The holiday season seems to get busier every year and before you know it, the time to find Christmas gifts and decorations has almost passed. Luckily, these 2014 Sacramento-area events and businesses are ready to help you handle those hectic mid- to late-December situations. So whether the holidays just snuck up on you this year or if you are a chronic last-minute shopper, there is no reason for fear. This year it will not be necessary to shop at a gas station for your loved ones’ presents or to haunt the all-night mini marts for ornaments and wreaths.
Handmade Holidays 2014
Beatnik Studios
723 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 400-4281

Date: Dec. 20, 2014

Beatnik Studios presents its 6th annual holiday craft fair and holiday market, which will take place in the 100-year-old renovated factory in downtown Sacramento that the group calls home. A variety of creative local artisans will be selling unique, handcrafted items including jewelry, clothing, accessories, toys, pottery and other works of art. The studio, a photography cooperative, event and wedding space, art gallery and music venue, will be a festive place that day, and you will be able to find just the right presents for everyone on your shopping list.

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918 24th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 930-0600

PeraDice deserves its reputation as one of the best places in the region for cool gifts, and the owners really pull out the stops during their holiday market festivities. The self-declared “Christmas fantasy store” offers unique gifts that are just right for those on your list – no one will ever believe you did your shopping at the last minute. The festive, friendly and fanciful shop carries a handpicked selection of jewelry for men and women, art, home decor, books, cards, candles, lotions, iPhone cases, comic book heroes and absolutely the most interesting holiday decorations. Spice up your holiday tree with a range of ornaments from camp to classic and elegant to amusing. Keep an eye out for the enchanting dragon ornaments by Kurt S. Adler.

AAZK Holiday Wreath/Mistletoe Sale
Sacramento Zoo
3930 W. Land Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 808-5888

Date: Dec. 20-21, 2014

Getting to the North Pole in time to buy festive holiday greenery from a certain red-nosed reindeer might be tough, but the Sacramento Zoo gives you the next best option. On the last Saturday and Sunday before Christmas, representatives of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will be selling special decorations as a fundraiser. Festive homemade wreaths are available, as are kiss-inspiring mistletoe bundles grown right in the zoo. AAZK is a volunteer operated 501c3 nonprofit focused on education, conservation and high-quality care for zoo animals, and proceeds from the sale will benefit the AAZK Greater Sacramento chapter.

Certified Farmers Market
State Parking Lot
8th and W Streets
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 688-0100

Date: Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

One of the perks of living in the Sacramento area is the wide array of locally grown produce, foods and products. It is easy to find great gifts among the market stalls, but come early for the best selection. Make a gift basket of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables; you can choose from many more varieties than you will ever see in a grocery store. Add in fresh flowers, flowering herbs, poinsettia and other plants, or choose from local wines, nuts, artisanal cheeses, olive oils, vinegars, fresh breads and baked goods, gorgeous wreaths and greenery and gifts made from locally grown lavender. Favorites include the great selection of honey varieties from Lienert’s and Glashoff Farms jams and sauces.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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