It seems that winter has hit North Idaho in full force already this year, with cold chills and dustings of snow. Before we know it, the holidays will be here! We’ll be drinking peppermint cocoa, listening to carolers and exchanging gifts by the fire. One of my favorite traditions each year is shopping local to find unique Pacific Northwest gifts for friends and family, and the best place to find these gems is at the annual Holiday Market by the CDA Makers.
This year, the third annual Holiday Market is schedule to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. The event is put on the by CDA Makers, a local group of more than 40 “makers,” or small business owners who create their own products and sell them at markets several times each year. It’s incredible to see some of the products that people right here in the Pacific Northwest have dreamed up and created completely by hand! Check out some of my favorites who will be at the Holiday Market this year:
If you want Christmas in a jar, these are for you! These beautiful wood wick, soy wax candles, created by Brian Dalrymple, are made right in Spokane and capture all the best holiday scents, from Apple & Maple Bourbon to Cranberry Noel.
The Woolly Woodsmen
This is an especially unique maker; two popular businesses have combined to form the first maker duo at the market! Jack Laude and Ron Ulrich have combined their talents for woodworking and felt-work, respectively, to create a rustic blend of their arts. I’m so excited to see what products they are bringing to the market!
Each year, I make it a goal to shop at local businesses for as many holiday gifts as I can. Not only are you supporting someone who lives and works in the same area as you, but the money you spend with them stays in your local community; studies show that for every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 stays in the community! That’s because local businesses are more likely to support other local businesses — such as area banks, farmers or other service providers — and they’re more likely to give back to area nonprofits because they care about and are invested in the community. It’s a win for everyone involved!
In addition to finding some really unique, adorable gifts for my loved ones, the Holiday Market makes holiday wrapping a breeze. There is a totally free gift-wrapping station, hosted by Embrace Realty Group. Do you know how much time this is going to save me? When I leave the market, my gifts will all be beautifully wrapped and ready to put under the tree.
For those of you with little ones in tow, there are even fun activities for the kids. Quest Academy North Idaho is hosting a free cookie decorating booth for children who attend the market. Not only do they get to leave with a sweet treat, but your kids also get the joy of creating something by hand, just like the makers at the market!
If you want to keep an eye out for even more amazing artists and plan your shopping before the event, check out the CDA Makers Facebook and Instagram pages. Otherwise, I’ll see you at the Holiday Market!