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Local Holiday Gift Guide: Hover Craft and Buy Local Gift Fair
Girl About Town surveys the seasonal shopping options from around the city.

A gift from the heart is the best kind. And we all know handmade in Milwaukee is much more heartfelt than mass-produced in China. Giving great, locally made gifts is easy – and you can even knock out all your holiday shopping this Sunday.

Now in its fourth year, the buy-local market Hover Craft will showcase a diverse range of handmade goods from creative makers living in Milwaukee. The crafty fun begins at 12 p.m. on Sunday and goes until 6 p.m. at Turner Hall (1034 N. 4th Street).

“Our main purpose is to offer an opportunity for Milwaukee-based artists, crafters, makers and performers to connect with their own community through showcasing and selling to their admirers directly,” said event founder and organizer Cortney Heimerl.  The juried event will feature vendors ranging from seasoned artisans to amateur crafters. Simply put, “Hover Craft wants to encourage creative people to create.” 

(Full disclosure: I will have a booth there called Boho Home.)

Personally, I can’t wait to snag a new tote from Directive (pictured below), some clever greeting cards from Cracked Designs and see new work from some of my favorite local artists like Dwellephant.

Find more than 60 vendors offering edibles, pottery, jewelry, wearables and more.  Honey Pie and Mamacita’s Tamales will provide lunch and Colectivo will be pouring coffee.  There will also be beer and booze, DJs and the Packer game on TV at the bar downstairs.

Admission to Hover Craft is $3 and children are free. To see more featured vendors and additional information, click here.

Local First’s Buy Local Gift Fair will also take place on Sunday from 12-4 p.m. at the Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) with more than 40 vendors who are members of Local First, a network of more than 200 independently owned Milwaukee businesses and nonprofits.

“There will be a lot of Milwaukee-centric items like the HANmade Milwaukee bandanas, Milwaukee Home T-shirts, From Milwaukee with Love gift baskets, James Steeno watercolors of Milwaukee people and places, and more from our favorite Milwaukee artists and retailers,” said Nancy Quinn, managing director of Local First.


I can’t wait to see the new From Milwaukee with Love gift baskets choc-full of unique, Milwaukee-made products from the creative cooks at Burp.

There is free admission and free Lakefront brewery tours at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Beer, beverages and food will be available for purchase from Simmer Truck (who will be making a special panini using Milwaukee-made ingredients) and Tall Guy & a Grill.

For a full list of vendors, click here. While you are at the Local First website, take the pledge to shop local this holiday season and learn all about the impact supporting local businesses makes on our community.

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