired by Mother Nature. This South Florida raven-haired beauty sells things such as necklaces adorned with a pendant consisting of a bumble bee coated in resin for a mere $25. Black has a collection of fun earrings such as wooden heart gauges for $15 and mystical rings made with amethyst clusters and monarch butterfly wings, each selling for $15.

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