Are you looking for a non-generic holiday gift option? Would you rather give your hard-earned dollars to an artist or artisan than to Amazon.com? Yeah, me too. So I'm thinking about checking out the Unique Los Angeles independent design and gift extravaganza this weekend. This is their second annual event and the largest independent design show on the West Coast, featuring over 300 designers and artists.
There's a $10 entry fee, but it goes to support 826LA, an incredible local non-profit that focuses on expository and creative writing skills for students with one-one-one tutoring, workshops, classroom programs and English language teaching. You also get a tote bag, a drink ticket, and two-day access to the booths and art workshops.
Since I usually end up buying half my gifts from etsy anyhow, it's nice not paying for shipping and knowing more of my dollars are supporting local artists (and therefore local communities) while giving me the chance to build relationships with people whose work I admire.
When: December 5-6, 11am - 6pm
Where: California Market Center (110 East 9th Street - Map It)