Jumpstart your Holiday Shopping at the Hoboken City Hall Holiday Crafts Fair

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we all know what that means – Christmas isn’t far behind, which means that we will all soon be busy searching for gifts for our friends and family.

To find gifts that can’t be found on just any Internet shopping site, head to the Hoboken City Hall Holiday Crafts Fair on Dec. 3 and 4  at Hoboken City Hall at 94 Washington Street, where you can find three floors of artwork and unique handcrafted gift items by local crafters and artisans. You can expect to find jewelry, art, notecards, jewelry boxes, leather bags and hand knits of scarves, shawls, hats, sweaters, blankets and more.

There will also be tons of events at this festive fair to get you in the holiday spirit. There will be free photos with Santa taken by Kelly Photo Boutique on Sunday in front of City Hall, a Meet Mrs. Claus event and face painting both days on the second floor, and caroling by Girl Scout Junior Troop 12023 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 on the steps in front of City Hall. Also, the Green Pear Café will be selling coffee, tea, sweets and sandwiches on the second floor and Jamie Fundinger will be wrapping gifts at her table on the ground floor.

Some of the other vendors you can expect to find include Elizabeth Caparaz who sells Giclee prints and cards as well as “Day of the Dead” ornaments and figurines, Charley and Hudson who sell comfy kids’ clothing, scarves onesies, tees and throw pillows and Tomslitehouse Soy Candles who sell 100 percent hand poured soy candles.

Holiday Shopping in Hoboken

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If you’re still shopping for the holidays, you can find a gift for everyone on your list by taking a stroll down Washington Street. There’s everything you can think of from baked goods, to packaged fitness classes, to an assortment of gift items. Check out Carlo’s Bakery (95 Washington St.), home of the Cake Boss, and pick up some cannoli – it’s sure to be a hit at your office party! Or purchase a bag of delicious Haitian coffee beans at bwè kafe (1002 Washington St.) to please the coffee connoisseur on your list.

 You can try Fleet Feet (604 Washington St.) for your fitness happy friend. They offer an 11-week program that prepares runners for a spring challenge, in addition to their more general walking and athletic gear. And if that’s not quite what you’re looking for, perhaps a 10-pack of yoga classes at Surya Yoga studios (618 Washington St.) will do the trick. With 2 convenient locations in Hoboken, they also offer promotional packages to those who aren’t ready to commit to 10 classes.

 And to make your life easier this holiday season, free parking is being offered in city garages with a purchase of $25 or more, now through the end of the holiday season. Shoppers can park for free in municipal garages for up to four hours if they present receipts from local merchants for purchases totaling $25 or more to the parking attendant.

o out in Hoboken and get that Christmas list finished!

Holiday Shopping around Hoboken

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Shop local and get a head start on gifts for the holidays in Hoboken! There are so many fantastic places to check out right in our neighborhood.

Mint Market is the go-to place for unique statement jewelry. They have the best variety of clothing and you can find anything from party dresses, to causal wear, to something sexy. Pricing is one of the most reasonable in town, as you can walk out with a few things under $100.

 Located on 510 Washington St., Symposia is a fantastic local bookstore. This is a palace of used books and if you are a book hunting connoisseur you need to make your way out there to view the staggering and amazing book collection. The service is excellent as the employees know their literature and are willing to go above and beyond. Support your local bookstore!

 The Washington General Store is a whimsical gift store, specializing in unique products – from chandeliers to fine tea. Located on Hoboken’s historic Washington St., Washington General Store is the place to get inspired, spruce up your home, or find the perfect gift.

The Frayed Knot is a laid back shop with an eclectic mix of old and new. The inventory is an adventure in very reasonably priced antique treasures, vintage and mid-century furnishings, art, project pieces, and unique items perfect for a loved one.

 Committed to providing unique toys, amazing customer service and a passion for toys, the Big Fun Toy Store is one of the most engaging stores to visit around Hoboken. Quirky and fun-loving, the store’s staff will help you find the perfect gift. They have a great selection of educational toys for children of all ages, as well as unique gift items that anyone would love.