Being a great gift-giver is a gift unto itself. For starters, when you're good at this holiday thing, your family members don't give you specific (and uninspiring) shopping lists of gift-card options they're requesting to avoid the sweater/appliance disasters of holidays past. With this extra leeway, you can really get thoughtful and creative, and shop sales like Artropy, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard). Packed full of handmade goodies -- including Buddha Body & Bath's natural body care products, quirky T-shirts from Farmhaus and beautiful jewelry from a variety of vendors -- this sale will have you checking off people on your shopping list in a hurry. And when you and yours are all gathered 'round to open gifts, and these Artropy-purchased ones from you are the clear favorites, you can proclaim that they were made by local artists, and basically, you win -- and so do the area crafters! Admission is free to Artropy; visit www.artropycraftshow.com for a full list of vendors.
Sat., Dec. 7, 2013