Bags of Halloween candy barely had time to get settled in their final resting places (shopping carts with big "Clearance!" signs on them) before their red-and-green cousins stuffed the coveted shelves in grocery store seasonal aisles. For some, it's demoralizing to see evidence of a holiday that is still several weeks away, while others are ready to fill the house with Santa figurines the minute Thanksgiving dishes are done.
Regardless which side of the Christmas chasm you’re on, here's a list of some of the holiday markets that can help excited little elves get started checking off their gift list early, and grouchy grinches can get some shopping out of the way.
Now Through Dec. 20
Boise Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., through Dec. 20, FREE, indoors at the Idaho Linen Supply Building, 516 S. Eighth St.
Capital City Public Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., through Dec. 20, FREE, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets
Weekend of Nov. 21-23
All Saints Episcopal Church Fifth Annual Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 21-22, Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; FREE, 704 S. Latah St.
Canyon Country Christmas Show
Nov. 21-23, Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; adults $4, seniors $3; Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa
Eagle Holiday Festival and Craft Market
Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Eagle Nazarene Church, 1001 W. State St.
Fifth Annual Robotics Craft Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Vision Charter School, 19291 Ward Lane, Caldwell
Get your holiday shopping done early and see some cool robotics demonstrations as you support FTC Robotics team 2997, Beauty Bot and the Beasts at their holiday craft bazaar. Bigger and better than ever, the bazaar features all types of vendors.
Handmade with Love Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $10, Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Dr.
Enjoy free hot apple cider or hot cocoa as you browse handmade items from crafters in the Treasure Valley. Donations to IBHM are always appreciated.
Risen Christ Catholic Community Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, 11511 Lake Hazel Road
Seventh Annual Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE, 1789 E. Heritage Park Lane
Wintry Market: Handmade for the Holidays
Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE. El Korah Shrine 1118 W. Idaho St.
Innovative and original items produced by 44 vendors from around Idaho, plus a Kids' Craft Workshop by Bricolage, coffee by Joe 2 Go, donuts by Guru Donuts, food truck by P. Ditty Wraps, local live music curated by Go Listen Boise and a winter-themed photo booth.
26th Annual Ada County Employees Holiday Bazaar
Monday, Dec. 1, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St.
Open to the public, one hour free parking.
Boise Christmas Show
Dec. 5-7, Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $5, seniors $4, children 12 and younger FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St.
Boise International Market: Multicultural Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE, 5823 W. Franklin Road
Find unique international gifts, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, food, coffee and teas. There will be music, dancing and other activities.
Hip Holiday Craft Market
Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa
Tis the season to shop local and handmade from over 30 of the valley's finest, hippest crafters and artists.
Georgia Wadsworth Benefit Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Nampa Senior Center, 207 Constitution Way, Nampa
Check out the vendors, entertainment and music by CYMRY, food from Cacicia's, balloon twister, face painting and even photo ops with Santa himself. Wadsworth passed away Sept. 12, and proceeds from a raffle will help her grandchildren buy a headstone for her grave.
Hidden Springs Bizarre Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Dry Creek Mercantile, 5892 W. Hidden Springs Dr.
Idaho Arts Charter School Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE, 1220 Fifth St. N., Nampa
Get your holiday shopping done by choosing among handcrafted items such as hats, scarves, pottery, jewelry, artwork, baked goods, and more from over 25 vendors. Free photos with Santa and soup lunch are available.
Mother's Day is tomorrow. If this is news to you, take a moment to pat down the those hairs that just stood on end, take a deep breath and keep reading.
Today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fusions Glass Studio at 347 S. Edgewood Lane in Eagle will host Share a Glass Experience. Create a fused glass project with your mom, make a $5 I Love Mom glass sun-catcher or check out any of the other glass projects while eating cookies and drinking tea.
Make a day of it with your mom, or sit down alone and hammer out something precious for her because if you show up for brunch tomorrow empty handed, your mom will give you a look you'll never forget.
