It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us. And if you’re like most, finding the “perfect gift” can be a daunting task. Instead of heading to the mall and standing in long lines for this year’s highly commercialized “must-have gifts,” head over to one of these holiday markets and find something truly unique. Come support some great local artisans and start your holiday season off in style.

Midtown Mistletoe Market at Bagby Park  

The boutique style market features arts, handmade crafts, and epicurean style foods perfect for the one-of-a-kind people in your life. There will be holiday-inspired reusable shopping bags, candy canes, a photo booth, Santa Claus and more under the red and white tents. The Midtown Mistletoe Market at starts on Saturday, November 18, 10am to 6pm and concludes on Sunday, November 19, 11am to 4pm.

Winter Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy®

For the first time, Flea by Night, one Houston’s most popular flea markets, expands to a weekly event during the holiday season, starting on November 18 through December 16 from 6 – 10pm. Flea by Night features works by local artisans, artful kitsch, vintage, antiques and other treasures, plus live music, food trucks and more. The event is free to attend and takes place at Discovery Green.

Cheers & Beers Holiday Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

What better way to shop than with a beer in your hand? Browse one-of-a-kind products when Shop Local sets up their Cheers & Beer Holiday Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. This family-friendly event will feature plenty of local vendors, root beer floats for the kiddos, music, ugly sweaters, and even a gift wrapping section. 5pm to 10pm on Friday, December 1.

Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival

At the Pop Shop Houston, you’ll find an artfully curated festival of handmade and vintage shopping, art exhibitions, craft workshops and live music. Ticket prices range from $8 - $48, and your admission gets you sample tastings from local eateries, DIYs, beauty bar demos, visual art exhibition and, best of all, lots of handmade shopping with unique, artfully curated goods. The First 25 guests in line will get a goodie bag featuring plenty of handmade goods by local designers. Join the fun at GreenStreet from 10am – 7pm on Saturday, December 2 and 11am – 4pm on Sunday, December 3.

DesignCraft Holiday Market

The 8th Annual DesignCraft, hosted by AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Houston and the Downtown District, features the work of local artists, crafters and creatives. Located in Market Square Park, DesignCraft is the place to discover new artisans, bring the family (including your pups), and grab a bite from Niko Niko’s all in the heart of downtown. Enjoy live music and live demonstrations by local artisans as well on Saturday, December 2 from 10am – 5pm.

Heartmade Holiday Art Market

The Heartmade Holiday Art Market takes place on Main Street in downtown Houston, and features the work of more than 50 local artists, crafters and creatives. You’ll find everything from jewelry and apparel to home goods and art. The event will feature music by DJ ILL-SET, strolling Christmas carolers, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food truck fare, a children's "imagination Station" hosted by Young Audiences of Houston and much more. The Heartmade Holiday Art Market is open from 11am – 6pm on Saturday, December 9.