Best Place for Hipster Christmas Gifts (2011)

Unique L.A.

Wondering where to find the ideal Star Wars-spoofing T-shirt, felt cactus, letterpress cards or jewelry made from typewriter keys? Mark your calendar now for the holiday versions of Unique L.A. (Dec. 3-4) and Renegade Craft Fair (Dec. 10-11). At their summer editions, both drew vendors offering a divine assortment of hand-crafted items of adornment and decoration, organic soaps, pet treats and delicacies including brownies and flavored oils. There was about 20 percent overlap among vendors, as well as some key differences: Unique L.A. was held outdoors at Los Angeles Historic State Park (and will be again in December), admission was free, and there were a number of workshops and hands-on outlets for crafty types. Renegade Craft Fair was at Barker Hangar, and your $10 admission got you a canvas bag, free admission to the OC Fair or Craft & Folk Art Museum, and free food and drink samples, ranging from Diet Coke to Black Star beer. Both, of course, had food trucks. Either way, we advise wearing comfortable shoes, bringing plenty of cash and being open to the possibilities. renegadecraft.com; uniquela.com.

—Lisa Horowitz

Location Details

1245 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles CA 90012

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