You know it's almost that time of year again when advent calendars, tinsel and Santa stockings start to line the supermarket shelves. Before you freak out, head to the shops in a flurry and try to knock out all of your Christmas shopping in one fell swoop (while still getting each person something unique and special), we've found a solution that'll make things a little less painful.
Coming to Sydney for the third time this December, The Big Design Market is a three-day independent designer extravaganza featuring more than 200 stallholders. They'll be selling everything from homewares and ceramics to clothing, jewellery and stationery. With such an eclectic mix of exhibitors, you're sure to find a stall to suit your needs and procure presents for even the pickiest people on your list.
Should you grow hungry or thirsty mid-shop, there's a smorgasbord of tasty fare on offer from local Sydney favourites like Shortstop, Smoking Gun Bagels, Gelato Messina, Welcome Dose Specialty Coffee, Archie Rose, Mary's and Young Henrys. You'll also have the chance to peruse a specially commissioned large-scale installation by author and illustrator Marc Martin — expect to be wowed.
If you want to grab a gift for numero uno — hey, you've worked hard — treat yourself to a showbag. The exclusive goodie bags are filled with amazing pieces from Melbourne and Sydney's best designers, including Dana Kinter, Erika Harder, Leif, Karmme and Red Parka, to name a few. A limited number will be available to purchase for $20 ($100 value), with a different selection available each day. Another hot tip: if you're visiting on the Friday, try to track down one of the free 'gold books' which hold secret, special deals for over 90 of the stalls.
So, prepare your list and bank account and get ready to shop till you drop.
The market will be open from 10am till 8pm on Friday, 10am till 7pm on Saturday and 10am till 5pm on Sunday. Entry is $2 per person.