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8 Fun Ways to Shop Local this Holiday Season

Your list has been made, you double-checked your bank account, the wrapping paper is on stand-by...

Its that time of year again:

Holiday shopping season.

And even though Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are now under our belts, there are still tons of great (and fun) ways to shop local this holiday season.

Want to get that loved one something super unique this year AND feel great about your purchase?

Here are some great opportunities to shop local this holiday season:

12/1-3 - MIAD Holiday Sale@ MIAD

Buying gifts for art lovers? December 1-3 you can swing by MIAD and browse thousands of local gifts all created by MIAD students and alumni. Plus, all purchases go directly to the artist, as well as various MIAD scholarships, so you can feel great about buying that awesome artwork.

12/2 - Celestial Seasons Greetings! @ Voyageur Book Shop

Not sure how to properly say 'Happy Holidays' this year? Have a professional write it! Professional typewriter duo Anja Notanja Sieger and Andrea Becker will be hanging out at Bay View's Voyageur Book Shop ready to write your loved one the perfect poem... and grab a book after.

12/2 - Var Gallery Anniversary Collective Exhibition

This Friday, come celebrate the holidays along with Var's two-year anniversary at their Walker's Point studio. Check out the stunning work by their artists-in-residence and don't forget to pick up a cool local piece for a loved one.

12/2 - Mistletoe Market Craft and Art Fair @ Waukesha County Expo Center

Featuring 100 artist across the Midwest, take a trip to Waukesha and check out this massive craft and art fair.

12/4 - Hover Craft @ Pritzlaff Building  

With over 70 talented vendors, swing by Hover Craft this Sunday and pick up everything from pottery and jewelry to illustrations and poetry. Plus, with snacks from Honeypie and Colectivo coffee available, its bound to be a one-stop shop for great local goods.

12/8 - City Hall Neighborhood Sale - City Hall

Stop by City Hall and pick up one of Historic Milwaukee's famous Milwaukee neighborhood posters, magnet or notecard for the Milwaukee-lover in your life.

12/10 - Made in NerdWaukee @ 42 Ale House

Nerds unite! Get your favorite nerd the perfect gift at this local fair specializing in all things geeky, nerdy and steampunky.

12/17 - Last Minute Holiday Pop-Up Shop @ 5706 Vliet St.

Oh man, forgot to get a gift for Uncle Chuck again? This last-minute pop-up shop is the perfect chance to grab that local gift that slipped your mind.

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