Jump Start Your Holiday Shopping

Several opportunities for locally made gifts

By Colin Anderson

The skills and talents of our regional artisans, crafters, metal workers and other creative types will be on display as we head forward into the holiday season. Buying from a community member not only allows you to give a unique and sometimes one-of-a-kind gift but also helps business in your own community. In the coming weeks there are several opportunities to knock out some early holiday shopping and see some of the really amazing pieces all made right in your own backyard.


Bonners Ferry Farmers Market’s Holiday Market

There are some changes to be aware of this year as the market has moved locations and dates. This year’s market will be held on Saturday, November 14, from 9am to 3pm. Also, instead of being held traditionally at the middle school, the market will instead move over to the Boundary County Fairgrounds exhibition hall for 2020.


You’ll still find a wide range of offerings. Foods like honey, winter squash and other vegetables, flour, jams and jellies will all be on hand. Others will be featuring handmade furniture, jewelry and photography, knits and décor, pottery, and so much more. There will be a few demonstrations as well.


The Vintage Christmas Market

The Vintage Christmas Market is another local favorite stop. Doors at the fairgrounds will open up on November 20 and 21; 9am to 5pm Friday and 9am to 3pm Saturday. Shoppers will have around 20 booths and vendors to meander through. Antiques are the showcase here, with one-of-a-kind outdoor and holiday decorations, repurposed goods and furnishings brought back to life. Handmade wreaths and garland are also hugely popular items.


Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church Bake Sale

At this sale, held at the Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church (782 Moon Shadow Road), the local handmade crafts and baked goods are all donated, with 100 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Kootenai Valley Christian School. Doors open at 8am on Saturday, November 21, and things will wind down around 4pm. There will be fresh cider donuts and burritos for breakfast, soup, rolls, breads, pies, and even barbecue ribs and brisket for lunch until 2pm. Get there early as the food goes fast!