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Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Dec. 23
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 22
12-4 p.m. and 2-8 p.m.
Art, Barhopping, Fashion and Style, Food and Drink, Holiday

Well, crap. You waited until the last moment to finish up Christmas shopping, didn’t you? Fortunately, you won’t have to gift anyone windshield wipers from the gas station or sift through the slim pickings at Target, as there are two pop-up events tonight. First, you can give the gift of delicious vegan sweets at Herbivorous Butcher’s holiday pop-up shop (507 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-208-0992). Friday from noon to 4 p.m. you can scoop up treats while they last. There will be cupcakes; choose from flavors like hot chocolate, chocolate candy cane, gingerbread with eggnog frosting, and cranberry with apple cider frosting. Or go for tiny joys with boxes of candies such as white chocolate peanut butter, maple buttercream, and chocolate-covered cherries. Meanwhile, Last Call in the FOOD Building (1401 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-545-5555) will help you panic-shop in a party environment. Check out items from local makers, including jewelry, print art, meat, and makeup. If you buy something at the event, you’ll also score free wrapping. To add to the festivities, live music and tarot-card readings are also planned, and you’ll be able to drink while you shop (always a bonus). This market runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.