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Phoestivus Market 2012: Handmade Holidays Gifts For One and All

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The annual Phoenix tradition of holiday shopping, airing of grievances, and festivities kicked off its two-day run on Wednesday night at the Phoenix Public Market. This year's Phoestivus features dozens of local vendors, plenty of munchies, and a beer garden.

From 4 to 8 p.m. the downtown community gathered to complain about the record winter heat and check a few more names off the Christmas shopping list. Didn't make it to the first installment of the Seinfeld-inspired event? Don't worry, we've got some highlights to help you get ready for next week.

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With about 50 vendors to peruse, this year's event offers a variety of gifts for most everyone left on your Christmas list.

  • We couldn't leave without picking up a letterpress broadside from Hazel & Violet ($10) and a few holiday cards (5 for $20). The design-lover on your list will appreciate the centuries old craft of hand-printed letterpress art.
  • For the young family you're thinking of this Christmas season, we couldn't help but admire the handmade toys from Nina and Grapey. The unique, brightly colored monkeys would bring a smile to any child's face. More funky options include one-eyed sock monsters that come in a variety of colors and styles of apparel.
  • We thought fondly of our feline-loving friends when passing by Moderncat Studio, who brought their collection of design-focused cat products to the event. For $15 and less you can pick up a beautiful and functional gift for a cat-owning co-worker of for your own furry friend.
  • The true Phoenician would love to own a Phoenix landmark T-shirt featuring a variety of unmistakable Valley buildings including Hanny's department store, the Westward Ho, and Bill Johnson's Big Apple, to name a few. The designs from Retro Spectacular come on a variety of styles and colors of shirts for men, women and children.
  • B. Luxe offered a selection of braided leather bracelets that screamed stocking stuffer for all the fashionable ladies out there. Starting at about $25 a piece, the bracelets come with or without studs and in a range of colors to suit any type of style.
  • The monster goods from Steam Crow included plenty of limited-edition steam punk, monster art and kawaii food cuteness. For smaller gift ideas, we admired the badges, buttons and miniature prints.
  • For the loveable yet self-deprecating friend (or for the unicorn you may or may not know), try checking out the Sebastien Million LLC booth with a selection of prints and cards with the funny, furry animals for which the artist has become known.

Other popular items included:

  • desert plants such as tabletop cacti
  • home goods including candles, coasters and kitchen accessories
  • painted tiles and pottery
  • photography and art prints
  • organic soaps, perfumes and home scents

For the complete list of vendors, visit the Phoestivus website. The second and final night of the event will take place on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Market.

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