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5 Off the Beaten Path Holiday Shopping

2012 Non-traditional shopping experiences


Some people are difficult to shop for and a gift card isn't as much fun to wrap. Check out these off the mall path shopping experiences that are great for unique finds.

1. Gifts of the Craftsmen Holiday Exhibition and Sale

November 11 - December 23, 2012
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus

From the website: The Ohio Craft Museum's 13th annual holiday exhibition and sale will feature handcrafted jewelry, pottery, art glass, baskets, clothing and more, all created by over 60 fine craft artists. All works are suitably priced for holiday gift giving. Don't Miss: Short North Gallery Hop

2. 8th Annual Craftin' Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair

November 17, 2012
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gateway Film Center
1550 N. High St., Columbus

From the website: Craftin' Outlaws is one of the only craft events to showcase 'alternative' crafts from all over the Midwest. Modern handmade goods from more than 50 regional vendors will be available for sale, including clothing, jewelry, paintings, posters, ceramics, knitted accessories, stuffed animals, soap, stationery, skateboards, and home decor.

Don't Miss: 5 Great Holiday Light Displays

3. Winterfair

November 30 - December 2, 2012
Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Adults $7. Children 12 and under free.
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus

From the website: A holiday artists' market where fairgoers will find unique and beautiful handcrafted articles for the home, office or gift giving. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts, including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metal, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more.

Don't Miss: Resale Row

4. Columbus College of Art and Design Art Sale

December 1, 2012
Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Columbus College of Art & Design
107 N. Ninth St., Columbus

From the website: Come to the annual CCAD Holiday Art Sale to find amazing work by students and alumni. Take home great art and support local artists - all admission fees fund student scholarships and art sales go directly to an artist on the rise.

Don't Miss: Dine Originals Week

5. Illuminating Shopping

December 7, 2012
Friday 6-9 p.m.
Downtown Worthington
High St., Worthington

Worthington is a beautiful area just outside of the Clintonville neighborhood and its downtown is quaint, charming and when lit for the holidays - magical. The shops have a small town feel with big city goods. From the website: Attend a special First Friday with our Illuminating Shopping event. Enjoy wine and cheese, live music, carriage rides and holiday specials while you shop amid glowing luminaries.

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