You can click away online or rush around the box stores, checking off names on your list.
Then there’s a more artful approach to getting your holiday shopping done.
The Central Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s 39th annual Winter Craft Market and the 11th annual Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and Fine Craft Sale promise abundant opportunities.
On Dec. 6-7, the Winter Craft Market at Mount Nittany Middle School will offer a wide array of locally made art and crafts for perusing as potential gifts.
“This year, we’re featuring over 75 artisans,” said Heidi Urbanski, market director, jewelry artist and one of the vendors. “We are a juried show, so it’s high-quality items.”
The market committee has added 14 new vendors, Urbanski said.
“So we’re very excited,” she said. “That’s a way we’re trying to keep the show new and fresh every year.”
Doors open at 10 a.m. both days, with the Saturday market lasting until 5 p.m. and the Sunday event closing an hour earlier. Admission is $3, but children under 12 can get in for free.
This year, the show could make the holidays merrier for pets as well.
In exchange for a pet food or care item brought to the door, shoppers will receive $1 off admission. Donations will go to Happy Valley Animals in Need.
The market also will make a donation to The Childbirth Education Association of State College, whose members are serving as event volunteers.
Food from Doan’s Bones Barbecue and other refreshments will be for sale.
Last year, the show drew about 2,000 people, several hundred fewer than normal, a drop Urbanski chalked up to bad weather that day. She’s counting on favorable conditions this time for the usual turnout.
“We will have a very good crowd,” she said.
Organizers of the Stocking Stuffer sale are equally hopeful.
“It’s a sale that benefits the Centre County Historical Society,” Executive Director Mary Sorensen said. “It’s our largest fundraiser of the year.”
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Dec. 5-6, the sale will feature 55 antiques vendors and artisans, including one, new this year, who recycles vintage watch parts into jewelry. Another newcomer creates stockings, flowers and other items from recycled vintage fabrics, wool and cashmere.
Painted birdhouses carved from locally grown gourds, pressed flowers, herbal gifts, vegetable glycerin soaps, wreaths and nature-inspired art will be among the diverse offerings.
Vendors will be arranged throughout the Centre Furnace Mansion’s two main upper floors, with hot cider, cookies and other treats, included with the $5 admission, served on the ground floor.
Metal artist Jerry Jackson returns with another commemorative pewter holiday ornament to add to two previous ones made for the sale. His latest, a 3-inch square like the others, depicts the mansion in the same style its predecessors showcase the Centre Furnace iron stack and the Centre Furnace bell.
All three ornaments will be $24.95 each, with proceeds going to the CCHS.
First dibs on everything go to attendees of the preview party at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets are $25 for CCHS members, $30 for non-members, but must be purchased by Dec. 1 via PayPal on the CCHS website, www.centrehistory.org.
Reservations also can be made by calling 234-4779 or emailing CCHS administrative assistant Christine Tate at firstname.lastname@example.org, and then mailing the payment.
Sorensen said about 500 people got into the holiday spirit last year at the mansion.
“It’s important to note that buying antiques and handmade crafts and so forth certainly support the local economy,” she said. “We like to make a note of that — that this not only supports the Centre County Historical Society, but also local vendors and local businesses.”