In today's consumer culture, it can be hard to see past the millions of gadgets and gizmos that are pushed at you during the holiday season. Finding a thoughtful and fun one-of-a-kind gift that actually means something suddenly becomes harder than navigating your way through those big-box stores. Thankfully, the No Coast Craft-o-Rama is here to the rescue. By showcasing the delightful works of the Crafters Local 612 and others, this annual event brings unique goods into the spotlight just in time for the gift-giving season. The group also strives throughout the year to bring artists, designers, and crafters support and educational opportunities in the Twin Cities area. Vendors at No Coast have all been hand-selected, so you can be sure the crafts for sale are among the best in handmade goods. Whether you like the adorable embroidery of Penguin and Fish, the quirky monster-inspired goods by Happycloud Thunderhead, nature-themed goods by Ink Orchard, or hilarious letterpress prints by Zeichen Press, there's something for everyone with about 100 different vendors flaunting their talents and creations. The Midtown Global Market will host this free, two-day event, so after working up an appetite shopping for plushies and jewelry, you can visit the market for some great eats. Visit nocoastcraft.com/nocoast for more info.
Fri., Dec. 2, 3-8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011