Head to Handmade this weekend if you want to give the gift of design for Christmas. The Market, held over three glittering days, is the best place to find a unique piece that will be not only beautiful, but handmade, Australian, sustainable and in support of small business. On Friday, the market will open at 5pm and present the best of Australian design artisans from the Canberra region and around the country. These designers have spent months putting collections together, selecting materials, handcrafting their products and planning their beautiful stalls so you can find the perfect gift when you shop at the market.

When you arrive, you will find a curated selection of beautiful stalls displaying homewares, fashion, accessories, children’s products, scented indulgences and gifts. Open 5pm until 9pm on Friday, then again from 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, there is plenty of opportunity to explore the design halls – the Budawang Building and Conference Centre at EPIC. From the very generous big gifts, through to tiny trinkets and stocking fillers, everyone is catered for at Handmade. Whether it’s for baby’s first Christmas, a toddler treasure, trendy teen present, or the man or lady in your life, there’s plenty on offer, along with Christmas decorations and accessories to add to the seasonal fun.

One of the best things about our designers (apart from their smiles and Christmas cheer) is that they are ready to chat with you about their inspiration, products and experience, so you can find out all about your unique find and take it away in the knowledge that you have supported an Australian artisan. Then you can tell the story of your gift’s provenance when it’s opened. Intricate jewellery, bold accessories and unique fashion displays will help you to find the right present for even the hard to buy for fashionista. The home lover will gush over the gift of homewares, from artisan art to clever ceramics. And ethical nutritious skincare will also be on display, with a potion for every skin type, all with a story behind them.

And when your bags are full, head to the Coorong Pavilion for a delicious festive drink, reviving coffee or street food snack. Then you can wander around our Gourmet Food Hall, and try all manner of drinks in the Handmade bar area, taking home luxury pantry items, made and displayed by the producers themselves for your holiday menu. More about the food and drink offerings in our next article so keep reading.

So, make sure you include Handmade in your plans for this weekend, and put us on your Christmas shopping list – 5pm until 9pm on Friday, 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free and parking is free. We’ll see you there!