Friday, December 10, 2010

Do It. Artisanal LA and Unique LA.

Ah, it's gift-giving time. And for those who are already stressing out about what to get for your loved ones, but still want to avoid the mall and the general boring gifts, then this weekend is for you. All you'll have to do is head on over to downtown and you'll be able to hit up two of the best craft and artisanal fairs this city has to offer.First up is Artisanal LA, located at the Cooper Design Space and offering samples and delicious, delectable goodies from more than 30 local artisans. Think special treats like chocolates, fruits, pies, spices, meats, ice creams, breads, etc. Basically anything your inner foodie could desire.

Cooper Design Center is located at 851 Santee St. in downtown. Admission is $6 (cash at the door), which includes a free beverage, roasted chestnuts (really!), and donation-based gift wrap.

Then there's Unique LA at the California Market Center. They've got all your crafty gift dreams in order, from T-shirts and scarves and apparel to jewelry, home decor, posters, and pet things. And this ain't your Grandma's crafts (no offense); the selection, like from Artisanal LA, comes from great and accomplished vendors. There'll even be an Amoeba pop-up shop!

The California Market Center is located at 110 E. 9th St. in downtown. Admission is $10, which includes free beverages, DIY workshops and photo booth fun.

Best part about this all? They're right down the street from each other, and you can go to both at a discounted price if you keep your wristband for at least one (Get $1 off Artisanal with a Unique wristband/Get 2-for-1 admission at Unique with an Artisanal wristband). It'll definitely be good for shopping for unique and personable gifts, and you'll be helping out local artists too. Don't pass up this super easy way to get all your holiday shopping done!

Both events are taking place both Saturday and Sunday, from 11am-6pm.

-- Chau Tu

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