Fall is in the air, and as Florida gets hit with the crisp, cool weather that characterizes these early days of the holiday season, we grow increasingly excited for Thanksgiving in just a few short weeks. Of course, this also means that holiday shopping is upon us, which means crowded malls and department stores.
Why not adopt a change of pace? Instead of joining the heavy holiday crowds to buy the same old things you buy every year, why not head to a place where you can find artsy, original and thoroughly unique gifts by local and national artisans? This weekend, take the plunge and head to the popular and lively The Villages at Spanish Springs for the 18th Annual The Villages Craft Festival at Spanish Springs Nov. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From jewelry to textiles, from photography to ceramics, we promise you’ll find affordable and unique gifts at great prices. Whether you have a budget of $3 or $3,000, you can’t go wrong with pieces handcrafted with love in the U.S.A. Not sure where to get started? Here are some simple ideas you can keep in mind for the various personalities on your gift shopping list.
For the cook. For the foodies in your life who love homemade sauces and dips to incorporate into their favorite dishes, Pastamore by Donna will be on hand sharing her yummiest concoctions with the masses. From 18-year-old balsamic vinegars to cold-pressed 100% pure olive oil, and everything in between, Donna Berry and Richard DeSimone will be at this weekend’s craft festival with sauces and dips for the most discriminating palates. Not content with just sauces? Add a little homemade pasta for an Italian feast gift basket your foodie will never forget.
For the kids. For the little music lovers in your life, a bit of personalized entertainment goes a long way. That’s how Russ and Janine Bono at Winkadoodle have chosen a niche market to cater to — a niche that may prove to be a hit in your home with the kiddos this holiday season. Imagine your little boy or girl popping in their new CD of music into the player and hearing their name on the CD! You’re no doubt going to have some very excited young ones in your life when you bring their very own Winkadoodle CD home for the holidays.
For the gardener. For those of us with at least one serious gardener in our lives, the holidays are a no-brainer. After all, what better gift than to give them the tools and seeds necessary to make their spring bloom in style? Luis Miguel Garcia of Art Studios Inc., has the perfect collection of ceramic garden markers to bring life and personality to your favorite gardener’s earthy haven. Whether they have a modest herb garden or a larger-than-life Eden, these charming ceramic markers will make every gardener in your life smile.
For the home decor lover. For many of us who love decorating our homes for the holidays, craft festivals are a great way of finding one-of-a-kind decor that truly represents who we are and what we love. Annie Gray of Beachy Wreaths is ready to usher the home decor lover in your life with beautiful and eclectic decorative wreaths in all sorts of autumn styles. Beach lovers will especially appreciate her affinity for beach life, as she incorporates her love of sea-inspired pieces into her wreath designs. This is a gift that home lovers in your life will cherish and enjoy for years to come.
Come say hello to November and get a head start on your holiday shopping this weekend at the 18th Annual The Villages Craft Festival at Spanish Springs starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public, so be sure to bring the whole family to the Spanish Springs town square Nov. 1-2 for a great time. Join our social media communities on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram for news, laughs and great ideas. Don’t forget to tag your posts with #ACECraftFest!