Looking for unique, last-minute gifts? Pittsburgh City Paper has a few markets with great finds for anyone on your list, whether it’s a family member, friend, or four-legged companion.
Head to the Howliday Market at Ace Hotel (6-10 p.m., Thu., Dec. 19. 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. $10 donation. acehotel.com/Pittsburgh), an event offering everything for that special pup in your life. It also serves as a benefit for three animal rescue groups – the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Biggies Bullies, and Humane Animal Rescue.
Jamie Paustenbaugh, a scout for Howliday Market organizer Camp Bow Wow Pittsburgh, says the event will feature many vendors specializing in handmade pet accessories, treats, and toys, as well as on-site artists specializing in caricature and pet portraits. There will also be handmade jewelers, pet photos with Santa, and more.
“We anticipate this to be a well-attended event, as we’ve done similar holiday events at Ace Hotel in the past,” says Paustenbaugh.
For the foodie in your life, check out the Bloomfield Saturday Winter Market (11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 21. 5050 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. bloomfieldnow.org). The neighborhood staple, which happens twice a month, features a long list of vendors selling sustainably grown coffee beans, handcrafted teas, homemade delights like baked goods and small-batch hummus, and more. There are also vendors selling non-food items like all-natural skin care and soap.
The Small Mall store combines new art with body-positive stocking stuffers during the Fizzpop (up) market (1-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 21. 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free. caseydroege.com/small-mall). See the latest works on display at the artist-run space while perusing fun, adult-oriented goods from Fizzpop, a local company that specializes in pins, patches, and other small items celebrating the many variations of the female form.
Sing while you shop during the Carol Sing and Artisan Market at De Fer Coffee & Tea (7-9:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 21. 2002 Smallman St., Strip District. Free. defer.coffee). Hosted by Sparks House, a local, faith-based arts nonprofit, the event will feature live music and a market selling a variety of handmade goods, including knitwear, jewelry, paintings, woodworks, and more.
If you’re heading Downtown for the many seasonal festivities, you may as well visit the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square (Continues through Mon., Dec 23. Forbes Ave. and Market St., Downtown. Free. peoples-gas.com/holiday-market). Inspired by German Christmas markets, the annual tradition boasts a small village of tiny chalets selling goods from local artists and from around the world, including Irish gifts at the Celtic Gift Shoppe and Pittsburgh-inspired designs from KLoRebel Art.