Fresh Gift Ideas in the Berkshires

Searching for that special holiday gift getting you down? Tired of the frenzied crowds, the faceless stores and mass-produced merchandise? Then here’s a thought. Maybe you should check us out here in the Berkshires.

Our idea of holiday shopping involves the good old fashion holiday market. These festive shopping destinations showcase unique, one-of-a-kind offerings by local artisans, designers and farmers.  In fact, they’ve become my go-to place to stock up on totally original finds – the kind that has everyone raving about my creative gift giving. And remember. You can always stay overnight and get cozy at one of our Main Street hotels.

Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market
With a motto of “Buy Local, Vintage and Handmade”, this Thanksgiving weekend staple, located just across the state line in the hamlet of Hudson, NY, is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st Century craft and design fair. And with over 10,000 square feet of raw space, there’s lots and lots of really cool gift ideas for everyone on your list.  General admission: $5 for full weekend. Kids under 12 free.

Friday, November 29 from 12 pm – 7 pm

Saturday, November 30 from 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday, December 1 from 10 am – 5 pm

Berkshire Botanical Gardens
Situated on the outskirts of the village of Stockbridge, this annual year-end event finds the landmark Gardens transformed into a glistening holiday market featuring the Gallery of Wreaths (a Garden tradition), a holiday plant sale featuring hand-selected flowering plants, traditional centerpieces and holiday swags, and regional craft vendors offering a range of products from hand-made giftware and jewelry to beeswax and felted product

Saturday, December 7 from 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, December 8 from 10 am - 4 pm

New this year: A Very Botanical Feast.  Celebrate the season with libations while previewing BBG’s legendary collection of designer wreaths showcased inside the Leonhardt Galleries at BBG’s Center House. Then move to a festive sit-down meal and live auction under candlelight and shimmering botanical decorations, featuring elegant fare by Mezze.

Friday, December 6 from 6 pm – 9 pm

Berkshire Grown
Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers Markets provide an opportunity for residents and visitors throughout Berkshire County to access local foods and products in the winter months and have become an essential source of off-season income for Berkshire farmers. All markets feature locally-grown and produced foods, live music, lunch fare, and activities for children. Admission free.

Great Barrington Winter Farmers Markets
Select Saturdays November – April
from 10 am – 2 pm
November 23, December 14, January 18
February 15, March 21, April 18

Monument Valley Middle School

Williamstown Holiday Farmers Markets
Sunday, November 24 & Sunday, December 15
from 10 am – 2 pm

Williams College Towne Field House

Greylock Works
Greylock Works, or gWorks, is a North Adams-based Fall Festive and holiday market that celebrates the unique magic of the Berkshires and beyond. Set in an expansive, light-filled mill, the 30,000 square foot open marketplace includes culinary crafters, local farmers, fermenters, and the region’s best artisan makers. The event also includes a selection of local food fare and free acoustic entertainment throughout the day.  General admission $5. Children under 12 free.

Festive Holiday Market

Saturday, November 23 from 10 am – 4 pm

Handmade Holiday Festival
The Handmade Holiday Festival, located in the historic Stationery Factory in Dalton, is a curated holiday market featuring contemporary artisans, designers, farmers and food producers.  Showcasing handmade goods by local and regional artisans, it gives shoppers the opportunity to meet and support the makers of their gifts and keep holiday spending in the community! Live music, children’s art making, and delicious prepared food adds to the festivities. Admission free.

Saturday, December 7 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, December 8 from 10 am – 3 pm

Holiday Shindy
Known as one of the most spectacular handmade craft fairs in the region; the Holiday Shindy boasts all sorts of artisans, including woodworkers, toymakers, printers, jewelers, ceramicists, apothecaries, clothing designers, up-cyclers, farmers and more!  Food and music as well. The Shindy is located in The Al-Khalil Cultural Center (formerly Shire City Sanctuary) - a repurposed historic Notre Dame Church building in downtown Pittsfield. General admission $3. Children under 12 free.

Saturday December 14 & Sunday, December 15 from 10 am – 5 pm