Coming soon to a Starbucks near you: a $7 cup of coffee.
Starbucks has unveiled its most expensive coffee yet—a rare Costa Rican blend known as "Geisha"—that costs $40 for half-pound bag, $6 for a tall cup and $7 for a grande, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
For now, the Geisha variety is only available in 48 stores, half of them in Seattle, and the stores can't keep it in stock. According to the Post-Intelligencer, an online Starbucks offering the blend earlier this month sold out in 24 hours.
Jimmy Kimmel even got in on the craze on his late-night show. You can watch that below:
If you're like us at Boise Weekly, you had work to do on Black Friday. (And what a drag that was, missing the endless lines just to get into the mall; lacking bruises to prove you were first in line at Best Buy when the 60-inch TV deal was announced.)
But really, if you're actually anything like us, your ideal holiday shopping experience is far, far away from the mall, and the thought of $200 Playstation 3 sounds about the same as a $2 oil drum full of off-brand mayonnaise.
For us, there's the Edwards Greenhouse Holiday Open House, Sunday, Nov. 25, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Edwards, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, will host local vendors hawking their wares, a wine tasting, refreshments and Santa Claus.
The Boise Towne Square mall will soon welcome a new retail shop that is sure to provoke a mad dash similar to the Nordstrom Rack hullabaloo.
Swedish clothing company H&M plans to open its first Idaho outlet, filling the space formerly occupied by Borders books, next to the Cheesecake Factory at the mall. The location has remained empty since the Borders chain went out of business in 2011.
An exterior remodel of the 22,000-square-foot space will put the look in line with other H&M stores. The chain is known for featuring affordable yet fashionable clothing and accessories for men, women and children.
The Boise H&M store will join more than 200 locations scattered across the United States. As of now, the closest outlets are in Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore.
Boiseans took advantage of the sunshine on June 10 to celebrate the Gem State at Think Boise First’s Loyalty to Local event. Families gathered in the welcome shade of the gazebo at Edwards Greenhouse to peruse booths from local businesses, create upcycled craft projects, nosh on local food-truck fare and sample beers from Payette Brewery.
“This is the first Loyalty to Local,” said Annabelle Gardner, event coordinator for Think Boise First. “It’s kind of the kickoff for a month-long celebration of local independence in general.”
Think Boise First is spending the month of June promoting awareness of local businesses, ending with a July 4th celebration for Local Independence Day. The events focus on achieving community sustainability through practices like buying from local businesses, recycling and upcycling.
A craft table at Loyalty to Local allowed children to build canvasses from recycled and discarded materials. Volunteers from ReUse Market were kept busy by a large crowd of crafty kids, who surrounded the table while their parents met with local businesses at booths around the gazebo’s edges. Live music from local artists complimented the buzz of activity.
For Gardner, Loyalty to Local was an opportunity to show Boiseans some of the ways they can support local sustainability.
“We want to show people what’s out there,” she said. “People care about it and they want to support their community but they’re not entirely sure how they can do that.”
Think Boise First is looking forward to new opportunities to help Boiseans practice sustainability, and to better the city in the process.
“Promoting local businesses not only empowers the community, it keeps business here, keeps jobs here and keeps money here,” said Gardner.
It's time to harness your inner artist and foodie and watch the two worlds collide in a burst of green.
Think Boise First and Edwards Greenhouse are inviting community members to join them for Loyalty to Local, a free event featuring local businesses and organizations. The event will include Calle 75 street tacos, Bucksnort Rootbeer, suds from Payette Brewery, live music from local bands, and a raffle full of local treats.
Volunteers from ReUse Market will teach Boiseans upcycling techniques for making canvases out of recycled wood, vinyl and fabric. And green-thumbed guests can take home seedlings in pots made out of recycled paper towel rolls.
Loyalty to Local takes place today, Sunday, June 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at Edwards Greenhouse. All ages are welcome.