Grab one of Tina Seamonster’s Obama vs. Zombies T-shirts at Grump on Saturday. (Tina Henry)

Shopping for loved ones who prefer obscure vinyl and locally-made knitwear can be an ordeal, requiring hours of Etsy surfing and hand-wringing.

Good thing, then, that three holiday markets in the coming days offer not just ironic T-shirts and records, but ice cream sandwiches, DJs and booze to make it a little more fun for stressed-out shoppers, too. One tip before you get shopping? Arrive early to snap up the best stuff first.


This alt-market for the holidayed-out was created by two Crafty Bastards veterans and is set for Artisphere on Saturday. Listen to DJs and grab drinks while you peruse the goods from 40 indie crafters selling everything from weird plush toys to Tina Seamonster’s Obama/zombie-themed tees. (Perfect inaugural wear, we think.)

Night Market

Ice cream sandwiches should take the edge off the tab you’ll run up at this one-night market Saturday at the new Ulysses Room art space near Bloomingdale. Among the vendors: De Nada, offering luxe knit scarves and hats; Worn Abroad, selling clothing from around the world; One Mango Tree, with fair-trade textiles from Ugandan weavers; and artist Kelly Towles, with T-shirts and art work in his graffiti style. For the locavore in your life, pick up a jar of locally-made Gordy’s Pickles.

Rock ’N’ Shop

The Black Cat’s annual flea market for hipster procrastinators is a tradition in these parts. The Dec. 19 event will be the perfect place to scoop up this year’s best albums on vinyl, and for finding vintage scarves, rock posters and screen-printed T-shirts. Once your cash is spent, stick around, sip on pints of beer and listen to punk rock blare in the background.

More holiday ideas on the Going Out Guide:

Where to find holiday foods from around the world

Best holiday beer events

Twenty-five top holiday events in Washington